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Courses - Spring 2018
PLCY
Public Policy
PLCY101
Great Thinkers on Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Additional information: Emphasis will be on the interdisciplinary foundations of public policy, through examining core disciplinary contributions from economics, political science, management, philosophy, and other relevant disciplines.
Great ideas in public policy, such as equality, efficiency, sovereignty, liberty, bureaucracy, democracy and security are explored through the lens of great thinkers. An introduction to the intellectual foundations of public policy, from ancient theories on collective public action through the more contemporary development of public policy as a discipline. This may start as early as the ancient Greek philosophers and their views on public action through contemporary classics of public policy. At the conclusion of the course, students will have read classic works in the field and will master the key themes that have dominated the intellectual debates about public policy over its history.
PLCY201
Leadership for the Common Good
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
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.
PLCY213
Foundations of Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Through discussions of contemporary trends, challenges and issues, this course provides an introduction to the nonprofit and NGO sectors, social innovation, and the leadership and management skills required to achieve social impact. The course will explore the history, theories, and roles of philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, and social innovation in societies and cultures. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the process and principles of social entrepreneurship and social innovation. Additionally, the course will introduce students to topics in leadership, social innovation, resource development, community mobilization through networks, the role of policy-making in creating change, project management, and overall strategies for achieving social impact. The course will include mini hands-on learning experiences that allow them to apply key learning outcomes.
PLCY215
Innovation and Social Change: Creating Change for Good
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP
Credit only granted for: PLCY215 or PUAF215.
Formerly: PUAF215.
A team-based, highly interactive and dynamic course that provides an opportunity for students to generate solutions to a wide range of problems facing many communities today. Students in the iGIVE Program will deepen their understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation practices by creating and implementing projects or ventures that address an issue of their choosing while learning topics such as communications, project management, teamwork, leadership, fundraising, project sustainability and next steps in social change.
Restricted to member of the iGive Living Learning Program.
PLCY301
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
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.
PLCY303
Public Economics Raising and Spending the People's Money
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ECON200.
Applied course in public finance, including introductions to resource mobilization (including taxation), macroeconomic policy, key public expenditure policies, and government budgetary processes and politics. The course will build on the foundations from ECON 202 to address the specific application of public finance principles to solving public problems. The course will focus on the principles of welfare economics (including market failure), economic principles as applied to particular spending programs and tax choices, and issues and institutions involved in the allocation and management of resources both at a national and subnational level. The focus of the course is on these issues from both a domestic and global perspective.
PLCY306
Public Policy Analysis in Action
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Utilizes our unique location in the Washington, D.C. region to create a laboratory within which to analyze local, regional, national and international policy problems. Students will be put into teams and assigned to real and timely policy cases. The course will include meetings and field trips with local leaders in the field, ideally connected to the cases. Student will then expand and apply their use of policy analysis and evaluation skills to define those problems, analyze alternative responses, devise appropriate strategies for implementation, and evaluate the success of the proposed policy and implementation. The course will conclude with team presentations to local leaders and faculty. This distinctive course will serve to prepare students for their client- based senior capstone course.
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, S-F
PLCY386
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.
PLCY388A
Special Topics in Public Policy; Making a Difference: Child and Family Policy Advocacy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Nearly one quarter of children in this country live in poverty. Millions more more live in families struggling to provide the basics of quality childcare and education, food, and health care. The disparities in the conditions that help children and families thrive are not only based on income, there are also in many cases factors of race, home language, gender, age, and geography. Students will be provided a foundation of some of the major federal programs helping children and families thrive and an introduction to advocacy skills such as learning the federal legislative process and federal funding types and limitations, using data in persuasive written and oral advocacy, growing and activating a grassroots.
PLCY388C
Special Topics in Public Policy; Cybersecurity Policy: Practical Hacking for Policy Makers
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
This course explores the key issues facing policy makers attempting to manage the problem of cybersecurity from its technical foundations to domestic and international policy considerations surrounding governance, privacy, isk management, and operational orchestration. It is designed for students with no background in information technology, and will provide the principles to understand the current debates shaping a rapidly evolving security landscape.
PLCY388D
Special Topics in Public Policy; Innovation and Social Change: Do Good Now
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP, SCIS
Introduces students to the concept of social innovation while exploring the many mechanisms for achieving social impact. It is team-based, highly interactive and dynamic, and provides an opportunity for students to generate solutions to a wide range of problems facing many communities today. Deepens the students understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation practices by guiding them through the creation and implementation process as applied to a project idea of their choice.
PLCY388E
Special Topics in Public Policy; Sustainability ASAP: From Values and Goals to Action
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recognizing the urgency of today's political and ecological challenges, students will cultivate their voice and sharpen their understanding of sustainability policy, concepts, and institutions to create lasting impact in their communities and world. An inquiry into personal and shared values across the three pillars of sustainability - economic, environmental, and social - will provide a foundation for adapting and working toward aspirational goals at all levels of engagement, from the University's Climate Action Plan to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Drawing on Youth Service America's "ASAP" model for taking action (Awareness, Service, Advocacy, Philanthropy) students will then undertake hands-on awareness and advocacy projects that expand their capacity as transformational leaders in building a more just and sustainable society.
PLCY388G
Special Topics in Public Policy; Global Perspectives on Leading and Investing in Social Change
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP, SCIS
In this course students will discuss the history, development, roles, and issues related to philanthropy in U.S. society, particularly in relationship to giving toward global, international challenges that cross national boundaries. We will also examine the habits and approaches of successful public and community leaders by examining case studies and course readings that will inform our giving strategy and decisions. Students will complete the course with an understanding of the leadership needed to make philanthropic investments and to achieve social change from various places in the international philanthropic ecosystem including as a volunteer, donor, and board member of an international humanitarian organization.
