This course will focus on the nature and dynamics of the American federal system of government, including all levels of government: federal, state, county, municipal, and special districts. Topics include: the reciprocal influences of local, state, and federal bureaucracies, revenue sharing among different units of government, and the complex nature of state-local and inter-local relations in an urban setting. (3 credits)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
After completion of this course students are expected to have achieved a considerable knowledge of the following topics related to intergovernmental relations. Specifically, each student should be able to:
- Identify the basic tenets of modern intergovernmental relations.
- Explain the theoretical foundations of a federalist system.
- Apply the legal aspects of intergovernmental relations.
- Apply the political aspects of intergovernmental relations.
- Apply the fiscal aspects of intergovernmental relations.
- Apply the administrative aspects of intergovernmental relations.
- Identify emerging issues and challenges in our federalist system.
- Postulate as to the future of intergovernmental relations.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
List below are the graded assignments, along with the applicable week, course points, and weight. A student’s course grade is the cumulative weight of all four (4) assignments.
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Midterm (Week 4)
Final Exam (Week 8)
(Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore)
- O'Toole, Jr., Laurence J. Editor. American Intergovernmental Relations: Foundations, Perspectives, and Issues. 5th ed. CQ Press, 2013. ISBN-13: 978-1-4522-2629-3
Readings and Exercises
Topic: American Intergovernmental Relations: An Overview
Topics: Conceptual & Theoretical Foundations
Topic: Legal Aspects of Intergovernmental Relations
Topic: Political Aspects of Intergovernmental Relations
Topic: Fiscal Impacts of Intergovernmental Relations
Topic: Administrative Aspects of Intergovernmental Relations
Topic: Emerging Issues and Challenges
Topics: The Future of Intergovernmental Relations
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.