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Course Code: POLS650 Course ID: 3569 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate
This course focuses on the political, legal, financial, and administrative relationships among national, state, and local governmental units. Topics include the nature of federal and other political systems and the issues presented in each system at all levels; the evolution of the American federal system from its origins through present day; intergovernmental cooperation and conflict; and the various theory and concepts associated with a breakdown of responsibilities among federal, state, and local governments.
|Registration Dates||Course Dates||Session||Weeks|
|05/25/20 - 10/30/20||11/02/20 - 12/27/20||Fall 2020 Session I||8 Week session|
Objective 1: Analyze various theories of federalism.
Objective 2: Examine historical Supreme Court cases on federalism.
Objective 3: Evaluate contemporary Supreme Court cases on federalism.
Objective 4: Apply the federalism policies of various presidents to contemporary American government.
Objective 5: Assess the historical and contemporary debates over nullification and veto.
Objective 6: Analyze the theory and practice of secession, from comparative and American perspectives.
Objective 7: Assess the relationship between federalism, liberalism, and conservatism.
Objective 8: Synthesize contending perspectives on the role of the federal government.
Class learning is evaluated on the basis of (a) eight weekly forums; (b) a 3000-word research paper; and (c) a final exam
Please see the student handbook for the University’s grading scale.
RESEARCH PAPER TOPICS
Students will write a 3000-3500 word paper on one of the following topics:
1. Explanations for the growth of government with an argument of which one is best supported by historical evidence.
2. A Supreme Court case and its effect on the federal balance:
3. A recent president’s style of balancing federal power with states.
4. An argument favoring or opposing federal supremacy over states’ rights.
All available online. See reading list in course outline.
|Book Title:||Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.*|
Not current for future courses.