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Public Policy

Abernethy Hall, CB# 3435
(919) 962-1600

First Session, 2021

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

MAYMESTER. 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. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.

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 305 Communicating in Public Policy (3) ***Cancelled***

MAYMESTER. This course’s content has been updated: PLCY305 will focus on cognitive, physical, and vocal skills to enhance collaborations in the development and messaging of public policies. The main focus will be on oral communication rather than written communication. IN-PERSON ON-CAMPUS.

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

MAYMESTER. 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.

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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.