POLI120 American State and Local Government
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Political Science
Course Number and TitlePOLI120 American State and Local Government
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250 minutes
Other Pertinent InformationNone
Catalog Course DescriptionThe 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.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Cognitive: to understand the causal factors and consequences of political decision-making.
- Affective: to develop a critical and constructive view of American political systems at the state and local levels.
- Skills: to analyze problems, to think clearly, to communicate effectively.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- Research the political science way
- Politics in States and Communities: An overview
- States, communities, and American feudalism
- Participation in State politics
- Legislators in State Politics
- Governors in State Politics
- Courts, Crime, and Correctional Policy
- Community Political Systems
- Participation in community politics
- Metropolitics: Conflict in the Metropolis
- Community Power Structures
- Politics and Civil Rights
- The Politics of Education
- The Politics of Poverty, Welfare and Health
- The Politics of Budgeting and Taxation
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:Thomas Dye, The Politics of States and Communities (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Latest Edition)
Teaching Methods EmployedLecture, discussion, guest speakers, field research
Review/Approval Date - 10/98