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Political Typology

Political Typology

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1) Assignment: Is the Media Biased?

In this assignment, you will be choosing an article from the Ivy Tech Online Library and reading it critically for signs of bias.


After reading through “News Bias Explored: The Art of Reading the Newspaper, analyze an article of your choice.


  1. Go to the Ivy Tech Online Library
  2. Choose a political article that you find interesting.
  3. Read the article critically looking for bias through word choice, omission, limited debate, story framing or sources.
  4. Describe in writing three examples of bias that you identified in your article.
  5. Submit your obsevations along with a full citation of the article.


Although you may be tempted to choose a short article, you will have an easier time identifying three examples of possible bias in a more lengthy article.

2) Assignment: Political Typology

In this assignment you will be watching a short video developed by the Pew Research Center on political typologies. Then you will be taking a quiz that will help you identify your own political ideology.  After taking the quiz you will answer two short questions by clicking on the link above.

  1. Watch the video, Beyond Red vs. Blue Political Typology.
  2. Take the quiz by clicking on this link: Pew Political Typology Quiz in order to complete the quiz.  It should take you about 15 minutes to take this quiz.
  3. When you are finished with the quiz, read over all of the results and record your answers to these two questions.
  • What is your typology?
  • Using the results of the quiz and the readings for this session, describe the agents of socialization that most influenced your political values.
  1. In order to submit these answers and get credit for the assignment click on the link above: “Assignment: Political Typology”.


3) Assignment: Compare and Contrast Political Parties

Attached Files:

File Political Party Comparison Chart (48 KB)

In this assignment you will be using the attached chart to compare and contrast party platforms.


Attached you will find a chart. Using the chart and the party platforms provided, compare and contrast the Democratic Party, Republican Party and a chosen third party on major issues.


If one of the platforms does not include any information on a particular subject you may type N/A into the box.

In order to receive full credit you should be able to fill out 30/39 boxes.

Save the completed chart and attach the file to submit.


Major U.S. Political Parties


2012 Democratic Party Platform


2012 Republican Party Platform


Other U.S. Political Parties (Third Parties)


2014 Libertarian Party Platform


2014 Green Party Platform


Comparing Major Party Platforms

Using the party platforms provided in the “Session 11: Assignments and Assessments” folder, compare and contrast the Democratic Party, Republican Party and a chosen third party on major issues.  In order to receive full credit you should be able to fill out 80% of the boxes (31/39).   If one of the platforms does not include any information on a particular subject you may type N/A into the box.  Save the completed chart and submit it. 

Democratic Platform Republican Platform Third Party


Gun Control
Health Care
National Security
Retirement Security
Science and Technology


4) Assignment: Federalist #10

Read Federalist #10 James Madison.  Write 1-3 well developed paragraphs answering the following questions:

  • How did Madison define a “faction”?
  • Why was Madison concerned about factions?  Why did he say that factions were dangerous?
  • What solutions did Madison offer for the problem of factions?
  • Does our modern system of government have factions? If so what are they?  Did James Madison’s concern about factions turn out to be true?







5) Assignment: Electoral College

The electoral college creates a unique political process in Presidential elections.

  1. Play the interactive election simulation “Win the White House
  2. Read the 2012 Newsweek editorial: Votes For Sale
  3. Read the 2012 Slate editorial: In Defense of the Electoral College
  4. Submit 1-3 well developed paragraphs answering the following questions:
  • When you played the “Win the White House” game how did the winner-take-allrules of the electoral college influence your strategy? Where did you spend your time and money? How did you decide where to spend these resources?Were there states that you consciously decided to ignore? If so why?
  • How do you think that your experience in the presidential election simulation relates to the real tactics used by presidential candidates in the United State?
  • After completing the simulation and reading the articles, what do you thinkabout the electoral college? Should it remain or change? Explain your answer.


6)  Assignment: Public Policy Process

In this assignment, you will answer questions about the policy-making process as it relates to your letter to an elected official.

Consider the political issue that you have chosen for Writing Assignment #3.  Your letter to an elected official is an opportunity to influence the policy making process.  Consider what you have learned about this issue and submit answers to the following questions.

Write one well developed paragraph, answering the following questions:

  • In which stage of the policy making process is your issue? Because the policy making process is cyclical, you may argue that your issue is in several different stages of policy making.  Explain your reasoning.
  • How can you use your knowledge of the policy making process to write a more persuasive letter?  (Hint:  your final request for action may change depending on the policy stage.)





