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Term: 1st term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Felicia Roane
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:
  • Sandee Newman

Develops student analytical thinking through real-world problem applications including social, urban, and health policy. Prepares students to master the essential steps of any policy analysis: identify the problem, assessing the available evidence, specifying goals and constraints and examining policy alternatives. Emphasizes communicating in a simple, clear and direct way.

Learning Objective(s):
After completing this course, you should be able to:
Define the nature of the policy problem based on effective and critical review of multiple sources of information;
Assess the quality of evidence from secondary source policy analyses;
Identify and interpret patterns and trends in data;
Conduct surveys to assess perceptions and behaviors
Communicate policy analyses with precision, clarity and cogency; and
Engage in effective team work.

Methods of Assessment: 6 written policy papers and associated oral presentations
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 9:00 - 11:50
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 than 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.