American Government

Political Party Systems Presentation

This assignment requires you to create a PowerPoint presentation to explain the two-party political system used in the United States and to describe each party’s actions and functions during a presidential election.

You should discuss each party and its respective process to select a nominee for president, identifying each step of the process. It may be helpful to choose a particular presidential election and follow the candidates, from announcing their candidacy to their selection as the party nominee.

Your PowerPoint presentation must consist of 10 to 14 slides, not counting the title and reference slides.

Your presentation must include the items listed below.

  • Include a title slide including your name, date, course, and assignment. 
  • List the presentation’s objective(s), a table of contents, or an introductory paragraph/slide.
  • Provide information about each political party’s structure and composition.
  • Include a definition of superdelegates and an example of their impact on an election.
  • Identify and summarize the political machines at play and their impact.
  • Include information about how media acts as a political socializing agent during an election.
  • Provide information about how each party uses the media.
  • Include a few bullets describing whether the two-party system remains as a fair and viable process.
  • Provide three to four pictures, maps, or graphs that will illustrate important points in your presentation.

Your slides should elaborate on the aforementioned points. You may include additional information that you feel is relevant, but do not create more than 14 slides. Use your creativity, and organize the material in a logical and understandable manner. 

Use APA formatting for all paraphrased and quoted material. You must use at least three outside sources, at least one of which should come from the CSU Online Library.

Please refrain from utilizing the speaker notes function within PowerPoint unless you need to further elaborate on content included on the slides.

Use pictures on slides to help convey the meaning of the material being reviewed and presented in the presentation.

If you have never created a PowerPoint, or if you want to brush up on your skills, click here to access a tutorial created by the CSU Writing Center to learn tips and best practices for creating a PowerPoint.

If you need further help with your presentation, you should consult with the Writing Center staff, allowing enough time to receive guidance and feedback. You can e-mail the Writing Center at

Please see the following attachments for examples of high-quality PowerPoint presentations.

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