Evaluate the role of public opinion, interest groups, and political parties in the political system.

The  nature of party’s coalition:  70% of students will successfully  research and evaluate the nature of each party’s coalition and explain  the positions they take on policy issues. [SLO #3 fulfills the following  Program Level Outcomes: Communication, Critical Thinking, Social and  Personal Responsibility, as well as the following Course Level Outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.]

Activity for Assessment:

3) In the last section of the course, we examined the politics of policy issues.

In answering the question below, take the following two things into account:

1. The contrasting positions of Republican lawmakers and Democratic lawmakers on the various issues we examined.

2. The nature of the Republican Party coalition and the nature of  the Democratic Party coalition. (Party coalition is the term for the  groups that tend to support a particular party, such as the voting  support that black Americans give to the Democratic Party.)

QUESTION: How does the nature of each party’s coalition explain the  positions that each party’s lawmakers take on policy issues? In your  answer, provide an example from at least three of the five policy issue  sessions (the five sessions were: social issues, fiscal and monetary  issues, welfare and income issues, regulatory issues, and trade issues).


Program-Level Objectives met with this assignment:(PLO: 1,2,5,6)

1: Communication  Skills-to include effective development, interpretation and expression  of ideas through written, oral and visual communication

2: Critical  Thinking Skills-to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and  analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information

5: Personal Responsibility-to include the ability to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision-making

6: Social  Responsibility-to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic  responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional,  national, and         global communities

Course-Level Objectives met with this assignment:(CLO: 5,6,7,8)

5. Evaluate the role of public opinion, interest groups, and political parties in the political system.

6. Analyze the election process.

7. Describe the rights and responsibilities of citizens

8. Analyze issues and policies in U.S. politics