FEDERALISM

Write a research paper on American federalism .
Your paper should be between 8 and 10 pages.
It will comprise 15% of your course grade.
Clearly organize your paper on federalism to include the following: (these are the different sections of your paper clearly identified as section 1 (the concept of federalism), section 2 (background) and section 3 etc.

(1) Clearly define the concept of federalism with the American governmental system
(2) discuss the background of American federalism
(3) discuss the constitutional aspects of American federalism including specific clauses
(4) discuss at least three United States Supreme Court cases on federalism being sure to clearly identify key issues of the dispute and the outcome and do you agree or disagree with the courts out come: why or why not
(5) discuss the following concepts as part of American federalism
a. separation of powers
b. judicial review
c. checks and balances
d. the elastic clause
(6) discuss in sufficient detail at least one current public policy issue involving federalismsuch as the DOMA (defense of marriage act), abortion, education or immigration policy. This section is YOUR opinion and analysis.

Students are expected to use academic resources above and beyond the assigned text, and follow rigorous academic citing guidelines, see student handbook for additional details and the course syllabus as applicable

GRADE EVALUATION CRITERIA (Rubric)

A:
· paper address each area in an organized and detailed manner consistent with the questions requirements,
· maximum of three spelling and usage errors
· Meets/exceeds minimum length criteria
· Attention to academic referencing and standards clearly evident & comprehensive

B:
· Discusses each area of the question
· Lacks some detail that are relevant to a first class answer
· Barely meets minimum length criteria
· Obvious spelling and usage errors denote some carelessness in editing
· Academic referencing acceptable

C:
· Discusses each area of question
· Significant detail omitted
· Meets minimum length criteria
· Spelling and usage errors denote inattention to editing
· Academic referencing minimally acceptable, omitted some detail

D:
· Omitted one or more of the question areas
· Insufficient detail reflecting clear scholarship deficiencies
· Excessive spelling and usage errors
· Academic referencing seriously deficient in form, substance and detail
· Does not meet minimum length criteria

F:
· Omits three or more of the question areas
· Lacks major portions of the details necessary to demonstrate even minimal understanding of the concept of American federalism
· Does not meet minimum length criteria by more than 50 %
· Academic referencing virtually non-existent and poorly presented
· Spelling and usage errors present with such frequency and magnitude that the overall presentation is degraded