GOVT 3032

GOVT 3032

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.

Public policies are political outcomes determined by processes that are complex, convoluted and often controversial. The aim of this course is to equip students with the conceptual tools necessary to understand these processes. We will begin with a review of popular approaches to studying policy and then move on to explore the various stages of policy development: agenda-setting, policy design, policy implementation, policy feedback and policy change. We will consider the roles played by both institutions (congress, the bureaucracy and interests groups) and everyday people. Finally, we will closely study several specific policy arenas (a few likely candidates include: education policy, health policy, social welfare policy and housing policy). As we engage all of these ideas, students will be consistently challenged to grapple with the paradoxes of policy making in a democratic polity and to envision pathways for substantive political change.  

When Offered Fall.

Distribution Category (SBA-AS)
Course Subfield (AM)

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: AMST 3033

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17106GOVT 3032  DIS 201

  • 17107GOVT 3032  DIS 202

  • 17108GOVT 3032  DIS 203

  • 17109GOVT 3032  DIS 204

  • 17110GOVT 3032  DIS 205

  • 17111GOVT 3032  DIS 206

  • 17112GOVT 3032  DIS 207