Public Policy Courses


Undergraduate

Course # Title

PUBL-101Foundations of Public Policy

This interdisciplinary course introduces the student to the concept of public policy, the policymaking process, the role of stakeholders and interest groups, and the basic dimensions of quantitative and qualitative policy analysis. A range of public policy issues, such as environmental policy, science and technology policy, health policy, and information and communications policy will be explored at local, state, federal and international levels. Class 3, Credit 3 (F).

PUBL-120Contemporary Issues in Public Policy

This course provides students the understanding of the concepts of public policy formation and implementation, and the role of citizens, other stakeholders, and interest groups. Students will engage in analysis of a wide array of contemporary socio-economic issues, through structured writing assignments and class presentations. The course content is structured to provide students with the skills to increase their writing proficiency, and the opportunities to publicly communicate and defend their ideas. Class 3, Credit 3 (F)

PUBL-201Values and Public Policy

This course focuses on the connections and interplay between personal and social values and public policy. It explores how values and norms influence public policies and how the resulting expressions of values within public policy impact the implementation and effectiveness of policy choices. It explores how different countries make widely different policy choices based on their values. The course also considers how new developments in science and technology influence the interplay between values and policy across multiple issues. In addition, this course explores how to formulate values-based explanations of certain public policy preferences. Topics range across the policy issue spectrum. Class 3, Credit 3 (F)

PUBL-210Introduction to Qualitative Policy Analysis

This is a course in the practical aspects of doing theoretically informed qualitative social research with policy applications. Special attention will be given to the processes by which research problems are formulated, research designs selected, data gathered and interpreted, and inferences and conclusions drawn. Special attention will be paid to survey techniques and content analysis. Through example, illustration, and application, specific research skills will be simulated using case studies. Class 3, Credit 3 (S)

PUBL-301Public Policy Analysis

This course provides 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 methods for evaluating public policies. Students will apply these tools to contemporary public policy decision making at the local, state, federal, and international levels. (PUBL-101 Foundations of Public Policy) Class 3, Credit 3 (F)

PUBL-302Decision 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, cost-benefit analysis, 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. (PUBL-101 Foundations of Public Policy) Class 3, Credit 3 (S)

PUBL-499Public Policy Co-op

One semester of paid work experience in a professional setting related to the public policy major. (At least third-year and department approval required.) Class 0, Credit 0 (F, S, Su)

PUBL-500Senior Project

This project-based course represents the culminating educational experience for public policy degree students. In the course, students work to identify and analyze a real-world policy-related problem at the local, state, federal, or international level. Typically, projects are informed by, and delivered to, outside stakeholders or clients who work with the students to help formulate, structure, and/or carry out the project. Students work in a teaming environment under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Under special circumstances students may work individually with the approval of the program. Class 3, Credit 3.

PUBL-510Technological 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 also analyzes how governments choose policies to spur and shape innovation. Students will be introduced to a global perspective on innovation policy including technology transfer and appropriate technology. Class 3, Credit 3 (S)

PUBL-520Information and Communications Policy

This course examines how federal and international policies are developed to influence innovation in, and regulation of, information, computer, and communications technologies. In particular the course will examine such topics as privacy, freedom of speech, cybersecurity, copyrights & intellectual property rights, access to information technology, and regulation of the Internet. Class 3, Credit 3

PUBL-530Energy 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. Course 3, Credit 3




Graduate

Course # Title

PUBL-610Technological Innovation and Public Policy

Technological innovation, the incremental and revolutionary improvements in technology, has been a major causal factor 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 to spur and shape innovation. Students will be introduced to a global perspective on innovation policy including technology transfer and appropriate technology. (Graduate Standing) Class 3, Credit 3 (S)

PUBL-620Information and Communications Policy

This course examines how federal and international policies are developed to influence innovation of Information and Computer Technology. In particular the course will examine such topics as privacy, freedom of speech, intellectual property rights, access to information technology, and regulation of the Internet. (Graduate standing) Class 3, Credit 3

PUBL-630Energy 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. (Graduate Standing) Course 3, Credit 3 (F, S)

PUBL-699Public Policy Graduate Co-Op

One semester of paid work experience in a professional setting related to the public policy major. (Graduate Standing) Class 0, Credit 0 (F, S, Su)

PUBL-700Readings in Public Policy

An in-depth inquiry into key contemporary public policy issues with an emphasis on environmental policy and information and communications technology policy (Graduate Standing) Course 3, Credit 3 (F)

PUBL-701Graduate 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. (Graduate standing) Class 3, Credit 3 (F)

PUBL-702Graduate 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, cost-benefit analysis, 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. (Graduate Standing) Class 3, Credit 3 (S)

PUBL-703Evaluation 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. (Graduate Standing) Class 3, Credit 3 (S)

PUBL-705Seminar: Advanced Theory and 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. (Graduate Standing) Class 3, Credit 3

PUBL-709Public 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. (Graduate standing) Class 3, Credit 3

PUBL-789Public 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. (Graduate Standing) Class 3, Credit 3

PUBL-790Public Policy Thesis

The master's thesis in science, technology, and public policy requires the student to select a thesis topic, adviser 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. (Graduate Standing) (Acceptance of a thesis proposal is required) Credit 1 - 6

PUBL-810Technology 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. (Graduate Standing) Class 3, Credit 3