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Courses - Fall 2017
PLCY
Public Policy
PLCY100
Foundations of Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
A survey course, focusing on public policy institutions and analytical issues as well as on overview of key public policy problems. Students will be introduced to public policy as a discipline, with a brief overview of the actors and institutions involved in the process, and familiarize themselves with the kinds of problems typically requiring public action. The course will examine these problems from a multijurisdictional and multisectoral perspective. Specific policy areas examined include education policy, health policy, economic and budgetary policy, criminal justice policy, environmental policy, and national and homeland security policy. The course should permit students to have broad foundational exposure to the field that will give them a solid base for more advanced courses.
PLCY201
Leadership for the Common Good
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS or DSSP, SCIS
Credit only granted for: PLCY201 or PUAF201.
Formerly: PUAF201.
This course is designed to provide undergraduate students an introduction to leadership theory and a chance to practice a core set of practical skills relevant to transformational and collaborative leadership.
Restriction: Must be in the College Park Scholars Public Leadership program; and freshman standing.
PLCY203
Liberty and Justice for All: Ethics and Moral Issues in Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
PLCY 203- Liberty and Justice for All: Ethics and Moral Issues in Public Policy provides each student with an opportunity to develop the ability to think in sophisticated ways about morally difficult policy issues.
PLCY214
(Perm Req)
Leading and Investing in Social Change: Re-defining and Experimenting with Philanthropy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP, SCIS
Credit only granted for: PLCY214, PUAF214 or PUAF359I.
Formerly: PUAF359I, PUAF214.
Defines philanthropy as an exploration of how one develops a vision of the public good and then deploys resources (including donations, volunteers, and voluntary associations) to achieve an impact.
PLCY300
Governance: Collective Action in the Public Interest
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
PLCY 300: Governance: Collective Action in the Public Interest uses myriad examples drawn from both the public and private spheres to explore a vitally important family of problems: the challenges associated with sustaining public goods, policies supportive of general (as opposed to particularistic) interests, and efforts to assist hard-to-mobilize clienteles.
PLCY301
Sustainability
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as: AGNR301.
Credit only granted for: AGNR301, PUAF301, or PLCY301.
Formerly: PUAF301.
Designed for students whose academic majors would be enhanced by the complementary study of a widely shared but hard-to-operationalize aspiration: that present choices should preserve or improve future options rather than foreclose or degrade them. How should we understand sustainability? How might we achieve it? How would we know if we had achieved it? And how could sustainability activists of a rising generation lead by example?
PLCY302
(Perm Req)
Leadership: Philosophy, Policy and Praxis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: PLCY302 or PUAF302.
Formerly: PUAF302.
Leadership as a search for meaning, identity and purpose are explored. Also introduces major philosophical traditions, from the ancient world to the modern one, and encourages students to ground their leadership interests and aspirations in a disciplined process of self-reflection, critical thinking and inquiry.
Restriction: Must be in the Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program.
PLCY311
Women in Leadership
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: PUAF311, PLCY311 or PUAF359W.
Formerly: PUAF359W.
Examines the role of women in the leadership process including the participation of women as activists, voters, advocates, public leaders and as agents of change through various avenues including, among others, public service (elected and appointed), the media, community service, political organizations, and the nonprofit sector.
PLCY313
Advocacy in the American Political System
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: PUAF313, PLCY313 or PUAF359C.
Formerly: PUAF359C.
Introduces students to the creation of law through the legislative process with a special focus on the Maryland General Assembly.
PLCY349
(Perm Req)
Internship in Political Institutions: State and Local
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as BSOS349.
PLCY359A
Contemporary Issues in Political Leadership and Participation; Asian American Social Policy and Community Advocacy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AAST398B. Credit granted for AAST398B or PLCY359A.

This course focuses on how Asian and Pacific Americans are represented in government and throughout social policies in the United States. The ways in which racial and gender dynamics intersect with migration policy, community development, and other pressing issues is explored.
PLCY359M
Contemporary Issues in Political Leadership and Participation; Leadership in the Information Age
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Explores the role of leadership and performance management in public administration. This will include the examination of fundamental principles of performance measurement, the identification and application of different performance measurement techniques and strategies, and the evaluation of best practices within the field. The course will also explore the characteristics of effective, purpose-driven leadership.