7)Assignment: Public Budgeting Simulations

In this assignment you will accessing two public budgeting simulations. Please click on the links at the bottom of the page, complete the tasks for the games and then respond to the questions.

One of the most difficult tasks for governments is budgeting. The federal budget when compiled looks like a big city phone book. Public officials ask themselves where they can make cuts, where they can increase revenues, whether they should increase taxes and other concerns, while at same time hoping to keep a majority of their citizens happy.
Below are links to a budgeting simulation that involves the budget for the City of New York and another game, People’s Pie, which allows you to set tax policies for corporations and individuals and establish funding priorities.
Please play both games and then share your experiences in a short paper of 1-3 paragraphs responding to the questions below.
In one to three paragraphs answer the following questions:

  • Was there anything that you wanted to do but couldn’t find the money?
  • What was the key area of concern you addressed to assist your city?
  • Discuss some of your biggest challenges or decisions.
  • Include any other observations about these simulations.

Public Budgeting Simulation

People’s Pie


8) Assignment: International Organizations

Attached Files:

The United States, for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007, appropriated 1.2 billion  dollars for international organizations1. For FY 2015, a request will be made for 1.5 billion dollars2. The funds, by way of a special account call the CIO, permit the United States to participate in over 40 organizations whose missions govern a range of American interests, including but not limited to security, trade, and health.

While the United Nations is often criticized for being ineffectual or poised against U.S. interests, there is evidence to support the contrary.

Select one of the international organizations included in the “US Department of State: US Contributions to International Organizations” (attached) and answer the following questions. Some may require a little research.

1.How much money did the United States contribute to this organization during FY 2012 or 2013 (see attached budget report)?

2.What percentage of the organizational budget does the United States provide (see attached budget report)?

3.What does this organization do? What is its mission?

4.How does the United States benefit from supporting this organization? Do you benefit?

1 Congressional Budget Justification: Fiscal Year 2009. United States Department of State. Last Access 4/3/2014. P.613
2 Congressional Budget Justification.Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. Fiscal Year 2015.United States Agency for International Development. Last Access 4/3/2014. P.43


United States Department of State

United States Contributions to International Organizations

Sixty-First Annual Report to the Congress for Fiscal Year 2012





Report to the Congress of United States Contributions to International Organizations for Fiscal Year 2012


Section 405(b) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003 (22 U.S.C. § 287b(b)) calls for the Secretary of State to submit an annual report to the Congress “on the extent and disposition of all financial contributions made by the U.S. during the preceding year to international organizations in which the U.S. participates as a member.” This report provides a detailed tabulation of United States contributions to international organizations for October 1, 2011, to September 30, 2012.


The amounts reported are actual U.S. contributions made during fiscal year 2012 and include adjustments for credits, Tax Equalization Funds, Working Capital Funds, deferrals, and mandatory reductions (e.g., Palestine Liberation Organization withholdings and other statutory limitations). Funds obligated, but not expended, during fiscal year 2012 are not reflected in this report.


International financial institutions such as the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development are not covered in the text or in the total figures, but are the subject for a separate report to the Congress by the National Advisory Council on International Monetary and Financial Policies. Other expenses excluded from the tabular presentation of contributions include the cost to the U.S. government of the salaries and expenses of American employees detailed to the secretariats of international organizations (e.g., NATO).


United States Department of State

Sixty-First Annual Report – United States Contributions to International Organizations

