POLI 330N Week 3 CO Assessment, Discussion, Quiz


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POLI 330N Week 3 CO Assessment (03 Versions)

  1. (TCO 2) As we have been discussing, throughout history, many people were not fans of pure democracy. One of the reasons for this was the idea of factions, as addressed in Madison’s Federalist No. 10. So what is the definition of a faction?
  2. (TCO 2) Why are factions a threat to a democratic government?
  3. (TCO 2) According to Madison, what are the two ways to remove the cause of a faction?
  4. (TCO 2) From your reading, please distinguish why the two ways to remove a faction are not effective.
  5. (TCO 2) What is it about human nature that causes factions to form?
  6. (TCO 2) Differentiate the characteristics of a pure democracy from a republic.
  7. (TCO 2) In referencing Madison, provide at least two reasons explaining why a republic can do a better job of controlling the effects of faction than a pure democracy.
  8. (TCO 2) Assess Madison’s argument. Do you find that a republican form of government is the best way to control factions, in contrast to pure democracy? And how do you think this system has worked in controlling the factions over time?
POLI 330N Week 3 Discussion 1, Democracies Compared

Over the past few weeks, we have had the opportunity to explore the roots of political philosophy. Let’s take a moment to focus in upon the idea of democracy. What is the true definition of democracy?

POLI 330N Week 3 Discussion 2: The Division of Power

As we have seen through our readings, governments differ on where the power of the state should be held. Unitary systems concentrate the power within the central government and little or no authority is granted to the component areas. In contrast, federal systems allow first-order civil divisions to have some autonomy, while the central government maintains authority over some areas. Take a moment to compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of each system.

POLI 330N Week 3 Quiz (2 Versions)
  1. (TCO 2) A(n) _____ is a political system without a monarch.
  2. (TCO 2) According to Aristotle, democracy is the _____ form of government by _____.
  3. (TCO 2) The idea that American states serve as “laboratories of democracy” is an advantage of _____ systems of government.
  4. (TCO 2) Electoral systems that elect one person per district are known as _____.
  5. (TCO 2) An advantage of a proportional representation system of government would be _____.
  6. (TCO 2) Welfare states tend to have which of the following combinations of state ownership and welfare benefits?
  7. (TCO 2) The ability of courts to decide if laws are constitutional is referred to as _____.
  8. (TCO 2) Though rare, a “true” democracy, is a system in which _____.
  9. (TCO 2) Right-wing totalitarianism does not desire revolution; instead, it attempts to block _____.
  10. (TCO 2) How do totalitarian regimes eliminate armed resistance?

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