GOVERNMENT

GOVT-423
Advanced Studies in Public Policy (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Seminars on such topics as hunger, poverty, housing, education, job training, health care, unemployment, welfare, and conservation. Usually offered every fall and spring. Prerequisite: GOVT-210, and minimum 2.5 GPA.

GOVT-423
001
GOVERNMENT
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced Studies in Public Policy (3)

Creating and Debating U.S. Education Policy

Education is often cited as the key to long-term global competitiveness, but with U.S. students lagging behind their counterparts in many other nations, our education system is receiving more public scrutiny than ever before. Common standards, teacher pay and effectiveness, the role of unions and charter schools, the achievement gap, and changes to the No Child Left Behind law are among the hot-button issues and reforms being fiercely debated by policymakers and advocates across the spectrum. This course will examine the origins and characteristics of the U.S. education system; how K-12 education policy is created, implemented and shaped by decision-makers and influencers at the federal, state and local levels; and the key education issues and debates today and what this all means for student performance.

GOVT-423
001
GOVERNMENT
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced Studies in Public Policy (3)

Politics and U.S. Health Policy

This course examines how emerging health policy issues in the United States are addressed based on specific selected examples drawn from the U.S. health delivery system. It describes how various sources of influence provide a rationale for health system performance and its effect on access, quality and cost. The course helps students in the social sciences understand the complex interaction between policy development, politics, and the individual health care system.

GOVT-423
002
GOVERNMENT
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced Studies in Public Policy (3)

Spaceflight Policy from the Cold War through 21st Century

Taught by a NASA space policy executive, this course provides students with real-world policymaking tools by addressing the roles of government and commercial firms in space exploration.