This course acquaints students with the history and functions of state and local governance. It includes an analysis of political organization and structure; state and local government taxing powers; economic, educational, and police powers; and public service functions of government. The course meets General Education “Individual and Society” Requirement Area 2. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in Academic Reading III (ESL098) or Reading Skills II (RDG095) and Writing Skills II (ENG095) or exemption by placement testing.