M4E Discussion

M4E Discussion

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What to Do

After completing the reading and exercises in modules 3E, discuss one or both of the following topics. Be sure to clearly identify which topic you are discussing at the start of your post.

Topic 1

What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of judicial activism? Why might a judge favor this approach? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of judicial restraint? Why might a judge favor this approach? What approach is correct and why?

Topic 2

How important is it that Justice Sotomayor became the first Latina on the Supreme Court? How important should it be? Does diversity on the Court help it better deliver justice for a diverse America? Why or why not?

Topic 3

Why are modern Supreme Court nominations so contentious? What is at stake? Does the nomination process make Supreme Court justices more independent or less independent? Should the nomination process and appointment for life be changed?

This discussion correlates with the following objectives…

  • Describe the concepts associated with political organization in general and the United States in particular.
  • Explain the structure and function of the three branches of government and the system of checks and balances.
  • Investigate the powers of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government.
  • Using data, graphs, charts, and other types of evidence, examine the effectiveness of public policies adopted by the United States and California.

Discussion Directions

Click “Reply” and post your initial response by Friday evening at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. If and when possible, please post prior to Friday to allow time for a true discussion. Then read through the other entries and reply directly to at least two classmates by Sunday evening at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. When you reply, always type the name of the classmate you are responding to and your name at the bottom of the message. Make sure to use proper grammar and punctuation in this college-level course and in all other correspondence. Please avoid “text” or “Twitter speak” when correspondingInclude one of the following when you reply to a classmate:

  • Counter their claim and provide evidence and examples to support your position.
  • Pose a specific question that requires elaboration.
  • Expand on their ideas and provide additional evidence and examples.

Remember to…

  • Create an initial post that is 75-150 words and responses that are between 50-100 words.
  • Address your classmates by their names when responding to their posts.
  • Don’t dominate the conversation. Ask questions and point out specific details that you found interesting about the other posts.
  • Keep in mind that your goal in responding is rooted in keeping the conversation going.
  • Quote or restate a few ideas from the post you are responding to.
  • Be respectful and non-confrontational.
  • Be as specific as possible to encourage discussion.

Guidelines above and other helpful tips for online discussions can be found here,

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