The study of politics at the subnational levels in the United States. Various types of state and community political systems are examined, and the state of Maryland serves as a resource for specific lessons in budgeting, governing, policies, institutions, and politics. Research in the area of community power structures and the factors that explain such structures will be emphasized. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Experiencing the Liberal Arts in the World. Prerequisite: POSC 100 or permission of the instructor.