Office of the Registrar

Course Descriptions

To view course descriptions for all courses in a single subject:

  1. Select the subject from the drop-down list
  2. Click Get Descriptions

Searching course descriptions by keyword is currently unavailable.

Course: -

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
001CB
GOVERNMENT
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced Studies in Public Policy (3)

Latino Community in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area

This course takes an in-depth look at the Latino community, numbering about 770,000 or about 13% of the population in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. Students examine the historical and political factors that brought a massive migration of Central Americans to the DC area in the 1980s and bring it forward to the current period when unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Central America who reached the US/Mexico border are being reunited with family members in this region. The violence they fled, their journeys, and the challenges faced locally are explored. Students analyze and research the critical issues that affect Latinos today, such as immigration status, affordable housing, educational access, employment, cultural identity and mental health issues. Through community-based learning (also known as service-learning) with local nonprofit community agencies, students deepen their learning of these issues. A neighborhood visit to Mt Pleasant, guest speakers, interviews with community members, films, and cultural events further bring course content and class readings to life. Meets with AMST-340 002CB.

GOVT-423
002
GOVERNMENT
FALL 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.