Public Policy

CAS PO 309 Women and Politics
Readings, discussion, and field research on issues of women’s relationship to  the processes of political influence, change, and empowerment. Analysis of public policy related to women and children.O’s television series The Wire is used to explore politics and policy. A number of interdisciplinary topics are covered, including the war on drugs, urban elections, bureaucracy, rational choice theory, and the decline of American cities. (Meets with CAS WS 350.)

CAS PO 313 The Politics and Policy of HBO’s The Wire
HBO’s television series The Wire is used to explore politics and policy. A number of interdisciplinary topics are covered, including the war on drugs, urban elections, bureaucracy, rational choice theory, and the decline of American cities.

CAS PO 324 Comparative Public Policy
Prereq: CAS PO 141 or consent of instructor. Comparative study of the public policies of advanced industrialized socieities in such areas as health training, unemployment, poverty, and budget. Explores why countries develop different solutions to policy needs, and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of various national approaches.

CAS PO 331 Policymaking
An overview of policymaking in the United States and an exploration of the process, including obstacles faced, of political change. Toward the end of the semester, specific policy areas are analyzed to illustrate some of the broader topics.

CAS PO 500 The Politics of Education
Overview of the origins of public schooling, the purpose of public education, and current educational policy and research.

CAS PO 504 Public Policy Analysis:  Issues, Concepts, and Tools
The analytical foundations of public policy analysis and the limitations on “rational” policy-making. An  analysis of several controversial public policies (e.g., regulating the economy, immigration, health care  reform) which may vary from year to year.

CAS PO 513 Interest Groups, Public Opinion, and the Policy Process
Focuses on public opinion and interest group activities as they affect the policy-making process in the United States. Attention is paid to the role of the media, of lobbying, of litigation, and of the electoral process.

CAS PO 520 Readings in Public Policy
Recent topic:  The Future of Public Policies. Explores the future of major public policy topics (e.g.,  food, privacy, property, higher education, genetic technology, human migration, crime and punishment,  arts, democratic nation building, environment and climate change, urban planning, employment,  retirement) by constructing and analyzing  contrasting policy possibilities.

CAS PO 528 The Political Economy of Advanced Industrialized Societies
Economic development creates certain requirements for government action, yet policies differ widely across countries. This course investigates the interaction between politics and economics in advanced industrialized societies.

GRS PO 741 Public Policy Analysis
Graduate Core Seminar. Seminar in analytical concepts and rational policy-making models applied to each of several issue areas: education, welfare, health care, economy, and the environment in the United States and Europe.