Howard Community College Soviet Union Ideology Essay

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Howard Community College

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Assemble a portfolio to demonstrate what you have learned in this course. The portfolio must contain the following elements:

  1. An introduction explaining why you chose the things you chose to include in your portfolio.
  2. Ten pages of independent writing on topics related to comparative politics and government. These may include writings of different lengths (10 one page essays, 5 two pagers, 3 three page +1 one page etc. Do not include one long paper.) These should be done throughout the semester. They may include analyses or reactions to current events, opinion pieces on controversial issues, assessments of candidates, officials or movements, reactions to class discussions, videos or activities or anything relevant to the course.
  3. A conclusion describing what you learned in the course and identifying how the writing in your portfolio contributed to that learning.

Rubric

Social Science 200 Level Rubric

Social Science 200 Level Rubric

CriteriaRatingsPts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePG.AA.58.01view longer description

threshold: 3.0 pts

4.0 ptsExceeds Objective - Skillfully employs discipline specific concepts, methods and/or theories to understand behavior, institutions and/or change over time.

3.0 ptsMeets Objective - Employs discipline specific concepts, methods and/or theories to understand behavior, institutions and/or change over time.

2.0 ptsSomewhat Meets - Partially employs discipline specific concepts, methods and/or theories to understand behavior, institutions and/or change over time .

1.0 ptsDoes Not Meet Objective - Fails to employ discipline specific concepts, methods and/or theories to understand behavior, institutions and/or change over time.

4.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePG.AA.58.02view longer description

threshold: 3.0 pts

4.0 ptsExceeds Objective - Skillfully applies research skills appropriate to the discipline.

3.0 ptsMeets Objective - Applies research skills appropriate to the discipline.

2.0 ptsSomewhat Meets Objective - Partially applies research skills appropriate to the discipline.

1.0 ptsDoes Not Meet Objective - Fails to apply research skills appropriate to the discipline.

4.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePG.AA.58.03view longer description

threshold: 3.0 pts

4.0 ptsExceeds Objective - Skillfully gathers and interprets relevant information.

3.0 ptsMeets Objective - Gathers and interprets relevant information.

2.0 ptsSomewhat Meets Objective - Insufficiently gathers and interprets relevant information.

1.0 ptsDoes Not Meet Objective - Fails to gather and interpret relevant information.

4.0 pts

Total Points: 12.0

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Explanation & Answer

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Conclusion
From the course, I was able to learn how governments are formed and run. In the course
of my learning, I was able to acquire the necessary skills to analyze various forms of government
and critique their structure and longevity. From this portfolio, I was privileged to put my
classroom knowledge to use. Through critical thinking and analysis, I was able to critique the
two different models of government, which in this case are parliamentary and presidential
systems. I addition, I was able to explore the realm of communism through the lenses of the
Soviet Union and gain a deeper understanding of the concept of socialism and communism.


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Portfolio Introduction

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Portfolio Introduction
For my portfolio, I have chosen to look at; Soviet Union Ideology and Presidential versus
Parliamentary democracy. The Soviet Union was a socialist state that managed to be stable for
over 60 decades from 1922 to 1991. I chose this topic because I want to objectively analyze what
made the socialist state stable for that amount of time. Using the basic skills acquired in this
course, I would be able to dissect its political structure and find out what made the socialist union
tick. On the other hand, I chose Presidential versus Parliamentary democracy to determine how
democracy works and if it is better than dictatorship.

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PRESIDENTIAL VERSUS PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY

Presidential Versus Parliamentary Democracy

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PRESIDENTIAL VERSUS PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY

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Presidential Versus Parliamentary Democracy
Introduction
Our great country was founded on the dogmas of democracy. The principles of
democracy have led to the establishment of a balanced status quo. The people chose who they
want to run the government and distribute their resources. However, for any government to be
functional, a constitution must be present to explain the role of the government and distribute
power to its various arms, such as the executive. During the drafting of the constitution, the
drafters are usually at crossroads on whether to choose a Presidential government, a
Parliamentary government or even at times a fusion of the two. In this essay, I will critically
analyze the two models of governance using the skills learnt from the course and make a stand
with the one that is more viable.
Difference between Presidential Government and Parliamentary government
Each country governed by the principles of democracy has a variety of structures
associated with their National Government. However, all of the systems fall under parliamentary
or presidential democracies. One of the most important factors to take into account when
determining the type of government being used in a country is its electoral process.
In a presidential system, the head of state, i.e., the president is elected through a popular
vote or an electoral college. The electoral college system of election is only being practiced in
the United States. Other democratic countries elect their leaders and the president directly
through a secrete ballot. On the other hand, in a parliamentary system, the prime minister is
vetted and nominated by the legislature (Müller & Rauch, 2018). The electoral process might
involve actual ballot by the legislature or mere appointment by the majority party or coalition.
Afterward, the head of state, usually a monarch, verifies the appointment and legitimatizes the

PRESIDENTIAL VERSUS PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY

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role of the prime minister-elect. In this type of government, there is usually no separation of
powers, a key ingredient necessary for the stabilization of the government. The fate of the
executive in the parliamentary model typically resides in the hands of the legislature, unlike in
the presidential where there is a lucid separation of power among all the branches. The fate of a
branch, say, the judiciary cannot be influenced by the other branches, which includes executive
or legislature.
In a presidential system, the head of government and state is usually elected for a given
amount of t...


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