American Public Policy focuses on the outcomes or products of political institutions and political controversy. The course first addresses the dynamics of policy formations and stalemate, the identification of policy goals, success and failure in implementation, and techniques of policy analysis. Students are then encouraged to apply these concepts in the study of a specific policy area of their choosing, such as foreign, social, urban, energy or environmental policy. This course is an important first step for students wishing to complete IQPs in public policy research.
For a full listing of GOV-related courses, please see Department of Social Sciences and Policy Studies: GOV Course Descriptions.
From the Department of Social Sciences and Policy Research:
"You must understand society to effectively address our global grand challenges. Toward this end, the Social Science & Policy Studies (SSPS) department prepares students to understand human behavior and cognition, the environment, sustainable development, policy design and evaluation, and systems thinking. Through our teaching and student research opportunities, we cultivate professionals who have a deep understanding of the social impacts of science, technology, and innovation.
Our dedicated faculty offers students unique opportunities to make connections between societal concerns and technology through faculty-led research and student projects. To prepare themselves professionally, many of our students will double major in a technical field and a complementary SSPS-related degree. We also offer a variety of minors that can be uniquely paired with any major."
For a full description of programs and courses on offer, please refer to the Department of Social Science & Policy Studies.
This guide highlights relevant databases, journals, books, and websites in the fields of government, policy, and related research on politics. In this guide, students will find information on where to look for peer-reviewed and scholarly research, overviews of citation formatting, places to look for current events, and much more.
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