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PO 201 State and Local Government
Swafford, Anne


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

PO 201 State and Local Government

Semester

F2J 2011 DN

Faculty

Swafford, Anne

Title

Adjunct Faculty/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

816-591-2826 (cell)

E-Mail

anne.swafford@park.edu

Semester Dates

October 18, 2011 - December 6, 2011

Class Days

--T----

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

 
Smith, Greenblatt and Buntin, Governing States and Localities, 3d Edition, Published 8/15, 2010, CQ Press, ISBN: 978-1-60426-728-0

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

 
http://college.cqpress.com/govstateandlocal is the student web site for the textbook.  Each chapter has a set of study questions that students are required to answer.  Each chapter also has links to sources for information needed for the required term paper.
 
The Missouri Constitution is available at www.sos/mo.gov/pubs/constitution.asp or the Missouri Secretary of State's Office has printed copies of the Missouri Constitution available for free.
 
Politics in the American States: A Comparative Analysis, Ninth Edition, Virginia Gray and Russell L. Hanson, Editors, published by CQ Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-87289-342-9
 
Articles from the Public Administration Review published by the American Society for Public Administration

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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 study questions, guest speakers, movies, government and professional as well as think tank organization websites, media articles and television programs.  Individual and group activities and exercises will also be utilized.  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 and preliminary assignments
Online study questions for each chapter
Class Activities
Quizzes
 

Grading:

 
1,000 Total Points
 
Term Paper = 500 total points
  Policy Issue and thesis - 50 points
  Source List - 50 points
  One page summary of relevant information from a book on source list - 25 points
  One page summary of relevant information in a journal article on source list - 25 points
  Outline - 50 points
  Draft of first 4 pages of term paper - 25 points
  Draft paper - 75 points
  Final paper and works cited - 175 points
  Paper discussion - 25 points
 
Quizzes = 100 points (20 x 5)
Class activities = 240 points (30 x 8)
Study Questions = 160 points (10 x 16)
Optional extra credit assignments may be available.
 
Final Grade
A = 900 - 1,000 points
B = 800 - 899 points
C = 700 - 799 points
D = 600 - 699 points
F = 0 - 599 points
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

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

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1.  Attend classes regularly and attend the entire sessions.  Activities 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 quiz worth points.
 
2.  Students are responsible for all material covered in class if absent.
 
3.  Be prepared for class.  Read the assignment listed for each class.  Be prepared to discuss the readings.  Complete the study questions listed for each assigned chapter on the textbook's student website.  Email the study questions and 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 or to locate information for class activities. 
 
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.  Students are encouraged to use the Student Support Center for technical assistance in writing term papers and tutoring services.
 
9.  Absences due to military duty, death in family, or medical emergencies will be excused.  Other types of absences will be counted unexcused unless the student contacts the instructor about the absence before or on the day of class to request an excused absence.  These requests will be considered on a case by case basis.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 
Session 1, October 18, 2011
 
 
 
Introductions
Syllabus Review
Chapter 1 - Introduction
John Adams DVD
Term Paper Requirements
Quiz
Bring a copy of the syllabus and the textbook to class.
Session 2, October 25, 2011
 

Review
Continue John Adams DVD
Chapter 2 -Federalism
U.S. Constitution Activity
Chapter 3 - State Constitutions
Term Paper - How to do a Source List
Quiz

Bring textbook to class.

Read chapters 1,2, and 3.  Complete chapter study questions and email them to instructor.
 
Select policy issue and government entities for comparison for term paper.
Session 3, November 1, 2011

 
 
Review
Chapter 4 - Finances
Chapter 5 - Political Attitudes and Participation
DVD of movie, Recount
Chapter 6 - Parties and Interest Groups
Quiz 
Bring textbook to class.

Read chapters 4, 5, and 6.  Complete study questions for each chapter.

Find sources for term paper and prepare source list.

Session 4, November 8, 2011

Review
Three Branches of Government
Chapter 7 - Legislatures
Chapter 8 - Governors and Executives
Chapter 9 - Courts
Term Paper - How to do an outline.
Quiz

 
 
Bring textbook to class.
Read chapters 7, 8, and 9.  Develop 1-2 pages of bullet point information from these chapters that you think might influence policy decisions in your two governmental entities.
Write one page summary of information from book on source list. 
Write one page summary of information from journal article on source list. 
This summary information is to be used in term paper.
Revise source lists.
Session 5, November 15, 2011

 
 
 
Guest Speaker
Chapter 10 - Bureaucracy
Chapter 11 - Local Government
Chapter 12 - Metropolitics
Quiz

 
 
Bring textbook to class.
 
Read chapters 10, 11, and 12.  Complete study questions for each chapter.
 
Develop an outline for term paper.
Session 6, November 22, 2011

 
Guest Speaker
Chapter 13 - Education
Chapter 14- Crime
Term Paper Requirements
Quiz

 
Bring textbook to class.
 
Write draft of first 4 pages of Term Paper.
 
Read chapters 13 and 14 and complete chapter study questions.
 
 
Session 7, November 29, 2011

 
 
 
Guest Speaker
Chapter 15 - Health and Welfare
Chapter 16 - Environment
Review draft term papers
MLA format for final term paper

 
 
 
Bring textbook to class.
 
Read chapters 15 and 16 and complete study questions.
 
Prepare draft of entire term paper.
 
 

Session 8, December 6, 2011

 
 
Guest Speaker
Review learning outcomes
Discussion - Questions regarding individual research and term papers

Bring textbook to class.
Prepare final term paper for submission.
 
Note:  This syllabus may be revised, if needed, to better facilitate 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 policy decisions made by governments discussed in the term paper.  The student is to include 5 factors for an A grade.  Two more factors, sociodemographics and geography/topography, are being added to the list for consideration. 



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:

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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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