POLS-201: Public Policy: Topics and Analysis

Liberal Arts
Social Sciences
Political Science
Academic Level
Course Subject
Political Science
Course Number
Course Title
Public Policy: Topics and Analysis
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Eligible to take ENG courses at HFC.
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.


To be determined by instructor.


General Education Categories
  • Social Sciences
Institutional Outcomes
  • Civil Society and Culture - U.S. and Global
MTA Categories
  • Category 4: Social Sciences
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2022
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Winter 2022