Public Policy (PP)

Interim Department Head: Professor Mark Robbins

Office: 4th Floor, 1800 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT

1001. Introduction to Public Policy

Three credits.

Public policy history and institutions, government administration and systems, policy analysis, contemporary policy issues, polling and influences on policy making. CA 2.

2100. Survey Research Methods

(Also offered as URBN 2100.) Three credits.

Theory and practice of surveys, including overall project design, questionnaire development, sampling, methods of data collection and data analysis.

3001. Public Policy

Three credits.

The public policy process in the United States and frameworks for understanding and evaluating contemporary policy problems.

3010. Public Policy Research Methods I

Three credits.

Research design for policy analysis, impact analysis, implementation analysis, program evaluation.

3011Q. Public Policy Research Methods II

Three credits. Prerequisite: PP 3010 and STAT 1000Q or STAT 1100Q, or consent of instructor.

Data analysis for program evaluation, public policy and management research including data description, probability theory, statistical inference, multiple regression and time series analysis.

3020. Cases in Public Policy

Three credits.

Exploration of policy analysis using case studies on various contemporary policy topics.

3020W. Cases in Public Policy

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

3030. Public Opinion

(Also offered as POLS 3625.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Concepts, theories, structure, and substance of public opinion.

3031. Public Administration in Theory and Practice

Three credits.

Overview of public administration theory, systems and practices as they have developed in the United States. Explores the roles of public officials in the context of a pluralistic democratic society.

3032. Budgeting in Public Service Organizations

Three credits.

Introduction to the policy and management issues surrounding how governments budget and spend the money they raise.

3033. Race and Policy

(Also offered as AFRA 3033 and POLS 3633.) Three credits.

Examination of contemporary public policy through the lens of race.

3082. Practicum in Public Policy

Three credits.

Policy workshop on the practical application of making public policy.

3091. Internship

Credits up to 12. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of the department head.

3098. Public Policy Issues

Three credits. May be repeated for credit with a change in subject matter.

An exploration of fundamental issues in public policy, public management and public opinion.

3099. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit with a change in subject matter.

3203. Environmental Policy and Institutions

(Also offered as POLS 3203.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors and higher, others by instructor consent.

Development of environmental policies and institutions and their effects on the motivations and the actions of individuals and groups with implications for questions of equity, justice, and sustainability. Draws on approaches from comparative politics, public policy, and international relations.

4031. Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations

Three credits.

Management of financial resources in public service organizations. Topics include variance analysis, cost analysis, public sector and nonprofit accounting, financial statement analysis, and forecasting.

4032. Capital Financing and Budgeting

Three credits.

An examination of the municipal bond market, capital budgeting techniques, and related public policy issues.

4033. State and Local Fiscal Problems

Three credits.

Analytical tools and concepts to evaluate policies related to government revenues, the delivery of public services, and intergovernmental relations.

4034. Social Policy

Three credits.

Examination of the concepts and principles of public policy analysis, with applications to important social issues.

4095. Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary. May be repeated for credit with a change in subject matter.

4346. Child and Family Policy

Three credits.

Theory and practice of child and family policy. Topics may include marriage and divorce, fertility, employment, and human capital.

4365. Human Resource Management

Three credits.

The structures, processes, and principles of human resource management in public service and examination of contemporary human resource policies and challenges.

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