Graduate Courses

PUBL-610 Technological Innovation and Public Policy
Technological innovation, the incremental and revolutionary improvements in technology, has been a major driver in economic, social, military, and political change. This course will introduce generic models of innovation that span multiple sectors including: energy, environment, health, and bio- and information-technologies. The course will then analyze how governments choose policies, such as patents, to spur and shape innovation and its impacts on the economy and society. Students will be introduced to a global perspective on innovation policy including economic competitiveness, technology transfer and appropriate technology. Lecture, Credits 3
PUBL-620 Information and Communications Policy
This course examines how federal and international policies are developed to influence innovation in, and regulation of, information, computer and telecommunications technologies. In particular the course will examine such topics as privacy, freedom of speech, cybersecurity, intellectual property rights, access to information technology, and regulation of the Internet. This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor. Lecture, Credits 3
PUBL-630 Energy Policy
This course provides an overview of energy resources, technologies, and policies designed to ensure clean, stable supplies of energy for the future. The course evaluates the impacts of fossil fuel, renewable energy, and hydrogen technologies on society and how public policies can be used to influence their development. The development of U.S. energy policy is of particular concern, although a global perspective will be integrated throughout the course. Lecture, Credits 3
PUBL-699 Public Policy Graduate Co-Op
One semester of paid work experience in a professional setting related to the communication major. This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor. CO OP, Credits 0
PUBL-700 Readings in Public Policy
An in-depth inquiry into key contemporary public policy issues. Students will be exposed to a wide range of important public policy texts, and will learn how to write a literature review in a policy area of their choosing. This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor. Seminar, Credits 3
PUBL-701 Graduate Policy Analysis
This course provides graduate students with necessary tools to help them become effective policy analysts. The course places particular emphasis on understanding the policy process, the different approaches to policy analysis, and the application of quantitative and qualitative methods for evaluating public policies. Students will apply these tools to contemporary public policy decision making at the local, state, federal, and international levels. Lecture, Credits 3
PUBL-702 Graduate Decision Analysis
This course provides students with an introduction to decision science and analysis. The course focuses on several important tools for making good decisions, including decision trees, including forecasting, risk analysis, and multi-attribute decision making. Students will apply these tools to contemporary public policy decision making at the local, state, federal, and international levels. Lecture, Credits 3
PUBL-703 Evaluation and Research Design
The focus of this course is on evaluation of program outcomes and research design. Students will explore the questions and methodologies associated with meeting programmatic outcomes, secondary or unanticipated effects, and an analysis of alternative means for achieving program outcomes. Critique of evaluation research methodologies will also be considered. Lecture, Credits 3
PUBL-705 Seminar: Advanced Methods
This course will cover the major theoretical and applied analytical methods and techniques in both quantitative and qualitative analysis. An emphasis will be placed on integrating empirical and normative concerns. Lecture, Credits 3
PUBL-709 Public Administration and Management
This course provides an in-depth look at the evolution of public administration theory and practice. Starting with the basic structure of the U.S. Constitution, the course examines how the key tensions facing local, state, and federal public administrators changed over time with both changes in social science and changes in public administration practice. Topics include public organization theory, public budgeting, citizen engagement, e-government, public-private partnerships, and recent innovations in management practice. Lecture, Credits 3
PUBL-730 Telecommunications Policy and Issues
The objective of this course is to enlighten students relative to telecommunications policy and standards sufficiently, in order for them to be able to deal with the real-world issues that confront telecommunications professionals on a daily basis. Students will not be prepared to act as regulatory experts or to replace specialized experts with legal training, but should be sufficiently cognizant of pertinent issues to know when it is prudent to call in such forces. The domestic as well as the international regulatory, policy and standard arenas will be explored. This course helps students to understand that the telecommunications environment is greatly effected by technology, policy, security and market forces with a primary focus on telecommunications policy and all that it entails. Lecture, Credits 3
PUBL-788 Graduate Research Experience
Gives the student first-hand experience in designing and performing research. Students are closely supervised by a faculty member, developing their pre-professional skills while learning how to do research first hand. Allows examination of a special problem or topical area in the field of Public Policy at the graduate level. Topics and specific content and methods vary from year to year or term to term. Research, Credits 0 - 6
PUBL-789 Public Policy Graduate Special Topics
Allows examination of a special problem or topical area in the field of Public Policy at the graduate level. Topics and specific content and methods vary from year to year or term to term. Lecture 3, Credits 3
PUBL-790 Public Policy Thesis
The master's thesis in science, technology, and public policy requires the student to select a thesis topic, advisor and committee; prepare a written thesis proposal for approval by the faculty; present and defend the thesis before a thesis committee; and submit a bound copy of the thesis to the library and to the program chair. Enrollment in this course requires permission from the department offering the course. Thesis 3, Credits 1 - 6
PUBL-810 Technology, Policy and Sustainability
This course introduces students to public policy and its role in building a sustainable society. The course places particular emphasis on the policy process; the relationship among technology, policy, and the environment; and policy mechanisms for addressing market and government failures that threaten sustainability. Lecture 3, Credits 3