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Courses - Spring 2021
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.
PLCY200
Designing the Future of the World: The Sustainable Development Goals
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: IDEA200.
Credit only granted for: IDEA200 or PLCY200.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) stand as a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Adopted by every member of the United Nations, the SDGs touch on all aspects of society, from poverty to equality to the environment. Is it realistic to create a blueprint for the world's future? Are the SDGs actually achievable? Is this global framework relevant to the issues facing local communities? Students in this course will tackle these questions, learning from the founders of the SDGs and leading experts working to implement the goals around the world. Students will also work collaboratively using design thinking principles to apply this global blueprint to local issues.
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.
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.
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.
PLCY288A
Introduction to Public Policy Topics; 21st Century Racial Justice and Gender from the Bullhorn to the Ballot
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
The intersection of gender and racial justice movements of the past two decades. Students will examine the representation and complication of gender within police reform, voting rights and environmental justice movements, among others. Particular attention will be given to the role gender has played as these issues and related policies have evolved in the modern era.
PLCY288B
Introduction to Public Policy Topics; The Impact of Discriminatory Housing Policies on the Black Community
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Surveys the historical and present day housing policies that led to segregation and the marginalization of African Americans and its socioeconomic impact on the Black community. Students will examine and analyze the theoretical and practical implications of affordable housing programs such as public housing, housing choice voucher program, low-income housing tax credit, mixed-income, etc.
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.
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.
PLCY388
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Public Policy
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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.
PLCY388D
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.
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.
PLCY388E
Special Topics in Public Policy; Controversial Issues in Education Reform
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with PLCY388E. Credit only granted for EDUC388E or PLCY388E.

The current U.S. education landscape including: the role of federal, state, and local governments; current academic performance relative to international competitors and historical trends; opportunity and achievement gaps facing low-income students, students of color, English learners, and students with disabilities; policy decision- making, evidence of efficacy, "cost-benefit analysis", "opportunity cost" analysis, constituent/stakeholder politics, etc. The evolution of education policy debates including: school integration, federal accountability, school finance reform, school turnaround initiatives, charter schools, vouchers, college & career ready standards, teacher preparation & evaluation, bilingual education/ dual language schools, early learning, equitable access to advanced coursework, and system resilience.
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.
PLCY388I
Special Topics in Public Policy; Child and Family Policy Advocacy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with FMSC498A. Credit only granted for PLCY388I or FMSC498A.

Learn how to create policy advocacy campaigns, with a focus on coalitions, grassroots, and Op Eds to advance social justice policies for children, youth and families.
PLCY388P
Special Topics in Public Policy; U.S. Immigration Policy: A Retrospective and Contemporary Review of Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Students will focus on studying the major eras of U.S Immigration Policy and will dive into understanding the various actors, reforms, policy tools and enforcement methods that have been implemented. The course consists of two modules. Module 1 dives into readings about immigration, immigrant policies, policy actors, and enforcement tools. Module 2 integrates social science methods for collecting and evaluating quantitative data to study the local implementation of immigration enforcement operations by learning the nuts and bolts of data collection, documentation, management, and analysis.
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. In this course, students gain familiarity with key actors in the global system and how they approach today's most intractable problems, including violent conflict, human rights, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, migration, trade, climate change, and global health. How do countries, international organizations, multinational corporations, and nongovernmental organizations find ways to cooperate when their interests and capabilities sometimes differ drastically? What barriers exist that impede such cooperation? This course can be taken as a stand-alone class for those interested in issues of global cooperation and problem solving and will also prepare students in the GAPS focus area for more advanced electives.
PLCY388X
Special Topics in Public Policy; Cyber Conflict: Broad Scope and Disparate Impacts
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cyber conflict is often considered a distant problem the concern of mi litary commands and national governments. Cyber operations and intelligence remain at the center of conflict patterns, but there is so much more. The focus on state-on-state conflict is belied by the fact that the tools and targets of cyber conflict are frequently mundane and include information and services used daily by the public. And if tools can be used by everyone, attribution of effects can be to anyone. Harm can be unevenly distributed, and often falls on those least equipped to deal with its short term and long-term effects. Algorithmic decision making raises the issue of disparate impact hidden in non-transparent supposedly unbiased settings. This seminar explores these issues connecting old concept s of security with new concerns with disparate impact, privacy, access, and disinformation.
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.
PLCY399
(Perm Req)
Directed Study in Public Policy
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
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
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).
PLCY641
Macroeconomics 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: 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.
PLCY688C
Topics in Public Policy; Cyberspace: Legal and Policy Implications
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY688E
Topics in Public Policy; Governance: Normative & Political Dimensions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY688G
Topics in Public Policy; Governance: Leadership, Management and Accountability
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY688I
Topics in Public Policy; Macroeconomics for Public Policy
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.
PLCY688X
Topics in Public Policy; Human Dignity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY689E
Public Policy Topics; Program Evaluation and Cost-Benefit Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY689L
Public Policy Topics; Science and Technology Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Jointly offered with PHYS798J. Credit only granted for PLCY689L or PHYS7 98J.
PLCY689X
Public Policy Topics; Performance Management and Leadership
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
For PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY689Y
Public Policy Topics; Nonprofit Fundraising
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor. Class meets in Room 7878 Diamondback Drive, Suite B.
PLCY689Z
Public Policy Topics; Strategic Management for NonProfit and Public Organizations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLCY698C
Selected Topics in Public Affairs; Intelligence and Policy: Executive, Congressional and Publi c Dimensions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
PLCY698E
Selected Topics in Public Affairs; Proseminar in Normative Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLCY698I
Selected Topics in Public Affairs; U.S. Immigration Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
PLCY698R
Selected Topics in Public Affairs; Developmental Challenges
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY Majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY699D
Selected Topics Public Policy; Examining Social Identity and Pluralism in Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
PLCY699K
Selected Topics Public Policy; Civil Conflict
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
For PLCY Majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY699Q
Selected Topics Public Policy; Anti-Racist Community Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Students will discover frameworks that aim to restore wealth and value to communities that have been negatively impacted by racism. Coursework examines approaches to community development that are rooted in anti-racism. Through an examination of case studies, the course shows how the assets of housing, education, and businesses in Black-majority neighborhoods are devalued, and it offers policy solutions that can lead to greater investment.
PLCY699Z
Selected Topics Public Policy; Energy Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
For PLCY Majors or permission of instructor.
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.
PLCY732
Policy and Politics of Education Reform
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: 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
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.
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.
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
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.
PLCY753
Advanced Negotiations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Prerequisite: PUAF752.
Credit only granted for: PUAF698C, PUAF753 or PLCY753.
Formerly: PUAF698C and PUAF753.
Deepens the student's negotiation and leadership skills for managing differences between individuals and groups. Cover conflict, escalation, dealing with intractable conflicts, sustaining agreements in inter-group conflicts, and the effects of trauma on negotiations.
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.
PLCY782
International Development Economics
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: 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
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
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PLCY798B
Readings in Public Policy
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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PLCY798F
Readings in Public Policy; Sustainable Finance & Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
PLCY798K
Readings in Public Policy; Integrated Human Earth Systems Modeling and Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Focuses on exploring options for adaptation and building resilience to the possible impacts of climate change through an interwoven understanding of the physical, biological, social, cultural, economic and institutional constraints of water resources issues and consideration of climate-related risks in the management and decision-making process.
PLCY798P
Readings in Public Policy; Data Analysis for Policy Makers
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
PLCY798R
Readings in Public Policy; Quantitative Research Methods and Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLCY798Y
Readings in Public Policy; Nonprofit Management and Leadership
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
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: S-F
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