State and Local Government – GOVT 327

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Issues, interest and institutions of American state and local government in the framework of federalism.


GOVT 200


The student studying government within a politics and policy specialization or minor is required to demonstrate an understanding of a biblical Christian worldview as the foundation for all endeavors of civil government. The student will also establish a working knowledge of the philosophy of limited state constitutional government and local civil government within a federal framework.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the development of American republicanism and the creation of state constitutions.
  2. Discuss the state religious, ethnic, and cultural settlement patterns.
  3. Describe the breakdown of federalism and the shift of state authority towards national authority.
  4. Describe the organization of state government to include the nature of state political participation and state party organization.
  5. Discuss the role of legislators in state politics, the history and nature of the state executive branch, and the nature of the state judiciary.
  6. Describe the state budgetary processes, the nature of state welfare, and the state’s role in education.
  7. Discuss the organization of local government bodies: county, city, and towns.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 250–300 words and demonstrate knowledge of course-related materials. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words.

Research Papers (3)

The student will write three 2–4-page research-based papers in current Turabian format that focuses on the provided topic for that particular paper. The papers must include at least 3–5 scholarly sources, which may include course materials (textbooks and presentations) and the Bible.

Reflection Paper

The student will write a 1–2 page reflection paper in current Turabian format that focuses on his/her belief of biblical authority for federalism. The paper must include 3–5 reference in addition to the course textbook and the Bible.

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the modules/weeks in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.