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Course Description

Political Science - POLS 109

State and Local Government (3-0) 3 Cr. Hrs.

Course Description

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.

Prerequisites

(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • None.

Course Competencies

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.

Course Schedule

 CourseSectionCourse TitleModeCredit HoursInstructorsFeeSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusDays-Time-Room

Fall; 2017; POLITICAL SCIENCE; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 8/28/2017

 109142025State & Local Govt 3Robinson R$12.0022/28/0OpenT R  01:00 PM-02:20 PM LA260

Winter; 2018; POLITICAL SCIENCE; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 1/8/2018

 109112984State & Local GovtOnline3Trpovski J$12.0024/31/0Open