Federalism- AZ Constitution-AZ Public Policy Issues
Identify the major components of the U.S. Constitution.
Explain the role and function of the federal legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
Describe the historical and philosophical foundations of the U.S. federal government.
Summarize the role of federalism relative to the current U.S. political climate.
Identify the articles of the Arizona Constitution
Identify the philosophical origins of the AZ Constitution
- Review the 2016 Legislative session
|Assignment Overview. Please see the class syllabus for all instructions, requirements, possible points and resources. Due dates are (except in week 5) three days after class.|
Week 1 Assignment
Week 2 Assignment- Constitution and Systems of the State
Constitution and Systems of the State
Week 3 Assignment
- Interest Groups and State Government Presentation
- Local Public Policy Presentations Making your position known to local government
- AZ Issues Public Policy Analysis Chart
Roles within the state
- State Wide Government Issues and Policy Presentation
We'll do some of this in-class
Use the Arizona Constitution
Public policy issues in AZ the state legislature
|W eek One Discussion Questions
Answer any 5 of these, in your own hand writing for 2 extra credit points. Turn in by week two, BEFORE CLASS STARTS|
- How does the state government create public? What is current issue you support or oppose?
- What differentiated roles do the judicial, executive, and legislative branches of the U.S. government play in governing? Can you provide at least one example of one branch taking over the duties or responsibilities of another? Do you think this takeover is just or necessary, or do you feel that the power should be reverted back to the appropriate branch of government? Why?
- Do you feel the branches of government communicate well with one another? Explain why or why not. Provide an example.
- Identify all of your state’s delegates (senators and representatives) to congress by name and party affiliation. Do you feel that the overall party affiliation of your delegates reflects the feelings of people in your state accurately? Why or why not?
- Federalism can be defined as the distribution of power between a central government and constituent units—in the case of the United States, between the federal government and the state governments. Do you think the current balance of power between these entities is appropriately balanced, or imbalanced in one way or the other? Explain why you think so, and, if you think they are imbalanced, in which direction you think they are imbalanced.
- Federalism, the distribution of power between the federal government and the states, was originally implemented to keep both in check. It is another of the Constitution’s checks and balances. Do you think it still does what it was intended to do? Why or why not?
- Federalism, the distribution of power between the federal government and the states, was originally implemented to keep both in check. It is another of the Constitution’s checks and balances. What current issues demonstrate either that the balance is working, or there is a need to restore balance so that it can work? Why did you select the issues you did?
- Some people believe that the U.S. Constitution should be followed exactly as written, and only modified by amendment as provided in the Constitution itself. Others consider the Constitution somewhat dated, and thus inadequate to govern a modern country with modern issues and problems, so flexibility of interpretation is necessary to properly govern. On which side of this issue do you lean and why?