Courses for Spring 2015

  • Introduction to Public Policy

    An overview of policymaking and policy analysis in the contemporary United States. The course begins with an examination of traditional justifications for government action. We will then examine the discipline of policy analysis that has arisen to design and evaluate public policies. We will also consider critiques of the rational method and ask questions about how policy expertise fits into the political system. The course ends with classic works on organizations and implementation. Not open to graduate students. WRIT
    PPAI 0100 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Prasad
  • Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation

    Broad overview of public policy analysis and program evaluation with emphasis on methodological issues involved in the analysis and assessment of government programs. Illustrations are drawn from a variety of substantive policy areas. Prerequisite: PPAI 0100, and POLS 1600 or EDUC 1110 or SOC 1100 or ECON 1620, or written permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 40 Political Science and Public Policy concentrators.
    PPAI 1200 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Pennock
  • Economics and Public Policy

    An economic analysis of major social programs in the United States. Topics include the possibility of market failure in the private sector, the redistribution of income, and incentive effects created by the programs. Specific policy issues to be examined are welfare reform, Medicaid, school finance reform, and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Enrollment limited to 20. This course satisfies the Public Policy Problems requirement.
    PPAI 1700F S01
    Primary Instructor
    Devine
  • GIS and Public Policy

    An introduction to the theory and practice of social science Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as applied to public policy analysis. Topics include: the geographical basis of policy issues, spatial mapping, and the use of ArcView software to study policy problems. This course satisfies the Public Policy Problems requirement.
    PPAI 1700J S01
    Primary Instructor
    Combs
  • Congressional Leadership, Parties and Public Policy

    Focuses on the Congressional leadership, parties in Congress and their impact on political interactions, and public policy. The course will examine the relationship between the leadership in the Congress and the powerful elements in the House and Senate such as committee chairmen and the party caucuses as well as the media and lobbyists. Emphasis is on the decades long trend toward greater political polarization and its impact on the ability of the institution to respond effectively to address critical national priorities such as the federal debt, health reform immigration, nuclear proliferation and global warming. Enrollment limited to 20 juniors, seniors and graduate students.
    PPAI 1701H S01
    Primary Instructor
    Arenberg
  • Juvenile Justice Institutions and Policy

    Examines the historical and legal development of the juvenile justice system and provides an overview of delinquency theory. These frameworks are used to study the major institutions and current policy issues in the juvenile justice system. Special topics include teen and family courts, age of jurisdiction, racial disparities in juvenile justice, and female delinquency. Students engage in a semester-long project to develop a policy brief addressing a current issue in juvenile justice. Enrollment limited to 20 juniors and seniors. Instructor permission required. This course satisfies the Public Policy Problems requirement. WRIT
    PPAI 1701M S01
    Primary Instructor
    Cooley
  • Labor Market Policy

    Students will learn how to use basic economics models to analyze important labor market policy questions. Topics will include minimum wages, payroll tax cuts, training subsidies, unemployment insurance, negative income taxes, and others. Students will also learn how to find and interpret important labor market data (for example, unemployment rates, payroll employment numbers, and wages) which are used by policy analysts to evaluate local and national labor markets. Prerequisite: ECON 1110, ECON 1130, or EDUC 1130; or instructor permission. Enrollment limited to 20.
    PPAI 1701O S01
    Primary Instructor
    Devine
  • Leading Social Ventures - Social Entrepreneurship in Action

    Intractable social problems across the globe demand new, impactful solutions. Social entrepreneurs, driven by passion to change the world, fuse social missions and savvy business practices to create enterprises that solve these complex challenges.

    Leading Social Ventures is designed for students who are leading social ventures or aspire to create and lead them. "Action learning" means students will apply educational content to a specific venture in the early stage of development. Students will work on a venture that they have created or select an existing early-stage venture among provided choices.

