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State and Local Government
STATE/LCL GOVT
CLASS CODE: POLSC 311 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: LANGUAGE & LETTERS
DEPARTMENT: HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, POLITICAL SCIENCE
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: A study of state and local political systems and their relationship to the federal sysem.
TAUGHT: Winter, Summer, Fall
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Federalism and how it works, comparative emphasis on 50 states similarities and differences. Eighty-seven thousand governmental units and what they do. The judicial function-primary responsibility of state and local governments, and the special purpose districts and their role, including school districts and how they fit into the puzzle.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Explain the importance of the comparative approach to the study of politics in states and communites, stressing the role of such variables as population growth, income, education, as well as race and ethnicity.
Compare the policy responsibilities of the federal government to those of the states.
Explain the sources of bureaucratic power, how bureaucrats exercise power and why their power has grown over the years.
Discuss the electoral process at the local government level.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001