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Fall 2020 Courses — Public Policy Program 

Core Courses

PUPOL 100: Introduction to Public Policy

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: Tuesday, 4:10pm-7:00pm (Online), with Robyn Rowe
Section 2: Monday/Thursday, 9:45-11:00am (Online), with Sanford Schram

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.

Section 1: Wednesday, 10:10am-1:00pm (Online) with TBD


Public Policy Electives

GEOG 383.25: Energy Policy

Energy use is required for the organization, maintenance and development of societies.  At the same time, our use of fossil fuel energy sources has led to a series of challenges, including air pollution, resource depletion and climate change.  This course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students seeking an introduction to the challenges associated with energy use and potential policies for a low-carbon, clean and lasting energy future.  We focus on the connections between energy use, climate change and air pollution.  After identifying and describing energy trends, climate dynamics and general US policies, students are presented with specific sectoral policies from around the world, whose main goal is to create low carbon energy systems, but have co-benefits to other policies areas, including air quality. The class is run twice a week in lecture fashion, but requires significant student participation.

Section 1: Monday/Thursday, 11:10am-12:25pm (Online) with Peter Marcotullio, Professor, Department of Geography

POLSC 294.07: Issues in U.S. Foreign Policy: From the Cold War to the War on Terror

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.

Section 1: Thursday, 1:10-4:00pm (Online) with Oliver Murphey

URBS 403.1B: Public Policy in New York City

This course will examine the governmental and societal processes for addressing major public policy problems and issues in America’s largest urban centers, with an emphasis on the New York City context. Discussions will encompass the economic, social and political context as well as how cities function within the American federal system.  The course will explore a range of urban policy areas drawn from New York City’s current challenges, including economic change; economic development and urban planning; state and local budgeting and tax policy; income polarization and the role of local policy levers in addressing polarization; housing; public safety; immigration; urban regeneration; transportation; and poverty, welfare, work, and work supports.

Section 1: Wednesday, 3:10-6:00pm (Online) with TBD

ASIAN 33012: Asian Americans and Public Policy

This course provides a perspective of the Asian American movement through a historical and comparative lens. Our inquiry will be situated in the interplay among colonialism, slavery, trade & western liberalism. We will examine the Asian American movement at its most critical locations: The Bay Area, Los Angeles, Seattle and New York City. We will follow that thread to the present day, asking ourselves: What was the legacy of the movement in each respective city? How has the post 1965 Asian immigration affected the movement? What are the new issues and sites for Asian Americans & Public Policy today? Through case studies and guest speakers, we will examine how the Asian American community has advocated for specific policy choices. Policy areas will include but not be limited to: education, public health, employment discrimination and coalition building.

Section 1: Friday, 5:30-8:30pm (Online) with Chris M. Kwok