Bureaucracy Basics: Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics Video Analysis with Key- This is an 8 page document that contains a video analysis assignment and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 25 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Bureaucracy Basics.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Bureaucracy Basics. The video will first introduce students to what a bureaucracy is and the main reasons why they exist in government. The bureaucracy being a part of the executive branch is explained as is how this can cause problems with constitutional formalists- bureaucracies make laws called regulations, only Congress can make laws according to the Constitution. How bureaucrats attain employment is covered, low levels going through civil service procedures while high level positions are often political appointments. The video concludes by looking at the arguments for and against bureaucratic privatization. The pros and cons for both public and private bureaucracies are reviewed.
This video analysis can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan. Students love the independence of this assignment by getting to use laptops, Chromebooks, or even their own cellphones to watch the video. Crash Course videos tend to move fast so students often find success if they watch the video through once before going back to pause/play to find the answers to all of the questions.