POL 303 - POL 303 WEEK 5 FINAL RESEARCH PAPER: CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES AND THE SCOPE AND CHARACTER OF U.S. GOVERNMENT

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Constitutional Issues and the Scope and Character of U.S. Government. Due by Day 7. In the Final Research Paper, you will use your critical thinking skills to analyze and evaluate a current events topic that has constitutional and political implications.

Select one topic from the following list of three constitutional issues. The topic you select should also be used as the topic for your Week Two and Three written assignments:

  • Religious freedom

  • Free speech

  • Privacy rights

    The thesis of the paper will be a statement identifying how the concepts of federalism, civil liberties, and civil rights are implicated in and affected by this topic.

    Utilize the feedback from your Week Two and Three Assignments to create a more thorough outline to form your Final Research Paper. The paper must include five main sections: 

  • Introductory paragraph that provides a brief background regarding the topic and introduces the main thesis.
  • In-depth discussion of the implications for federalism related to the topic.
  • Explain how and why federalism has a positive and negative impact on the selected topic.

    • ?  Provide one real-world positive example.

    • ?  Provide one real-world negative example.

    • ?  Utilize the Constitution, established case law, and scholarly sources to support your

      explanation.

  • In-depth discussion of the implications for civil rights related to the topic.

    o Explain how and why civil rights are positively and negatively affected by the selected topic.

    • ?  Provide one real-world positive example.

    • ?  Provide one real-world negative example.

    • ?  Utilize the Constitution, established case law, and scholarly sources to support your

      explanation.

  • In-depth discussion of the implications for civil liberties related to the topic.

    o Explain how and why civil liberties are positively and negatively affected by the selected topic.

    • ?  Provide one real-world positive example.

    • ?  Provide one real-world negative example.

    • ?  Utilize the Constitution, established case law, and scholarly sources to support your

      explanation.

  • Concluding paragraph that summarizes the main findings and restates the thesis.

The paper must be 10 to 12 pages in length (excluding title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least six scholarly resources (at least five of which can be found in the Ashford University Library) other than the textbook to support your claims. Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page. For information regarding APA, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center. 

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