The purpose of the Final Research Paper is for you to culminate the learning achieved in the course by gaining further insight into the relationship between Congress and the Presidency through additional research. +The focus will be on the quid pro quo of the relationship between the two branches, and students will have an opportunity to apply knowledge learned throughout the course to produce an eight- to ten-page paper with a minimum of five resources, two of which are from the Ashford Online Library.
Examples of Acceptable Research Topics include:
- Summation and Analysis of a well-known legislative action that highlights the interplay between the Congress and President (an example could be Bill Clinton’s efforts to get NAFTA passed through the Congress)
- Descriptive Analysis of a congressional action taken against the President to limit his powers (an example would be the War Powers Act)
- Descriptive analysis of a presidential action taken to limit the authority or power of Congress or to avoid congressional action (for example, well known executive orders or nomination of elected officials to alter balance of power)
- Summation and analysis of famous court cases that centered around a battle between Congress and the President (an example would be Marbury v. Madison)
- Analyze one President’s power-sharing relationship with Congress with a focus on two actions or events that highlight this relationship
The research paper will demonstrate the students' understanding of the relationship between Congress and the Presidency and will require an exhibited understanding of their legal powers and privileges as they diagnose the topic of their choosing and draw conclusions about what this means in the greater context of US political system. At a minimum, the paper shall accomplish the following:
- State your subject and use a maximum of one page to develop your analysis by providing historical background and a description of the topic selected.
- A critical and detailed analysis of the selected topic with a focus on the constitutional powers in question and how tensions between the President and Congress led to the specific action or event you are researching.
- Conclusions drawn from research and scholarly sources that provide the reader with an understanding of the significance of the events or actions being studied
- For topics that focus on past events or actions, an analysis of how this changed the power arrangement between Congress and the President
- For topics that focus on contemporary or ongoing events or actions, provide predictions on what these events or actions meant or mean for future interactions between Congress and the President
The paper should consider the actions of Congress and President in the greater context of their responsibilities to constituents and their office. The paper must also address the sources of tension between Congress and the President that led to these outcomes.
Writing the Final Research Paper
The Final Research Paper:
- Must be eight- to ten- double-spaced pages in length and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
- Must include a title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
- Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
- Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
- Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
- Must use at least five professional resources, including a minimum of two from the Ashford Online Library.
- Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
- Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
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