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Term: 1st term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Judy Holzer
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:
  • George Guess

Examines the influence of political, organizational, and substantive complexities on the policy process. Specifically addresses the key stages of the policy process, the different frameworks for effective policymaking in complex political and bureaucratic environments, how issues get on the policy agenda, and the art behind policy implementation and sustainability.

Learning Objective(s):
After completing this course, you should be able to:
Describe the political, organizational and substantive complexities of the policy process;
Illustrate the different conceptual policy models;
Identify the areas of policy formulation, policy implementation, policy adoption, policy agendas and problem definition;
Differentiate the key stages of the policy process; and
Compare different frameworks for effective policymaking

Methods of Assessment: Class participation (15%); two policy papers (50% each) and final exam (35%)
Location: East Baltimore
Final grade applies to all terms
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 30
Enrollment Restriction: undergraduates are not permitted in this course
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Students not enrolled in the formal MPP program must obtain permission prior to registration.

For consent, contact:
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: This course will be taught on the Homewood campus.