POLI120 American State and Local Government

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Political Science

I. Course Number and Title
POLI120 American State and Local Government
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
The problems, structure and major functions of government at the state and local levels. Emphasis is on the political processes in the suburban, urban, and state political systems.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Cognitive: to understand the causal factors and consequences of political decision-making.
    2. Affective: to develop a critical and constructive view of American political systems at the state and local levels.
    3. Skills: to analyze problems, to think clearly, to communicate effectively.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Research the political science way
    2. Politics in States and Communities: An overview
    3. States, communities, and American feudalism
    4. Participation in State politics
    5. Legislators in State Politics
    6. Governors in State Politics
    7. Courts, Crime, and Correctional Policy
    8. Community Political Systems
    9. Participation in community politics
    10. Metropolitics: Conflict in the Metropolis
    11. Community Power Structures
    12. Politics and Civil Rights
    13. The Politics of Education
    14. The Politics of Poverty, Welfare and Health
    15. The Politics of Budgeting and Taxation
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Thomas Dye, The Politics of States and Communities (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Latest Edition)
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Lecture, discussion, guest speakers, field research

Review/Approval Date - 10/98