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PO 201 State and Local Government
Pasley, James F.


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Course

PO 201 State and Local Government

Semester

S2T 2013 DL

Faculty

Pasley, James F.

Title

Professor of Political Science

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D.  Political Science

Office Location

Mackay 20

Office Hours

TBA

Daytime Phone

6593

E-Mail

james.pasley@park.edu

Semester Dates

Spring 2 2013

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Title: State and Local Government: The Essentials  (5th Edition)
Author: Kearney, Richard C.
ISBN-13: 9781111341497
Publisher: Wadsworth

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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

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the evolution of federalism
  • Explain intergovernmental relations and how they differ from federalism
  • Identify the various forms of state, county, municipal and special district governments
  • Recognize the concept of state political culture and its role in state policy and politics.
  • Compare public policies among states and explain differences where they occur.

    MoStep Requirements 1.2.1.1 standards for PO201



    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:

    Activity/Assignment
    Points
    Weekly Discussions (8)
    5 Points Each (40 Total Points)
    Assignments (4)
    20 Points Each (80 Total Points)
    Paper (1)
    80 Points (80 Total Points)
    Exam (2)
    100 Points (200 Total Points)
    Total
    400
    Do not refer to the Core Assessment posted in the syllabus.  The rubrics for the paper are provided in the online class.

    Grading:

    Item Points Grading Rubric Due Date
    Weekly Discussions (8) 5 Points Each (40 Total Points) See Grading Rubrics in Course Home Menu  Initial Posts by Thursday and Peer Reviews by Sunday at 11:59 for Weeks 1-8.
    Assignments (4)  20 Points Each (80 Points)  See Grading Rubrics in Course Home Menu   Sunday at 11:59 for Week 1, 2, and 6
    Paper (1) 1 at 80 Points (80 Total Points) See Grading Rubrics in Course Home Menu  Sunday at 11:59 for Week 3 and 4
    Exams (2) 100 Points (200 Total Points) See Grading Rubrics in Course Home Menu
    Sunday at 11:59 for Week 8

    Late Submission of Course Materials:
    Late material only accepted at the discretion of the professor.  All work needs to be submitted on time in order for it to be counted.

    Classroom Rules of Conduct:
    Be respectful of one another and the professor.

    Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
    Week 1 Readings

    • Bowman 1 
    • Bowman 2
    Activities
    • Week 1 Discussion 

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    Week 2 Readings
    • Bowman 3 
    • Bowman 4
    Activities
    • Week 2 Discussion 
    • Assignment 1

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    Week 3 Readings
    • Bowman 5 
    • Bowman 6
    Activities
    • Week 3 Discussion 
    • Assignment 2

    Back to Top

    Week 4
    • Bowman 7 
    Activities
    • Week 4 Discussion 
    • Exam 1

    Back to Top

    Week 5 Readings
    • Bowman 8 
    • Bowman 9
    Activities
    • Week 5 Discussion 
    • Assignment 3

    Back to Top

    Week 6 Readings
    • Bowman 10
    • Bowman 11
    Activities
    • Week 6 Discussion 
    • Assignment 4

    Back to Top

    Week 7 Readings
    • Bowman 12
    Activities
    • Week 7 Discussion 
    • Paper

    Back to Top

    Week 8
    • Week 8 Discussion 
    • Final Exam

    Back to Top

    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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

    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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

    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.
    ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

    Park University 2012-2013 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 .



    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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