Gwinnett Technical College
FALL 2019 – POL S 1101 – AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
ESSAY TOPICS – 4 UNITS
Research and submit by email an essay of 150-200 words on each topic. Essays must have a clearly defined introduction, body, and conclusion. Do NOT/NOT repeat the topic heading as part of the essay content. Avoid plagiarism (short quotations must be acknowledged), review for grammar, spelling and appropriate sentence construction before submission.
Unit 1 – 10 Bonus Points
There is a growing belief that democracy is in decline worldwide. State reasons for this belief and make suggestions for improving democratic norms in the United States.
Unit 2 – 10 Bonus Points
How has mass media become an integral part of the American political system, and how effective has it been in shaping public opinion?
- What are the principal causes of political apathy in the United States, why is this important, and what do you recommend to address the issue?
Unit 3 – 10 Bonus Points
- Describe the birth, growth and achievements of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.
- What is the Electoral College? How does it function? Should it be abolished? If so, why?
Unit 4 – 10 Bonus Points
Does Article 2 of the Constitution authorize the President of the United States to do “whatever (he) wants to do?” Give reasons for your conclusion.
- The Supreme Court of the United States appears to have grown more and more powerful over the years. Explain how and why this occurred and state your opinion on the composition and functioning of the current court.