Report to the Congress for Fiscal Year 2012


International Organization by Category Amount US Participation by Percentage
Assessed Contributions
United Nations, Specialized Agencies and International Atomic Energy Agency (Assessed Budgets)
Food and Agriculture Organization $          110,444,539 22%
International Atomic Energy Agency 105,597,603 26%
International Civil Aviation Organization 20,652,860 25%
International Labor Organization 97,231,064 22%
International Maritime Organization 6,643,954 3%
International Telecommunication Union 10,761,338 7%
United Nations 637,862,539 22%
United Nations Capital Master Plan 75,534,800 22%
United Nations War Crimes Tribunal for Rwanda 13,214,962 22%
United Nations Warm Crimes Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia 18,354,583 22%
Universal Postal Union 2,698,058 6%
World Health Organization 109,403,260 22%
World Intellectual Property Organization 1,210,285 7%
World Meteorological Organization 14,226,738 22%
Total – United Nations, Specialized Agencies, and the International Atomic Energy Agency $ 1,223,836,583
Peacekeeping (Assessed Budgets)  
International Residual Mechanism 3,377,200 27%
United Nations AU Hybrid Mission in Darfur $ 325,136,256 27%
United Nations Disengagement Observer Force 19,256,158 27%
United Nations Force in Cyprus 15,227,739 27%
United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste 41,604,999 27%
United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon 146,049,244 27%
United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei 29,449,914 27%
United Nations International Tribunal – Former Yugoslavia 19,993,639 27%
United Nations International Tribunal for Rwanda 11,547,219 27%
United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara 22,158,039 27%
United Nations Mission in Kosovo 18,754,094 27%
United Nations Mission in Liberia 245,907,491 27%
United Nations Mission in South Sudan 297,695,275 27%
United Nations Mission in Sudan 5,448,750 27%
United Nations Operations in Cote D’lvoire 227,520,152 27%
United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo 395,493,236 27%
United Nations African Union Mission in Somalia 91,818,000 27%
United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti 201,190,892 27%
Total Assessed Peacekeeping $       2,117,628,297
Inter-American Organizations (Assessed Budgets)
Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture $             16,359,403 59%
Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission 1,746,553 28%
Organization of American States 48,518,700 59%
Pan American Health Organization 63,094,415 59%
Pan American Institute of Geography and History 323,900 58%
Total – Inter-American Organization $          130,042,971
Regional Organizations (Assessed Budgets)  
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation $ 1,088943 18%
Caribbean Postal Union 5,000 **
Colombo Plan Council for Technical Cooperation 17,400 4%
NATO Parliamentary Assembly 1,003,873 22%
North Atlantic Treaty Organization 71,057,349 22%
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development 102,193,800 24%
Pacific Community 1,598,723 15%
Total – Regional Organizations $          176,965,088


United States Department of States

Sixty-First Annual Report – United States Contributions to International Organizations

Report to the Congress for Fiscal Year 2012


International Organization by Category Amount U.S. Participation by Percentage
Other International Organizations (Assessed Budgets)
Antarctic Treaty Secretariat $                    60,346 5%
Asia Pacific Group 1,175,380 38%
Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources 120,371 4%
Customs Cooperation Council 4,230,355 22%
Great Lakes Fishery Commission 23,709,000 79%
Hague Conference on Private International Law 281,463 6%
Indian Ocean Commission 70,000 24%
International Agency for Research on Cancer 1,996,734 8%
International Brain Research Organization 8,500 **
International Bureau of the Permanent Court of Arbitration 70,987 6%
International Bureau for the Publication of Customs Tariffs 160,701 15%
International Bureau of Weights and Measures 1,433,482 10%
International Center for the Study of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property 1,042,870 22%
International Coffee Organization 625,241 14%
International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas 225,459 8%
International Copper Study Group 37,558 7%
International Cotton Advisory Committee 334,600 19%
International Council for the Exploration of the Sea 200,554 8%
International Council for Science 468,549 14%
International Criminal Police Organization 10,188,117 16%
International Energy Agency 104,100 40%
International Grains Council 509,691 23%
International Hydrographic Organization 131,068 4%
International Institute for the Unification of Private Law 161,184 5%
International Lead and Zinc Study Group 33,914 7%
International Organization for Legal Metrology 152,632 7%
International Organization for Migration 10,918,328 24%
International Pacific Halibut Commission 4,500,000 84%
International Renewal Energy Agency 3,520,000 22%
International Seed Testing Association 15,479 1%
International Tropical Timber Organization 286,064 4%
International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources 544,845 5%
International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants 338,677 8%
International Whaling Commission 133,908 5%
North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization 45,859 5%
North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission 174,930 20%
North Pacific Marine Science Organization 117,319 14%
Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization 285,788 18%
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons 20,474,624 22%
Organization for the Security and Co-operation in Europe 435,000 **
Pacific Salmon Commission 2,791,466 50%
Postal Union of the Americas, Spain, and Portugal 155,000 **
United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea 36,556 **
World Association for Waterbourne Transport 12,564 6%
World Organization for Animal Health 194,737 2%
World Road Association 24,266 **
World Trade Organization 26,905,133 22%
Total – Other Organizations $          119,443,399
Total Assessed Contributions $       3,767,916,338


