M5 Writing Assignment: Government and Politics (Week 12)
The purpose of this assignment is to help you assimilate information covered in the readings and to reflect on your own beliefs, feelings, life experience and professional readiness in relation to sociology. Further, these assignments are intended to help you develop your critical thinking, analytical and communication skills. With these assignments, you will be able to practice critiquing social issues and develop your ability to respond to some of the complex misconceptions, interpretations and attitudes towards the various dimensions of sociology covered throughout the term.

Like the purpose outlined above, the organization of this assignment is twofold. First, it allows you to engage with the module’s subject matter in general, and then more closely with specific topics. Second, the assignment allows you to articulate their reflection and analysis of the subject matter as a structured narrative.

The assignment is to be completed in four steps as follows:

STEP 1: Find a current news event article about politics, voting, or political leadership. Look specifically for an article that covers information related to concepts you learned about in this module, including power, authority, political systems, voting, or theoretical perspectives on government. You wont want to search for these specific terms using Google, but should instead peruse headline news or political sections and read through several articles.

The article you choose should be a minimum of 500 words, recent (within three weeks), and from a reputable news source (feel free to use the ESC college library’s Newspaper databases).

STEP 2: Write a thorough summary of the article.

STEP 3: Using your sociological imagination, write an analysis of the article that connects the main idea/s of the article to specific key terms and theories from this module on government and politics.

STEP 4: Include the link to your article, check for any writing errors, and submit your article with your response paper.