The aim of this course is to introduce students to topical issues in science and technology policy. The course will meet weekly for a formal seminar. Those currently in the science policymaking arena as well as experts in applied science policy research will be invited to campus to participate as seminar speakers. By interacting with those active in science policy circles, it is hoped that students will gain a real appreciation for the processes and underpinnings of current national science policy.
The course will be offered as a 1 credit seminar course and as a 3 credit seminar/discussion course. Students enrolled in the 3 credit course will also take part in discussion sessions to follow-up the seminar presentations, as arranged by the instructor. In addition, these students will be expected to write a term paper on one of the issues covered in the seminars and give a brief presentation late in the term.
Students enrolled in the Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Graduate Certificate Program must take this course for 3 credits.