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Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Felicia Roane
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:
  • Mark Nadel

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):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will 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
Compare different frameworks for effective policymaking

Methods of Assessment: Class participation (15%); two policy papers (50% total) and final exam (35%)
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday 10:30 - 1:20
Final grade applies to all terms
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 25
Enrollment Restriction: undergraduates are not permitted in this course;
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

students enrolled in programs other then the MPP must obtain permission of department prior to registering for this course.

For consent, contact:


Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: This course will be taught on the Homewood Campus in Wyman 571