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Term: 1st term
Credits: 3 credits
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:

Provides students with a systematic introduction to the fundamental concepts of policy science and policy analysis. Focuses central questions, followed by discussions and practical exercises: What is policy? How can it be distinguished from other forms of public or collective decisions? What is the role of power and authority in policy-making? What is the impact of public policy on society? On ordinary people? How to influence changes in policy? Are health and social policies different from policies in other sectors? How does globalization affect policy capacity at national level?

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Use the key concepts of policy, public policy, and public decision
Identify different policy systems and networks
Explain the differences in the various kinds of policy
Describe and discuss the role of evidence in policy
Describe unintended consequences in the context of policy development
Compare private and public policy
Discuss differences in governments and policy around the world

Methods of Assessment: class discussion/participation (10%) 4 written exercises (10%, 20%, 30%, 30%)
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 9:00 - 10:20
  • Thursday 9:00 - 10:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 55
Enrollment Restriction: MPP and MSPH/health policy HPM students only
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students

enrollment restricted to 1st year MPP and MSPH/health policy HPM students ONLY

For consent, contact:
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Pass/Fail
Frequency Schedule: One Year Only
Next Offered: 2014-2015