State and Local Politics
Course Number: PS 203
Transcript Title: State and Local Politics
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 15, 2019
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0
Examines state and local government policy formulation and outcomes on issues ranging from taxation to prisons, and education to environmental concerns. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Apply an understanding of thediversity of human experience and culture in relationship to how we think and interact with otherswhen addressingcontroversies associated with state and local government policies.
- Employ different methods of inquiry and analytical skills to conceptually organize experiences and discern meaning from ongoing study of state and local government policy making structures and policy formulation.
- Reason quantitatively and qualitatively using analytical skills expressed in both written and oral communication to address political problems at the state and local government levels in the U.S.
- Develop and articulate personal value judgments, respecting points of view, while practicing ethical and social requirements of responsible citizenship by participating in elections and other opportunities for action at the state and local government levels in the U.S.
- Reason quantitatively and qualitatively in both written and oral communication about the roles of individuals and political institutions on the state level as these relate to contemporary problems and issues ranging from taxation to prisons and education to environmental concerns.
Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes
|Major||1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)|
|2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)|
|3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)|
|4. Use an understanding of cultural differences to constructively address issues that arise in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)|
|5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)|
To establish an intentional learning environment, Core Learning Outcomes (CLOs) require a clear definition of instructional strategies, evidence of recurrent instruction, and employment of several assessment modes.
- The outcome is addressed recurrently in the curriculum, regularly enough to establish a thorough understanding.
- Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a thorough understanding of the outcome.
- The outcome is addressed adequately in the curriculum, establishing fundamental understanding.
- Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a fundamental understanding of the outcome.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Tests, research papers, discussion, quizzes, homework, group projects, and other forms of assessment all may be used for this course at the instructor's discretion
Course Activities and Design
The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Themes, Concepts, Issues
After completing this course, the student should have a basic understanding of:
- Concepts including "elitism", "pluralism", and "hyper pluralism" as these may help explain political realities at the state and/or local levels in different parts of the United States.
- How policy making structures operating on state and local levels are influenced by political parties, interest groups, and the impact of money upon campaigns for political office.
- Selected case studies illustrating the dynamics of state and local government politics upon policy outcomes which impact all persons within the realm of a particular jurisdiction.
- The relationship of personal behavior and lifestyle choices to crises and conflicts which took place in the past, continues into the present, and may or may not be transcended in the future.
- How one's own values and actions impact what is seen as right and wrong, good and bad, and the prospects for a future to unfold that is more to one's liking.
Competencies and Skills
- Write and communicate orally in a clear, organized, and effective manner.
- Think critically about current public policy issues and analyze complex social and political realities.
- Use varied and effective research techniques and strategies.
- Develop and refine group process skills, which may include listening, brainstorming, cooperating, negotiating, or otherwise communicating regarding shared tasks.
- Develop an ability to listen to and empathize with diverse perspectives and experiences.
- Integrate coursework with current events and trends through examination of popular media and various sources of news.
- Develop and practice active citizenship skills.