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PLCY
Public Policy
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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.
PLCY201S
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.
Restricted to freshman students in College Park Scholars Public Leadership program.
PLCY203
Liberty and Justice for All: Ethics and Moral Issues in Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Students will broaden their understanding of the moral dimensions of public policy as well as their own individual moral perspective. Discussions will include the ideal of a just society, and the place of liberty and equality in it, while focusing on contemporary theories of ethics and justice. It will develop students' appreciation of the ethical challenges unique to the public service sector while building their skills in ethical analysis and decision-making. We will explore the increasing ethical challenges in a world in which technology, global risks, and societal developments are accelerating faster than our understanding can keep pace. A framework for ethical decision-making underpins the course.
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.
PLCY240
Ethical, Policy and Social Implications of Science and Technology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP, SCIS
Restriction: Must be in the Science, Technology, Ethics and Policy minor.
Cross-listed with: ENES240.
Credit only granted for: ENES240 or PLCY240.
Asks students to think about how society should manage complexity, transformation, and uncertainty with an eye on developing a broader sense of ethics and social responsibility. Introduces analytical frameworks, concepts, and data collection techniques that interdisciplinary scholars use to map relationships among science, technology and society and generate important questions about the future of society.
PLCY288L
Introduction to Public Policy Topics; Law and Public Policy--Organizing and Advocating for Justice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Students will gain a contextual understanding of how policy decisions and legal structures affect different people, as well as the role of law in organizing and advocating for just policy and social change. Students will analyze how structural inequities are shaped by historical, legal, social, and political factors, building on that knowledge to strategize solutions to problems requiring policy reform and systemic change.
PLCY288Q
Introduction to Public Policy Topics; Introduction to International Security
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Introduces major concepts, debates, and challenges in international security policy. Some of today's problems have existed in various forms for centuries, such as potential conflicts between great powers, violence by governments against their own people and by terrorist organizations, and the disruptive effects of powerful new technology. Some are more recent, such as nuclear deterrence and non-proliferation, humanitarian crises, and human security. And others, including cyber security, drones, and climate change, are the leading edge of future security challenges. Fundamental questions about how to make the world safer will be a major theme of this course.
PLCY300
Governance: Collective Action in the Public Interest
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PLCY100.
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy.
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.
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.
PLCY304
Evaluating Evidence: Finding Truth in Numbers
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: STAT100.
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy.
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
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.
PLCY380
Innovation and Social Change: Do Good Now
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP, SCIS
Credit only granted for: ARHU380, BSOS388B, PLCY388D, or PLCY380.
Formerly: PLCY388D.
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.
PLCY388A
Special Topics in Public Policy; Child and Family Policy Impact
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Jointly offered with FMSC498P. Credit only granted for PLCY388A or FMSC4 98P. 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 pol icy intentions. Students will learn about and analyze the major federal programs and federal budgets for these policy areas; understand fro m data the impact of such programs and policies; and be introduced to significant advocacy efforts and considerations that shaped hese po licy decisions.
PLCY388B
Special Topics in Public Policy; Secrets, Spies, and The State: Introduction to the Intelligence Community
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This is an introduction to the history, structure, and practices of the US intelligence community (IC). This course will provide students with an understanding of the theory and practice of intelligence, including the intelligence cycle, past and present organization of the intelligence community, and future challenges facing intelligence professionals. The course will also examine the capabilities and limitations of the various intelligence collection disciplines, analytic methodologies, and the relationship between intelligence and policy.
PLCY388M
Special Topics in Public Policy; Congressional Investigations and Democratic Governance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with GVPT368M. Credit only granted for PLCY388M or GVPT368M.

The course introduces students to the purpose and practice of congressional investigations. Topics covered include: the reach and limits of Congress's constitutional authority to investigate; tools and tactics used in congressional investigations; congressional authority to investigate the executive and judicial branches of government; what constitutes effective oversight; and current challenges to conducting congressional investigations. Class discussion will frame these issues by focusing on the work of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol and other high-profile inquiries, featuring video excerpts and personal perspectives from individuals involved with those efforts. Students will engage in experiential and hands-on learning to understand the subject matter.
PLCY388N
Special Topics in Public Policy; Advancing Justice Through Leadership and Public Service
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Must be in the Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program.

