Spring 2018 Courses — Public Policy Program 

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.

Instructor: Robyn Rowe, Adjunct, Roosevelt House
Time: Mondays/Thurs., 9:45-11am (Roosevelt House RM304)

PUPOL 400 -Public Policy Capstone Seminar (2 sections)

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 Instructor: Shyama Venkateswar, Director, Public Policy Program and Distinguished Lecturer, Hunter College 
Time: Wednesdays, 10:10-1 pm (Roosevelt House RM 304)
*Section 2 Instructor: Robin Templeton Time: Wednesdays, 10:10-1 pm (Roosevelt House RM 204)

URBS 403.1D: Research Practicum: Income Inequality and Poverty in the United States and NYC

This course is designed to provide students with a hands-on opportunity to develop their ability for data analysis as it relates to research on poverty and inequality. Students will learn first-hand how to work with data sets using SPSS and/or STATA, how to create narratives using data and evidence, and how to create policy recommendations based on their data sets. Students will also further their expertise in statistical methods to prepare them for careers in policy research, data analysis and graduate school. In addition to these “nuts and bolts” skills, students will also grapple with the challenges of interpreting the results of data analysis: What can a researcher responsibly claim his or her analysis has established? How can data be used for policymaking?

Instructor: Eri Noguchi, Chief Program Officer, Association to Benefit Children 
Time: Tuesdays, 4:10-7 pm (Roosevelt House RM 204)

SOC 3251K LGBT Public Policy

In recent years, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, (note that “Q” is not covered by policy, so it’s left off here) people have made considerable progress in securing equal rights from the repeal of the ban on being out as gay or lesbian in U.S. military service to the SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality. Even more states now offer nondiscrimination protections based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or both. Polling data show that the general public has increasingly positive views of LGBT people and are becoming more supportive of their civil and political rights. Despite this progress, LGBT persons still face discrimination, stigma and exclusion in a range of state and federal policy arenas, from family unification under immigration policy, to foster parenting and adoption, and health disparities. This course reviews the historical context for LGBT America, and current gains, current issues and current challenges to achieving equity and equality for LGBT persons.

Instructor: Elizabethe Payne, Director, LGBT Social Science and Public Policy Center
Time: Mondays, 2:45-5:35 pm (Roosevelt House RM 204)

MEDIA 399.19: Special Topics: Changing Media Landscape – U.S. Policy & Politics

The splintering of the Old Guard media establishment, the ascent of social and non-traditional media platforms, and the ever-changing, 24/7 news cycle has fundamentally transformed the American political landscape and the way Americans digest and analyze the news. Media & American Politics: The Changing Landscape course will serve as an introduction to these dramatic shifts that have reshaped American politics and how public officials communicate and implement policy. Using key moments since 9/11 as the narrative framework for the course, from Hurricane Katrina and the financial crisis to Obamacare and the election of President Trump, the course will survey and analyze the media’s impact on American politics. The course will also examine the state of our democracy and the role that technologies and communications tools will play in the upcoming policy debates.

Instructor: Robert F. O’Donnell, Founder, 38 Paces
Time: Thursdays, 4:10pm-7pm (Roosevelt House RM 304)

GEOG 383.15 –Taking Car Out of Carbon

Individuals and households in New York, Tokyo, London, and Paris consume a fraction of the energy and generate a fraction of the greenhouse gases compared to their counterparts in the suburbs. This is well recorded and understood. Less well understood is that public transportation creates livable communities where people are more active, they walk and bicycle more, and they interact with each other more at a human scale. This class will study impacts of public transportation, or the lack thereof, on planetary health; and pay special attention to the public health dimension of public transportation under three separate heads – obesity, suicide and opioid abuse rates.

Instructor: Projjal Dutta, Metropolitan Transportation Authority- Director of Sustainability
Time: Mondays, 2:45pm-5:45pm (RM HN 1028)

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