SRJC Course Outlines

6/17/2024 4:45:02 PMPOLS 70 Course Outline as of Fall 2024

Reinstated Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  POLS 70Title:  CALIF STATE & LOCAL GOVT  
Full Title:  California State & Local Government
Last Reviewed:11/13/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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In this course, students will be introduced to a survey of California government and politics. The course content is designed to familiarize students with the institutions, operation, and current issues of California state and local governments.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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In this course, students will be introduced to a survey of California government and politics. The course content is designed to familiarize students with the institutions, operation, and current issues of California state and local governments.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 DSocial ScienceFall 2024
 D8Political Science, Govt, Legal Instutns  
 DSocial ScienceFall 1999Spring 2011
 D6History  
 D8Political Science, Govt, Legal Instutns  
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2024Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Describe the functions and roles of governing institutions in California.
2. Identify current issues facing state and local governing institutions and evaluate how those issues impact individuals living in California.
 

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Describe the different powers, duties, and roles of elected officials and offices of California's state and local governments.
2. Assess the principles and impact of California's direct democracy processes.
3. Compare and contrast selected California public policies with the policies of other states.
4. Identify contemporary political issues and challenges facing California.
5. Analyze proposed and implemented public policies designed to address California's current challenges.

Topics and Scope
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I. Introduction and Overview of California Government and Politics
     A. California Historical and Political Background
            1. Colonization  
            2. Statehood and the California Constitution
           3. Progressive Era
    B. California Today
           1.  Diversity of California
                a. People, regions, natural resources, economy
           2.  Current challenges facing California
II. The California Legislature
     A. The organization and function of the Assembly and Senate  
     B. The legislative process
     C. Powers and duties of the legislature
III. The Executive Branch of California
     A. Offices of the plural executive
     B. Powers and duties of the governor  
     C. The California bureaucracy
IV. The California Judiciary
     A. Structural organization and operation of judicial system
     B. Election of judges
     C. Criminal justice
V. Local Government in California
     A. Duties and structure of local government
     B. Funding of local government
     C. Relationship between local and state government
VI. Direct Democracy
    A. Initiative, referendum, and recall
    B. Use and impact of California's direct democracy processes
VII. Political Parties, Campaigns, and Elections
    A. The role and influence of political parties
    B. Campaign finance  
     C. The election process
     D. Vote choice and political behavior of Californians
VIII. Interest Groups and the Media
     A. Types of interest groups
     B. The impact of interest groups
     C. The role of the media
    D. Evaluation of sources of information
IX. The State Budget  
     A. The budget process
     B. Sources of state revenue
     C. Expenditure of state funds
X. Federalism: California and the Federal Government
     A. Provisions established in the U.S. Constitution
    B. Court cases concerning the balance of power between national and state governments
    C. Comparison of California to other state governments and policies
XI. California Public Policy
     A. Abortion policy
     B. Education policy
     C. Environmental policy
     D. Immigration policy
     E. Social programs
     F. Additional current policy issues

Assignments:
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1. Read weekly assigned course texts (20-40 pages per week)
2. Complete out-of-class writing in the form of analytical, research, or reaction papers (2,500-5,000 words)
3. Written homework
4. Essay examinations (2-4), which may include additional multiple-choice components
5. Additional assignments as determined by instructor may include:
    A. Quizzes
    B. Participation
    C. Presentations
    D. Debates

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 60%
Analytical, research, or reaction papers; written homework
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 60%
Exams; quizzes (if assigned)
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Participation, presentations, debates


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Governing California in the 21st Century. 8th ed. Anagnoson, J. Theodore, et. al. Norton. 2021.
California Politics a Primer. 6th ed. Van Vechten, Renee B.  CQ Press. 2021.
Democracy in California: Politics and Government in the Golden State. 5th ed. Janiskee, Brian, and Masugi, Ken, and Villegas, Christina. Rowman & Littlefield. 2020.

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