Foreign policy

Choose ONE of the following questions and answer completely.

1) Thinking about Foreign Policy address the following questions:

Who is involved in making foreign policy? How do the president and the bureaucracy interact in constructing foreign policy? What are some of the causes of competition or disagreement among the makers of foreign policy? What is the media’s role in driving foreign policy? 2) Thinking about the Domestic Policy process address the following questions:

What is public policy? Why and how do the political parties differ on policies? What is the impact of pluralism? (i.e., How do the courts, interest groups, and public opinion influence policymaking and public policies? What are the reasons for policy stability and change? What is the media’s role in driving domestic policy? 3) Thinking about the US Constitution address the following questions:

What does the US Constitution do? What symbolic role does the US Constitution play in American politics? How does the ratification debate continue to resonate in contemporary political discussions? (Provide an example) How should the Constitution be interpreted and why? 4) Thinking about Federalism address the following questions:

What is Federalism and why is it important? How did Federalism evolve and why? (Consider the various types over time.) Using a contemporary example explore the tension between States’ Rights and Federal power? How does the media represent these contemporary tensions? Should the states or the Federal Government always be supreme? Why? 5) Thinking about Rights and Liberties address the following questions:

What are Civil Rights and Liberties and how do they differ from one another? How do the concepts of rights and liberties reflect the tension between freedom, order, and equality? Why? (See the FOE lecture.) Should the states be left alone to set their standards for rights and liberties? Why? How is the Rights and Liberties tension represented in news and entertainment culture? 6) Thinking about Social Technologies (Social Media, etc.)

What are Social Technologies and how do they differ from more traditional media? What role do Social Technologies play in the political process and how does that differ from the more traditional media? Why do Social Technologies create opportunities for political participation and, at the same time, create challenges for citizens wanting to understand what is happening?



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