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Last approved: Wed, 01 Jun 2016 08:18:30 GMT

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Change Type
Major
PS (Political Science)
310
018078
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Public Policy
Public Policy
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Political Science (16PS)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Alternate Years
Fall 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Steven Greene
Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture3535Yesn/a
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16PSPUBBA Political Science: Public Policy Required
16PSBABA Political Science Elective
16PSAMBA Political Science: American Politics Elective
16PSINTBA Political Science: International Politics Elective
16PSLJJBA Political Science: Law and Justice, Justice Systems Elective
16PSLJL BA Political Science: Law and Justice, Law and Theory Elective
16PSBSBS Political Science Elective
16OSMPolitical Science Minor Elective
Introduction to public policy formulation and analysis, including agenda-setting strategies, problems of legitimation, the appropriations process, implementation, evaluation, resolution, and termination.

Entry into CIM and GEP review and term  offering


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Social Sciences
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
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Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Evaluate the roles of various governmental and non-governmental actors in creating policy.
 
 
Test question:
Example: What do you see as the most problematic aspects of the shared powers of the President and Congress in policy-making (and why?) How do you think this affects our nation’s abilities to address our most pressing problems? What do you see as prospects for Congress and President Obama to successfully address any policy issues before the end of Obama’s term?
 
 
Assess the effectiveness of policy by applying social science concepts and methods.
 
 
Test question:
Example: Using methods we discussed in class, describe the major inefficiencies in the American health care system. In what ways do we fare poorly compared to the rest of the developed world and why? What can we learn on health care costs from the other nations addressed in the assigned readings? What are the basics of Obama’s health care reforms and how well do you think they address the existing failings in American health care policy?
 
 
Apply knowledge of the policy process to contemporary policy debates.
 
 
Paper assignment: Choose a federal policy area that interests you and investigate a proposal for policy reform within this area. You should choose a fairly narrow proposal for reform (e.g., clean air or clean water, not environmental policy; children's health, not health care policy; food stamps, not social welfare policy; school funding or teacher competency, not education policy). This should be a reform proposal-- not policy already in place. What are the basics of the proposed reform? What are the key issues involved? What are the costs and benefits of the proposed reform? What might be some unintended consequences of the reform? What are the prospects for this reform in becoming law? To the extent appropriate, use course material to help address these questions. Make sure you use reasonably objective sources to assess the potential efficacy of reforms and their costs and benefits.
Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
no restrictions
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
n/a
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
none
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
none
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
Cochran, Clarke et al. American Public Policy: An Introduction 11th Edition (APP)
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
no change
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
no change
Greene teaches this course and will continue to teach this course.

This course covers the basic policies and controversies in contemporary American public policy.  We begin with how policy actors interact to create policy in the United States.  Subsequently, we will cover major areas of policy debate.  We will examine primarily longstanding areas of policy debates, but we will also pay attention to policy debates in the news.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

1. Evaluate the roles of various governmental and non-governmental actors in creating policy;

2. Assess the effectiveness of policy by applying social science concepts;

3. Apply knowledge of the policy process to contemporary policy debates 


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Other100no change
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
see attached weekly topics

despain (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 19:19:59 GMT): Rollback: Outcome tweaking
shgreene (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 19:26:26 GMT): Rollback: textbook/outcomes.
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