PLCY386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy. Repeatable to 12 credits if content differs.
Credit only granted for: PLCY386 or PUAF386.
Formerly: PUAF386.
PLCY388
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Public Policy
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PLCY388T
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Public Policy; Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Directed Study
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
PLCY610
Quantitative Aspects of Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY610 or PUAF610.
Formerly: PUAF610.
Introduces statistical methods needed for evaluating and choosing among policy options. Topics include probability; decision-making under uncertainty; the organization, interpretation, and visual display of complex data; prediction and inferences about causality; hypothesis testing; and linear and multiple regression. Develops analytical skills and the ability to apply theory to complex, real-world problems.
PLCY611
Quantitative Analysis of Policy Issues
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY611 or PUAF611.
Formerly: PUAF611.
Study of a series of problems and the development of quantitative techniques to describe or evaluate the problem. The organization and interpretation of complex data and its use for prediction and inference about casual effects. The definition of objectives, trade-offs among objectives, and allocation of resources to meet objectives. Sensitivity of outcomes to changing conditions.
PLCY620
Political Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY620 or PUAF620.
Formerly: PUAF620.
Examination of politics as a process for allocating scarce resources among claimants for public benefits. Comparision of the allocative model of politics with other distributive processes, such as markets. Comparison of the model with behavior of different political institutions, such as Congress and the presidency. Study of politics as a process with distinctive concepts of rationality. The translation of voter and interest group preferences into public choices. The impact of political decisions on competing constituencies.
PLCY640
Microeconomic and Policy Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY640 or PUAF640.
Formerly: PUAF640.
Applies intermediate microeconomic theory to public policy issues: resource allocation by firms and consumers; the response of economic agents to changes in incentives; market allocations in competitive and non-competitive environments; and market failures and government remedies. Uses extended case studies of particular issues in such areas as the environment (acid rain), international trade (tariffs), industry regulation (cable TV), and the provision of public goods (highways).
PLCY688E
Topics in Public Policy; Governance: Normative & Political Dimensions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PUAF major or permission of instructor.
PLCY688G
Topics in Public Policy; Governance: Leadership, Management and Accountability
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLCY688I
Topics in Public Policy; Macroeconomic Analysis
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY688R
Topics in Public Policy; Public Finance and Budgeting
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY688Y
Topics in Public Policy; Practicing Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PUAF majors or instructor permission.
PLCY689A
Public Policy Topics; Acquisitions: Concepts and Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY689J
Public Policy Topics; Food Economics and Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction:: Must be in a major in PUAF-School of Public Policy; or permission of PUAF-School of PUblic Policy.
PLCY689Q
Public Policy Topics; Quantitative Methods for Evidence-based Policies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLCY689Z
Public Policy Topics; Strategic Management for NonProfit and Public Organizations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PUAF-School of Public Policy; or permission of PUAF-School of Public Policy.
PLCY698A
Selected Topics in Public Affairs; Poverty Measurement and Alleviation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
For PUAF majors only or permission of department.
PLCY698C
Selected Topics in Public Affairs; Intelligence and Policy: Executive, Congressional and Public Dimensions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PUAF-School of Public Policy.
PLCY698T
Selected Topics in Public Affairs; Managing Across Sectors
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PUAF-School of Public Policy; or permission of PUAF-School of Public Policy.
PLCY700
U.S. Trade: Policy and Politics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: PUAF641, PUAF620, and PUAF640.
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY700 or PUAF700.
Formerly: PUAF700.
Interplay between government and private interests in shaping official actions that affect international trade. Policy tools available to influence balance, magnitude, and composition of imports and exports. Evolution of executive, congressional and quasi-judicial government institutions under increased U.S. international trade exposure and trade deficit.
PLCY712
Analysis of Fiscal Conditions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY712 or PUAF712.
Formerly: PUAF712.
