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Public Policy is offering the following courses this summer:

Maymester, 2021

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

PLCY 305 Communicating in Public Policy (3)

Students will learn and practice the use of a range of tools and techniques for communicating information about complex public policy issues to diverse audiences. Emphasis on written communication and visualization techniques to explore and explain patterns in large data sets. IN-PERSON ON-CAMPUS.


PLCY 330 Negotiation and Mediation: The Practice of Conflict Management (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. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.


First Session, 2021

PLCY 210 Policy Innovation and Analysis (3)

There is a need to define innovative solutions to public policy problems, to provide analysis of different alternatives, and to create a plan that would benefit the largest number of stakeholders. This course focuses on the process of constructing, evaluating, and deciding among alternatives based on their ability to satisfy society’s goals. IN-PERSON ON-CAMPUS.


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. REMOTE ONLY-MOSTLY ASYNCHRONOUS.


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. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.

Second Session, 2021

PLCY 340 Justice in Public Policy (3)

This seminar explores arguments about moral issues in public policy. Students examine both the means used to implement policies and policy ends through discussions of case studies of policy choice. IN-PERSON AND REMOTE LEARNERS.


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. REMOTE ONLY-MOSTLY ASYNCHRONOUS.