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Courses - Fall 2018
PLCY
Public Policy
PLCY100
Foundations of Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
A survey course, focusing on public policy institutions and analytical issues as well as on overview of key public policy problems. Students will be introduced to public policy as a discipline, with a brief overview of the actors and institutions involved in the process, and familiarize themselves with the kinds of problems typically requiring public action. The course will examine these problems from a multijurisdictional and multisectoral perspective. Specific policy areas examined include education policy, health policy, economic and budgetary policy, criminal justice policy, environmental policy, and national and homeland security policy. The course should permit students to have broad foundational exposure to the field that will give them a solid base for more advanced courses.
PLCY201
Leadership for the Common Good
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS or DSSP, SCIS
Credit only granted for: PLCY201 or PUAF201.
Formerly: PUAF201.
This course is designed to provide undergraduate students an introduction to leadership theory and a chance to practice a core set of practical skills relevant to transformational and collaborative leadership.
Restriction: Must be in the College Park Scholars Public Leadership program; and freshman standing.
PLCY203
Liberty and Justice for All: Ethics and Moral Issues in Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
PLCY 203- Liberty and Justice for All: Ethics and Moral Issues in Public Policy provides each student with an opportunity to develop the ability to think in sophisticated ways about morally difficult policy issues.
PLCY213
Foundations of Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Through discussions of contemporary trends, challenges and issues, this course provides an introduction to the nonprofit and NGO sectors, social innovation, and the leadership and management skills required to achieve social impact. The course will explore the history, theories, and roles of philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, and social innovation in societies and cultures. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the process and principles of social entrepreneurship and social innovation. Additionally, the course will introduce students to topics in leadership, social innovation, resource development, community mobilization through networks, the role of policy-making in creating change, project management, and overall strategies for achieving social impact. The course will include mini hands-on learning experiences that allow them to apply key learning outcomes.
PLCY214
Leading and Investing in Social Change: Re-defining and Experimenting with Philanthropy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP, SCIS
Credit only granted for: PLCY214, PUAF214 or PUAF359I.
Formerly: PUAF359I, PUAF214.
Defines philanthropy as an exploration of how one develops a vision of the public good and then deploys resources (including donations, volunteers, and voluntary associations) to achieve an impact.
Restricted to students in Carillon Communities.
PLCY300
Governance: Collective Action in the Public Interest
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Examination of societal responses to public problems, including actions by government, non-profit and private sector actors, as well as civil society. Students will examine the roles of these various actors, as well as the nature of civic responsibility. The course will examine the various stages of the policy process, asking the following questions: How does something get defined as a problem that requires a public policy response? How do we think about what the options are for this response, and how do we choose among them? What are the factors that contribute to successful policy implementation? How do we evaluate the success of public policies? These questionswill be addressed using examples of current public policy problems, and students will be expected to engage in individual and collaborative work to design responses to those problems.
Prerequisite: PLCY100 and PLCY101.
PLCY301
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as: AGNR301.
Credit only granted for: AGNR301, PUAF301, or PLCY301.
Formerly: PUAF301.
Designed for students whose academic majors would be enhanced by the complementary study of a widely shared but hard-to-operationalize aspiration: that present choices should preserve or improve future options rather than foreclose or degrade them. How should we understand sustainability? How might we achieve it? How would we know if we had achieved it? And how could sustainability activists of a rising generation lead by example?
PLCY302
(Perm Req)
Leadership: Philosophy, Policy and Praxis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: PLCY302 or PUAF302.
Formerly: PUAF302.
Leadership as a search for meaning, identity and purpose are explored. Also introduces major philosophical traditions, from the ancient world to the modern one, and encourages students to ground their leadership interests and aspirations in a disciplined process of self-reflection, critical thinking and inquiry.
Restriction: Must be in the Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program.
PLCY304
Evaluating Evidence: Finding Truth in Numbers
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: STAT100.
Enables students to understand the research done by others with a sufficiently skeptical eye to allow them to determine whether the findings of the research are valid given the assumptions made and methods used. This will involve, in part, thinking about the various problems in research design or conduct that could lead to faulty conclusions. It will also involve being able to differentiate between credible sources of information and those that are not objective. At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to differentiate objective evidence from political argumentation.