The financial operations of U.S. government at various levels, with emphasis on local governments. Practical problems in revenue management, including revenue forecasting and cash flow analysis; debt management operations, such as borrowing; intergovernmental financial operations, such as grants management and reporting requirements, and personnel management issues that have a direct bearing on governmental finances.
PLCY720
International Security Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY720 or PUAF720.
Formerly: PUAF720.
Reviews the principal features of international security as currently practiced. Traces the evolution of contemporary policy beginning with the initiation of nuclear weapons programs during World War II. Particular emphasis is given to experience of the United States and Russia, since the historical interaction between these two countries has disproportionately affected the international security conditions that all other countries now experience.
PLCY735
Health Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: PLCY735 or PUAF735.
Formerly: PUAF735.
Analyzes the origins, history, status, and future of health care as problems in political and economic theory and as puzzles in policy formation. Considers current American reform controversies in the light of several disciplines and in comparison to foreign experiences and structures.
PLCY737
Strategies of Equality
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY737 or PUAF737.
Formerly: PUAF698Y and PUAF737.
Concentrates on the institutional and political means by which disadvantaged segments of the United States population have sought to enhance their social, economic and political prospects. Race, gender and disability are the substantive focal points, with considerable attention given to the challanges of African American socio-political uplift. Also explores legislation, litigation, administration, agitation (i.e. protest), and constitutional reform. Students become familiar with alternative conceptions of equality and the modes of argument employed in different institutional and political contexts.
PLCY741
Global Environmental Problems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY741 or PUAF741.
Formerly: PUAF741.
Suitability of analytic tools for examining global environmental problems, human overpopulation, land abuse, ozone depletion, climate change, acid rain, loss of biological diversity, the scarcity of food, fresh water, energy and nonfuel mineral resources, and health hazards of pollutants toxic metals and radiation.
PLCY744
Environment and Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: PLCY744 or PUAF744.
Formerly: PUAF744.
Analyzes sustainable development and its conflicting interpretations. The dominant view, as expressed in the World Bank's 1992 World Development Report, is studied, along with some critical responses. Further readings on issues of population, consumption and development indicators.
PLCY752
Managing Differences:Resolving Conflict and Negotiating Agreements
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY752 or PUAF752.
Formerly: PUAF752.
Enhances the student's negotiation and leadership skills for managing differences between individuals and groups. Students study the nature of conflict, learn how to handle two and multiparty conflicts, exerting leadership where there are no hierarchy leaders, and explore the impact of facilitators and mediators on the negotiating process. Blends skill building exercises and theory discussions about the behavior of groups and individuals in groups to understand negotiation dynamics.
PLCY780
The American Foreign Policy-Making Process
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY780 or PUAF780.
Formerly: PUAF780.
Survey and analysis of the governmental institutions and processes which shape U.S. global engagement on national security and international economic issues. Particular emphasis is given to executive-congressional relations and the broader domestic roots of foreign policy.
PLCY781
International Economic Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY781 or PUAF781.
Formerly: PUAF781.
Issues and choices facing the United States in today's global economy. Primary, but not exclusive, emphasis is given to "competitive interdependence" among advanced industrial societies.
PLCY783
Development and Foreign Aid
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy; or permission of PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY783 or PUAF783.
Formerly: PUAF698Q and PUAF783.
Examines the empirical, conceptual, and ethical dimensions of international development policies and U.S. foreign aid. What is the present character of development in poor countries/regions? How should development be conceived? What development strategies are best? What is and should be the purpose of U.S. foreign aide and development assistance?
PLCY798A
Readings in Public Policy
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PLCY798B
Readings in Public Policy
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PLCY798C
Readings in Public Policy; Science, Technology and National Security
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY798E
Readings in Public Policy; Global Health Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY798N
Readings in Public Policy; Energy Economics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PUAF-School of Public Policy; or permission of PUAF-School of Public Policy.
PLCY798Y
Readings in Public Policy; Nonprofit Management and Leadership
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: PUAF major or permission of instructor.
PLCY798Z
Readings in Public Policy; Qualitative Research Methods and Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be a major in PUAF-School of Public Policy; or permission of PUAF-School of Public Policy.
PLCY898
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PLCY899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.