Students will engage in leadership-based learning and public service projects to examine contemporary issues in public policy.
PLCY388V
Special Topics in Public Policy; Public Policy Challenges in Africa
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Introduces major public policy challenges in Africa today and includes a brief review of African history from 1600 through the post-colonial period to provide critical background. Catalyzing economic growth, promoting democratic governance, and reducing armed conflict will be discussed. Also covered are the role of African diasporas and migration in national development, managing the continent's rapid urbanization, and improving service delivery in key areas such as health and education.
PLCY399B
(Perm Req)
Directed Study in Public Policy; Policy Ambassadors
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
As School of Public Policy Ambassadors, students share their experience as SPP students with others through skill-building activities such as: public speaking, event and program planning, personal storytelling, social media, and networking. Ambassadors will burnish their leadership skills as SPP representatives with a specific focus on recruiting prospective students.
PLCY399R
(Perm Req)
Directed Study in Public Policy; Independent Research
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PLCY399T
(Perm Req)
Directed Study in Public Policy; Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PLCY400
(Perm Req)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
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.
PLCY488B
Advanced Special Topics in Public Policy; Disease and Disaster as Challenges to Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Jointly offered with PLCY784. Credit only granted for PLCY488B or PLCY784. Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 90 credits.

Development is the process by which needy people in fragile societies become self-sufficient people in resilient societies. This process has often been slowed or stopped or even reversed by disease and disaster by epidemics, endemics, famines, wars, earthquakes, floods, and so on. Drawing on many sources, from biology and medicine to history and economics and politics, we will examine these calamities and the developed world's response to them.
PLCY488P
Advanced Special Topics in Public Policy; Science and Global Security
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisites: Must have taken one of the following two-course physics sequences: PHYS131 and 132; PHYS141 and PHYS142; PHYS161 and PHYS260; or PHYS171 and PHYS272. Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits. Cross-listed with PHYS488P and jointly offered with PHYS688P/PLCY688P. Credit only granted for PLCY488P, PHYS488P, PLCY688P, or PHYS688P.

This course examines technologies of modern warfare and intelligence. Topics include the design, production, deployment, and effects of nuclear weapons; ballistic missiles and missile defense; bombers, cruise missiles, hypersonic weapons, and air defense; submarines and anti-submarine warfare; artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles; satellites and anti-satellite weapons; verification and intelligence technologies; and chemical, biological, and radiological weapons.
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.
PLCY630
Normative and Political Dimensions 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: PLCY630 or PLCY688E.
Formerly: PLCY688E.
Explores the normative and political dimensions of governance--or policymaking--at the domestic (focusing on the US) and global levels. Policymaking involves a myriad of public and private actors at the local, national, transnational, and global levels that have competing aims and values. Their interaction produces formal and informal policies that affect the international order, interstate relations, subnational dynamics, and individuals. Drawing on theory from multiple disciplines and case examples, the course examines governance at these interrelated levels. Students learn core concepts, debates, and actors involved in policy making, develop tools to identify the causes and consequences of different policies, and build skills to influence public governance. Students also critically analyze how the actors, institutions, and scholarship covered perpetuate systemic racism and other inequities based on gender, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, dis/ability, etc.
PLCY631
Governance: Leadership, Management and Accountability
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: PLCY631 or PLCY688G.
Formerly: PLCY688G.
Emphasizes that regardless of technical specialization, public policy practitioners are required to lead people and organizations, manage resources and processes, and be held accountable for their actions. Provides knowledge, insights, skills, and abilities to successfully participate in and contribute to the policy process and lead and manage in line with democratic norms and values. Shows the need to pursue efficiency, effectiveness, and speed while also prioritizing justice, equity, procedural fairness, and due process. Focuses on the "people" side of organizational life, ethical decision-making, and the ability to communicate effectively.
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).
PLCY641
Macroeconomics 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: PLCY641 or PUAF641.
Formerly: PUAF641.
Studies the behavior of the economy as a whole: the level of national income, unemployment, and inflation; the vulnerability of the U.S. economy to external influences; possible federal influence over the level of economic activity; and the consequences for prices, employment and the U.S. trade deficit. Also examines possible U.S. policy responses to widespread debt crises in developing countries.
PLCY670
Public Budgeting & Financial Management
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: PLYC670 or PUAF670.
Formerly: PUAF670.
Covers how governments raise, spend, borrow, and manage public funds. Reviews federal,state, and local budget processes and introduces analytical techniques including basic spreadsheet skills, evaluating alternative revenue sources, revenue and expenditure forecasting, cost allocation, capital budgeting, cost-benefit analysis, discounting and present value, bond analysis, cash management and intergovernmental finance.
PLCY680
Examining Social Identity and Pluralism in 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: PLCY680 or PLCY699D.
Formerly: PLCY699D.
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.
PLCY688F
Topics in Public Policy; State, Local & Non-Profit Financial Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLCY688P
Topics in Public Policy; Science, Technology, and National Security
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with PHYS688P and jointly offered with PHYS488P/PLCY488P. Credit only granted for PLCY488P, PHYS488P, PLCY688P, or PHYS688P.

