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Courses - Fall 2018
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Topical Investigations; Innovation in the Public Sector
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100, GVPT100 or ECON200. Also offered as GVPT388B. Credit will be granted for BSOS388f or GVPT 388B.

How does innovation occur in the public sector? How can government serve as a catalyst for problem-solving? Using the tools of innovation and entrepreneurship, this laboratory course engages students in a semester-long project to innovate change around a specific public sector issue or industry in our local or regional community. Some examples might include: public broadband access, sustainability infrastructure, transportation improvements, or health care access in the College Park, Prince George's, or Maryland communities. Lead instructor Ken Ulman,'97 is the former Howard County Executive who now heads the University's efforts to transform College Park into one of the most innovative university towns in the country.

For permission to register, email bsos-ugdean@umd.edu with your name, UID and a brief statement of why this course is of interest to you.