POLT 897B (01) - Seminar in American Politics


Credits: 3.0
Term: Fall 2018 - Full Term (08/27/2018 - 12/10/2018)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   7  
CRN: 15808
Advanced analysis and individual research.
Section Comments: Full Title: Seminar/Federalism.
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/27/2018 12/10/2018 W 3:10pm - 6:00pm HORT 327
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What is American federalism? What is the meaning of intergovernmental relations? Which level of government (national, state, local) should have primary responsibility for specific policy areas? Who is responsible? Who should pay and how? Who has and who should have influence in policymaking and service delivery?  What are the differences between national, state and local government responsibilities and service delivery?

These questions will be part of our exploration of federalism in the United States: the most fundamental and essential aspect of American politics and government.

The course is designed to familiarize students with major aspects of federalism and intergovernmental relations (IGR), including conceptual/historical foundations, theoretical approaches, and contemporary issues, through readings, and discussions. By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of historic and current issues involving federalism and IGR,  will have a better comprehension of why all levels of American government do what they do (or don't) and how government attempts to respond to its citizens. Students will also have a better understanding of how intergovernmental relations impact their professional challenges, whether in government, non-profit, NGO, or for-profit entities.