State & Local Political Processes
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Course level: Undergraduate
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.
What you'll learn
Course skills and outcomes
Foundations of the U.S. Federal Government
- Identify the major components of the U.S. Constitution.
- Explain the role and function of the federal legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
- Define federalism.
- Summarize the role of federalism relative to the current U.S. political climate.
Foundations and Institutions of State Governments
- Explain the role and function of state constitutions.
- Identify the role and function of the state legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
Political Processes of State Governments
- Analyze the function of political parties and interest groups in state politics.
- Summarize the state election process.
- Describe forms of citizen participation in state government.
Organization and Functions of Local Governments
- Analyze different forms of local governments.
- 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 current issues involving multiple governments.