Pmap 3011 Syllabus

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SYLLABUS: PMAP 3011: POLICY AND POLITICS IN THE AMERICAN CITY

SECTION 05

SPRING SEMESTER, 2011

PUBLIC MANAGEMENT AND POLICY DEPARTMENT

ANDREW YOUNG SCHOOL OF POLICY STUDIES-GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE SYLLABUS CAREFULLY: THE STUDENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR UNDERSTANDING ALL INFORMATION PRESENTED HEREIN:*

I COURSE IDENTIFICATION

Instructor: Dr. Gerry NeumarkCRN: 14886

Office: G49B AYSPS**Room: General Classroom 621

Office phone: (404) 413-0138Time: 1:30-2:45 P.M.

Fax: (404) 413-0104Days: Monday/Wednesday

E-mail: use gneumark@gsu.edu only.Office hours:

Monday: 12:00 to 1:15 P.M.

Tuesday: 9:30 to 11:00 A.M.

Wednesday: 12:00 to1 1: 15 P.M. 3:00-4:00. And by appointment***

*The schedule of topics in this syllabus is meant as a guideline. Variances to the schedule as well as the guest speaker list will occur as deemed in the best interest of the students and instruction.

** There will be a change in Dr. Neumark’s office assignment scheduled for either late February or early March. The class will be informed when such changes occur.

***Dr. Neumark makes every effort to be available to the students. If you are experiencing any difficulties, or have any concerns as well as questions, please contact him by e-mail as soon as possible. Dr. Neumark prefers face to face contact, and you are welcome to come by his office.

II TEXTBOOK INFORMATION

Steinbacher, Roberta and Virginia O. Benson. 2006. Introduction to Urban Studies, third edition. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company. ISBN: 0-7575-2561-X.

Neumark, Gerald. 2010. “Citizenship in the Federal System.” Harvey K. Newman (Ed). Citizenship, the Community, and Public Service. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company. (Available on uLearn)

III COURSE DESCRIPTION

PMAP 3011 is designed to introduce students to the study of cities and metropolitan areas through an interdisciplinary approach, with an emphasis on public policy. The course draws upon a variety of social science disciplines to address such questions as: how have cities changed over time? Who lives in and around cities? Why are people, institutions, business, and other establishments located where they are in the cities? How do cities provide economically for their residents? How are cities planned? How are cities governed? And, how is urban policy made, and who makes it? In answering these questions, the emphasis will be on the City of Atlanta as a learning laboratory.

IV LEARNING OBJECTIVES

1. The students will recognize the contributions of the social sciences to the interdisciplinary field of urban studies.

2. The student will be able to describe and discuss important political, geographic, sociological and policy issues facing Atlanta and other American cities.

3. The student will demonstrate Junior/senior university level writing skills through the completion of the various writing assignments.

V COURSE REQUIREMENTS (Each of the following assignments will be assigned one grade unless otherwise indicated.) See Course schedule Exam and assignment due dates.

Exams: Midterm (Counted as a double grade) and a final examination (Counted as three grades).

Assignments: All assignments must be handed in, in-person during the class date that they are due. There is to be no e-mail of assignments without first contacting Dr. Neumark.

1. Political Cartoon: Each student will create and draw a one box political...
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