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PO 201 State and Local Government
Swafford, Anne


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.

Course

PO 201 State and Local Government

Semester

F2J 2008 DN

Faculty

Swafford, Anne

Title

Adjunct Faculty/Political Science

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. Elementary Education, UMKC
M.P.A., UMKC
Certified Mediator, NY Institute of Mediation

Office Location

Classroom

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

816-363-7892

E-Mail

anne.swafford@park.edu

Semester Dates

October 21, 2008 - December 9, 2008

Class Days

--T----

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

 
Smith, Greenblatt and Buntin, Governing States and Localities, 2nd Edition, Congressional Quarterly. ISBN 978-0-87289-379-5
 
Andrea A. Lunsford, Easy Writer:Pocket Guide, 3rd 06, Bedford Books, ISBN: 0-312-43309-3
 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

 
http://college.cqpress.com/govstateandlocal provides chapter summaries, self-testing study questions, self-grading quiz questions, flashcards, crossword puzzles and links to important state and local web sites with research information for required term paper.
 
www.governing.com is Governing magazine's website with resources tailored to the textbook and for term paper research.
 
www.sos/mo.gov/pubs/constitution.asp has the Missouri Constitution available on line.  The Missouri Secretary of State's Office has printed copies of the Missouri Constituion available for free.
 
www.kcmo.gov is the City of Kansas City, Missouri website. 

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Course Description:
PO 201 State and Local Government A critical survey of the major trends in state and local government in the United States, with special emphasis of the governmental practices of the State of Missouri and problems of municipal government in Kansas City. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

 
Classes will be highly interactive.  Instructor will use lectures, readings, online quizzes, guest speakers, videos, websites, media articles, individual and group activities and exercises.  Primary methods used will be (1) learning by inquiry, reflection and interaction, (2) learning by experience, and (3) learning by doing.  Discussions and written assignments are designed to develop the student's analytic and critical thinking skills as well as relating knowledge to current events and practical applications in governmental agencies.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the evolution of federalism
  2. Explain intergovernmental relations and how they differ from federalism
  3. Identify the various forms of state, county, municipal and special district governments
  4. Recognize the concept of state political culture and its role in state policy and politics.
  5. Compare public policies among states and explain differences where they occur.


Core Assessment:

TERMPAPER 50% of final grade

 

Consistent with the goal of “writing across the curriculum”, as well as presenting the literacies, a term paper is required in this course.  This paper is to test your skills at research, synthesis, reasoning and presentation.

 

You will choose the ultimate subject matter of the paper in consultation with me.  In general, however, the topic must be an issue that is relevant to state and/or local government in America.  It must compare the same type of policy between two states or two local governments. You may wish to write about an issue of importance for all fifty states, or an issue of importance to only Kansas City.

 

Look through your textbooks to get some ideas.  Come and talk to me if you want to discuss the ideas you have come up with before the topic due date.

 

Regardless of what you are going to write about, your paper must answer the following questions:          a) What is the policy in each entity?

                        b) What is the history of the policy in each entity?

                        c) What differences in the policy in the two are most dramatic?                                      d) What explanations are there for the differences in policies between the two entitities?              

e) What is the bases for your explanation?

 

This paper is a research project and as such will require you to use references.  A separate handout on term papers as well as the Hacker book will help you.

 

To complete the assignment, you must hand in four separate reports, each of which is graded and each of which must be typewritten, double-spaced.  The relative weights for each report and the due dates are as follows:

 

                                    Choice of topic 10% of paper grade.

                                    Thesis statement and preliminary bibliography 20% of paper grade

                                    Paper 60% or 70% of paper grade

                                    Revised paper (if needed, 10%) of paper grade.

 

ONE LETTER GRADE WILL BE ASSESSED ON THE GRADE FOR THE PAPER FOR EACH DAY OR PART OF A DAY ANY OF THE FOUR REPORTS IS LATE,

 

For every five errors in spelling, punctuation or grammar, your grade will be reduced by three points.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

 
A term paper concerning the history of a state or local public policy in two contrasting entities.
 
Midterm exam - individual oral report  to instructor on term paper, thesis and outline. 
 
In class assignments.
 
Online textbook chapter quizzes

Grading:

 
 1,000 Total Points
 
Term Paper = 500 points
   Topic = 50 points
   Thesis = 25 points
   Bibliography = 75 points
   Outline = 50 point
   Draft Term Paper - 100 points
   Paper & Works Cited = 200 points
 
CQ Press Chapter quizzes online = 150 points (10 points x 15 chapters)
 
Midterm exam - 70 points
Oral report on term paper and outline.  Meet individually with instructor on 4th class session to discuss thesis, outline and comparison of differing policy positions in two states or cities with differing political cultures.  Submit and discuss revised bibliography.
 
