Fundamentals of Government

This course examines the organization, operation, and interaction of branches of government at the federal, state, and local levels. The legislative process in each results in laws, regulations, policies and guidelines that may greatly affect local public works operations. The judicial and executive branches independently provide the system of checks and balances that are the foundation of our government system. Understanding those processes which are involved at all three levels is the first step for individuals to positively impact the final laws and regulations and to assure that they are the best for society as possible. Knowing and building personal relationships with legislators along with making your willingness to share your knowledge with others during the subcommittee/committee portion of the law making process can help direct final results into a meaningful and useful law.

Skills are developed by knowing:

  • The legislative delegates from your district
  • The legislative process of each body
  • The current status of a bill as it progresses
  • The policies for adopting regulations needed for new laws

Once completed, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the concept of government relations
  • Understand their role in the legislative and regulatory process
  • Identify that adequate funding and resources for public works is dependent on these processes
  • Understand how federal, state, and local governments work together to provide public works services

Key Concepts:

  • Local, State and Federal Governments Operations
  • Laws => Regulations=> Policies=> Guidelines affect us all
  • Importance of individual participation in making laws

Offering format

On-line, independent study



Offering level (Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced)


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