SRJC Course Outlines

4/15/2024 11:51:46 AMPOLS 70 Course Outline as of Spring 2002

Changed Course

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 Scheduled017.5 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
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Catalog Description:
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Organization, operation and politics of state, county, municipal and special district governments in California.  Analysis of various issues facing the state, including education, public finance, environment, planning, and socio-economic conditions.


Recommended Preparation:
Completion of ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Organization, operation & politics of state, county, municipal & special district governments in California.  Analysis of various issues facing the state, including education, public finance, environment, planning, and socio/economic conditions.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Completion of ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Inactive:Spring 2011
Social and Behavioral Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 DSocial ScienceFall 1999Spring 2011
 D8Political Science, Govt, Legal Instutns  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:Spring 2011
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Students will:
1)  Record lecture material and relate that material to the textbook
   and to current events
2)  Define terms, concepts, titles of elected officials and offices
   of California's local and state government
3)  Recognize and identify the functions and roles of governing
   institutions in California
4)  Describe the issues, problems, concerns of California citizens
5)  Analyze the issues, problems, concerns, facing California local
   and state government
6)  Discuss the tax system and funding system of California local
   and state government
7)  Explain the principles of California's initiative, proposition,
   referendum, and recall process.
8)  Identify and explain the voting process in California
9)  Evaluate the environmental issues facing California
10) Assess the ethnic issues facing California
11) Compare and contrast the issues of pro growth and pro green
   space in California

Topics and Scope
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I.    An overview of Californians and California
     A)  California history
     B)  Variety of peoples
     C)  Political history
     D)  California today
II.   Campaigns, political parties, and elections
     A)  The campaign process
     B)  The election process
     C)  The candidates
     D)  The voters
III.  Interest Groups and Lobbyists
     A)  What are interest groups and lobbyists
     B)  How interest groups and lobbyists function
     C)  An evaluation of interest groups and lobbyists
IV.  The Media in California Politics
    A)  The history of the media in California
    B)  The changing media
    C)  An evaluation of media in California
V.   The Executive Branch in California
    A)  The powers of the governor
    B)  The California bureaucracy
    C)  An evaluation of the executive branch in California
VI.  The Legislature in California
    A)  The Assembly
    B)  The Senate
    C)  Making legislation
    D)  An evaluation of the California legislature
VII.  Judicial System in California
     A)  The local courts
     B)  The higher courts in California
     C)  The election of judges
     D)  An evaluation of the judicial system in California
VIII. Local Government in California
     A)  The duties and structure of local government
     B)  The funding of local government
     C)  The relationship between local and state government
     D)  An evaluation of local government
IX.   Tax Policy in California
     A)  Where California gets its money
     B)  Tax policy
     C)  An evaluation of the tax policy in California
X.    Education Policy in California
     A)  The quality of California education
     B)  Educational financing
     C)  California education in transition
XI.   The Washington Connection
     A)  What California gets from Washington
     B)  Californians in Congress
XII.  Politics in the Golden State
     A)  The past and future
     B)  Challenges facing California people and government

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1.  Read and study appropriate chapters in textbook
2.  Regular attendance and extensive notetaking in class is expected
   and assumed
3.  Preparation for three in-class, closed book, no-notes scantron
   and essay examinations

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
20 - 80%
Essay exams, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 80%
Multiple choice
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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  Press 2000.
John L. Korey, CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT, 3rd ed., 2002, Houghton Mifflin Co.
Peter Schrag, PARADISE LOST, New Press, 1998.

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