    Submit by 5pm on January 23, 2015 a required application here: http://bit.ly/11g7hBc. You must attend the first class on January 21, 2015. Accepted students will be notified on January 26. Students who do not attend class on January 28 will forfeit their spot in the class. Enrollment limited to 25.
    PPAI 1701Q S01
    Primary Instructor
    Harlam
  • Public Opinion and Public Policy

    It is hard to turn on the news in the United States today without hearing about the latest poll. Why do we care so much about what the masses think? We will take a comprehensive look at the concept of public opinion and its impact on public policy in the United States. We will examine normative and empirical theories about the nature and origins of public opinion. Next, we will explore how public opinion is measured in practice. The content from this course are designed to position you to have sophisticated conversations about public opinion in the United States. DPLL
    PPAI 1701Y S01
    Primary Instructor
    White
  • Social Entrepreneurship

    This course introduces students to social innovation and social entrepreneurship and engages then in identifying significant issues, problems, tools, strategies and models that drive bold solutions to complex contemporary problems. Students understand the competencies that are needed to be transformative social entrepreneurs. The course emphasizes how enterprises are created and sustained. Enrollment limit is 40. Submit by 5pm on January 23, 2015 a required application here: http://bit.ly/1oVwAD4 You must attend the first class on January 22, 2015. Accepted students will be notified on January 26. Students who do not attend class on January 27 will forfeit their spot in the class.
    PPAI 1910 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Allen
  • Independent Reading and Research

    See Independent Reading And Research (PPAI 1970) for course description. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    PPAI 1971 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Cooley
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    PPAI 1971 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Moffitt
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    PPAI 1971 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Cheit
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    PPAI 1971 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Pennock
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    PPAI 1971 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Devine
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    PPAI 1971 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Allen
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    PPAI 1971 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Marino
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    PPAI 1971 S17
    Primary Instructor
    McGuigan
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    PPAI 1971 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Orr
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    PPAI 1971 S22
    Primary Instructor
    Spoehr
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    PPAI 1971 S23
    Primary Instructor
    Slattery
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    PPAI 1971 S26
    Primary Instructor
    Harlam
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  • Policy Analysis

    Investigates policy analysis and program evaluation with emphasis on assessment of government programs.
    PPAI 2040 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Godwin
  • Environmental Policy Analysis

    The first half of the course focuses on the economic principles imbedded in the environmental problems facing local, state, and national societies across the globe. Key concepts include common-pool resources, public goods, market failures, and the valuation of costs and benefits across environmental policies. The second half of the course builds upon the economic foundation through the integration of statistical and financial techniques common in the evaluation and management of environmental policies. Throughout the semester the course will require students to accurately apply these quantitative methods to problem sets and case studies drawn from past and present environmental policy debates.
    PPAI 2045 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Godwin
  • Strategic Communication

    Teaches students communication skills for social change, and examines how individuals and organizations frame issues in order to effect change.
  • Cost Benefit Analysis

    An introduction to the theory and practice of cost-benefit analysis (CBA). Topics include valuation of cost and benefits in primary and secondary markets, discounting, existence values, contingent evaluation, sensitivity analyses, and ethical considerations. The course examines federal and state guidelines regarding CBA and the application of CBA in these contexts via case studies. Prerequisites: PPAI 2010 and 2030. Open to MPA and MPP students in PPAI.
    PPAI 2400 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Pennock
  • Urban Economic Policy

    This course will introduce students to the economic analysis of urban policy. We will use economic theory to analyze why cities exist, where they develop, how they grow, and how activities are spatially arranged within urban areas. As we ask each of these questions, we will examine how public policy can influence the outcome and review empirical evidence. As time allows, we will also examine the economics of poverty, housing, and other issues within the urban context. Prerequisite: PPAI 2010 or instructor permission.
    PPAI 2540 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Devine
  • Social Science Data Technologies

    Covers the applied use of data sources and computer software programs. Its goals are to teach students how to use common software packages and access policy-relevant data.
    PPAI 2600 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Combs
  • Ethical Issues in Policy Analysis

    A greater understanding of the moral dimensions of public policy can improve the assessment of policy alternatives. Course begins with a brief overview of various ethical theories, with particular attention given to distributive justice and utilitarianism. Uses a variety of domestic policy case studies to identify and examine the role of ethics in policy analysis and policy choice. The latter part of the course will discuss the ethical conduct and responsibilities of policy professionals. Open to graduate students only.
    PPAI 2755 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Cooley
  • Internship

    Practical job experience in the public, private, or non-profit sector.
    PPAI 2800 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Slattery
  • Graduate Independent Study

    Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    PPAI 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Cooley
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    PPAI 2980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Pennock
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    PPAI 2980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Cheit
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    PPAI 2980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Combs
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    PPAI 2980 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Moffitt
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    PPAI 2980 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Devine
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    PPAI 2980 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Marino
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    PPAI 2980 S17
    Primary Instructor
    McGuigan
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    PPAI 2980 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Orr
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    PPAI 2980 S23
    Primary Instructor
    Slattery
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    I: Independent Study/Research