PLCY306
Public Policy Analysis in Action
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Utilizes our unique location in the Washington, D.C. region to create a laboratory within which to analyze local, regional, national and international policy problems. Students will be put into teams and assigned to real and timely policy cases. The course will include meetings and field trips with local leaders in the field, ideally connected to the cases. Student will then expand and apply their use of policy analysis and evaluation skills to define those problems, analyze alternative responses, devise appropriate strategies for implementation, and evaluate the success of the proposed policy and implementation. The course will conclude with team presentations to local leaders and faculty. This distinctive course will serve to prepare students for their client- based senior capstone course.
PLCY311
Women in Leadership
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: PUAF311, PLCY311 or PUAF359W.
Formerly: PUAF359W.
Examines the role of women in the leadership process including the participation of women as activists, voters, advocates, public leaders and as agents of change through various avenues including, among others, public service (elected and appointed), the media, community service, political organizations, and the nonprofit sector.
PLCY313
Advocacy in the American Political System
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: PUAF313, PLCY313 or PUAF359C.
Formerly: PUAF359C.
Introduces students to the creation of law through the legislative process with a special focus on the Maryland General Assembly.
PLCY349
(Perm Req)
Internship in Political Institutions: State and Local
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as BSOS349.
PLCY386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy. Repeatable to 12 credits if content differs.
Credit only granted for: PLCY386 or PUAF386.
Formerly: PUAF386.
PLCY388
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Public Policy
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PLCY388A
Special Topics in Public Policy; Child and Family Policy Impact
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as FMSC498P. Credit only granted for PLCY388A or FMSC498P.

For poor and low-income families, federal programs such as Medicaid, Child care, SNAP and child nutrition programs are a lifeline every day. Some programs also have policies that consider more than income eligibility, such as number of hours of work, disability, and immigration status. Budget choices have a significant impact on policy intentions. Students will learn about and analyze the major federal programs and federal budgets for these policy areas; understand from data the impact of such programs and policies; and be introduced to significant advocacy efforts and considerations that shaped hese policy decisions.
PLCY388B
Special Topics in Public Policy; African-American Politics from Frederick Douglass to Barack Obama
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AASP499P and GVPT368L. Credit only granted for AASP499P, GVPT368L, or PLCY388B.
PLCY388D
Special Topics in Public Policy; Innovation and Social Change: Do Good Now
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP, SCIS
Introduces students to the concept of social innovation while exploring the many mechanisms for achieving social impact. It is team-based, highly interactive and dynamic, and provides an opportunity for students to generate solutions to a wide range of problems facing many communities today. Deepens the students understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation practices by guiding them through the creation and implementation process as applied to a project idea of their choice.
PLCY388G
Special Topics in Public Policy; Global Perspectives on Leading and Investing in Social Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP, SCIS
Today, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations play significant roles in shaping how public policy gets developed and implemented, as well as how change occurs in society. This course will define philanthropy as an exploration of how one develops a vision of the public good and then how a person or group can deploy resources to achieve a positive and lasting impact. During the semester, the class will go through the challenging and exciting process of ultimately granting approximately $7,500 to an organization that we believe can use these resources to achieve an impact on an issue of international significance. Our class grant deliberations and decisions will ultimately lead us to confront, question, and sharpen our philanthropic values, decisions, and leadership skills.
PLCY388N
Special Topics in Public Policy; The United States and Israel: Likely or Unlikely Allies?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as GVPT368B and ISRL329N. Credit only granted for ISRL329N, GVPT368B, or PLCY388N.

This course examines the U.S. - Israel relationship through historical and thematic lenses. Stretching from the pre-state era through the post -Cold War alliance and the intensive U. S. role mediating Arab-Israeli peace, the course covers nearly a century of U. S. foreign policy. It will include domestic sources that have shaped U. S. policy, including public opinion, and conclude by examining scenarios for increased cooperation and managing tension in the relationship.
