Political Scandals—Who, What, When, Where, and Why!

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Political Scandals—Who, What, When, Where, and Why!

[WLOs: 5, 6] [CLO: 5]

Purpose: The primary goal of this weekly summative assignment is to probe and scrutinize a major political scandal.

Prepare: Review Chapters 11 and 12 in the course text and the following website:
25 Biggest Political Scandals In History
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.

Reflect: As you have learned over the last few weeks, politics is often about power. In their efforts to obtain and maintain power, some politicians violate widely held ethical and moral limits and even laws. Political scandals can abruptly end promising political careers, and, sometimes, they are used to gain electoral and political advantages over opponents. These violations are often revealed to the public by the news media. Understanding how scandals affect politics and political actors, and the role the media plays in unveiling these scandals, contributes to a better understanding of how political behavior impacts other public and private arenas.

Write: In your essay of at least three pages, research one major scandal involving politicians (Watergate, Bill Clinton, Iran-Contra Affair, Silvio Berlusconi, etc.), and address the following:

Describe how the media portrayed the politicians involved (1 page).
Discuss the outcome of the scandal (1 page).
Did individuals gain greater political power and exposure? Did they resign from office or were their political careers cut short due to the scandal?
Explain what effect, if any, the scandal had on the political environment and the media and why (1 page).

The Political Scandals—Who, What, When, Where, and Why! paper

Must be at least three pages (not including title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA Style
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Must include a separate title page with the following:
Title of paper
Student’s name
Course name and number
Instructor’s name
Date submitted
Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice
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resource for additional guidance.
Must use at least three appropriate sources in addition to the course text.
Be sure to integrate the information from your sources rather than simply inserting it. Watch the Integrating Research
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tutorial for assistance.
The web page 25 Biggest Political Scandals in History
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will count as one of your three sources.
You can also include additional resources found on the Library website. The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources
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table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types.
Must document all sources in APA Style as outlined in the Citing Within Your Paper
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Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
Must include a conclusion that summarizes the main points and restates the thesis.
Organization: Introduction, Thesis Statement, and Conclusion
Total: 1.00

Distinguished – The paper is logically organized with a well-written introduction, thesis statement, and conclusion.

Proficient – The paper is logically organized with an introduction, thesis statement, and conclusion. One of these requires improvement.

Basic – The paper is organized with an introduction, thesis statement, and conclusion. One or more of the introduction, thesis statement, and/or conclusion require improvement.

Below Expectations – The paper is loosely organized with an introduction, thesis statement, and conclusion. The introduction, thesis statement, and/or conclusion require much improvement.

Non-Performance – The organization, introduction, thesis statement, and conclusion are either nonexistent or lack the components described in the assignment instructions.

 

Describes How the Media Portrayed the Political Actors Involved in a Political Scandal
Total: 1.00

Distinguished – Clearly and comprehensively describes how the media portrayed the political actors involved in a political scandal, fully supporting the description with scholarly sources.

Proficient – Describes how the media portrayed the political actors involved in a political scandal, supporting the description with scholarly sources. The description is slightly underdeveloped or unclear.

Basic – Partially describes how the media portrayed the political actors involved in a political scandal, somewhat supporting with scholarly sources. The description is underdeveloped and/or unclear.

Below Expectations – Attempts to describe how the media portrayed the political actors involved in a political scandal; however, the description is not supported with scholarly sources and/or is significantly underdeveloped and unclear.

Non-Performance – The description of how the media portrayed the political actors involved in a political scandal is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

 

Discusses the Outcome of a Political Scandal on the Political Actors Involved
Total: 2.00

Distinguished – Clearly and comprehensively discusses the outcome of a political scandal on the political actors involved, fully supporting with scholarly sources.

Proficient – Discusses the outcome of a political scandal on the political actors involved, supporting with scholarly sources. The discussion is slightly underdeveloped or unclear.

Basic – Partially discusses the outcome of a political scandal on the political actors involved, somewhat supporting with scholarly sources. The discussion is underdeveloped and/or unclear.

Below Expectations – Attempts to discuss the outcome of a political scandal on the political actors involved; however, the discussion is not supported with scholarly sources and/or is significantly underdeveloped and unclear.

Non-Performance – The discussion of the outcome of a political scandal on the political actors involved is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

 

Explains How and Why the Scandal Had an Effect on the Political Environment
Total: 1.00

Distinguished – Clearly and comprehensively explains how and why the scandal had an effect on the political environment, fully supporting the explanation with scholarly sources.

