POSC 180 politics of public health syllabus SECTIONS2008

POSC 180 politics of public health syllabus SECTIONS2008 -...

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The Politics of Public Health POSC 180 Instructor: Kevin M. Esterling Watkins 2228 [email protected] Department of Political Science Spring 2008 Office hours: Monday 8 am to 10 am Teaching Assistant: Tom Hayes, [email protected] Introduction When people think of health policy, they often think of topics related to medical care . This course focuses on the social, economic, and political factors that shape “population” rather than “individual” health. It uses public health topics to illustrate the fundamental problems of the politics of regulation and social policy. Objectives This course will cover the many substantive topics in public health policy such as tobacco regulation, food safety, environmental risk, health care rationing, and poverty. In addition, the course will analyze the politics behind these important policy topics. The overall goal of the course is to examine public health policies and politics in order to illustrate many of the foundational concepts of the political science of regulation and social policy. These concepts include market failures, collective action problems, risk perception, inequality, and democratic representation. Thus, in studying the basic substantive issues of public health policy, students will also gain better theory and analytical skills for the general study of politics. Students who wish to go to graduate school in political science, sociology, economics or public policy, or who want to enter the professional world of law, medicine or policy analysis will benefit the most from this course. Grading will be based on a midterm and a final exam, each of which will be a combination of multiple choice questions and a short essay. Grading and requirements The grades for this class will be based on a mid-term test and a final examination, as well as participation in discussion sections (see below). The final grade will be weighted 40% for the mid-term, 50% for the final and 10% for discussion section participation.
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Both the midterm and the final will have two components: 1) an in-class component with multiple choice questions and 2) a take home component that requires you to write a short essay. The multiple choice tests will cover material in the readings and from the lectures. We will discuss how to write the essays in class. The essays are due at the beginning of the text period before the test begins. No late essays will be accepted. All grading for the tests will be on a “curve.” Here’s how it works: for each test and each paper, you will receive a raw score. For the test, the raw score is the number you got right, and for the paper, the raw score is the score your TA assigns to your paper. Then, I divide each raw score by the top score for the test or for the papers to get an “adjusted score.” To find your grade, you simply look up your adjusted score on this chart. Between 93% and 100% = A
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