PLCY388T
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Public Policy; Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Directed Study
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PLCY400
(Perm Req)
Senior Capstone
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Public Policy students will take the skills and knowledge gained through their curriculum and apply them through their senior capstone course. Students will work in teams on problems and issues presented by outside clients, with guidance from faculty facilitators and interaction with the clients. Each team will work with the client to address a particular problem and produce a mutually agreed upon outcome. These hands on projects will advance students understanding of the analytical, leadership, communication and problem solving skills necessary to address todays policy problems while allowing them to gain professional level experience that could contribute to their success in their post UMD endeavors. The course will conclude with an event that allows all teams to present their findings and outcomes to their client while being evaluated by faculty and public policy professionals.
PLCY401
Contemporary Issues in Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An integrative course that allows policy students to explore the complexities of the policy-making process from the perspective of specific policy topics. They will learn about and discuss subject- based issues in a seminar format led by faculty and policy experts. Site visits to federal agencies, guest speakers, and round table sessions ensure that students receive a variety of real-world perspectives on their chosen policy area.
PLCY610
Quantitative Aspects of Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY610 or PUAF610.
Formerly: PUAF610.
Introduces statistical methods needed for evaluating and choosing among policy options. Topics include probability; decision-making under uncertainty; the organization, interpretation, and visual display of complex data; prediction and inferences about causality; hypothesis testing; and linear and multiple regression. Develops analytical skills and the ability to apply theory to complex, real-world problems.
PLCY611
Quantitative Analysis of Policy Issues
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY611 or PUAF611.
Formerly: PUAF611.
Study of a series of problems and the development of quantitative techniques to describe or evaluate the problem. The organization and interpretation of complex data and its use for prediction and inference about casual effects. The definition of objectives, trade-offs among objectives, and allocation of resources to meet objectives. Sensitivity of outcomes to changing conditions.
PLCY640
Microeconomic and Policy Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY640 or PUAF640.
Formerly: PUAF640.
Applies intermediate microeconomic theory to public policy issues: resource allocation by firms and consumers; the response of economic agents to changes in incentives; market allocations in competitive and non-competitive environments; and market failures and government remedies. Uses extended case studies of particular issues in such areas as the environment (acid rain), international trade (tariffs), industry regulation (cable TV), and the provision of public goods (highways).
PLCY688E
Topics in Public Policy; Governance: Normative & Political Dimensions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PUAF major or permission of instructor.
PLCY688G
Topics in Public Policy; Governance: Leadership, Management and Accountability
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLCY688I
Topics in Public Policy; Macroeconomic Analysis
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY688R
Topics in Public Policy; Public Finance and Budgeting
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY688Y
Topics in Public Policy; Practicing Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PUAF majors or instructor permission.
PLCY689A
Public Policy Topics; Acquisitions: Concepts and Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY689J
Public Policy Topics; Food Economics and Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction:: Must be in a major in PUAF-School of Public Policy; or permission of PUAF-School of Public Policy.
PLCY689Q
Public Policy Topics; Quantitative Methods for Evidence-based Policies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLCY689Z
Public Policy Topics; Strategic Management for NonProfit and Public Organizations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PUAF-School of Public Policy; or permission of PUAF-School of Public Policy.
PLCY698A
Selected Topics in Public Affairs; Poverty Measurement and Alleviation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
For PUAF majors only or permission of department.
PLCY698C
Selected Topics in Public Affairs; Intelligence and Policy: Executive, Congressional and Public Dimensions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PUAF-School of Public Policy.
PLCY698T
Selected Topics in Public Affairs; Managing Across Sectors
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PUAF-School of Public Policy; or permission of PUAF-School of Public Policy.
PLCY699B
Selected Topics Public Policy; Intersections of Technology and Policy: Modernizing the Energy System
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as PHYS662. Credit only granted for PHYS662 or PLCY699B.
