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POL 345 PUBLIC POLICY-MAKING SPRING 2007 Contact Information: [email protected] x. 4650 Office Hours (Truman -- Kirksville): Monday 3:30-6:00 Monday; Thursday 10:30-12:00. I am also usually here Wednesday 4-6 and Thursday 1-2. As I am in Jefferson City several days each week to teach a course, hold an office hour, and supervise Truman interns; please recognize that you may want to email me with your questions as well as catching me during office hours. I can also arrange to meet with you by appointment within the limitations of each of our schedules. Please catch me before and after class for quick questions, comments, and updates. COURSE OBJECTIVES KNOWLEDGE: 1. To analyze the various resources of power and influence in the American policy process. 2. To analyze the impact of the American institutional structures in the policy process and the role each institution plays. 3. To analyze the utility and validity of prominent political and social science theories and models for understanding policy processes and outcomes. 4. To learn the stages of the policy making model and to apply the stages to a chosen policy area. 5. To become an extremely well-informed student of a specific policy in terms of its purposes, development, and evolution over time. SKILLS: 1. To enhance critical thinking skills especially through writing a substantial government documents based research paper. Students will apply theory, analyze political phenomena, synthesize numerous policy concepts with previous course work, evaluate the effectiveness of a specific public policy, and contribute revisions or additions to public policy models. 2. To enhance writing skills specifically in terms of using writing to document, organize, and analyze complex political phenomena. 3. To improve evaluation skill – through peer reading and evaluating the impact of your public policy. 4. To enhance communication skills in the areas of formal and informal speech. 5. To develop familiarity with a variety of government documents. 6. To enhance research, library, and information retrieval skills. ATTITUDES: 1. To recognize the uncertainty of policy choices 2. To empathize with the ethical dilemmas of policy makers and policy researchers. 3. To gain an appreciation for the diverse views and strategies of policy actors. 4. To recognize the role writing plays in the development and advancement of thinking COURSE BOOKS Allison, Graham and Philip Zelikow. 1999. Essense of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis , 2 nd Ed. Kingdon, John. 1995. Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policy , 2 nd ed. Stella Z. Theodoulou and Matthew A. Cahn, Public Policy: The Essential Readings, Prentice Hall 1995. Readings from JSTOR and library reserve.
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