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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 2006 DN

Faculty

Swafford, Anne

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

A.A., Metropolitan Junior Colleges
B. A.. Elementary Education, University of Missouri-Kansas City
M.P.A., University of Misssouri-Kansas City

Office Location

Room 912, Downtown

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

816-363-7892

E-Mail

anne.swafford@park.edu

Semester Dates

October 24, 2006 - December 12, 2006

Class Days

--T----

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

 

Smith, Greenblatt and Buntin, Governing States & Localities, Congressional Quarterly. ISBN 1-56802-789-3

Hacker, Diana, A Pocket Style Manual, 4th ed.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

 

Online Resources

http://www.governing.com/textbook/gsl.htm  links articles that are relevant to various chapters in the text.

http://college.cqpress.com/govstateandlocal provides study guides for students.

Public Administration Review (PAR) is a journal published by the American Society for Public Administration and is available on line through the Park University library.

www.sos.mo.gov/pubs/constitution.asp has the Missouri Constitution.

http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2006ballot/ has the ballot language and the full text of 2006 state ballot measures that will be voted on on November 7, 2006.

www.kcmo.gov is the Kansas City. Missouri website. 

http://www.kcmo.org/clerk is where the recently approved 2006 charter can be found.

htt;://www.kcmo.org/election2007 is where information on the Mayor and Council Election can be found

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.


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:

 

Classes will be highly interactive.  Instructor will use lectures, readings, exams, guest speakers, internet, web sites, media articles, individual and group activities, hands on 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 government 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 and exams.

 

Grading:

 

1,000 Total Points

Term Paper = 500 points

Attendance and Participation = 160 points ( 20 points x 8 classes)

Midterm Exam = 140 points

Final Exam = 200 points

Extra Credit Work approved by the instructor may result in bonus points.

 

90-100% = A

80 - 89% = B

70 - 79% = C

60 - 69% = D

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

 

Points will be deducted for late term paper assignments. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

 

1.  Attend classes regularly and attend the entire sessions.  Each class session is worth 20 points.  If you leave class early, points will be deducted for that session.  Each absence will lower your cumulative grade for the course by 20 points.  If you miss a class, contact the instructor by phone or email the next day to obtain makeup assignments worth 10 points.

There are no excused absences.

2.  Students are responsible for all material covered in class while they are absent.

3.  Be prepared for class.  Have the reading assignment finished for each class.  This means that you have read the assignment and are prepared to discuss it or participate in a small group exercise in class.  Take the quizzes for the assigned chapters on the CQ Press website listed above in additional resources before each class session.  This will help you prepare for class discussions and group work.

4.  No portable telephones or pagers are allowed in class except for security or emergency medical personnel.

5.  If you have any questions or problems, come and see me before or after class or email me.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The Instructor reserves the right to amend this Schedule based on the progress of the course and the needs of the students.

Additional Requirements for Term Paper

Use the Diane Hacker's A Pocket Style Book for the format of the paper.

1. Title Page and other formatting are employed according to MLA style.

2. Introduction, discussion, conclusion, are evident in the paper structure.

3. Well written, thoughtful insights reflect an appreciation of the complexity and non-obvious aspects of the topic. Inferences are supported with evidence. Personal opinions are supported by citing the literature or relevant examples.

4. No spelling, punctuation or significant grammatical errors. Clear purpose and direction, with orderly flow. Writing is easy to follow. Quotations and paraphrasing are well integrated with original writing.

5. Citations are appropriate to the content of the paper. References in the body of the paper match those on the reference page.

6. At least five sources of books and articles with at least one journal article cited and the textbook. An additional two internet sources are required.

7. Effort is made to integrate ideas from various sources with relevant use of key terms from the textbook. Ideas are presented objectively unless subjectivity is acknowledged and appropriate to the topic.

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

Oct. 24

Intro to State and Local Government
Overview of Class Expectations and Requirements plus Review of Syllabus

Read Chapter 1.
Bring textbook and class syllabus to class.

 

October 31

Federalism
Constitutions
Review Class goals.  Discuss Term Paper and how to locate resources.

Read Chapters 2 & 3 plus U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Articles of Confederation, Missouri Constitution Articles I and II.
Read Federalist Paper #10 (Google)
Topic of Research due.

 

Nov. 7

Political Culture, political Attitudes and Participation.
Parties and Interest Groups.
Additional info will be presented from "Albion's Seed" by David Hackett Fisher. Group work with PA Times Articles on Voting Rights.
Take Home Midterm Exam will be emailed after class.

Read Chapters 4 & 5. Read Mo. Ballot issues and KCMO ballot issues.
Thesis Statement& bibliography due.
Bring a news article on your bibliography to class.

 

Nov. 14

Legislatures.
Governors & Executives.
Group work with online guide to state candidates for Missouri offices.
Identify relevant information available on websites of the Council of State Governments and National Conference of State Legislatures and National Governors Association (PA Times, Aug., 2006.
Group Activity to review and discuss  a Report on Women in State Policy Leadership.
Guest speaker - Ray James, Director, KC Board of Elections.

Read Chapters 6 & 7.
Midterm Exam on Chapters 1-7 due.
Bring book listed on your bibliography.

 

Nov. 21

Courts. Review a website for latest Trend Articles for the Courts.
Bureaucracy - Speaker - Millie Crossland, City Clerk of KC, Mo.  Group work on ASPA and Governing websites.

Read Chapters 8 & 9.
Bring journal article listed on bibliography.

 

Nov. 28

Local Government: Function Follows Form.
Finance
Guest Speakers.  Group work on Brookings Institute, ICMS, NACO, NLC, and US Mayors websites.
Finance - Case Study

Read Chapters 10 & 11.
Term Paper Due

 

Dec. 5

Education.  
Crime and Punishment. Speaker - Nancy Leazer,  KC Municipal Correctional Institution. Discussion of Governing Magazine article, "An Awkward Age" by Sarah Wheaton (hot topics for Chapter 13)
Term Papers will be returned for revisions.
Take home final exam will be emailed after class.

Read Chapters 12 and 13.

 

Dec. 12

Health and Welfare
Guest Speakers from local and state offices.
National Government Association Center - PA Times, Aug. 2006 Challenges, Opportunities for State Welfare Programs
www.nga.org

Read Chapter 14.
Final Exam on Chapters 8-14 due.
Revised Term Papers due.

 

 

 

 

 


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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 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 .



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

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Contains no more than 10 errors in the following paper format items:

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Contains more than 10 errors in the following paper format items:

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