POL 107 Municipal Government

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  POL 107 Municipal Government

Credit Hours:  3.0            Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  None

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This course introduces students to the importance, structure, duties, and responsibilities of local government in providing the delivery of essential services to its constituents. It examines the history of municipal government in New Jersey. Commission versus mayor-council forms of local government is explored. This course also includes analysis of the perceived and actual relationships between the legislative and administrative branches of local government and the relationship of municipal government to the county, state, and federal counterparts. The class is team taught by ECC faculty, various urban mayors, and other municipal officials in the State of New Jersey.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. describe the different forms of municipal government in New Jersey;
  2. discuss the various ways to influence municipal government;
  3. explain the relationship between urban policies and planning in municipal government; and
  4. evaluate a municipality’s financial and management system.
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