your final assignment you are to write a 5-6 page paper on a contemporary
political issue in the United States. You must cite your sources, but the
format you use is up to you. (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.) Please refer to the
Academic Code or the Syllabus for plagiarism guidelines. Plagiarism will result
in a grade of 0.
Feel free to
choose a topic that is not on this list, these are just some ideas you can use:
§ Gerrymandering
§ Vaccinations
§ The Electoral
§ The Immigration
crisis at the Southern Boarder
§ Climate Change
§ DACA (Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals)
§ Afghanistan
§ War in Ukraine
§ Court Packing
§ Medicare for All
§ Police Violence
writing your paper you should address:
§ Explain the issue
you chose. What happened/is happening with the issue? What are the sides of the
§ How are
legislatures, judges/Supreme Court, the bureaucracy, and executive involved in
this issue? What are they doing? What are they not doing? (Please address all
of these)
§ How does the Media
impact/address the issue?
§ What does American
society think about this issue? (Polls or surveys would be helpful here)
§ Do the political
parties agree on the issue? What are their arguments?
§ Do other countries
experience this issue? How do they handle it?
§ Are there any
impacts on government legitimacy?
§ Using what you’ve
learned in the class, what do YOU think is/was the right way to handle the
answering these questions, please refer to and cite the information in
the reading to justify your answers.