Syllabus: Federal Government of the United States and Student Website

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. Policies Faculty and students/learners will be held responsible for understanding and adhering to all policies contained within the following two documents: University policies: You must be logged into the student website to view this document. Instructor policies: This document is posted in the Course Materials forum. University policies are subject to change.

Be sure to read the policies at the beginning of each class. Policies may be slightly different depending on the modality in which you attend class. If you have recently changed modalities, read the policies governing your current class modality. Course Materials Bowman, A. O’M. , & Kearney, R. C. (2011). State and local government (8th ed. ). Boston, MA: Cengage. All electronic materials are available on the student website. Week One: Foundations of the U. S. Federal Government Details Due Points Objectives 1. 1 Identify the major components of the U.

S. Constitution. 1. 2 Explain the role and function of the federal legislative, executive, and judicial branches. 1. 3 Describe the historical and philosophical foundations of the U. S. federal government. 1. 4 Define federalism. 1. 5 Summarize the role of federalism relative to the current U. S. political climate. Reading Read Ch. 1 & 2 of State and Local Government. Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. Start of Class 1 Activities and Preparation Access the U. S. Constitution website: a. Go to http://www. usconstitution. net b.

Browse the Text resources under the section entitled The United States Constitution. Listen to the Separation of Powers podcast located on the student website. View the following multimedia activities located on the student website: a. The Real ID b. The American System of Checks and Balances Start of Class 1 Discussion Questions Questions, Comments & Observations: 1 Point for Posting a Question, Comment, or Observation Before Class. Start of Class 1 1 Participation Participate in class discussion. Start of Class 1 4 Individual Foundations of the U. S. Federal Government Worksheet

Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Foundations of the U. S. Federal Government Worksheet located on the student website. Start of Class 1 10 Week Two: Foundations and Institutions of State Governments Details Due Points Objectives 2 2. 1 Explain the role and function of state constitutions. 2. 2 Identify the role of state legislatures, governors, attorneys general, and other executive officials. 2. 3 Identify major sources and expenditures of state finances. 2. 4 Describe state judicial, educational, and social-service systems. Reading Read Ch.

3, 6, 7, 9 (“The Judiciary” and “The Structure of Sate Court Systems”), 13, 15 (“The Education Bureaucracy” and “Intergovernmental Roles in Education”) & 17 (“Social Welfare and Health Care Policy” and “Types of Social Welfare Programs”) of State and Local Government. Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. Start of Class 2 Activities and Preparation View the multimedia activities located on the student website: a. You are a Governor b. Comparing Judicial Systems Start of Class 2 Discussion Questions Questions, Comments & Observations: 1 Point for Posting a Question, Comment or Observation Before Class.

Start of Class 2 1 Participation Participate in class discussion. Start of Class 2 4 Individual Constitution and Systems of the State Locate the Nevada Constitution. Review its contents and functions. Search for information about the judicial, educational, and social service systems offered in your state and the funding sources for your state government. Write a 1,050 to 1,400 word paper that addresses the following: a. How are the main components of government set up by your state’s constitution? b. How are the services in your state authorized by the state’s constitution? c.

Identify at least one service from each judicial, educational, and social service system. d. Identify two sources of major funding for your state and what major programs or services receive the funding. Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines. Start of Class 2 10 Learning Team Roles Within the State Matrix Select a state to research and complete the University of Phoenix Material: Roles Within the State Matrix. Note – This state will be used for ALL Learning Team assignments. WARNING: The Matrix has a Formatting Problem – Copying the Matrix Into a New Word Document will Fix It. Start of Class 2 5

Week Three: Political Processes of State Governments Details Due Points Objectives 3 3. 1 Analyze the function of political parties and interest groups in state politics. 3. 2 Summarize the state election process. 3. 3 Describe forms of citizen participation in state government. Reading Read Ch. 4 & 5 of State and Local Government. Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. Start of Class 3 Activities and Preparation View the following multimedia activities located on the student website: a. Dissecting Party Primaries b. California Teachers Stage Sit-Ins c. Voting Turnout – Who Votes in the United States? d.

