POLI 330N Week 5 CO Assessment, Discussion, Quiz


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POLI 330N Week 5 CO Assessment (02 Version)

  1. (TCO 4) What are your initial, nonlegal, thoughts on this case? How would you decide it based on your own belief structures? For example, if you were the judge in this case, would you would allow Mr. Trident to leave the hospital, thus bringing about his death? Or would you feel for Mr. Trident but side with the hospital because he clearly is not in the right mind to make such decisions for himself? Or would you perhaps side with the hospital because people should not be allowed to refuse medical treatment or go to the extreme of ordering the hospital to aid in the shortening of his life so that he did not have to suffer a painful death? What would you do? Please put some thought into your answer and provide at least 4–5 sentences as you explain it.
  2. (TCO 4) What is the difference between moral and legal reasoning?
  3. (TCO 4) In a true legal argument, should legal reasoning or moral reasoning be used?
  4. (TCO 4) Mr. Trident is arguing that the hospital has violated his 14th Amendment right to due process. What part of the 14th Amendment is he referring to in his argument?
  5. (TCO 4) Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health is a case studied in the right-to-die debate. What precedent did it help to establish?
  6. (TCO 4) How does the Cruzan case factor into Mr. Trident’s argument?
POLI 330N Week 5 Discussion 1: Parliamentary versus Presidential Systems

As we turn our focus to the international realm, let’s take a moment to compare the governmental systems of the UK and the U.S. Identify a few key differences between a parliamentary and a presidential system. How is the top leader selected differently? How do you think this difference impacts the kind of people who are chosen?

POLI 330N Week 5 Discussion 2: The Supreme Court

The lecture this week suggests that the U.S. Supreme Court is the least democratic branch of government, and yet it serves an important function in our democracy. What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a branch of government that is not democratically elected? Would you change the way the court is appointed?

POLI 330N Week 5 Quiz (02 Versions)
  1. (TCO 5) Which of the following statements best defines feudalism?
  2. (TCO 5) Countries with limits on government have usually had feudal pasts, which suggests what about the dispersion of power?
  3. (TCO 5) In Europe, a cabinet is equivalent to a U.S. _____.
  4. (TCO 5) Because of the separation of powers inherent in a presidential system, some scholars think that executive-legislative _____ is common in systems like that used in the United States.
  5. (TCO 5) Who directly calls forth the leader of the largest party to take office with a cabinet and become the prime minister?
  6. (TCO 5) Distinguish the process that a parliamentary system uses to oust a chief executive from the one available in the U.S. presidential system.
  7. (TCO 4) Distinguish between primitive and modern judicial systems.
  8. (TCO 4) International law consists of _____ and established customs recognized by most nations.
  9. (TCO 4) What legal agency in the United States generates reputation-based ratings of prospective federal judges?
  10. (TCO 4) Describe the significance of Marbury v. Madison.

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