Public Policy Spring 2014

Understand the different costs and benefits of policy

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Unformatted text preview: ng institutions, group politics, changes in the informational and contextual environment, public opinion, elections (and how power is distributed), and political leadership, among many other things. We’ll begin to see how all of this plays out in the semester ahead. Course Learning Outcomes In this course students will: • Learn and apply social science theories of public policymaking and use them to explain the behavior, decisions, and outcomes of government policy. • Learn to think critically about the politics of the policymaking process as its carried out simultaneously in the broader American federalist system • Develop a deeper understanding of the politics and substantive issues in contemporary national politics. • Understand the different costs and benefits of policy choices and the criteria in which we should analyze public policy decisions and outcomes. • Acquire practical skills and information necessary to be an active participant in the public policymaking process—whether in a role as engaged/concerned citizen, or as a public or private professional. In addition, this course will contribute to the Political Science Program Learning Outcomes, which are expected to be reached by political science students upon graduation. • Breadth Students should possess a broad knowledge of the theory and methods of the various branches of the discipline. • Application Students should be able to apply a variety of techniques to identify, understand, and analyze domestic and international political issues and organizations. • Disciplinary methods Student should be able to formulate research questions, engage in systematic literature searches using primary and secondary sources, have competence in systematic data gathering using library sources, government documents, and data available through electronic sources, should be able to evaluate research studies, and should be able to critically analyze and interpret influential political texts. • Communication Skills Students should master basic competencies in oral and written communication skills and be able to apply these skills in the context of political science. This means communicating effectively about politics and/or public administration, public policy, and law. • Citizenship Students should acquire an understanding of the role of the citizen in...
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2014 for the course POLS 130 taught by Professor N/a during the Fall '13 term at San Jose State University .

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