In class activities for 8 sessions = 280 points (35 x 8 classes)
 
Optional Bonus Points = Term Paper presentation at Session 8 = 50 points
 
90 - 100% = A
 
80 - 89% = B
 
70 - 79% = C
 
60 - 69% = D
 
0 - 59% = F
 
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

 
Points will be deducted for late term paper assignments and online quizzes.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

 
1.  Attend classes regularly and attend the entire sessions.  Activities and exercises are planned for each session for a total of 50 points per session.  If you arrive at class late or leave early, you will miss an activity or exercise worth points you can not make up.
 
2.  Students are responsible for all material covered in class while absent.
 
3.  Be prepared for class.  Complete the reading assignment for each class and take the online chapter quizzes.  Email the instructor the summary of the results.  Be prepared to discuss the readings by taking notes and using the CQPress resources such as study questions available to students.
 
4.  No portable telphones or pagers are allowed in class except for security or emergency medical personnel.
 
5.  If you have any questions or problems, contact the instructor by phone, email or during class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 
The Instructor reserves the right to amend this schedule based on the progress and needs of the students.
 
October 21, 2008

Class Expectations
Review Syllabus
Introduction (Chapter 1)
Term Paper Requirements and Topics
Plagiarism
 
Bring textbook, Easy Writer Pocket Guide and syllabus to class.
Read Chapter 1 before class.
October 28, 2008
 
Review of Chapter 1
Guest Speaker
Federalism (Chapter 2)
State and Local Constitutions (Chapter 3)
Missouri Constitution
Term Paper - topic review, selection of sources, bibliography requirements

 
 
Bring textbook, Missouri Constitution and Easy Writer Pocket Guide to class.
Read Chapters 2 and 3.
Complete quizzes for chapters 1, 2, and 3 and email to instructor before class. 
Term Paper Topic and selection of governmental entities for comparison due.
November 4, 2008

Guest Speaker
Political Attitudes and Interest Groups (Chapter 5)
Discussion of Elazar Handout on Political Culture
Term Paper - Review of bibliography and recommend revisions.
Easy Writer Pocket Guide - How to write a thesis and introduction to a term paper.
 
 
 

Bring textbook, Easy Writer Pocket Guide and Elazar handout to class.
Read Chapters 4 and 5 and Elazar handout.
Complete quizzes for chapters 4 and 5 and email to instructor before class.
Bibliography for Term Paper due.
Start reading source material for paper.
November 11, 2008

Legislatures (Chapter 6)
Governors (Chapter 7)
View Missouri web sites for Governor and Legislature.
Term Paper - How to take notes from sources and how to do an outline.
Midterm Exam - Individual meetings with Instructor to review thesis and revised bibliographies and proposed content of term paper.
 
 
 
Bring textbook and Easy Writer Pocket Guide to class.
Read chapters 6 and 7.
Complete quizzes for chapters 6 and 7 and email to instructor before class.
Term Paper - Revised Bibliography due.
Continue reading source material for paper.

 

November 18, 2008

Courts (Chapter 8
Bureaucracy (Chapter 9)
Easy Writer Pocket Guide - Spelling, punctuation, grammar, paragraphs, citations, and works cited page, and paraphrasing.
 
 
 
Bring textbook and Easy Writer Pocket Guide to class.
Read Chapters 8 and 9.
Complete quizzes for chapters 8 and 9 and email to instructor before class.
Outline for Term Paper due.
Read source material for paper and take notes for information to include in paper.
November 25, 2008

Guest Speaker
Local Government (Chapter 10)
View KC, MO Charter and website.
Term Paper - Review term paper and propose revisions.

 
 
Bring textbook and Easy Writer Pocket Guide to class.
Read chapter 10.
Complete quiz for chapter 10 and email to instructor before class.
Draft Term Paper due -(100 points)
December 2, 2008

Guest Speakers
Instructor returns term paper with comments for revisions
Metropolitics (Chapter 11)
Finance (Chapter 12)
Education (Chapter 13)
 

 
 
Bring textbook and Easy Writer Pocket Guide to class
Read chapters 11,12, and 13.
Complete quizzes for chapters 11, 12, and 13 and email to instructore before class.
December 9, 2008

Crime and Punishment (Chapter 14)
Health and Welfare (Chapter 15)
Term Paper Presentations (Optional Bonus Points)

 
 
Bring textbook to class.
Read Chapters 14 and 15.
Complete quizzes for chapters 14 and 15 and email to instructor before class.
Final Term Paper due - (200 points)

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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. 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 .

