POLS-201: Public Policy: Topics and Analysis

School
Liberal Arts
Department
Political Science & Comm Ldrsh
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Course Subject
Political Science
Course Number
201
Course Title
Public Policy: Topics and Analysis
Credit Hours
3.00
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
A-E
Pre-requisites
ENG-093 eligible or Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

A special topics course that allows students to explore issues of public policy. Focuses on the basics of public policy including agenda setting, policy formulation, policy implementation, and policy evaluation. Themes may vary. Themes may be specific such as healthcare policy or they might be more general such as state and local economic policy. Guest speakers.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Public Policy
  2. Agenda Setting
  3. Policy Formulation
  4. Policy Implementation
  5. Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  6. Politics ad Public Policy
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Identify the basic issues surrounding one or more area(s) of public policy.
  2. Identify the steps and factors involved in the public policymaking process.
  3. Analyze public policy using the steps by which public policies are implemented and evaluated.*
  4. Analyze how policymaking actors, events, and decision makers are influenced.*
  5. Analyze how various players impact the development of public policy alternatives.*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Students will be assessed with at least one major exam that shall be either multiple choice, short-answer, and/or essay in format and at least one major writing assignment.

Texts

To be determined by instructor.

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other
Other Details

Determined by department

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Summer 2014
ILT Approval Date
03/01/2013
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
04/01/2013