Purpose: The primary goal of this weekly summative assignment is to critically analyze some of the important political science concepts, terms, and theories that were covered this first week of our course.
Prepare: Review the web page Primary Documents in American History: Alien and Sedition Acts (Links to an external site.) to read about the Sedition Act of 1798.
Reflect: This week, you began learning about the major concepts, terms, and theories that embody political science. In this weekly assignment, you will connect the concepts of atomization, peer policing, and preference falsification to how a government can govern. These three techniques are often used by political leaders to prevent radical groups from forming in opposition to the central government. Analysis of how these techniques are used by leaders to oppose any collective action to overthrow the system will broaden your understanding of how governments maintain control over their citizens.
Write: In your essay of at least three pages, you will draw connections from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the concepts of governmental control discussed this week in your course text, A Novel Approach to Politics, by addressing the following:
- Describe the Sedition Act of 1798 (1 page).
- Discuss how the Sedition Act of 1798 enhanced governmental control over U.S. citizens (1 page).
- Explain how atomization, peer-policing, and preference falsification techniques were utilized in the Sedition Act of 1798 (1 page).
The Governing Society: Divide and Rule? paper:
- Must be at least three pages (not including title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Ashford University Writing Centerâ€™s APA Style (Links to an external site.)
- Must include a separate title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Studentâ€™s name
- Course name and number
- Instructorâ€™s name
- Date submitted
For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.).
- Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.
- Must use at least three appropriate sources in addition to the course text.
- Be sure to integrate the information from your sources rather than simply inserting it. Watch the Integrating Research (Links to an external site.) tutorial for assistance.
- The Sedition Act of 1789 web page Primary Documents in American History: Alien and Sedition Acts (Links to an external site.) will count as one of your three sources.
- You can also include additional resources found on the Ashford University Library website. The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types.
- Must document all sources in APA Style as outlined in the Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.).
- Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
- Must include a conclusion that summarizes the main points and restates the thesis.
- For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) as well as Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the Ashford University Writing Center resources.
- Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Ashford University Writing Center. See the Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource for specifications.