California News Memo

You will be expected to submit a memo where you find an article from a California-based newspaper writing on a recent California State or Local politics issue or event. memo will be a minimum of 500 words, in which the student summarizes the article (the summary should be no more than half the length of the assignment) and then analyzes the event or issue and politics at play. Students should try to show how this event or issue connects to the topics that have been discussed follows. Additionally, students should attach a copy of their article to the assignment.

•The goal is to help students build connections between the factual matter of the course and the political world around them.

TOPICS

Introduction to California Politics

Critical Junctures

Direct Democracy

The State Legislature

The Executive Branch

The Court System

Other Governments

The California Budget Process

Political Parties, Elections, and Campaigns

Political Engagement