Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

POL 130 - American State and Local Government

Course Description

An analytical study of the powers, process and problems of American state, county and local governments. Careful consideration of the nature of political, legislative, administrative and judicial organization at the state, county and city level will be given.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
List the development of the six major historical periods in the evolution of American state and local government.
Define federalism and two other major forms of governmental structure.
Identify the nature, functions, structure and legal position of local government in American federalism.
Trace the structure, functions and problems of the three branches of American state government with emphasis on Pennsylvania.

Students are encouraged to participate in
civil, political and community activities in a danocratic society

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3