GOVT 3032

GOVT 3032

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2017-2018.

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 Spring.

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

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

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16392GOVT 3032  LEC 001

  • 16394GOVT 3032  DIS 201

  • 16395GOVT 3032  DIS 202

  • 16396GOVT 3032  DIS 203

  • 16397GOVT 3032  DIS 204

  • 18314GOVT 3032  DIS 205

  • 18315GOVT 3032  DIS 206

  • 18712GOVT 3032  DIS 207

  • 18713GOVT 3032  DIS 208