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1001. Introduction to Public Policy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Ratcliffe Hicks students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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2100. Survey Research Methods

Also offered as: URBN 2100

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3001. Public Policy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3010. Public Policy Research Methods I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Cannot be taken for credit after passing PP 3011.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3011Q. Public Policy Research Methods II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: PP 3010; STAT 1000 or 1100; or consent of instructor.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3020. Cases in Public Policy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3020W. Cases in Public Policy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3030. Public Opinion

Also offered as: POLS 3625

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3031. Public Administration in Theory and Practice

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3032. Budgeting in Public Service Organizations

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3033. Race and Policy

Also offered as: AFRA 3033, POLS 3633

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examination of contemporary public policy through the lens of race.

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3082. Practicum in Public Policy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Policy workshop on the practical application of making public policy.

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3091. Internship

1.00 - 12.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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3098. Public Policy Issues

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

An exploration of fundamental issues in public policy, public management and public opinion. May be repeated for credit with a change in subject matter.

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3099. Independent Study

1.00 - 9.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3203. Environmental Policy and Institutions

Also offered as: POLS 3203

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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4031. Financial Management for Public & Nonprofit Organizations

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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4032. Capital Financing and Budgeting

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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4033. State and Local Fiscal Problems

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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4034. Social Policy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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4095. Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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4346. Child and Family Policy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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4365. Human Resource Management

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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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