POL 211 Week 1-5 Discussion Questions

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POL 211  Week 1 – Discussion 1 Political Compass
Visit The Political Compass – Test and take the questionnaire. In a minimum of 150-200 words, discuss your results. Did they match what you would have guessed your political ideologies are? Respond to at least two of your fellow students’ postings by Day 7. (You must create one initial post and at least two responses, for a minimum of three posts for this discussion.)

POL 211 Week 1 – Discussion 2 Political Theories
In a minimum of 150-200 words explain which political theory (or theories) you are likely to use to understand problems presented in this course. Respond to at least two of your fellow students’ postings by Day 7. (You must create one initial post and at least two responses, for a minimum of three posts for this discussion.)

POL 211 Week 2 – Discussion 1 Living Document
In a minimum of 150-200 words, describe to what extent you support or disagree with the concept of the Constitution as a “Living Document”. Respond substantively to at least two of your classmates by Day 7.

POL 211 Week 2 – Discussion 2 States and the Economy
In a minimum of 150-200 words, describe which basic approach (laissez-faire, statism, socialism, welfare) you think is the best state system for handling the economy. For the state system you select, make sure to address why this system is the best for state supervision of the economy and redistribution of wealth to the poorer sectors of society. Respond to at least two of your fellow students’ postings by Day 7.

POL 211 Week 3 – Discussion 2 Platforms Overtaken
Have political parties and interest group agendas/platforms overtaken the individual message and programs candidates have when they run for office? Support or counter this argument in a minimum of 150-200 words. Respond to at least two of your fellow students’ postings by Day 7.
POL 211 Week 4 – Discussion 2 Ad/Disadvantages for President/Congress
In a minimum of 150-200 words describe the relative advantages and weaknesses of the President and Congress. Which do you think is most accountable for the problems or success the government has? Respond to at least two of your fellow students’ postings by Day 7.

POL 211 Week 5 – Discussion 1 Expanding Government
Expanding government programs means expanding government bureaucracy. At what point do you think the costs of the system (waste, inefficiency, etc.) to operate outweigh the benefits of government programs? Would you agree or disagree that at some point there is “too much” government involvement? Your initial post must be a minimum of 150-200 words. Respond to at least two of your fellow students’ postings by Day 7.

POL 211 Week 5 – Discussion 2 Justice for Life
Supreme Court Justices are appointed for life. For what purpose do you think this was done for, and do you agree, especially given the longer life expectancies today? Your initial post must be a minimum of 150-200 words. Respond to at least two of your fellow students’ postings by Day 7.