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Courses - Spring 2020
PLCY
Public Policy
PLCY100
Foundations of Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
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.
PLCY101
Great Thinkers on Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Great ideas in public policy, such as equality, efficiency, sovereignty, liberty, bureaucracy, democracy and security are explored through the lens of great thinkers. An introduction to the intellectual foundations of public policy, from ancient theories on collective public action through the more contemporary development of public policy as a discipline. This may start as early as the ancient Greek philosophers and their views on public action through contemporary classics of public policy. At the conclusion of the course, students will have read classic works in the field and will master the key themes that have dominated the intellectual debates about public policy over its history. Emphasis will be on the interdisciplinary foundations of public policy, through examining core disciplinary contributions from economics, political science, management, philosophy, and other relevant disciplines.
PLCY201
Public Leaders and Active Citizens
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS or DSSP, SCIS
Credit only granted for: PLCY201 or PUAF201.
Formerly: PUAF201.
Aims to inspire, teach and engage students in the theory and practice of public leadership from the local to the national to the global level. Students will learn and apply diverse approaches to leadership in a multicultural society while developing an understanding of key frameworks and practices necessary to foster collective action across private, public, and nonprofit sectors. This course will allow students to become informed citizens able to reason critically and persuasively about public matters Students will also explore and assess their own personal values, beliefs, and purpose as they develop their leadership potential.
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.
PLCY215
Innovation and Social Change: Creating Change for Good
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSSP
Credit only granted for: PLCY215 or PUAF215.
Formerly: PUAF215.
A team-based, highly interactive and dynamic course that provides an opportunity for students to generate solutions to a wide range of problems facing many communities today. Students in the iGIVE Program will deepen their understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation practices by creating and implementing projects or ventures that address an issue of their choosing while learning topics such as communications, project management, teamwork, leadership, fundraising, project sustainability and next steps in social change.
Restricted to member of the iGive Living Learning Program.
PLCY301
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with 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
Examining Pluralism in Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DVCC
Credit only granted for: PLCY302 or PUAF302.
Formerly: PUAF302.
Understanding pluralism and how groups and individuals coexist in society is an essential part of the public policy process. This course will examine the ways in which the diverse experiences of race, gender, ethnicity, class, orientation, identity, and religion impact the understanding of and equitable delivery of public policy. The examination of how identity development shapes our understanding of society and influences the decision-making process is central to students' shaping policy that is truly for the people. This course will equip students with the skills needed to analyze pluralism and draw conclusions about the application of various theories to public policy issues.
PLCY303
Public Economics Raising and Spending the People's Money
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ECON200.
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Applied course in public finance, including introductions to resource mobilization (including taxation), macroeconomic policy, key public expenditure policies, and government budgetary processes and politics. The course will build on the foundations from ECON 202 to address the specific application of public finance principles to solving public problems. The course will focus on the principles of welfare economics (including market failure), economic principles as applied to particular spending programs and tax choices, and issues and institutions involved in the allocation and management of resources both at a national and subnational level. The focus of the course is on these issues from both a domestic and global perspective.
PLCY306
Public Policy Analysis in Action
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits; and must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy.
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.
PLCY309
(Perm Req)
Internship in Political Institutions: State and Local
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
PLCY310
Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation in Action
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PLCY 213.
Furthers students understanding of topics in leadership, social innovation, resource development, community mobilization through networks, and the role of policy making in creating change. This course will further students understanding of the creation and leadership of nonprofits, social ventures, governance and boards; strategic planning and partnerships; advocacy and public policy processes; community outreach; working in teams, effective communications, and cross-sector approaches to scaling up social impact.
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.
PLCY386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY386 or PUAF386.
Formerly: PUAF386.
PLCY388
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Public Policy
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PLCY388A
Special Topics in Public Policy; Making a Difference: Child and Family Policy Advocacy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with FMSC498A. Credit only granted for PLCY388A or FMSC498A.

