PUBPOL 650: Introduction to Science and Technology Policy Analysis
9:49-9:49 am EDT
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.
Associate Professor of Public Policy; Associate Professor of History
Rohde is a historian who works at the intersection of U.S. intellectual and policy history, the history of U.S. foreign relations, and science and technology studies. She is currently working on a book project that explores how ideas about cybernetics and advances in information technology, like research databases and statistical software, impacted the social sciences and policy analysis in the United States since World War II.