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BPA/211

Foundations of Federal, State, & Local Government

Online

Format

$1194

Estimated Tuition

credits

Total credits

weeks

Course length

Start when you're ready

Choose an upcoming start date:

15 Feb 2022

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Course level: Undergraduate

This course provides students constitutional foundations and governing entities of the federal, state, and local governments. Students will learn about political themes, governmental reach, democracy, and political behavior at each level of government.

Prerequisites

None

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

  • Explain the Relationship between various State governments and the Federal government.
  • Explain if the theories of the founding fathers behind the Constitution were to promote or protect states’ rights.    
  • Identify the three levels of State and the Federal government and explain the primary purposes of each.        

Week 2

  • Describe the main protections of the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights and how these affect a democratic society.      
  • Explain how federal, state and local governments are all separate and distinct work together for the common good.  
  • Identify projects designed for the common good that need all levels of government working in conjunction with each other.      

Week 3

  • Explain the relationship between politics, special interests, the citizens and governmental leaders and how their interaction creates policy formulation.       
  • Describe the recent trends in federal and state governmental openness and transparency and the role of the press and media in this movement.          
  • Explain the importance of public opinion polls, religious beliefs, societal norms and ethical standards to prioritize the services provided by governments.     

Week 4

  • Examine the inner workings of multi-jurisdictional governmental agencies and the challenges of not duplicating citizen services.         
  • Describe the recent trend in the concept of shared services and the pros and cons of these programs.        
  • Identify ways to improve communication and cooperation between various governmental agencies.        

Week 5

  • Describe the services provided by local governments and identify those services that are most important to everyday living.     
  • Identify the specialized components of local government.
  • Explain the functions of the key members of municipal government including the mayor, the council, the municipal clerk, the engineer and public safety officials.

Prerequisite details

Prerequisites details

A prerequisite is required for this course. The purpose of a prerequisite is to ensure students have the knowledge and/or skills needed to be successful in the course. Students are required to provide proof of prerequisite during the enrollment/registration process.

To meet a course prerequisite requirement, a student must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Successfully completed the prerequisites course at University of Phoenix

  • Provide proof via transcript of completing a comparable course (at least 75% match) or higher level course with at least a grade of C at another institution.

  • Have a University of Phoenix approved Student Appeal on file with the University.

Prepare your documents

During the checkout process you will be prompted to provide proof of the requirement(s). If you completed the prerequisite at another institution, be prepared to upload an official/unofficial transcript.

Still have questions?

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(866) 354-1800

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Real-world instructors

Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

 

Next steps

Start a conversation about your future with an enrollment representative today.

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Credit Transfer

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