Fall 2018 Courses — Public Policy Program 

PUPOL 100: Introduction to Public Policy (2 sections)

PUPOL 100 is an interdisciplinary course designed to introduce students to basic concepts in policy studies. It is taught by faculty from different disciplines. It will acquaint students with public policy as a field of study, the basic elements of the policy-making process, and a variety of approaches for applying distinct modes of analysis (political, economic, demographic, statistical, qualitative, normative). In addition to a textbook and select articles that have defined the field, the course uses practical case studies that address a range of policy problems. This course is open to students who declare the Public Policy Minor.

Section 1: M/TH, 9:45-11 am (Roosevelt House RM 304) with Sanford Schram, Professor of Political Science      
Section 2: Wed, 10:10-1 pm (Roosevelt House RM 204) with Joyce Miller, Roosevelt House Adjunct Professor

PUPOL 400: Public Policy Capstone Seminar

Roosevelt House’s Public Policy Capstone course serves as the culminating educational experience for students pursuing the 18-credit Public Policy Minor and/or 27-credit certificate. During this semester-long seminar, each student develops a substantive project that integrates the practical skills and topical knowledge learned in the Public Policy Program. The Capstone presents students the opportunity to go in- depth with real-world policy questions and ideas, with the aim of discovering, developing, and refining individual policy interests and goals.

Instructor: Shyama Venkateswar, Director, Public Policy Program and Distinguished Lecturer, Hunter College
Time: Wednesdays, 10:10-1 pm
Roosevelt House RM 304

POLSC 29407: Issues in US Foreign Policy: From Containing Communism to Combating Terrorism – A View from US Foreign Policy

The Cold War and Terrorism constitute two of the gravest challenges to the United States in the history of the country. How the nation has attempted to deal with these challenges provides an important perspective into policy-making, leadership, and public-government relations that offers interesting parallels and contrasts. This course examines these topics, studying how U.S. foreign policy approached the threat of communism (1947-1989) and terrorism (post-2001). The class studies these topics from the executive branch decision-making process, as well as the State Department, public opinion, and the media. We assess these battles from both an ideological perspective but also through actual case studies, including the Korean War, Cuba, the Vietnam War, the Southern Cone, Afghanistan (x2) and Iraq. In the end, we investigate how the vast foreign policy apparatus has employed both soft and hard power initiatives to deal with containing communism in the latter part of the twentieth century and combating terrorism in the twenty-first.

Instructor: Oliver Murphey, Adjunct Professor, Hunter College
Time: Thursdays 1:10-4 pm
Roosevelt House RM 204

POLSC 29420 – Special Topics: Social Welfare Policy in the US

Students will be introduced to concepts of how social problems are defined, how social welfare policies are developed and then implemented to address human needs.  Students will be exposed to various political, economic, and institutional perspectives regarding the policy process with an emphasis on understanding how concern for equity and social justice inform social work practice in this arena. A major focus of this course is to help students develop an understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty, how poverty disproportionally affects certain groups, the historical responses to poverty in the United States and continue to shape current policy debates on how best to respond to poverty and human need. Discussion of select current issues in social policy will be integrated throughout the course.  Specific attention will be given to social policy and families, children and youth.

Instructor: Michael Lewis, Associate Professor, Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College
Time: Thursdays, 4:10-7:00 pm
Roosevelt House RM 204

POLSC 294.11: The Politics of Education Policy

The United States is currently debating a host of important topics about education, including national standards, charters, data collection, the financing of public schools, and the regulation of homeschools and private schools. This course seeks to provide students with the information and background to participate intelligently and thoughtfully in these debates. The course starts by reviewing the controversy surrounding the Common Core. Then, we consider how political science studies the institutions, interests, and ideas involved in any policy debate.  Then, the course surveys how the subfields of political science—American politics, political theory, comparative politics, and international relations—provide insights on the politics of education policy. In American politics, we study the transition from local to state and federal control of education. In political theory, we consider how John Dewey laid the foundation for progressive politics that has been challenged by economists who want to apply market principles to education. In comparative politics, we examine how scholars have studied other countries—particularly in Finland and Singapore—for insights about how the US should reform its education system. And in international relations, we investigate how scholars have used economic and national security arguments to justify transforming American schools and how Yong Zhao argues that America should not emulate Asian countries with high-test scores. In the final part of the course, students do research projects on the politics of an education policy on a topic such as federal involvement in education, market reforms, annual testing, data collection, charter schools, P-20 systems, and the regulation of homeschoolers.

Instructor: Nicholas Tampio, Associate Professor of Political Science, Fordham University
Time: Mondays, 1:10-4 pm
Roosevelt House RM 304


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