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Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Felicia Roane
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
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):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will 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
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.