You are required to attend a co-curricular activity or watch a documentary related to American politics, then write a report. Either choice (activity or film) is acceptable, so long as it is related to U.S. politics and your instructor approves it. You must contact the instructor no later than two weeks before the paper is due to obtain his/her approval. Here are some examples of what would work:
Attend a speech/panel/presentation related to a topic in our class. For example, Broward College hosts gubernatorial debates each year a new Florida Governor is elected;
Watch a documentary, series episode, televised political debate, or movie related to a topic in our class. Some examples include an episode of “House of Cards” (Netflix subscription required), a live parliamentary debate in the House or Senate via C-SPAN, or the PBS documentary “Zero Tolerance” (free on PBS), “The Abortion Divide” (free on PBS), or “Supreme Revenge” (free on PBS);
Partake in a local election event of a party or political candidate running for Congress/Governor/President;
Partake in an event related to an interest group such as Black Lives Matter, Environmental Protection advocates, Pro-Life/Pro-Choice advocates, etc.
Essay will be about this one:
What the â€œFauci Gateâ€ emails tell us about Covid-19 and American politics
Based on your selection, write a 2 Â½ – 3 page (650-1,000 words) report that includes:
a summary of the co-curricular activity or documentary,
how it relates to this class, and
how you feel about it.
This assignment is 100 points, so it carries a substantive weight of about 20% of your final grade. Keep the following guidelines in mind to avoid having points deducted from your work:
Activity Choice The co-curricular activity or documentary has to do with either a topic we learned in our course or U.S. politics in general. Instructor must provide approval at least two weeks before the paperâ€™s due date.
Minimum Word/Page Count No fewer than 650 words (2 Â½ pages)
Maximum Word/Page Count No more than 1,000 words (3 pages)
Format 1â€ margins
12 pt. Times New roman Font (or Palatino Linotype)
Double-spaced (no extra spaces between paragraphs)
Summarizing, Quoting, or Paraphrasing You should use your own words to summarize your experience. If you choose to quote or paraphrase someone elseâ€™s work, however, you must give proper credit to your source(s). Visit Purdue OWL: Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing for instructions on how to do this properly. Referencing someone elseâ€™s work also requires that you select a citation format â€“ APA, MLA, or Chicago â€“ and use that format consistently throughout your report.
Final Report Submit the Final Co-curricular Activity Writing Challenge in the corresponding Assignments dropbox. The report will be run through Turnitin, a plagiarism detection software. Visit the Academic Honesty section of the syllabus for our plagiarism policy. Your work must be a product of your own efforts. It cannot be identical or similar to another studentâ€™s paper.