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PSA 410: Political & Legal Systems in PSA

Course Description

This course will analyze the importance of successful interaction between the different levels of government and agencies within a particular government. Students will explore the application of the political and legal systems as they directly affect public safety programs. They will develop a model for understanding governmental, legal and operational problems. The course’s final project will detail the formation and implementation of a task force designed to target a problem requiring the cooperation of various government agencies.

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Identify the basic relationship between federal, state and local government with an emphasis on state and local governments.
  2. Explain the importance of successful interaction between the different levels of government and agencies within a particular government.
  3. Explain the parameters of a single agency or program action and how to extend agency problem-solving skills outside of such singular parameters.
  4. Differentiate other levels of government and other agencies as resources for information, support and/or funding for problem-solving skills.
  5. Select and identify a problem area, develop a plan to target the problem and implement the objectives of the plan by utilizing interagency and intergovernmental cooperation.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

AssignmentsWeight

Discussion Board

30%

Written Assignments

35%

Final Paper

35%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore)

  • Bowman, Ann. State and Local Government (10th edition). Wadsworth, Inc. ISBN-10: 1-305-38847-5 or ISBN-13: 978-1-305-38847-5

Additional Resources

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignments

1

1, 2, 5

Topic: Government in Action

  • Readings:
    • None
  • Post an introduction of yourself in the Discussion Board.
  • Answer questions in Discussion Board and participate in discussion.
  • Begin work on Government in Action Paper
  • Topic Summary

2

1, 2, 3, 5

Topic: Government Relations & Political Participation

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Answer questions in Discussion Board
  • Participate in discussion.
  • Final Paper Outline
  • Complete and Submit Government in Action Paper

3

1, 2, 3, 4

Topic: The Legislative Process

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Answer questions in Discussion Board
  • Participate in discussion.
  • Bill Draft
  • Public Opinion Paper

4

1, 2, 4

Topic: Executives and the Bureaucracy

  • Readings:
    • Read Chapters 6 and 8 in the text
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Answer questions in Discussion Board
  • Participate in discussion
  • Chapter 6 & 8 Paper

5

4, 5

Topic: Solving Problems in Government

  • Readings:
    • None
  • Complete Final Paper
  • Complete Course Evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources

Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.