Proficient – Explains how and why the scandal had an effect on the political environment, supporting the explanation with scholarly sources. The explanation is slightly underdeveloped or unclear.

Basic – Partially explains how and why the scandal had an effect on the political environment, somewhat supporting the explanation with scholarly sources. The explanation is underdeveloped and/or unclear.

Below Expectations – Attempts to explain how and why the scandal had an effect on the political environment; however, the explanation is not supported with scholarly sources and/or is significantly underdeveloped and unclear.

Non-Performance – The explanations of how and why the scandal had an effect on the political environment are either nonexistent or lack the components described in the assignment instructions.

 

Explains How and Why the Scandal Had an Effect on the Media
Total: 1.00

Distinguished – Clearly and comprehensively explains how and why the scandal had an effect on the media, fully supporting the explanation with scholarly sources.

Proficient – Explains how and why the scandal had an effect on the media, supporting the explanation with scholarly sources. The explanation is slightly underdeveloped or unclear.

Basic – Partially explains how and why the scandal had an effect on the media, somewhat supporting the explanation with scholarly sources. The explanation is underdeveloped and/or unclear.

Below Expectations – Attempts to explain how and why the scandal had an effect on the media; however, the explanation is not supported with scholarly sources and/or is significantly underdeveloped and unclear.

Non-Performance – The explanations of how and why the scandal had an effect on the media are either nonexistent or lack the components described in the assignment instructions.

 

Written Communication: Content Development
Total: 0.50

Distinguished – Uses appropriate, pertinent, and persuasive content to discover and develop sophisticated ideas within the context of the discipline, shaping the work as a whole.

Proficient – Uses appropriate and pertinent content to discover ideas within the context of the discipline, shaping the work as a whole.

Basic – Uses appropriate and pertinent content but does not apply it toward discovering or developing ideas. Overall, content assists in shaping the written work.

Below Expectations – Uses content, though it may be unrelated or inappropriate to the topic. Content does not contribute toward the development of the written work and may distract the reader from its purpose.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

 

Critical Thinking: Evidence
Total: 1.00

Distinguished – Employs persuasive and applicable information from credible sources to develop an ample analysis or synthesis of the topic. Viewpoints of experts are scrutinized thoroughly.

Proficient – Employs applicable information from credible sources to develop an analysis of the topic.

Basic – Identifies applicable information from credible sources, but may neglect the application of such information toward the analysis of the topic.

Below Expectations – Presents information from external sources, but such information may lack credibility and/or relevance. Neglects to apply such information toward the analysis of the topic.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

 

Written Communication: Control of Syntax and Mechanics
Total: 0.50

Distinguished – Displays meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains no errors and is very easy to understand.

Proficient – Displays comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains only a few minor errors and is mostly easy to understand.

Basic – Displays basic comprehension of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains a few errors which may slightly distract the reader.

Below Expectations – Fails to display basic comprehension of syntax or mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains major errors which distract the reader.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

 

Written Communication: APA Formatting
Total: 0.50

Distinguished – Accurately uses APA formatting consistently throughout the paper, title page, and reference page.

Proficient – Exhibits APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout contains a few minor errors.

Basic – Exhibits limited knowledge of APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout does not meet all APA requirements.

Below Expectations – Fails to exhibit basic knowledge of APA formatting. There are frequent errors, making the layout difficult to distinguish as APA.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

 

Written Communication: Page Requirement
Total: 0.50

Distinguished – The length of the paper is equivalent to the required number of correctly formatted pages.

Proficient – The length of the paper is nearly equivalent to the required number of correctly formatted pages.

Basic – The length of the paper is equivalent to at least three quarters of the required number of correctly formatted pages.

Below Expectations – The length of the paper is equivalent to at least one half of the required number of correctly formatted pages.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

 

Written Communication: Resource Requirement
Total: 1.00

Distinguished – Uses more than the required number of scholarly sources, providing compelling evidence to support ideas. All sources on the reference page are used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.

Proficient – Uses the required number of scholarly sources to support ideas. All sources on the reference page are used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.

Basic – Uses less than the required number of sources to support ideas. Some sources may not be scholarly. Most sources on the reference page are used within the body of the assignment. Citations may not be formatted correctly.

Below Expectations – Uses an inadequate number of sources that provide little or no support for ideas. Sources used may not be scholarly. Most sources on the reference page are not used within the body of the assignment. Citations are not formatted correctly.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

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