|Due By (Pacific Time)
||12/09/2016 10:00 pm
Activity Response Assignment #1
In the first quarter of the course, we have had multiple classroom activities and simulations. These include, but are not limited to the following in the first two weeks:
- Aristotle’s Trading Simulation – Stay alive by trading items with other students
- Student Grade Wager – A collective action problem
- The Group Prisoner’s Dilemma – Splitting the class into two and engaging in the prisoner’s dilemma
- Plato’s Democracy – Negotiating in a democracy with factions
- Locke’s State of Nature – Coming out of a state of nature according to John Locke
- State Evolution Activity – Showing how modern states evolved from feudal ones by putting the two sides of the class at war with each other
- Changing the Constitution – Showing how the difficulty of amending the constitution blocks changes to the constitution that may benefit a small group
- Constitution Designing Activity – Group activity to design a constitution
These activities were intended to help students understand class concepts about government and politics. In order to get the most out of the activities, it is important students relate them to what we learn in POLI 121. Therefore, the following assignment is due 11:59 PM on 2/12:
Write a response of length two full pages (12 point font, double spaced, “normal” font) about one of these activities. In that response include the following:
1. What was the activity all about? What were the rules?
2. Describe what you, personally, did in the activity. Did you “win”? Did you get killed? What was the outcome?
3. How did the activity relate to the material we studied in class? Why do you think I assigned the class to do it?
4. What did you learn personally from the activity?
- Activity response addresses all four points in depth. In particular, student relates the class activity they are discussing to larger concepts discussed during lecture in a novel or insightful way. The student clearly grasps why they engaged in the activity and how their participation improved their understanding of the material. The paper fills up the vast majority of two pages.
- Activity response addresses most points but places a greater emphasis on narrative and description of the student’s experience than the lessons learned. There is some discussion of what the student learned from his or her experience but not to the level of an “A” paper. The paper may instead be only a page and a half.
- Activity response is almost purely narrative. It describes what happened and the student’s part in the activity but makes little effort to connect this with class material or reasons for engaging in the activity. The paper may be significantly less than two pages.
- Activity response addresses little of the prompt beyond vaguely discussing the activity. Significant details may be omitted or incorrect. The paper may be a page or less.
- Activity response shows little effort and was composed hastily without attempt to engage with the assignment.
I already have have the paper but it is for a senuir I want it for a freshmen just edit it and make it simplifay
The activity focused on developing an in-depth appreciation of Plato’s democracy. The activity required developing a strong understanding of the tenets of democracy in a multi-factional environment. It involved dividing the group into different sections that are defined by unique values and interests. The democratic process would require a willingness to exchange ideas and make compromises to achieve desirable objectives.
The rules of the activity involved engaging in deliberations with other parties in a respectful fashion. It was important for every member of the class to participate and to demonstrate utmost discipline in the entire process. Negotiated democracy requires an appreciation of the principles of the rule of law (Monoson 30). Members of the class have to invest in the development of desirable outcomes. It is important to ensure that the class benefits from an appreciation of the democratic process. Class members had to recognize the role of mediators in the negotiation process. It was important to develop a strong understanding of the needs of each party. Each group was expected to select a single person that would present their ideas and vision to other parties.
I led the negotiation process for my faction. We hoped to secure an agreement over land rights where we could keep our livestock and grow our crops. My brief involved securing an agreement that would give us access to water and pasture areas. In return, we would be expected to lower the price of the foodstuffs that we sold at the community market. The negotiation process was difficult because other factions wanted the same land. In the end, I succeeded in securing access to water and pasturelands in the community. We were also allowed to use the most fertile part of land because the community recognized the importance of agriculture in sustaining the needs of the community. However, we were forced to reduce the prices of our produce significantly to accommodate the subsidies presented by this agreement.
The negotiation democracy was critical in enabling us to develop an in-depth appreciation of the democratic process. We realized the importance of the rule of law in promoting democracy. For democratic institutions to be successful, it is critical to ensure that everyone has the resources to achieve their objectives and to make a positive contribution in the society. It is clear that everyone must be willing to respect the outcome of these negotiations for them to have a lasting impact. The negotiation process also requires an appreciation of the needs of all the stakeholders and the shared interests of the community (Fairfield 49). All the factions have to recognize the challenges they face and the importance of implementing effective intervention measures in the management of resources. The negotiation process impressed upon us the importance of having a strong position in the discussion over resources. It is clear that individuals have the responsibility to invest in resources that would enhance their standing in the community. In the end, each faction must be willing to cede some ground on his or her demands. The success of negotiated democracy is linked to the presence of enforcing mechanisms and an appreciation of the shared interest in upholding the outcomes of these discussions.
I believe that were asked to engage in these activities because they have a positive impact on our ability to grasp the tenets of democracy. It is important to ensure that the needs of the people have the authority and the responsibility to invest in the development of desirable outcomes. The activity has taught us the importance of investing in systems that enable us to achieve desirable outcomes. I believe that the experiences that we had during this activity prepared us to be active participants in the democratic process in our communities.
The negotiated democracy activity taught us the importance of communication skills and the rule of law. In a society with different factions, it is important to ensure that the needs of each faction are recognized and appreciated. It is clear that stakeholders can achieve their goals if they are willing to invest in resources that promote their well-being. The engagement of stakeholders in the management of resources is important in promoting peace in the society (Folch 31). It is clear that communities comprise of factions with unique needs that should be addressed to achieve positive outcomes.
The activity has exposed us to the democratic process. It is clear that members of the public can achieve their goals if they are willing to engage in activities that promote the well-being. Achieving desirable outcomes requires a strong commitment towards creating opportunities for the each faction to be represented in the decision-making process. The activity taught us the importance of investing in structures and the appropriate infrastructure that promote active participation in the society. It is important to have empathy for other people and to recognize our shared interest in achieving a positive outcome in the management of resources.
The negotiated democracy activity has taught me a lot about the importance of involving everyone in the decision-making process. I recognized the importance of all the factions being involved in the sharing of resources. I also learnt that politics is a local process that is dictated by the issues that affect local communities. It is clear that stakeholders recognize the issues that would have a negative impact on the operations of the people. It is important to ensure that the interests and needs of the people are recognized in the decision-making process. In the end, the people have to make decisions based on the things that they believe will advance the needs of their communities.
Negotiated democracy is integral in providing opportunities for local communities to achieve their objectives. It is important to ensure that the people have a strong interest in the development of their communities. The investment of all the factions in the community is critical in achieving shared outcomes. It is clear that stakeholders have the ability to create systems that recognize the needs of all the people (Held 130). The activity taught me that each faction must be willing to recognize the needs of other groups and to be willing to compromise. The exercise was critical in demonstrating that democracy is skewed in favor of the majority groups in the society. I believe that the skills that I learnt in this process will be critical in enabling me to negotiate for my interests in the future.
In conclusion, it is important to ensure that the interests of the people are protected in the sharing of resources. In my faction, I had to consult with my peers to understand what their needs were. It is also clear that they need to understand that they may not get everything from the negotiation process. The experiences that I had taught me the importance of being honest with the expectations that people have in the democratic process. In the end, I realized that democracy is not a perfect process but it plays an important role in creating an enabling environment for social-economic growth.
Fairfield, Paul.Why Democracy?State Univ of New York Pr, 2009. Print.
Folch, Marcus. The City and the Stage: Performance, Genre, and Gender in Plato's Laws. , 2015. Print.
Held, David. Models of Democracy. Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press, 2006. Print.
Monoson, Susan S. Plato's Democratic Entanglements: Athenian Politics and the Practice of Philosophy. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 2000. Internet resource