PLCY388V
Special Topics in Public Policy; From Artificial Intelligence to Genetic Engineering: The Policy Implications of Emerging Technologies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
A host of emerging technologies, ranging from 3-D printing, gene editing tools, self-tracking technologies, smart cars, drones, robotics, and synthetic biology, have the potential for enormous societal benefit but also raise public and government concern. What are the various social and ethical implications in how these technologies are designed, developed and used? How do we think about policy options to deal with social and ethical concerns around these technologies? This course will study contemporary science and technology policy controversies as reflected in the news; the course material will be designed to respond flexibly to unforseen policy issues that may arise during the course of the semester. Special guest speakers involving faculty from across the university, as well as experts from the Washington, DC area, will be invited to contextualize and deepen students' understanding of these controversies. Students will be exposed to different points of view on these issues.
PLCY401
Contemporary Issues in Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
An integrative course that allows policy students to explore the complexities of the policy-making process from the perspective of specific policy topics. They will learn about and discuss subject- based issues in a seminar format led by faculty and policy experts. Site visits to federal agencies, guest speakers, and round table sessions ensure that students receive a variety of real-world perspectives on their chosen policy area.
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.
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).
PLCY688C
Topics in Public Policy; Cyberspace: Legal and Policy Implications
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY688E
Topics in Public Policy; Governance: Normative & Political Dimensions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY688F
Topics in Public Policy; State, Local & Non-Profit Financial Management
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY688G
Topics in Public Policy; Governance: Leadership, Management and Accountability
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY688I
Topics in Public Policy; Macroeconomics for Public Policy
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY688R
Topics in Public Policy; Public Budgeting and Financial Management
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY688T
Topics in Public Policy; Team-Based Policy Lab
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY688X
Topics in Public Policy; Human Dignity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY689E
Public Policy Topics; Program Evaluation and Cost-Benefit Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY689F
Public Policy Topics; Current Issues in Federal Acquisition
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as BUSI758P and ENSE698F. Credit granted for PUAF689F, BUSI758P or ENSE698F.
PLCY689L
Public Policy Topics; Science and Technology Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLCY689X
Public Policy Topics; Performance Management and Leadership
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
For PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY689Y
Public Policy Topics; Nonprofit Fundraising
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY698E
Selected Topics in Public Affairs; Proseminar in Normative Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PLCY698R
Selected Topics in Public Affairs; Developmental Challenges
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
For PLCY Majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY699F
Selected Topics Public Policy; Ethics of Public Administration
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
For PLCY Majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY699K
Selected Topics Public Policy; Civil Conflict
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
For PLCY Majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY699Y
Selected Topics Public Policy; Globalization, Business and Development
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
For PLCY Majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY699Z
Selected Topics Public Policy; Energy Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
For PLCY Majors or permission of instructor.
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.
PLCY732
Policy and Politics of Education Reform
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: PLCY732 or PUAF732.
Formerly: PUAF732.
Examines education reform in its historical, fiscal, cultural, and lega contexts, and the changing relationship between education and economic opportunity. Focuses on institutional and normative issues, including national standards, public school choice, charter schools, vouchers and funding equity.
PLCY734
Foundations of Social Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Must be in a major in PLCY-School of Public Policy.
Credit only granted for: PLCY734 or PUAF734.
Formerly: PUAF734.
Provides an overview of government's role in social policy and the history of the development of federal and state policies with respect to welfare, aging, education, and housing. Analyzes current federal institutions and legislation in the same policy areas and the demographic history of the United States. Develops skills in analytic writing and presentation of descriptive data.
PLCY740
Public Policy and the Environment
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: PLCY740 or PUAF740.
Formerly: PUAF740.
Surveys of major federal environmental legislation; the development and implementation of laws, and alternative ways of thinking about the relationship between humans and the environment.
PLCY742
Environmental Ethics
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: PLYC742 or PUAF742.
Formerly: PUAF742.
Analyzes issues such as the relation between human beings and nature from the perspectives of the science, history, philosophy, and religion. Considers the bases for policies such as environmental regulation, public lands, and international conventions with respect to the environment.
PLCY745
Human Health and Environmental Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Credit only granted for: PLCY745 or PUAF745.
Formerly: PUAF745.
Reviews the major human physiological systems and their integrated toxicological functions; considers key bodily defenses; and discusses classic, emerging, and ambiguous risks; in all ecological context. Applies to scientific controversy, the methods of policy formation, such as risk analysis, social-cost analysis, "outcomes" analysis, and decision analysis, all in political-economic context.
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.
PLCY782
International Development Economics
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: PUAF698U, PUAF782 or PLCY782.
Formerly: PUAF698U and PUAF782.
Examines key current economic and policy issues for developing and transition economies. Topics include inflation stabilization, fiscal policy, selected trade issues, dealing with international capital flows, the role of multilateral organizations, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and issues relating to saving, investment and growth.
PLCY784
Disease, Disaster, and Development
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: PUAF699D, PUAF784 or PLCY784.
Formerly: PUAF699D and PUAF784.
Studies development, the process by which needy people in fragile societies become self-sufficient people in resilient societies, in relation to disease and disaster, with particular attention to the developed world's response.
PLCY790
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: PLCY790 or PUAF790.
Formerly: PUAF790.
Students work at a sponsoring government agency or private firm researching problem of interest to sponsor and relevant to concentration. Emphasis on problem definition, organizing information, and both oral and written presentation of results.
For students taking evaluation-based IDEV project course.
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.
PLCY798O
Readings in Public Policy; Energy Security
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restricted to PLCY majors or permission of instructor.
PLCY798R
Readings in Public Policy; Quantitative Research Methods and Public Policy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
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.