Political Science - POLS 109
State and Local Government (3-0) 3 Cr. Hrs.
This course is an introductory study of America’s state and local governments. Emphasis is placed on the nature of state constitutions, the structure and operation of state executive/legislative/judicial branches, and the organization and functioning of local governments. State/federal and state/local relations will also be covered in this course. Students will engage in analysis of decision-makers, power and controversial issues.
(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Explain the importance of state and local governments in the American federal system.
- Investigate levels of political participation by individuals and groups in state and local politics.
- Apply basic terms used in the study of state and local government.
- Analyze current events to illustrate academic theories on state and local government.
- Evaluate how state legislatures fulfill their constitutional and democratic responsibilities.
- Characterize the role that local governments play within the larger arena of state politics.
- Evaluate how governors fulfill their political and legal roles.
- Investigate the state judiciary's structure and role in settling legal disputes.
- Analyze the formation and implementation of state and local public policy.
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