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318.864.01 Current Issues in Policy Analysis


Health Policy and Management
3rd term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Mon 02/12/2018 - Sat 02/17/2018
Class Times:
  • M W F Sa,  8:30am - 12:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Eileen McRae

The interaction of social policy and employment has long been a central concern of governments, academics, and the public. The Great Recession, which began in late 2007, has intensified the discussion around the proper role for social and labor-market policy. This course will familiarize students with the impact of the welfare state on employment and unemployment and review the particular difficulties and opportunities for the welfare state stemming from the long-term rise in women's participation in the paid workforce. The main focus is on the experience of the United States, with frequent reference to the experience of other rich democracies.

Provides policy researchers with a set of analytical frameworks to gain a greater understanding of policy issues. Explores all aspects of a topical policy issue from its origins, transformations, and impact on health and social justice. Policy topics are determined each year according to faculty interest, student need, and policy saliency. Uses case studies, policy analysis readings, and discussions to foster student learning. Some sessions focus directly on translating policy research into policy alternatives while others focus on the political and social environment.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify complex problems and recognize priority issues by using a policy analysis lens.
  2. Cite and explain the key factors that shape the debate on current policy issues
  3. Demonstrate application of policy literacy
  4. Identify social, cultural, economic, commercial and institutional factors that promote or hinder the design and implementation of public policies
  5. Employ policy analysis tools to current public issues to create more meaningful opportunities for change
  6. Analyze opportunities for action and potential objections to change
Methods of Assessment:

class participation (20%), written assignments (40%) and final written paper (40%)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This course is offered in HPM departmental space -Room 461 HH