PO 201 State and Local Government
S2B 2012 BLW
B.A. Pol.Sci. Honors Program DegreeJ.D. Texas Tech School of Law w/HonorsLL.M. Georgetown Law w/Honors
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March 19, 2012 to May 13, 2012
2:00 - 4:30 PM
Textbook: Saffell, David C. & Harry Basehart. State and Local Government: Politics and Public Policies. Ninth Edition, 2009, ISBN 13: 978-0-07-352632-4 ISBN 10: 0-07-352632-0
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Educational Philosophy: Additionally, the professor will provide simulations in class that will bring to life the different functions of Municipal government including city hall and its representatives, the enforcement of ordinances through the mayor's office, and the court process of the judicial branch. There will also be a case study simulation that will allow the students to pass an ordinance and then have it enforced and upheld in the courts.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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 RubricClass Assessment:
Late Submission of Course Materials: The instructor expects all assignments to be turned in when due. If the assignment is turned in the day after the due date it will only be given a maximum grade of 50%. The instructor reserves the right, but is under no obligation, to grant exceptions when students show that good cause exists for the late material.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Week 1 (March 19, 2012)
First class, introduction to course, syllabus.
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.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96
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Additional Information:This is one of my favorite subjects and I look forward to covering this material with you. I wish you the best in this class and I look forward to meeting all of you soon
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