Advocates for children and families have accomplished a great deal over the years. They have reduced hunger, expanded access to health care, created safer communities and families, and worked to reduce inequities in education quality and resources. But so much more remains to be done to ensure social justice and equity for all children,youth and families. This course will concentrate on developing advocacy skills, including b uilding coalitions and agendas, activating grassroots, creating message strategies and writing Op Eds, among other ways advocates advance their causes.
PLCY388C
Special Topics in Public Policy; Practical Hacking for Policy Makers
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Jointly offered with INST467. Credit only granted for PLCY388C or INST467. Students will explore the key issues facing policy makers attempting to manage the problem of cybersecurity from its technical foundationsto domestic and international policy considerations surrounding governance, privacy, risk management, and operational orchestration. It is designed for students with no background in information technology, and will provide the principles to understand the current debates shaping a rapidly evolving security landscape.
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.
PLCY388F
Special Topics in Public Policy; Contemporary Issues Under the Rule of Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
"Fake news" and freedom of the press, money in electoral politics, voter photo ID laws and political gerrymandering, continued racial segregation in public schools, privacy on the street and in school, holding public officials accountable for egregious constitutional violations, and unequal justice for the poor are all thorny issues of public policy thathave found their way into American courts. This courseexamines these and other current issues presented to the courts ina format wherestudents evaluate and opine on the competing legal and policy arguments in class and in papers as if they were the empowered judicial authority.The course also provides a broad overview of the waysAmericancourts function as well as an opportunity to visit with a federal judge,hear the experiences of former jurors, and possibly visit a landlord-tenant courtin action.
PLCY388R
Special Topics in Public Policy; Nuclear Security Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Students are introduced to major themes and debates in the contemporary study of nuclear security, from historical, theoretical, practical, and international perspectives. This course will provide students with the technical and conceptual tools needed to understand the role nuclear weapons play in international politics. It will include a historical overview of the nuclear age, including a discussion on the evolution of nuclear strategy and the introduction of a new nuclear lexicon, the global nuclear arms race, and the development of the international nuclear nonproliferation regime. The course will cover a wide range of contemporary nuclear challenges, including nuclear security/terrorism, non-state actor nuclear challenges, international momentum behind nuclear disarmament (particularly, the evolution of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons), and the role of nuclear weapons in international politics, paying particular attention to future U.S.-Russia/U.S.-China relations, and India-Pakistan-China relations.
PLCY388W
Special Topics in Public Policy; Global Action and Problem Solving
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Today's most pressing problems do not stop at national borders. Meeting these challenges requires a range of state and non-state actors to work together. Students gain familiarity with key actors in the global system and how they approach today's most intractable problems. How do countries, international organizations, multinational corporations, and nongovernmental organizations find ways to cooperate when their interests and capabilities sometimes differ drastically? And,what are the key barriers to cooperation? We will examine a set of global policy issues requiring a transnational response including violent conflict, nuclear non-proliferation, human rights, migration, international trade, climate change, infectious disease, and humanitarian relief.
PLCY400
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: PLCY306.
Restriction: Permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy; and must have earned a minimum of 90 credits.
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 today's 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
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 90 credits.
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, S-F
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, S-F
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, S-F
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).
PLCY688C
Topics in Public Policy; Cyberspace: Legal and Policy Implications
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY688F
Topics in Public Policy; State, Local & Non-Profit Financial Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY688G
Topics in Public Policy; Governance: Leadership, Management and Accountability
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY688I
Topics in Public Policy; Macroeconomics for Public Policy
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY688R
Topics in Public Policy; Public Finance and Budgeting
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY688T
Topics in Public Policy; Team-Based Policy Lab
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY688X
Topics in Public Policy; Human Dignity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY689E
Public Policy Topics; Program Evaluation and Cost-Benefit Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY689L
Public Policy Topics; Science and Technology Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Jointly offered with PHYS798J. Credit only granted for PLCY689L or PHYS7 98J.
PLCY689P
Public Policy Topics; Strategic Philanthropy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY689X
Public Policy Topics; Performance Management and Leadership
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
For PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY689Y
Public Policy Topics; Nonprofit Fundraising
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor. Class meets in Room 7878 Diamondback Drive, Suite B.
