Spring 2018 not offered
|Certificates: Environmental Studies|
Public policy describes the rules and actions embraced by the government to achieve a variety of social goals. This course will begin with an exploration of the policy process and the challenges of defining problems, designing policies, and implementation. The remainder of the course will be devoted to the examination of several public policy areas, including criminal justice, social welfare, economic policy, and environmental regulation. While attention will focus on U.S. policies, we will routinely consider how they compare with those of other nations. By integrating theoretical literature with more detailed consideration of the origins and development of key domestic policies, the course aims to develop analytical skills and an appreciation for the technical and political complexities of policy making.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(GOVT)(GOVT-American)
B. Guy Peters, PUBLIC POLICY: PROMISE AND PERFORMANCE, 10th ed. (ISBN 978-1483391502)
Deborah Stone, POLICY PARADOX: THE ART OF POLITICAL DECISION MAKING, 3rd ed. (ISBN 978-0393912722)
Articles and internet-based documents
students are free to use earlier editions of the texts if available.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two exams and a series of case study analyses or analytical essays.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Prior exposure to quantitative methods is helpful.
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