State And Local Political Processes – pol215 (3 credits)

This course provides students with an introduction to the organization, administration, and functions of American state and local governments. The relationship between state and federal governments is also analyzed.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Foundations of the U.S. federal government

  • Explain the role and function of the federal legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
  • Describe the historical and philosophical foundations of the U.S. federal government.
  • Summarize the role of federalism relative to the current U.S. political climate.
  • Define federalism.
  • Identify the major components of the U.S. Constitution.

How Do Governments Work Together?

  • Analyze current issues involving multiple governments.
  • Differentiate between the powers and functions of state and local governments.
  • Identify advantages and disadvantages of intergovernmental relationships.
  • Analyze the relationship of state and local governments to the U.S. federal government.

Foundations and Institutions of State Governments

  • Explain the role and function of state constitutions.
  • Identify the role of state legislatures, governors, attorneys general, and other executive officials.
  • Identify major sources and expenditures of state finances.
  • Describe state judicial, educational, and social-service systems.

Political Processes of State Governments

  • Analyze the function of political parties and interest groups in state politics.
  • Describe forms of citizen participation in state government.
  • Summarize the state election process.

Organization and Functions of Local Governments

  • Analyze different forms of local governments.
  • Identify various challenges and benefits of rural, suburban, and urban communities.
  • Describe current public policy issues and challenges in local governments.
  • Describe the relationship between state and local governments.

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