This course examines technologies of modern warfare and intelligence. Topics include the design, production, deployment, and effects of nuclear weapons; ballistic missiles and missile defense; bombers, cruise missiles, hypersonic weapons, and air defense; submarines and anti-submarine warfare; artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles; satellites and anti-satellite weapons; verification and intelligence technologies; and chemical, biological, and radiological weapons. The grade will be determined by weekly problem sets and a take-home final exam. Knowledge of physics at the PHYS 141/142 level helpful but not essential.
PLCY688X
Topics in Public Policy; Human Dignity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLCY689E
Public Policy Topics; Program Evaluation and Cost-Benefit Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or by instructor permission.
PLCY689Y
Public Policy Topics; Nonprofit Fundraising
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLCY689Z
Public Policy Topics; Strategic Management for NonProfit and Public Organizations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLCY690
Policy Engagement Project
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: PLCY690 or PLCY699X.
Formerly: PLCY699X.
Students apply skills to a real-world public policy or management issue through a policy engagement (capstone) project. Students engage an outside client to define and complete a professional project under the supervision of School faculty. The project utilizes skills and knowledge gained through SPP coursework, expands students' integrative capacity, and serves as a bridge to professional opportunities. In this first half of a two-semester course sequence, students identify a client and problem, scope and define the problem, and draw up a plan of work. They perform background research on the problem, the context and relevant substantive domains. They also develop the research methodology for their project, which could include qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, or other approaches. Projects vary in substantive focus and may encompass policy analysis, program evaluation, management or organizational studies, or comprehensive literature reviews.
PLCY698D
Selected Topics in Public Affairs; Social Entrepreneurship
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLCY698T
Selected Topics in Public Affairs; Managing Across Sectors
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or instructor permission.
PLCY700
Trade Policy, Geopolitics, Development and Climate
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.
Examines challenges posed for international trade policy by geopolitical rifts, the increased weight of developing nations in the world economy, and climate deterioration. It covers the arguments for and against international trade amid polarized politics; how trade policy is made at the World Trade Organization, in Regional Deals, and in Washington, D.C; how businesses build global supply chains and deal with trade policy uncertainty; the trade policy of China and of developing nations more widely; and the role of trade and of trade policy in the fight against climate change.
PLCY717
Federal Budgeting: Policy and 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: 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
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.
PLCY734
Foundations of Social Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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.
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.
PLCY740
Public Policy and the Environment
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: 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.
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.
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?
PLCY784
Disease, Disaster, and Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: PUAF699D, PUAF784 or PLCY784.
Formerly: PUAF699D and PUAF784.
Studies development, the process by which needy people in fragile societies become self-sufficient people in resilient societies, in relation to disease and disaster, with particular attention to the developed world's response.
Jointly offered with PLCY 488B. Credit only granted for PLCY488B or PLCY784.
PLCY798A
(Perm Req)
Readings in Public Policy
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PLCY798B
(Perm Req)
Readings in Public Policy
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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PLCY798N
Readings in Public Policy; Energy Economics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or by instructor permission.
PLCY798R
Readings in Public Policy; Quantitative Research Methods and Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLCY798V
Readings in Public Policy; Policy Process Research and Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY Ph.D students or permission of the instructor.
PLCY798Y
Readings in Public Policy; Nonprofit Management and Leadership
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLCY798Z
Readings in Public Policy; Qualitative Research Methods and Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY Ph.D students or permission of the instructor.
PLCY898
(Perm Req)
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: S-F
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