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POLS115M - State and Local Government (3-0-3)

This course explores the structure and function of state and local government in the United States, with an emphasis on their roles as partners with the federal government in a system of cooperative federalism. This course places a special emphasis on how the peculiar features of the American political system shape the ability of state and local governments to cope with issues of pressing public policy concern, such as educational quality, racial discrimination, poverty, criminal justice, and environmental protection. Additionally, state political culture, campaigns and elections, political parties, constitutional provisions, and state government branches (legislative, executive, and judicial) will be discussed. Prerequisite: ENGL110M with a grade of “C” or better.