"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite."
-- "The Federalist No. 45," James Madison
"All politics is local."
-- Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Tip O'Neill
If James Madison and Tip O'Neill are correct, state and local governments in this country are arenas of great influence. Indeed, on an average day, these governments affect our lives much more than the federal government. However, voter turnout in state and local elections often pales in comparison to turnout in national elections, and media coverage of state and local government is often pedestrian compared to that given to the federal government. Thus, it should come as no surprise that many Americans today (especially college students) have little working knowledge of state and local government and politics. This course aims to increase your state and local political knowledge and critical thinking skills so that you can be more informed and involved citizens.
UW Colleges Catalog Course Description for POL 105: State and Local (Supplement to POL 104) - 1 credit. A one-credit study of state and local government. (SS)
Prereq: POL 104 or concurrent enrollment.
Successful completion of this course will enhance the student's ability to:
By completing this course, students will be able to:
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