PO 201 State and Local Government
F2J 2012 DN
Lawson, Dirk Peter_Clifton
Juris Doctorate, Boston UniversityBachelor of Arts, Park University
5:30 - 10:00 PM
Simon, Steel, Lovrich, State and Local
Government: Sustainability in the 21st Century. ISBN:
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facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on
lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web
sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is
referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of
ideas, issues and contradictions.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
MoStep Requirements 18.104.22.168 standards for PO201
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:
ASSESSMENT: A term paper concerning the history of a state or local public
80-89 =B Participation 20%
70-79 =C Term
Late Submission of Course Materials:
SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: All assignments handed in late will be assessed
one letter grade per day or part of a day that they are late. No
assignments will be accepted after December 4, 2012 in class.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
classes regularly. Each absence will lower your
cumulative grade for the course by 5 %. You may regain one point for your
cumulative grade by handing in a typed summary of the reading for each day you
miss. These summaries are due one week after the class is missed. They
will not be accepted for credit after that time.
are no excused absences except in extreme cases of illness attested to by a
Doctor, or a family death. If you will be missing a lot of classes
due to health, consider dropping the course or taking an incomplete for the
2. Students are
responsible for all material covered in class while they are absent.
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. Quizzes over
the reading material may come at any time. (Note, missed quizzes cannot be
made up). This course is a combination of lecture, group assignments, and
discussion and you are expected to take part in the discussions. In-class
participation counts for 20% of your final class grade.
or plagiarism will result in an “F” for the course and a recommendation to the
Dean that you be dismissed from Park College.
portable telephones or pagers are allowed in class except for security or
emergency medical personnel.
student with special needs or who has a disability in the classroom
environment, please see me immediately after the first class.
assignments will be accepted via email.
will be three examinations, including the final. Examinations will be a
combination of short answer and long essay. A week before each of the
examinations you will be given a list of terms and concepts for review.
term paper is required for this course. Details will be given in a
23 Intro to course, Chapter 1; Federalism, Chapter 2
30 Political participants, Chapter 4; State Constitutions Chapter 5
6 Topic due for Term Paper; Review Chapters 1, 2, 4 and 5
bring unmarked blue book; Watch Election Results and Discuss; Legislature, Chapter 6; Executive, Chapter 7;
20 Thesis Statement and Preliminary Bibliography due for Term Paper; Discuss Election Results; Courts, Chapter 8; Bureaucracy, Chapter 9; Taxing and Spending, Chapter 10
27 Public Policy, Chapter 11; Crime, Chapter 12; Education to page 307; Transportation to page 310
3 Term Paper Due; City Government pages 140 - 175; Review
10 Summary and Conclusion; Final exam, bring an unmarked blue book.
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 95-96
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 95
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 98
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 .
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