Additional Information:

 

Additional Requirements for Term Paper

 

Use Andrea Lunsford's Easy Writer: Pocket Guide for the format of the paper.

 

1.  See MLA format for first page of the paper, in text citations and the works cited page.  Paper should be 10 pages long plus the Works Cited page.

 

2.  Include an introduction, discussion and comparison of each governmnet's policy and a conclusion using the comparative method.  Integrate appropriate ideas from various sources with relevant use of key terms from the textbook.  Ideas should be presented objectively.

 

3.  Use thoughtful insights that reflect an appreciation of the complexity and non-obvious aspects of the policy position.  Inferences must be supported by evidence from your research.  Personal opinions must be supported by citing the relevant sources.

 

4.  The purpose of the paper should be clear with an orderly flow.  Writing should be easy to follow.  Quotations and paraphrasing should be well integrated in the writing.

 

5.  Proofread the paper before submission.  Numerous spelling, punctuation and significant grammar errors are unacceptable.

 

6.  Citations are appropriate to the content of the paper.  In text citations should match the works cited page.

 

7.  An initial bibliography should include:


       
  • the textbook

  •    
  • government websites

  •    
  • magazines such as Governing Magazine

  •    
  • two journal articles

  •    
  • articles from newspapers in cities or states being compared

  •    
  • 3 books (Can be on history, culture, economics, politics, geography, population, policy issue, or specific governmental entities being compared)

  •    
  • (Optional) Reports or information from state or local interest groups or parties or professional think tanks or associations or nationwide media sources.  Data bases, personal interviews, speaker presentations, and conference papers can be used as resources.


8.  Plagiarism will result in an automatic grade of F.


government websites

 

 



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Judges (and provides evidence for that judgment) the relative importance of 5 of : intergovernmental relations, political competition, political culture, economic conditions, governmental structures, federal funding, history of the entity. Judges (and provides evidence for that judgment) the relative importance of 3 - 4 of : intergovernmental relations, political competition, political culture, economic conditions, governmental structures, federal funding, history of the entity. Judges (and provides evidence for that judgment) the relative importance of 1 - 2 of : intergovernmental relations, political competition, political culture, economic conditions, governmental structures, federal funding, history of the entity. No evidence 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1,2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Constructs explanations for policy differences between entities using at least 5 of: intergovernmental relations, political competition, political culture, economic conditions, governmental structures, federal funding, history of the entity. Constructs explanations for policy differences between entities using at least 3 - 4 of: intergovernmental relations, political competition, political culture, economic conditions, governmental structures, federal funding, history of the entity. Constructs explanations for policy differences between entities using at least 1 - 2 of: intergovernmental relations, political competition, political culture, economic conditions, governmental structures, federal funding, history of the entity. No evidence 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
3,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Successfully contrasts policy differences between the two entities on at least five different aspects. Successfully contrasts policy differences between the two entities on at least 3 - 4 different aspects. Successfully contrasts policy differences between the two entities on at least 1 -2 different aspects. No evidence 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1,2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Chooses a policy that is significantly different between the two entities so that those differences can be assessed on at least 5 discrete aspects. Chooses a policy that is significantly different between the two entities so that those differences can be assessed on at least 3 - 4 discrete aspects. Chooses a policy that is significantly different between the two entities so that those differences can be assessed on at least 1-2 discrete aspects. No evidence 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,2,3,4,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Uses terminology from the course and research correctly, and identifies at least 10 concepts in the paper. Uses terminology from the course and research correctly, and identifies at least 5 - 9 concepts in the paper. Uses terminology from the course and research correctly, and identifies at least 3 - 4 concepts in the paper. Uses terminology from the course and research correctly, and identifies less than 3 concepts in the paper. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Contains no errors in the following paper format items:

MLA
Works cited
Spelling
Punctuation
Paragraph and sentence structure
 
Contains no more than 5 errors in the following paper format items:

MLA
Works cited
Spelling
Punctuation
Paragraph and sentence structure
 
Contains no more than 10 errors in the following paper format items:

MLA
Works cited
Spelling
Punctuation
Paragraph and sentence structure
 
Contains more than 10 errors in the following paper format items:

MLA
Works cited
Spelling
Punctuation
Paragraph and sentence structure
 

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