Examines political institutions and processes in the fifty states, including their cultures and constitutions, as well as the public policies of state governments in areas such as education, social welfare, and the environment. Uses Michigan and Metropolitan Detroit as a basis for comparison to study state and local governments. This course is appropriate as a lead-in for those interested in the fields of political science, public administration, and criminal justice.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
- Capacity of State and Local Government
- Federalism and the States
- State Constitutions
- Elections and Citizen Participation
- Parties, Interest Groups, and Campaigns
- State Legislatures
- Public Administration and State and Local Bureaucracies
- State Judiciaries
- Community Political Systems
- Forms of Local Government
- State and Local Relations
- Taxing and Spending at the State and Local Level
- Economic Development
- Education Policy
- Criminal Justice Policy
- Social Welfare and Health Policy
- Categorize state constitutions among the fifty states.
- Describe the models of judicial selection.
- Describe Federalism and the relationship between the states and the federal government.
- Compare and contrast the part-time legislature versus the professional legislature and its relationship with the executive branch of the state.
- Compare and contrast the powers of state governors.
- Describe city charters and different structures of local government.
- Describe bureaucratic politics in states and communities.
- Describe the politics of fiscal policy at the state and local level.
- Explain the development of policies for criminal justice, education, social welfare, and health at the state and local Level.
- Compare and contrast Michigan’s culture, policies, constitution, and governmental structure with other state and local governments.
- Compare and contrast the political and governmental relationship between the city and suburbs within major metropolitan areas (e.g. Metro Detroit).
- Explain the financing and activities of campaigns and political parties at the state level.
- Explain various economic development strategies used by states and local communities around the United States.
Assessment and Requirements
Each instructor will identify and implement appropriate methods to assess the achievement of the learning objectives for the course.
Each instructor will choose an appropriate textbook for the course.
- Social Sciences
- Civil Society and Culture - U.S. and Global
- Category 4: Social Sciences
Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Determined by department