PO 340 Public Policy
SP 2013 HO
M, 10-12: T, 11:30-1:00; W, 10-12; R, 11:30-1:00
12:00 - 1:15 PM
Peters, American Public Policy, ninth edition.
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This course is designed to introduce the student to the art of public policy making in the United States. We will focus upon the process of public policy making and we will examine the outcomes of the process, the role of the citizen in the process, how policy analysis is conducted and what the major policy decisions are that currently face the United States.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
90-100=A Participation 20%
80-89 =B Case Study 25%
70-79 =C Decision Making Group 10%
60-69 =D Collective Bargaining Group 20% 0-59 =F Budget Exercise 20% Critical Path Exercise 5%
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND POLICIES
1. Attend classes regularly. EACH unexcused absences will lower your final grade by 2%. There are no excused absences. You may regain one point for your cumulative grade by handing in a typed summary of the reading for each day you miss. These summaries are due one week after the class is missed. They will not be accepted for credit after that time. If you are missing a lot of classes due to health, consider dropping the course, or taking an incomplete for the course.
2. Students are responsible for all material covered in class while they are absent.
3. Be prepared for class. Have the reading assignment finished for each class (see the attached reading list). The course presentation includes both lectures and discussions. 20% of your final grade will be determined by your in-class discussions.
4. A case study paper is required for this course. Details will be given in a separate handout.
5. Cheating or plagiarism will result in an “F” for the course.
6. No portable telephones or pagers are allowed on in class except for security or emergency medical personnel.
7. Course grades will be determined on the following bases:
90-100=A Participation 20%
8. If you have any problems or questions please come and see me, call me, or email me.
9. Any student with special needs or a disability in the classroom environment should come and see me immediately after the first class.
10. No assignments, except the final exam, will be accepted after April 28, 2010.
11. I will respond to emails during office hours.
12. No assignments will be accepted via email.
13. All assignments are due at the start of class on the due date.
14. Students are responsible for maintaining a close watch on ecompanion.
15. A final exam may be given at the instructor’s discretion.
14 Intro to course
16 Definitions, Reasons for studying public policy.
Ch. 1 thru p.13
21 No class
23 Reasons for public policy. The environment of public policy.
Finish Ch. 1
28 Structure of policy making.
30 Policy making models
Ch. 3 thru p.52
Finish Ch. 3
11 Setting the agenda
Ch. 4, to p.80
13 Decision making.
18 no class
20 Decision making cont.
25 Rational decision making: in class group assignment.
27 Jungian theory, cost-benefit model.
4 Policy adoption.
Critical Path Method Assignment Due.
Ch. 6 thru p.130
11-13 spring break
18 Implementation cont.
Budgeting exercise due, and group discussion in class.
25 Monetary and Fiscal Policy
Ch. 7 thru p.160
27 Budgeting cont.
Finish Ch. 7
1 Collective bargaining group meeting in class.
Ch. 8 to p.200
Finish Ch. 8
10 Substantive Policy Discussions for the rest of the semester, to be determined by the class.
15 Manville case study due.
FINAL EXAM, MAY 6, 10:00
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
Disability Guidelines:Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .
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