PubPol 476

PubPol 476: Applied Learning Seminar

Fall 2022
10:00-11:20 am EDT
Course Location
1110 Weill Hall
Course Section
U-M Course Number
Credit Hours

This is a required course open only to current Ford School BA students.

Instructor: Jeff Sternberg

Jeff Sternberg is the Director of Data and Community Research at the City of Detroit’s Community Health Corps
and a Lecturer at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.  In his current roles, Jeff works at the intersection of data science, community research, and urban policy to provide stakeholders in the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, the Mayor’s Office, City Council, and Detroit residents with data to drive their decision-making and advocacy around key policy issues.  Jeff grew up in Metro Detroit and received his B.A. from Michigan State University. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Northeastern University in 2021 and worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin’s IC 2 Institute and Bureau of Business Research. At UT, Jeff’ investigated sustainable regional economic development across the State of Texas, focusing on cooperative commercial and community organizational models to build sustainable collaboration between communities within and outside of urban corridors.

Course Objectives:

1. Students will explore their social identities, values and emotions about a public policy issue and examine the factors that have contributed to their beliefs.
2. Students will gain an understanding of the ways their beliefs and emotions are embedded in social networks and shared values.
3. Students will learn to consciously employ effective communication (i.e. reflection, empathy, asking, and listening), as a tool for understanding public policy debates and advancing public policy solutions.
4. Students will practice using narratives, reframing, and dialogue to work across differences.