This course introduces students to the analysis of public policy and policymaking, focusing on approaches for identifying problems and goals, developing alternatives, analyzing potential impacts, and formulating recommendations for advocacy and policy action in the public sector. Policy analysts do their work within a broader political context which shapes policy proposals and their underlying justifications, and so this course examines agenda setting, the role of values, interests, and goals, and general strategies for policy analysis, advocacy, adoption, and implementation. Students are introduced to various analytic approaches and arguments, and through readings and assignments, are provided opportunities to investigate specific areas of social concern and to analyze potential policy responses. Open to Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs students; others with Marxe School permission.
Prerequisite: Open to Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs students; others with Marxe School permission.