Politics and policy have always been major interests of mine. I am fascinated by the factors and circumstances surrounding why a certain policy is formed and the impact those outcomes have. Intellectual curiosity aside, I am also drawn to this sort of work because I find it important to solve issues—especially ones that result in social, economic and political inequality.
With that in mind, I’d like to do a project that involves exploring a particular policy issue, the historical context in which it was formed, and (potential) ways to make effective change about the issue. This was the basic framework for my gateway project, where I used Prezi to explore the issues within our campaign finance system.
I’d like to take a similar approach for my Capstone project. I have a few topic ideas already, so I’ll just share all of them and see if the class has any advice on which one makes the most sense to purse:
- One would be to 1) assess the evolution of marijuana legalization, 2) evaluate the policy of mandatory minimum jail sentences, and finally, 3) explore the history and current status of the private prison industry, all while conveying how the three are interconnected and how the progress of each may affect one another in the future. Each one of these could be a project on its own, but I like the idea of demonstrating how they are interconnected.
- Since my gateway project covered the problems with our campaign finance/lobbying system, and since I did a project for a course last semester on the issues in U.S. industrial agriculture, I could sort of marry the two ideas and try to explore how lobbying and campaign finance has affected the type and quality of food Americans eat every day.
- A third idea would be to investigate why professional sports teams always seek out and receive public funding to build new stadiums, when it seems they can afford to build them privately.
Any advice is appreciated!