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PO 201 State and Local Government
Rodriguez, Roger


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.

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Course

PO 201 State and Local Government

Semester

S2B 2012 BLW

Faculty

Rodriguez, Roger

Title

Professor/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. Pol.Sci. Honors Program Degree
J.D. Texas Tech School of Law w/Honors
LL.M. Georgetown Law w/Honors

Office Location

Meet at campus when needed

Office Hours

9-5 during week and available by appointment

Daytime Phone

915-422-1000

E-Mail

roger.rodriguez@park.edu

attorney@rodriguezfirm.com

Semester Dates

March 19, 2012 to May 13, 2012

Class Days

-M-W-

Class Time

2:00 - 4:30 PM

Credit Hours

3


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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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 Texas and problems of municipal government in the city of El Paso . 3:0:3

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

  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.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will define and explain Constitutional provisions in the Bill of Rights that affect individual rights in the municipal system.
  2. Students will define and explain recent cases that have changed the interaction of the three branches of municipal government.
  3. Students will participate in various practical simulations that will illustrate the actual process of presenting a proposed ordinance.
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:

There will be two examinations one in week 4 and one in week 8, each will be worth 20% of the total grade.
 
A research project/presentation due in week 7 will be worth 50% of the total grade. Attendance and participation will be worth 10% of the total grade.

Grading:

Exam I (Due February 8, 2012)                                  =    20%
 
Exam II (Due March 5, 2012)                                       =   20%
 
Research Project/Presentation (Due February 29, 2012)  =   50%
 
Attendance & Participation (all classes)                         =   10%
__________________________________________________
Total                                                                          =   100%
 
 
90-100 = A
80-89  =  B
70-79  =  C
60-69 = D
0-59   = F

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:

The rules of conduct provided in the Park University Undergraduate Catalog are in effect for the classroom.
 
Additionally, students are expected to be prepared to actively discuss the material. Students shall not operate computers, cell phones or similar devices during class meetings.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 (March 19, 2012)

      First class, introduction to course, syllabus.

      What is Municipal Government? 
      
Constitutional interpretation
      
 Week 1 (March 21, 2012)

      Discussion on Political responsibility
 
Week 2 (March 26, 2012)
 
      
Chapter 1


Week 2 (March 28, 2012)
 
       Chapter 2
 
 Week 3 (April 2, 2012)

      Chapter 3
 

 Week 3 (April 4, 2012)

      Chapter 4 

 
Week 4 (April 9, 2012)
  
     Chapter 5; Midterm Review
 
Week 4 (April 11, 2012)
 
     Chapter 6,  Exam I

Week 5 (April 16, 2012) 
 
     Chapter 7

Week 5 (April 18, 2012)
 
     Chapter 8

Week 6 (April 23, 2012)


     Chapter 9

Week 6 (April 25, 2012)

     Chapter 10

Week 7 (April 30, 2012)

     Final Review

Week 7 (May 2, 2012)

      REPORT/PRESENTATION DUE IN CLASS

Week 8 (May 7, 2012)

       Final Exam
       
Week 8 (May 9, 2012)

        Summary and Conclusions

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:
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



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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