Public policy embodies an assortment of value systems. While individual value systems express coherent, consistent approaches, public policy expresses an amalgam of values, with corresponding decrease in coherence/consistency.
This course is intended to serve as an introduction to the major issues of health and health care in the United States — what they are, what determines them, and how they can be altered. In so doing, the course surveys the field of public health.
Foreign Policy and the Management of International Relations
This course examines alternative institutions and strategies through which nations articulate, either cooperatively or competitively, their foreign policy objectives.
What goes on in city government is in many ways more important to our lives than what happens in Washington. This course goes beyond the structure and theory of municipal government to look at how things really happen at the local level.
This course examines alternative approaches to the study of poverty and development. Attention is directed primarily to problems confronted in the global South, with some comparative perspective on Western industrialized countries.
This course is designed to introduce the students to what public managers do and to help provide the students with perspectives and opportunities for practice that will help them become effective public managers.
The main idea that we want to get across is implicit in the title: Systematic thinking - largely from the social sciences, but with the application of scientific methods and knowledge more generally - can make a significant difference in the way w