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POL 110 - State and Local Government


Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Description
This course focuses on the structure, function and policies of state and local governments in the United States. Special attention is given to the origins and evolution of the American system of Federalism. The relationships among national, state and local governments in the area of education, welfare, criminal justice, economic development and environmental protection are also examined.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Explain the origins and development of the American system of Federalism.
  2. Describe the different variables that influence policy making at the national, state and local level.
  3. Compare and contrast the structure and institutional arrangements of different state governments.
  4. Identify why policies differ between states.
  5. Identify the differences between unitary, confederation and federal systems.
  6. List the main arguments contained within Federalist #51.
  7. Compare and contrast the policy making environments of the national, state and local governments.
  8. Explain the constitutional division of power between national, state and local governments.
Listed Topics
  1. Federalism
  2. State constitutions
  3. Parties and elections in states
  4. State legislatures
  5. State executives
  6. State courts
  7. Making state and local policy
  8. Financing state and local government
Reference Materials
Current textbook
Approved By: Johnson, Alex Date Approved: 05/05/2011


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