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PO 201 State and Local Government
Nesbitt, John


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
CoursePO 201 State and Local Government
SemesterF2J2004
FacultyNesbitt, Jack
TitleSenior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty
Office Hoursby appointment
Daytime Phone(816) 356-7272
E-MailJack.Nesbitt@park.edu
Semester DatesOctober 25 to December 19, 2004
Class Days--T----
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Bowman and Kearney, State and Local Government:  The Essentials, 2nd edition, 2003, ISBN 0-618-21459-3, Houghton Mifflin.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
The Missouri Constitution (copy will be provided by instructor).

Bill Gilbert, This City, This Man: The Cookingham Era in Kansas City, ICMA, 1978 (out of print).  Most area libraries have copies.

Richard Hardy and others, Missouri Government and Politics, University of Missouri Press, 1995.  Most area libraries have copies.

Kansas City Star.  Class will follow state political events weekly.

Course Description:
A critical survey of the major trends in state and local government in the United States, with special emphasis on the governmental practices of the State of Missouri and problems of municipal government in Kansas City.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
To be able to function in society as an informed and intelligence citizen.

Course Assessment:
Examinations, quizzes, presentations, projects, papers, individual class participation, etc.

Grading:
Depending upon enrollment: two examinations worth 50 points each; an outside project worth 50 points; and class participation worth 50 points.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The only way to have a late assignment accepted is to contact the instructor in advance of the assignment deadline.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Successful government is dependent upon good citizenship and participation.  The classroom operates in the same way.

 Class ActivitiesAssignmentsTests
Meeting - 1 Oct 26Discussion:  Elections and Political PartiesChapters 4 & 5 
Meeting - 2  Nov 2Discussion:  Federal, State & Local Election Issues & CandidatesChapters 1 & 2 
Meeting - 3  Nov 9Discussion:  State ConstitutionsChapter 3 & MO Constitution 
Meeting - 4  Nov 16Discussion:  Legislatures and GovernorsChapters 6 & 7Mid-Tern Exam
Meeting - 5  Nov 23Discussion:  Judiciary and Public AdministrationChapters 8 & 9 
Meeting - 6  Nov 30Project Reports on Local GovernmentChapters 10 & 11 
Meeting - 7  Dec 7Discussion:  Taxing & SpendingChapter 12; This Man, This City, The Cookingham Era in Kansas City (all) 
Meeting - 8  Dec 14Summary Final Exam

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.  
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


The only way to have a excused absence is to contact the instructor, by email or phone, in advance of the class session.  All other absences will be marked unexcused.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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