As it exposes students to the landscape of science and technology policymaking in the US and abroad, this course introduces theories and methodologies for science and technology policy analysis, with literature drawn from a range of disciplines, including political science, economics, sociology, and history. Students will learn how science and technology policy is made, with specific attention to the roles of government agencies, expert advisory committees, private industry, the courts, and the public. They will also gain tools for science and technology policy analysis, including research funding allocation methods, science and technology assessment, innovation theory, and cost-benefit analysis. The course will also explore how national and international contexts shape science and technology policymaking. This course is designed for graduate students from public policy, public health, law, business, engineering and the social, biological, and physical sciences. No scientific or technical background is necessary.
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