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POL 318 Pennsylvania Politics (3 credits)

This course has two objectives: (1) The study of the state of Pennsylvania, its political culture and its government and (2) Using Pennsylvania as a window to more fully understand state governments around the country. As we learn about Pennsylvania and state government, we will explore three distinct but overlapping emphases: The Political Environment. What are the political forces driving the agenda in this state? The Issues: What issues actually matter in this state? The Structure: How the and legislature, the governor’s office, the departments of state government, other statewide offices, and the legislature actually work. Over the course of the semester, guest speakers who have been involved in PA politics will visit and share their insights and experiences.