Public Administration and Public Policy Courses

POSC-260. Public Administration
(3 credits)

This course has four key objectives:  First, to give students an overview of the intellectual heritage of public administration and decision making theory, federalism, bureaucratic power, administrative ethics and reforms.  Second, to make students familiar with the public policy process, particularly with policy implementation.  Third, to convey the basic tools and knowledge of the profession, especially budgeting, personnel, management and leadership.  Finally to familiarize students with current and possible future debates within public administration, including privatization, devolution, democratizing decision making and the global economy.  Prerequisite: POSC-100 or Juniors or above. (ATTR: ARTS, HSMR).

POSC-265. Public Policy
(3 credits)

Public Policy studies the actions or outputs of government and the goals and intentions that motivate them. In the late 20th century, government has grown to the extent that virtually every individual, in every aspect of life, is affected by government choices. In this course, we will discuss the process of making public policy primarily by examining major substantive policy areas. From this study, we will be able to identify patterns in policy making as a whole. Prerequisite: POSC-100 or Juniors or above. (ATTR: ARTS, FSPS, HSMR).

POSC-360. Environmental Politics
(3 credits)

A study of environmental public policy: the major actors, institutions, and rules of the game that shape decision making. We will also engage in a dialogue about the underlying philosophies that drive resource utilization and environmental preservation. We will primarily look at the case of the United States, but some attention will be given to the international dimensions of thesubject. Prerequisites: POSC-100 or ENVA-110 or Junior standing. Same as ENVA-310.A((ATTR: ARTS, FSPS).

POSC-450 Political Science Travel Course
(3 credits)
act for a semester-long course

As an academically oriented field experience, this course offers three semester hours credit for a semester-long course that includes an extended study program in selected geographical areas.  Lectures, supervised research into aspects of the field study course, and orientation meetings will prepare students for an informed experience.  Travel cost paid by student.  Cost varies each semester.  Permission of instructor required. (ATTR: ARTS).