Sample Research Paper on Reflections Journal

The past lessons and learning on administrative law were significant as they improved my understanding on the various legal and political aspects in the society.  For instance, I was able to learn the understanding differences between the concepts of democracy and a republic.  Many learners and people may confuse the two concepts. I discovered that a republic involves the process of people of choosing their leaders who have the responsibility to make laws.  On the other hand, a democracy describes a situation in which people elects leaders that uses the existing laws to enhance governance and leadership in the society.

In addition, I was exposed   the various legal theories and models that directs the application of the various administrative concepts. For instance, I was exposed to two main theories that explain the nature of the relationship between the federal and the state includes dual federalism and hierarchical federalism. Hall (2010) also exposed me to the two main constitutional provisions that facilitate the expansion of federal power. First, the supremacy clause indicates that the federal rules are extreme rules of the land. The second provisions are the commerce clause that has the power to regulate the trade with foreign countries.

Most importantly, I was able to understand the horizontal separation of power within the three branches of the government including the executive, legislature and the judiciary.  This enhanced my knowledge in administrative law as it indicates the functions of the three branches.  I acquired adequate knowledge on the role of the President and the Congress n setting new policies and objectives in the country. The teaching styles including group discussions, coursework and presentation were very helpful in providing some practical and real life examples on the various important aspects discussed in the course.



Hall, E. D. (2010). Administrative law. London, UK: Pearson publishers.