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SPA-396 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-Recurring (1-6) Topics vary by section. Repeatable for credit with different topic.

SPA-396-001
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Health Policy
Health Policy (3) Overview of the structure and functions of the U.S. health care system, to include the existing public and private financing, organizational structures, delivery systems, and the interaction of these structures and systems with federal health reform policies.
SPA-396-001
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Energy Policy and Politics
Energy Policy and Politics (3) This course examines the role of energy in modern economies and societies as well as the environmental, social, and security impacts of energy production and use. The class studies fossil fuels, nuclear, wind and solar energy, and new technologies such as tidal and advanced biomass. Particular attention is given to four aspects of the energy system: water, climate, health, and ecology. Also considered are renewable energy and efficiency and the policy, politics, and economics of technology innovation. The focus is on the United States, but global energy forces and trends are also included.
SPA-396-002
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Leaders and Leadership
Leaders and Leadership (3) This course introduces students to the study of leaders and leadership, starting with an analysis of the key theories of leadership, and then taking a close look at several short texts to consider the meaning and nature of genuine leadership.
SPA-396-003
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Politics/Pol in Washington,DC
Politics and Policy in Washington, DC (3) This course gives students an overview of neighborhood development, politics, and policy in the nation's capital, as well as an understanding of the evolution of Washington DC's political structure and its relationship to the city's development trajectory over time. Students explore and interrogate the history of planning and development in DC from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, from the 1791 L'Enfant Plan to the 2005 Duke Ellington U Street Plan. The course focuses heavily on how race and politics, both local and federal, have shaped the contours of DC's physical and social landscape. The course has four sequential sections. The first examines the early years and focuses on the creation and implementation of the L'Enfant Plan and the reconstruction period. The second investigates development during the first half of the twentieth century and the emergence of Chocolate City. The third section of the course centers on the 1968 riots, the emergence of Home Rule and the Marion Barry regime. Finally, the class explores current DC redevelopment patterns, in particular the growth of downtown and its relationship to neighborhood gentrification, and the changing demographics of the city, discussing how DC is transforming from Chocolate City into the Cappuccino City.