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Courses - Spring 2022
PLCY
Public Policy
PLCY388
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Public Policy
Credits: 1
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
Cross-listing with FMSC498P. Credit only granted for PLCY388A or FMSC498P.
PLCY388C
Special Topics in Public Policy; Fundamentals of Cybersecurity 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.
PLCY388F
Special Topics in Public Policy; Contemporary Issues Under the Rule of Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Considers the impact of contemporary issues and public policy of the Courts through the examination of current issues under deliberation. Students will evaluate and opine on the competing legal and policy arguments in class and in papers as if they were the empowered judicial authority. Issues covered include: the growth of opinion-based news reporting versus factual news, "Fake news," and freedom of the press; voter photo ID laws, redistricting and political gerrymandering; continued racial segregation; holding public officials accountable for egregious constitutional violations; regulation of social media; and socioeconomicinequality. The course also provides a broad overview of the ways American courts function as well as interactive speakers and hands on experiences.
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.
PLCY388Z
Special Topics in Public Policy; Race, Capitalism and the Wealth Gap
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
America is experiencing some of the starkest income and wealth disparities in its history and several challenges continue to threaten its economic viability. Students will examine how the history and legacy of structural racism exacerbates economic inequality and forces America to lose trillions of dollars in its GDP every year. Particular attention will be given to the impact of the impending demographic shift to a majority people of color nation. Students will contemplate what and how leaders in government, business and community must act to prevent further exacerbation of income and wealth gaps.