Courses for Fall 2014

  • Comparative Policies: Analyzing Policy Making Around the Globe

    Who determines how public policy is made? Do public policies reflect what voters want, or do lobbyists, politicians, and bureaucrats really make the decisions? What factors motivate these different actors? This course examines public policy from the perspective of comparative politics. Over the course of the semester, we will examine policy making in the US and a number of industrialized countries in Western Europe and Japan. Topics studied include immigration policy, education policy, and family policy. Enrollment limited to 20 first year students. FYS WRIT
    PPAI 0700J S01
    Primary Instructor
    Pennock
  • Social Welfare Policy in the United States

    Exposes students to the key challenges for social welfare policy-making in the United States. Particular attention will be given to the formulation and administration of prominent welfare, health, and education policies. Course materials also will explore how demographic and economic trends affect the implementation of social welfare policies. Instructor permission required. This course satisfies the Public Policy Problems requirement. WRIT
    PPAI 1700B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Devine
  • Good Government

    An applied ethics course specifically for students with backgrounds in Public Policy, it will emphasize the primary themes of good government: openness, deliberation, and integrity. Students will develop an essay on good government and do research for case studies of ethical dilemmas involving public servants. Prerequisite: PPAI 0100 (or equivalent). Instructor permission required. This course satisfies the American Institutions requirement.
    PPAI 1700T S01
    Primary Instructor
    Cheit
  • Nonprofit Organizations

    Contemporary nonprofits and their role in community building and shaping public policy are central to this course. Topics include how strong coalitions impact housing, welfare and children's policy, organizing empowered communities, the influential and engaged donor and building the value of nonprofits. Case studies will be featured and new nonprofit models will be conceptualized to strategically address critical human need. Enrollment limited to 20 juniors, seniors, and graduate students concentrating in Public Policy. This course satisfies the American Institutions requirement.
    PPAI 1700V S01
    Primary Instructor
    Allen
  • Crisis Management

    Introduces future policymakers to the multifaceted decision-making process in which governments, businesses, advocacy organizations, and the public are thrust into the throes of a policy crisis. Various crisis management theories, key stakeholders in a crisis situation, and the positive and negative effects of various strategies are analyzed. Enrollment limited to 20 junior and senior concentrators in Public Policy. This course satisfies the Public Policy Problems requirement.
    PPAI 1700Y S01
    Primary Instructor
    Preston
  • State and Local Government

    Examines state and local politics and government in the United States. The first part of the course examines the historical underpinning and division of power of the major political actors, institutions, and processes through both institutionalist perspectives. The second part focuses on the role of states in shaping significant policy areas including civil unions, education, healthcare, welfare, and the environment. This course satisfies the American Institutions requirement.
  • Race and Public Policy

    Racial inequality is a fact of life in the United States. Evidence from a range of social science studies suggests that African Americans, and increasingly Latinos, are more likely than whites to experience a range of social and economic challenges, from school suspension and drop out, to arrest and incarceration, and the death penalty. In this course, you will develop a deeper and more nuanced understanding of racial inequality as a public policy problem. Enrollment limited to 20 juniors and seniors. This course satisfies the Public Policy Problems requirement. DPLL WRIT
  • Independent Reading and Research

    Supervised reading or research. Specific program arranged in terms of the student's individual needs and interests. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    PPAI 1970 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Cooley
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    PPAI 1970 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Moffitt
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    PPAI 1970 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Godwin
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    PPAI 1970 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Cheit
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    PPAI 1970 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Combs
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    PPAI 1970 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Devine
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    PPAI 1970 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Allen
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    PPAI 1970 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Marino
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    PPAI 1970 S17
    Primary Instructor
    McGuigan
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    PPAI 1970 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Orr
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    PPAI 1970 S23
    Primary Instructor
    Slattery-Bownds
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    PPAI 1970 S26
    Primary Instructor
    Harlam
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  • Public Policy Colloquium

    An advanced two-semester research seminar for senior honors candidates in the public policy and American institutions concentration. Participants jointly consider strategies appropriate to researching and writing a senior paper before proceeding to individual research on topics they choose. Each participant is required to present a summary of his or her work to the colloquium.
    PPAI 1990 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Cheit
  • Institutions and Policy Making

    Studies how political, social, and economic institutions structure policymaking. Covers a variety of policy areas such as education, health care, technology policy, welfare, and social policy.
    PPAI 2000 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Godwin
  • Economics and Public Policy

    Examines issues in government spending and tax policy. Conceptual topics include the normative assignment of responsibility with federal systems and the equitable distribution of income. Specific policy applications are covered.
    PPAI 2010 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Devine
  • Public Budgeting and Management

    Explores how organizations use budgets and management tools to achieve broader social, economic, and political objectives. It is designed to show how these techniques can be used to improve organizational performance.
    PPAI 2020 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Marino
  • Statistics

    Covers social and economic statistics and their role in public policy research. Among the topics explored are descriptive and inferential statistics, measurement, sampling, and multivariate analysis. Open to graduate students in Public Policy or Political Science.
    PPAI 2030 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Pennock
  • Program Evaluation

    Designed to equip graduate students with the knowledge and tools needed to become critical consumers of evaluation research and to conduct evaluations of various social programs and policies. Following an introduction to the field of program evaluation, the course will address specific topics including: logic models, process evaluations, experimental and quasi-experimental designs for outcome evaluations, and alternative data sources. Class discussions and assignments will utilize evaluation examples from a variety of substantive policy areas. Prerequisite: PPAI 2030. Open to graduate students only.
    PPAI 2050 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Cooley
  • Thinking, Planning and Acting Strategically

    This course will focus on the strategic trends and issues which impact the public and nonprofit sectors and the role of strategic planning and strategic thinking as fundamental tools of public and nonprofit institutions to build high performance organizations, increase the value of their programs and services and enhance problem-solving. This course has been designed to support students in acquiring a mastery of practical skills in strategic planning and strategic thinking.
    PPAI 2350 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Kaplan
  • Regulation and Compliance

    This course is designed to prepare students for work in heavily regulated policy arenas (which is pretty much all of them). You will receive training in the disciplines necessary to design regulations, evaluate compliance options, and generate regulatory analyses that policymakers will find persuasive. This is a practitioner’s course. As such, it is first and foremost a quantitative class. Familiarity with the basic concepts of microeconomics and statistics is assumed.
    PPAI 2655 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Godwin
  • Mediation, Negotiation, and Arbitration Strategies

    This graduate-level seminar is a synthesis of negotiation, arbitration, and mediation theories and practices as applied to public policy professionals. Course topics include interagency negotiation and cooperation, professional and workplace negotiations, agreements in legislative and advocacy environments, using non-governmental bargaining partners, role of government regulators, and international and cross-cultural agreements. Emphasis on analysis of ethical issues and strategies in the planning, formulation, and implementation of negotiated agreements. Enrollment limited to 16. Instructor permission required.
    PPAI 2750 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Kerbel
  • Research Workshop

    Group research projects centering on topics organized by the instructor. Students will be organized into small teams that will undertake research projects such as policy analysis, evaluation studies, organizational assessments, or data projects. Results of these projects will be presented in the seminar.
    PPAI 2900 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Allen
  • Graduate Independent Study

    Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    PPAI 2980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Godwin
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    PPAI 2980 S02
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    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
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    Moffitt
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    PPAI 2980 S11
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    Devine
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    PPAI 2980 S16
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    Marino
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    PPAI 2980 S17
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    McGuigan
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    PPAI 2980 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Orr
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    PPAI 2980 S23
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    Slattery-Bownds
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    PPAI 2980 S26
    Primary Instructor
    Allen
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