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. Number of Instructional 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. Course 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; and
    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 Course Learning Goals

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

    Thomas Dye, The Politics of States and Communities (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Latest Edition).

Review/Approval Date - 10/98; New Core 8/2015