United States Department of States

Sixty-First Annual Report – United States Contributions to International Organizations

Report to the Congress for Fiscal Year 2012


International Organization by Category Amount U.S. Participation by Percentage
Special Voluntary Programs
Antarctic Treaty Secretariat $                       2,500 **
Asia Pacific Group 141,267 **
Berne Union 22,808 **
Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Program 15,551,000
Common Market for East and Central Africa 47,431,643 **
Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources 35,000
Council of Europe 500,000 **
Customs Cooperation Council/World Customs Organization 5,901,500 **
Food and Agriculture Organization 106,794,080 **
Global Biodiversity Information Facility 1,020,000 **
Great Lakes Fisheries Commission 230,000 **
Hague Conference on Private International Law 150,000 **
Institute of Governance and Sustainable Development 18,300 **
Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research 2,420,000 **
Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission 151,804 **
Intergovernmental Authority on Development 802,969 **
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2,422,000 **
International Anti-Corruption Academy 93,774 **
International Atomic Energy Agency 85,948,000 **
International Civil Aviation Organization 6,439,100 **
International Commission for Conservation of Atlantic Tunas 99,033 **
International Council on Archives 129,438 **
International Council for the Exploration of the Sea 15,000 **
International Council for Science 380,000 **
International Criminal Police Organization 184,650 **
International Development Law Organization 4,495,648 **
International Energy Agency 322,200 **
International Labor Organization 11,618,098 **
International Organization for Migration 199,068,929 **
International Renewal Energy Agency 6,100 **
International Transport Forum 111,000 **
International Union for Conservation of Nature/National Research 28,500 **
International Whaling Organization 95,092 **
Interparliamentary Group – Transatlantic Legislators Dialogue 100,000 **
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS 49,824,000 **
Multilateral Force and Observers in the Sinai 30,775,000 **
Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol 6,100 **
North Atlantic Treaty Organization 6,965,000 **
North Pacific Marine Science Organization 237,916 **
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development 3,996,527 **
Organization for Security and Cooperation 17,305,401 **
Organization of American States 10,520,410 **
Organization of Eastern Caribbean States 900,000 **
Pacific Salmon Commission 95,000 **
Pan American Health Organization 23,693,841 **
Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel 3,000,000 **
Secretariat of Pacific Communications 285,000 **
United Nations 15,000 **
United Nations Associate of Georgia 500,000 **
United Nations Children’s Fund 422,230,311 **
United Nations Democracy Fund 4,755,000 **
United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations 25,000 **
United Nations Development Program 29,264,540 **
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization 120,000 **
United Nations Environment Program 732,400 **
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 6,875,906 **
United Nations High Commission for Human Rights 1,263,696 **
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 696,729,405 **
United Nations Human Settlement Program 16,498,990 **
United Nations Industrial Development Organization 1,500,000 **
United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Mission in Sierra Leone 200,000 **
United Nations Mine Action Service 721,500 **
United Nations Office for the Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs 31,273,348 **
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction 250,000 **
United Nations Office for Project Services 9,952,739 **
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime 27,701,730 **
United Nations Office at Vienna 100,000 **
United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo 400,000 **
United Nations Population Fund 33,469,182 **
United Nations Relief and Works Agency 253,628,550 **
United Nations Trust Fund in Support of the Office of the Special Representative to the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict 278,796
United Nations Trust Fund for the Special Court in Sierra Leone 2,000,000 **
United Nations University 296,100 **
United Nations Volunteer Program 100,000 **
United Nations Women 1,392,284 **
World Food Program 1,295,080,027 **
World Health Organization 222,441,814 **
World Meteorological Organization 5,186,733 **
World Trade Organization 50,192 **
World Water Council 1,079 **
Total – Special Voluntary Programs $       3,705,367,950
Total U.S. Contributions to International Organizations – FY 2012 $       7,473,284,288
Note: A voluntary contribution in the amount of $99,285,360 to the United Nations Development Programme was inadvertently omitted from the FY 2011 Annual Report to Congress, which brings the total contributions for FY 2011 to $5,472,086,551.  


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