PLS 212 Syllabus


Division:       Arts and Sciences                                                                                                               Date:  February 2014


Curricula in which Course is Taught:  College Transfer Programs


Course Number and Title:                       Political Science 212, U.S. Government II


Credit Hours:   3     Hours/Week Lecture:   3   Hours/Wk Lab:     Lec/Lab Comb:



I.              Catalog Description:  Teaches structure, operation, and process of state and local governments. 


II.        Relationship of the Course to Curricula Objectives in which it is Taught:

Students successfully completing this course will understand how state and local governments work, demonstrate the ability to think, read, and write critically, to develop the ability to recognize cultural and historical trends, to participate in political discussions, to listen objectively and speak effectively, and to evince a concern for social responsibility and ethics.


III.           Required Background:  MTE2c, ENF 3


IV.       Course Content:

Topics include, but are not limited to:

1.    Federalism

2.    State-Local Relations

3.    State and Local Policy Making

4.    Federal-State Funding Arrangements

5.    State/Local Differences

6.    Political Parties and Interest Groups

7.    Political Participation and State-Local Elections

8.    Initiative, Referendum, and Recall

9.    State and Local Legislatures

10. Governors and Mayors

11. Forms of City Government

12. Courts, Police, and Corrections

13. Metropolitan Areas, Suburbs, and Rural  Communities

14. The U.S. and State Constitutions


V.           Learner Outcomes

The student will:

VI.  Evaluation

A.               Understand the topics listed above

B.               Think, read, and write critically about the state and local government within the framework of national government

C.               Be able to write an academic paper or papers

D.               Display an awareness of ethical ramifications involved in individual and political decision making.

Students must complete several short academic papers and/or at least one longer academic paper.


Students will be evaluated via some combination of exams, quizzes, writing assignments, and other projects designed and stipulated by faculty.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.


VII. This course supports the following objectives:


          DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding