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.
Analyze the relationship of state and local governments to the U.S. federal government.
Analyze current issues involving multiple governments.
Identify advantages and disadvantages of intergovernmental relationships.
Differentiate between the powers and functions of state and local governments.
Organization and Functions of Local Governments
Describe the relationship between state and local governments.
Describe current public policy issues and challenges in local governments.
Identify various challenges and benefits of rural, suburban, and urban communities.
Analyze different forms of local governments.
Political Processes of State Governments
Describe forms of citizen participation in state government.
Summarize the state election process.
Analyze the function of political parties and interest groups in state politics.
Foundations and Institutions of State Governments
Describe state judicial, educational, and social-service systems.
Identify major sources and expenditures of state finances.
Identify the role of state legislatures, governors, attorneys general, and other executive officials.
Explain the role and function of state constitutions.
Foundations of the U.S. federal government
Summarize the role of federalism relative to the current U.S. political climate.
Describe the historical and philosophical foundations of the U.S. federal government.
Explain the role and function of the federal legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
Identify the major components of the U.S. Constitution.
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