governing society divide and rule

Purpose: The primary goal of this weekly summative assignment is to critically analyze some of the important political science concepts, terms, and theories that were covered this first week of our course.

Prepare: Review the web page Primary Documents in American History: Alien and Sedition Acts (Links to an external site.) to read about the Sedition Act of 1798.

Reflect: This week, you began learning about the major concepts, terms, and theories that embody political science. In this weekly assignment, you will connect the concepts of atomization, peer policing, and preference falsification to how a government can govern. These three techniques are often used by political leaders to prevent radical groups from forming in opposition to the central government. Analysis of how these techniques are used by leaders to oppose any collective action to overthrow the system will broaden your understanding of how governments maintain control over their citizens.

Write: In your essay of at least three pages, you will draw connections from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the concepts of governmental control discussed this week in your course text, A Novel Approach to Politics, by addressing the following:

  • Describe the Sedition Act of 1798 (1 page).
  • Discuss how the Sedition Act of 1798 enhanced governmental control over U.S. citizens (1 page).
  • Explain how atomization, peer-policing, and preference falsification techniques were utilized in the Sedition Act of 1798 (1 page).

The Governing Society: Divide and Rule? paper:

  • Must be at least three pages (not including title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Ashford University Writing Center’s APA Style (Links to an external site.)
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted

For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.).