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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 2010 DN

Faculty

Swafford, Anne

Title

Adjunct Faculty/Political Science & Public Administration

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. Elementary Education, UMKC
MPA, 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 19, 2010 - December 7, 2010

Class Days

--T----

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

 
Smith, Greenblatt and Buntin, Governing States and Localities, 3rd Edition, Published 8/15-2010, CQ Press, ISBN: 978-1-60426-728-0
 
Andrea A. Lunsford, Easy Writer:Pocket Guide, 3rd 06, Bedford Books, ISBN: 0-312-43309-3 (Optional)

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

 
The Missouri Constitution is available at www.sos/mo.gov/pubs/constitution.asp
The Missouri Secretary of State's Office has printed copies of the Missouri Constitution available for free.

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http://college.cqpress.com/govstateandlocal
http://www.governing.com
http://www.mo.gov
http://www.kcmo.org

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, on line study questions, 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:

Term Paper
 
On line study questions for each chapter
 
In class assignments
 
Quizzes

Grading:

 
1,000 Total Points
 
Term Paper = 500 points
  Policy Issue and thesis - 50 points
  Source List - 100 points
  Outline - 50 points
  Draft of first 4 pages - 25 points
  Draft paper - 75 points
  Final paper and works cited - 175 points
  Paper presentation - 25 points
 
Quizzes = (20 x 5)
 
In class activities = 240 points (30 x 8)
 
Study Questions = 160 points (10 x 16)
 
Optional bonus points will be available.
 
Final Grade
 
A = 900 - 1,000 points
B = 800 - 899 points
C = 700 - 799 points
D = 600 - 699 points
F = 599 and below points

Late Submission of Course Materials:

 
POINTS WILL BE DEDUCTED FOR LATE ASSIGNMENTS UNLESS EXTRA TIME IS APPROVED BY INSTRUCTOR.

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 30 points per session.  If you arrive at class late or leave early, you will miss an activity or exercise or quiz worth points.
 
2.  Students are responsible for all material covered in class if absent.
 
3.  Be prepared for class.  Complete the reading assignment listed for each class.  Be prepared to discuss the readings by taking notes.  Complete the on line study questions for each chapter and email your answers to the instructor before class.  Points will be deducted for late submissions.
 
4.  No portable telephones or pagers are allowed in class except for security or emergency medical personnel.
 
5.  Computers can be used in class to take notes on lectures and presentations.
 
6.  If you have any questions or problems, contact the instructor by phone, email or during class.
 
7.  All email communication sent by the instructor will be sent to students using Park University email addresses.
 
8.  Any documents emailed to the instructor, other than study questions, should be in application/msword format.
 
9.  Students are encouraged to use the Student Support Center for technical assistance in writing term papers and tutoring services.
 
 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Session 1, October 19, 2010
Class Expections
Syllabus Review
Chapter 1 - Introduction 
Chapter 2 - Federalism
Term Paper Requirements
Quiz
 

Bring textbook and copy of syllabus to class.

Read Chapters 1 and 2 before class.

Session 2, October 26, 2010
 
 
Review
Chapter 3 - Constitutions
Chapter 4 - Finances
U.S. Constitution
Missouri Constitution
 
Term Paper - Policy Issue due
Term Paper - How to do a Source List
Quiz

Bring textbook to class.

Read chapters 3 and 4.
 
Do study questions for chapters 1-4.
 
Select policy issue for term paper.
Session 3, November 2, 2010
 
 
 
Review
Chapter 5 - Political Attitudes and Particpation
Chapter 6 - Parties and Interest Groups
 
Term Paper - Review Source Lists
Term Paper - How to do outlines.
 
Quiz

 
Bring textbook to class.
 
Read chapters 5 and 6 and complete study questions.
 
Prepare Source List for Term Paper.
 
Start reading source material for term paper.
Session 4, November 9, 2010
 
 
Review
Chapter 7 - Legislatures
Chapter 8 - Governors and Executives
View Missouri web sites for Governor and legislature.
 
Term Paper - Review outlines and discuss MLA format for term paper.
 
Quiz
 

Bring textbook to class.

Read chapters 7 and 8 and complete study questions.
 
Prepare term paper outline.
 
Continue reading source material for term paper.
Session 5, November 16, 2010
Review
Chapter 9 - Courts
Chapter 10 - Bureaucracy
 
Term Paper - Technical communication requirements
Term Paper - Review drafts of first 4 pages of term papers.
 
 
 
 
Bring textbook and Easy Writer Pocket Guide to class. 
Read chapters 9 and 10 and complete study questions.
 
Read source material for term paper.
 
Prepare draft of first 4 pages of term paper, including thesis statement.
 
 
Session 6, November 23, 2010

 
Review
Chapter 11 - Local Government
Chapter 12 - Metropolitics
View KC, MO website and MARC website.
 
Term Paper - Technical communication and content expectations.
 
Quiz
Bring textbook and Easy Writer Pocket Guide to class.
Read chapters 11 and 12 and complete study questions.
 
Work on draft of term paper.
Session 7, November 30, 2010

 
Review
Chapter 13 - Education
Chapter 14 - Crime and Punishment
 
Term Paper - Review drafts

 
 
Bring textbook and Easy Writer Pocket Guide to class.
 
Read chapters 13 and 14 and complete study questions.
 
Prepare draft of entire term paper.
Session 8, December 7, 2010

Review
Chapter 15 - Health and Welfate
Chapter 16 - Environment
 
Term Paper presentations.

 
Bring textbook to class.
 
Read chapters 15 and 16 and complete study questions.
 
Prepare final term paper for submission.
Note:  This syllabus may be revised, if needed, to better faciliate the learning styles of students.

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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:

 

The rubric contains factors that must be used to explain, compare and evaluate decisions made by governments in the term paper.  The student is to include 5 factors for an A grade.  Two more factors are being added to the list for consideration.

 

Sociodemographics

Geography & Topography



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
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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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