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Maymester, 2020

PLCY 101 Making Public Policy (PWAD 101) (3)

Overview of the policy-making process and of major public policy issues.  Study of policy and political challenges in areas such as economic and tax policy, the social safety net, income support and the minimum wage, health care, education, environment and energy, foreign policy and national security, and homeland security.


PLCY 330 Conflict Management: Negotiation and Mediation (PWAD 330) (3)

This course aims to provide students with the tools necessary to most effectively engage in interpersonal conflicts. The course will also redefine the meanings of “winning” and “power” and provide students with methods to cope with stress, discomfort, and emotions when in conflict. Students will learn new negotiation and mediation skills, build upon existing ones, and challenge assumptions regarding conflict. While some theory is covered, the main focus is experiential learning through role-plays and engagement with professionals in the field. It is well suited for students who plan to work for NGOs, government agencies, international organizations, or in any field that requires skills in conflict management. Expect to end the semester with a level of negotiation and mediation readiness that will serve you well in both personal and professional life.


PLCY 371 Energy Policy (ENEC 371) (3)

This course will provide an overview of some of the most challenging energy issues of the 21st century and will cover the tools and perspectives necessary to analyze those problems. Class sessions will incorporate a mix of seminar-style discussion, skill-based workshops, and field trips.

Summer Session One, 2020

PLCY 220 The Politics of Public Policy (PWAD 220) (3)

Examines approaches to American politics and public policy and analyzes why government responds to problems in predictable ways.


PLCY 305 Communicating in Public Policy (3)

Learn and practice techniques for communicating effectively under stressful circumstances.


PLCY 460 Quantitative Analysis for Public Policy (4)

Application of statistical techniques, including regression analysis, in public policy program evaluation, research design, and data collection and management. Late afternoon/evening. 3.5/hours, 3x/week.

Summer Session Two, 2020

PLCY 581 Research Design for Public Policy (3)

Students will explore the scientific method as applied to policy research. They will formulate testable policy research questions, become familiar with methods for conducting policy research, and learn to think critically about causal inference. Course topics will include evidence-based approaches to public policy research, including tools for measurement, data collection, data visualization, and data analysis.