PLCY699D
Selected Topics Public Policy; Examining Social Identity & Pluralism in Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Understanding how groups and individuals develop and coexist in society is an essential part of public policy. Using the classroom as a laboratory, students will explore identity development and how the intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and other identities shape perceptions that inform decision-making and policy development. From historical scholars to current day movement leaders, this course equips students with tools necessary to critically analyze pluralism, power, and identity; and the skills needed to shape meaningful and equitable public policy and working and civic environments for all.
PLCY699W
Selected Topics Public Policy; Policy Engagement Project A
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY700
U.S. Trade: Policy and Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: PUAF641, PUAF620, and PUAF640.
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY700 or PUAF700.
Formerly: PUAF700.
Interplay between government and private interests in shaping official actions that affect international trade. Policy tools available to influence balance, magnitude, and composition of imports and exports. Evolution of executive, congressional and quasi-judicial government institutions under increased U.S. international trade exposure and trade deficit.
PLCY720
International Security Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY720 or PUAF720.
Formerly: PUAF720.
Reviews the principal features of international security as currently practiced. Traces the evolution of contemporary policy beginning with the initiation of nuclear weapons programs during World War II. Particular emphasis is given to experience of the United States and Russia, since the historical interaction between these two countries has disproportionately affected the international security conditions that all other countries now experience.
PLCY735
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: PLCY735 or PUAF735.
Formerly: PUAF735.
Analyzes the origins, history, status, and future of health care as problems in political and economic theory and as puzzles in policy formation. Considers current American reform controversies in the light of several disciplines and in comparison to foreign experiences and structures.
PLCY741
Global Environmental Problems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY741 or PUAF741.
Formerly: PUAF741.
Suitability of analytic tools for examining global environmental problems, human overpopulation, land abuse, ozone depletion, climate change, acid rain, loss of biological diversity, the scarcity of food, fresh water, energy and nonfuel mineral resources, and health hazards of pollutants toxic metals and radiation.
PLCY744
Environment and Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: PLCY744 or PUAF744.
Formerly: PUAF744.
Analyzes sustainable development and its conflicting interpretations. The dominant view, as expressed in the World Bank's 1992 World Development Report, is studied, along with some critical responses. Further readings on issues of population, consumption and development indicators.
PLCY752
Managing Differences:Resolving Conflict and Negotiating Agreements
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY752 or PUAF752.
Formerly: PUAF752.
Enhances the student's negotiation and leadership skills for managing differences between individuals and groups. Students study the nature of conflict, learn how to handle two and multiparty conflicts, exerting leadership where there are no hierarchy leaders, and explore the impact of facilitators and mediators on the negotiating process. Blends skill building exercises and theory discussions about the behavior of groups and individuals in groups to understand negotiation dynamics.
PLCY780
The American Foreign Policy-Making Process
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY780 or PUAF780.
Formerly: PUAF780.
Survey and analysis of the governmental institutions and processes which shape U.S. global engagement on national security and international economic issues. Particular emphasis is given to executive-congressional relations and the broader domestic roots of foreign policy.
PLCY781
International Economic Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY781 or PUAF781.
Formerly: PUAF781.
Issues and choices facing the United States in today's global economy. Primary, but not exclusive, emphasis is given to "competitive interdependence" among advanced industrial societies.
PLCY783
Development and Foreign Aid
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY783 or PUAF783.
Formerly: PUAF698Q and PUAF783.
Examines the empirical, conceptual, and ethical dimensions of international development policies and U.S. foreign aid. What is the present character of development in poor countries/regions? How should development be conceived? What development strategies are best? What is and should be the purpose of U.S. foreign aide and development assistance?
PLCY798A
Readings in Public Policy
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PLCY798B
Readings in Public Policy
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PLCY798M
Readings in Public Policy; Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor
PLCY798N
Readings in Public Policy; Energy Economics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PUAF-School of Public Policy; or permission of PUAF-School of Public Policy.
PLCY798Y
Readings in Public Policy; Nonprofit Management and Leadership
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: PUAF major or permission of instructor.
PLCY798Z
Readings in Public Policy; Qualitative Research Methods and Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be a major in PUAF-School of Public Policy; or permission of PUAF-School of Public Policy.
PLCY898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PLCY899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.