P-Cubed Courses

Courses for Spring 2016

PUPOL 100: Introduction to Public Policy

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 (eg., 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 devoted to a range of policy problems. This course is open only to students who declare the public policy minor.

o Time: Mondays and Thursdays from 9:45-11 am
o Instructor: 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.

o Time: Wednesdays, from 10:10-1 pm (2 sections)
o Instructor: Shyama Venakteswar (section 1); Robin Templeton (section 2)

Research Guide for PUPOL 400

The Capstone Project:

The Capstone policy project is an interdisciplinary problem-solving experience by which students gain experience working on unstructured, real-world problems. A well-designed policy project has the potential to translate into positive change on the ground.

URBS 403.1A/ARTH 381.05: Arts, Culture and Public Policy
This course will explore arts and culture as part of the public domain including public policy, public space, and public participation in decision making. It will consider the values and relationships that underlie cultural policy: Who makes it? How is made? How does it intersect with other public policy areas? How is it changed? The course will also address public and private funding, cultural equity, and cultural methodologies for civic participation and community change. It will draw on timely examples from New York and nationally, and a diverse group of guests- policymakers, advocates, and cultural practitioners- will bring the pressing issues of the day into the classroom.
Instructor: Caron Atlas
Location: Roosevelt House
Time: Mondays, 4:30pm – 7:20pm

URBS 403.1A: Research Practicum: Income Inequality and Poverty in the United States and New York City
This course, taught by Mark Levitan, formerly from the Bloomberg administration, 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. It will 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: Mark Levitan
Location: Roosevelt House
Time: Thursdays, 4:10-7pm
Pre-reqs: URBS 201 or 301 or permission of program director (email to request permission

SOC 3251K: Current Topics in LGBT Social Science and Public Policy
In recent years, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, 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 Supreme Court’s groundbreaking decision to make marriage the law of the land. 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 will review the historical context for LGBT rights in America, the demographics and diversity of modern LGBT America, and current gains, current issues and current challenges to achieving full health and social equity and full equality for LGBT persons.
Instructor: Elizabethe Payne
Location: Roosevelt House
Time: Mondays, 2:45-5:35pm

Public Policy Related Courses at Hunter College