State and Local Government

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Course Description:
A study of the organization, the functions, and the operations of state and local governments in the United States. Particular attention is given to state, county and city government in Florida. This course is designed to be a practical as possible and includes actual participation of county and city officials.


Course Details


 POS 2041 is not a prerequisite but is recommended.



Gabriel Landry, M.S.

Virginia Hicks, J.D.

Emily Clark, M.S.


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Dye, Thomas R, and Susan A. MacManus. Politics in States and Communities. 15th ed. Pearson, 2015.

ISBN: 9780205994724 (print) OR ISBN: 9780205994861 (eBook)


Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-1 Identify behaviors and social trends, using appropriate research methodologies.

SS-2 Identify global influences on social, behavioral, and historical issue.

SS-3 Examine significant historical events.

SS-4 Identify differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Evaluate various functions of State and local governmental bodies

Interpret the operation of Florida and County Governments

Explain the conflicts and issues confronting American states and communities

Examine the importance of state constitutions as the source of authority in policy making

Examine the roles of states and local governments in various themes of federalism

Analyze the typical state party organization, party primaries, and the influence of interest groups in our democratic system

SS-2, SS-3, SS-4

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, SS-4

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, SS-4

SS-2, SS-3, SS-4

SS-1, SS-3, SS-4

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3

Tests, Writing Assignments, Discussion Board, Research Papers


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Students will read all assigned materials.

Students will attend and participate in class discussions.

Students will complete study guides and notes from class discussions and lectures.

Faculty will:

  • Prepare well-organized and present appropriate lectures.
  • Generate and lead all classroom discussions.
  • Create and disseminate first day handouts.
  • Select all audio-visual materials to augment subject matter.
  • Prepare examinations to assess students grasp of subject matter.

Faculty will allow for office appointments discuss progress, as needed.

Faculty will advise students tutoring will be available through the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE Lab).

On occasion exponential learning will be made available by visiting available as an ancillary pedagogy. 


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