Ps-220 Syllabus

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PS 220
Introduction to Public Policy
Spring 2013

Course Objectives:
1) Students will demonstrate knowledge of how public policy is political, coupled with understanding how major government institutions approach public policy issues and questions. 2) Students will understand major theories and models of the policy process and be able to apply the theories/models in describing and explaining policymaking and its outputs and outcomes. 3) Students will understand major stages and tools/instruments of public policy along with prominent types of public policies. 4) Students will understand and be able to apply major evaluative criteria used in assessing public policy alternatives. 5) Students will demonstrate knowledge of key developments, issues and debates in major public policy areas in the United States.

Required reading:
1) Kraft and Fulong, Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives, 4th ed. (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2013). 2) Any newspaper – preferably one with a national scope such as NY Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, etc. 3) Various articles as assigned

Course Schedule (for on-site portion of course – on-line discussions will be explained during on-site sessions):
Week One (1/15): Introduction and overview
Week Two (1/22): Public policy and politics (ch. 1)
Week Three (1/29): Government institutions and policy actors (ch. 2)
Week Four (2/5): Understanding public policymaking (ch. 3)
Week Five (2/12): Exam #1
Week Six (2/19): Introduction to policy analysis (ch. 4)
Week Seven (2/26): Public problems and policy alternatives (ch. 5)
Week Eight (3/5): Assessing policy alternatives (ch. 6)
Week Nine (3/12): Exam #2
Week Ten (3/19): Spring Break
Week Eleven (3/26): Economic and budgetary...
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