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.
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Foundations and Institutions of State Governments
- Describe state judicial, educational, and social-service systems.
- 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.
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.
How Do Governments Work Together?
- 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.
- Analyze current issues involving multiple governments.
Foundations of the U.S. federal government
- Define federalism.
- Identify the major components of the U.S. Constitution.
- 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.
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