Green Party Candidates Stay on Ballot Start of Class 3 Discussion Questions Questions, Comments & Observations: 1 Point for Posting a Question, Comment, or Observation Before Class. Start of Class 3 1 Participation Participate in class discussion. Start of Class 3 4 Individual State Research – Elements that Influence State Government Read the instructions in the University of Phoenix Material: State Research – Elements that Influence State Government located on the student website and select one option to complete the assignment. Option 1: Interest Group News Piece Option 2: Web Encyclopedia Option 3: Legislative Aide

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines. Start of Class 3 10 Learning Team Rural, Suburban, and Urban Issues Resource: Roles Within the State Matrix completed in Week Two Begin thinking about the rural, suburban, and urban areas in the state your team selected for the Roles Within the State Matrix assignment. Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Rural, Suburban, and Urban Issues Worksheet located on the student website with your team in preparation for the Local Government Issues Presentation, due in Week Four. Start of Class 3 5 Week Four: Organization and Functions of Local Governments.

Details Due Points Objectives 4 4. 1 Analyze different forms of local governments. 4. 2 Identify various challenges and benefits of rural, suburban, and urban communities. 4. 3 Describe current public policy issues and challenges in local governments. 4. 4 Describe the relationship between state and local governments. Reading Read Ch. 10, 11 & 12 of State and Local Government. Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. Start of Class 4 Activities and Preparation View the You are the Mayor and Need to Get a Town Budget Passed multimedia activity located on the student website. Start of Class 4.

Discussion Questions Questions, Comments & Observations: 1 Point for Posting a Question, Comment, or Observation Before Class. Start of Class 4 1 Participation Participate in class discussion. Start of Class 4 4 Learning Team Local Government Issues Presentation Resource: Rural, Suburban, and Urban Issues Worksheet completed in Week Three Select a local government within your chosen state to analyze. You may select either an urban, suburban, or rural government to review. Prepare a presentation addressing the following: a. Describe which area you chose: urban, suburban, or rural.

b. Describe the local form of government and identify the major elected officials of your selected area. c. Identify the major public policy issues, current events, and challenges this government faces and analyze one in depth. d. Discuss how the state government is addressing the issue you selected. e. Provide at least two potential, realistic solutions to the public policy issues, current events, and challenges this government faces. Include speaker notes to provide more in-depth information. Format your presentation consistent with APA guidelines.

Present your Local Government Issues to the class in a 10 to 15 minute Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation. Start of Class 4 10 Week Five: How Do Governments Work Together? Details Due Points Objectives 5 5. 1 Differentiate between the powers and functions of state and local governments. 5. 2 Identify advantages and disadvantages of intergovernmental relationships. 5. 3 Analyze current issues involving multiple governments. 5. 4 Analyze the relationship of state and local governments to the U. S. federal government. Reading Review Ch. 1, 2 & 12 of State and Local Government.

Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. Start of Class 5 Activities and Preparation Listen to the Multiple Governments podcast located on the student website. View the multimedia activities located on the student website: a. You are the Head of FEMA b. Battling City Corruption c. The Changing Face of Federal Bureaucracy Start of Class 5 Discussion Questions Questions, Comments & Observations: 1 Point for Posting a Question, Comment, or Observation Before Class. Start of Class 5 1 Participation Participate in class discussion. Start of Class 5 4 Individual Multiple Governments and Intergovernmental Relationships

Write a 350 to 700 word paper about the ways in which different levels of government interrelate with each other. Include the following points in your paper: a. Provide an example of a current event or issue where multiple governments interact on the solution. b. Describe the ways that those governments work together or against one another on that issue. c. Identify the advantages and disadvantages in the ways that the governments involved work together. d. Provide a possible solution to the current event or issue that would be better by having different levels of government work together.

Include ways in which communication between the governments might be improved. Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines. Start of Class 5 15 Learning Team Government Comparisons Matrix Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Government Comparisons Matrix (and Essay) located on the student website. Format your responses consistent with APA guidelines. WARNING: The Matrix has a Formatting Problem – Copying the Matrix Into a New Word Document will Fix It. Start of Class 5 10 Summary of Point Values for Course Assignments ASSIGNMENTS

Points Individual (70%) 70 Points Week 1 Foundations of the U. S. Federal Government Worksheet 10 Week 2 Constitution and Systems of the State 10 Week 3 State Research – Elements that Influence State Government 10 Week 5 Multiple Governments and Intergovernmental Relationships 15 Questions, Comments & Observations 5 – (1 Point for Posting Before Class) Participation 20 – (1 Point for Each Class Hour) Learning Team (30%) 30 Points Week 2 Roles Within the State Matrix 5 Week 3 Rural, Suburban, and Urban Issues Worksheet 5 Week 4 Local Government Issues Presentation 10 Week 5.

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