PUBPOL 650: Introduction to Science and Technology Policy Analysis
9:44-9:44 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.
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Professor of Public Policy, Director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program.
Parthasarathy's research focuses on the comparative and international politics and policy related to science and technology. She is interested in how to develop innovation, and innovation policy, to better achieve public interest and social justice goals. Much of her previous work has focused on the governance of emerging science and technology, particularly those that have uncertain environmental, social, ethical, political, and health implications.