PLCY692
Leadership Principles and Practices
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY692 or PUAF692.
Formerly: PUAF692.
This course will introduce leadership principles and practices to students by focussing on the theory of leadership, different leadership themes and skills, and discussions with practitioners.
PLCY698E
Selected Topics in Public Affairs; Proseminar in Normative Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
PLCY698R
Selected Topics in Public Affairs; Developmental Challenges
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restricted to PLCY Majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY699K
Selected Topics Public Policy; Civil Conflict
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
For PLCY Majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY699Z
Selected Topics Public Policy; Energy Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
For PLCY Majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY717
Federal Budgeting: Policy and Process
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY717 or PUAF717.
Formerly: PUAF717.
Budgeting as a political and administrative instrument of government. Development of budgeting, the multiple uses of the budget, including role in fiscal policy and resource allocation, the roles and relationships of major participants, and effects of resource scarcity on budgeting behavior. Emphasis on the federal level.
PLCY720
International Security Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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.
PLCY732
Policy and Politics of Education Reform
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY732 or PUAF732.
Formerly: PUAF732.
Examines education reform in its historical, fiscal, cultural, and lega contexts, and the changing relationship between education and economic opportunity. Focuses on institutional and normative issues, including national standards, public school choice, charter schools, vouchers and funding equity.
PLCY734
Foundations of Social Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY734 or PUAF734.
Formerly: PUAF734.
Provides an overview of government's role in social policy and the history of the development of federal and state policies with respect to welfare, aging, education, and housing. Analyzes current federal institutions and legislation in the same policy areas and the demographic history of the United States. Develops skills in analytic writing and presentation of descriptive data.
PLCY737
Strategies of Equality
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Credit only granted for: PLCY737 or PUAF737.
Formerly: PUAF698Y and PUAF737.
Concentrates on the institutional and political means by which disadvantaged segments of the United States population have sought to enhance their social, economic and political prospects. Race, gender and disability are the substantive focal points, with considerable attention given to the challanges of African American socio-political uplift. Also explores legislation, litigation, administration, agitation (i.e. protest), and constitutional reform. Students become familiar with alternative conceptions of equality and the modes of argument employed in different institutional and political contexts.
PLCY740
Public Policy and the Environment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY740 or PUAF740.
Formerly: PUAF740.
Surveys of major federal environmental legislation; the development and implementation of laws, and alternative ways of thinking about the relationship between humans and the environment.
PLCY742
Environmental Ethics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLYC742 or PUAF742.
Formerly: PUAF742.
Analyzes issues such as the relation between human beings and nature from the perspectives of the science, history, philosophy, and religion. Considers the bases for policies such as environmental regulation, public lands, and international conventions with respect to the environment.
PLCY745
Human Health and Environmental Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Credit only granted for: PLCY745 or PUAF745.
Formerly: PUAF745.
Reviews the major human physiological systems and their integrated toxicological functions; considers key bodily defenses; and discusses classic, emerging, and ambiguous risks; in all ecological context. Applies to scientific controversy, the methods of policy formation, such as risk analysis, social-cost analysis, "outcomes" analysis, and decision analysis, all in political-economic context.
PLCY780
The American Foreign Policy-Making Process
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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, S-F
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.
PLCY782
International Development Economics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PUAF698U, PUAF782 or PLCY782.
Formerly: PUAF698U and PUAF782.
Examines key current economic and policy issues for developing and transition economies. Topics include inflation stabilization, fiscal policy, selected trade issues, dealing with international capital flows, the role of multilateral organizations, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and issues relating to saving, investment and growth.
PLCY790
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY790 or PUAF790.
Formerly: PUAF790.
Students work at a sponsoring government agency or private firm researching problem of interest to sponsor and relevant to concentration. Emphasis on problem definition, organizing information, and both oral and written presentation of results.
For students taking evaluation-based IDEV project course.
PLCY798A
Readings in Public Policy
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PLCY798B
Readings in Public Policy
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PLCY798R
Readings in Public Policy; Quantitative Research Methods and Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
PLCY898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PLCY899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.