POLV 170V San Jose State Univ

The Constitution of the United States created a strong but limited national government, in order to protect the citizens from possible abuses of the government. These limits are expressed, in the division of its powers, the adoption of a federal system, the proclamation of civil liberties and rights, and the rotation and selection of authorities through popular election.

How have other countries set restraints to their governments? Are these solutions preferable to the ones implemented in the United States? For your paper, answer these questions by comparing the United States with one or two other countries addressing one dimension of government. Specifically, your paper should 1) describe the dimension of government you are addressing (e.g., relationships between branches or levels of government, processes of selection of authorities, rights of the citizens and how they are protected, etc.), 2) describe the limits implemented in each country, and 3) critically analyze the advantages and disadvantages of these limits and the conditions that may explain their success or failure.

Paper Rubric

Paper Rubric

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWords countThe post should be 250-300 words long–part of the challenge is to express ideas in a narrow space.

10 to >9.0 pts

Within the word limits

Do not include the title of the paper or the bibliography in the word count

9 to >1.0 pts

1 to 99 words above the word limit

Do not include the title of the paper or the bibliography in the word count

1 to >0 pts

100 words above the limit

Do not include the title of the paper or the bibliography in the word count

10 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAddressing the PromptThe paper addresses the main question and the requirements posed in the prompt.

10 to >8.0 pts

Direct and clear answer

The answer provided addresses the prompt clearly and directly.

8 to >2.0 pts

Indirect or Unclear

The answer addresses the prompt only partially, or the arguments are not fully clear.

2 to >0 pts

Not direct or clear

The answer provided does not address the prompt clearly and directly.

10 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCentral ArgumentThe paper has a clear central argument (or questions) that structures the whole piece.

20 to >15.0 pts

Has a Central Argument (or question)

The paper expresses a central argument (or question) and the rest of the text is clearly designed to support that argument (or answer that question)

15 to >10.0 pts

Argument (or question) is unclear but still identifiable

The paper does not express clearly a central argument (or question), but the reader can still identify a central proposition throughout the text.

10 to >5.0 pts

Argument (or question) expressed but not followed

The paper expresses a clear and distinct central argument, but it is not followed through the text.

5 to >0 pts

No central argument

The paper has not a clear central argument (or question) and there is no clear line or argumentation.

20 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeArgumentProvide factual examples and/or referred theoretical arguments that support the paper’s main argument

20 to >15.0 pts

Adequate examples and/or referred arguments

Examples and/or referred theoretical arguments support the paper’s main argument compellingly

15 to >5.0 pts

Partial support of examples and/or referred arguments

Examples and/or referred theoretical arguments are either flawed or partially unrelated to the paper’s main argument

5 to >0 pts

ineffective examples and/or referred arguments

The paper does not provide examples or referred theoretical arguments, or they don’t support the argument of the main argument.

20 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeUnderstanding of the contents of the classThe paper shows good handling of key concepts and explanations reviewed in this class.

20 to >15.0 pts

Comprehension and propper use

The paper shows a good understanding of the material addressed in the readings and lectures of the class (including concepts and explanations), and use it adequately in arguments and/or opinions

15 to >5.0 pts

Comprehension but inadequate use

The paper shows a good understanding of the material addressed in the readings and lectures of the class (including concepts and explanations) but fail to use it adequately in arguments and/or opinions

5 to >0 pts

Lack comprehension

The paper fails to show a good understanding of the material addressed in the readings and lectures of the class (including concepts and explanations)

20 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeUse of bibliographyThe arguments and/or examples are appropriately supported by academic sources

15 to >10.0 pts

Arguments and examples sufficiently supported

All the arguments and examples are supported with enough academic sources. All non-academic sources referenced in the paper are only used to illustrate cases or examples. The paper uses a citation style properly and provides an adequate bibliography.

10 to >5.0 pts

Arguments and examples are partially supported

Arguments and examples are only partially supported by academic sources. Some arguments are supported by opinion pieces only, or not supported at all. The citation style is used inconsistently and do not provide a clear bibliography)

5 to >0 pts

Arguments and examples insufficiently supported

The arguments are generally not supported by academic sources and/or the sources provided cannot be traced.

15 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFormal AspectsIncluding the structure of the paper, grammar, orthography, and clearness of the writing style.

5 to >4.0 pts

Correct formatting

The paper has a clear structure, is free of grammatical and orthographic mistakes, and the writing style allows a proper understanding of the ideas expressed.

4 to >0 pts

Format problems

The paper has problems with either the structure, grammar, orthography, or writing style, which impedes or obstructs a proper understanding of the ideas.

5 pts

Total Points: 100

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