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PO 340 Public Policy
Brecke, Ronald


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

PO 340 Public Policy

Semester

SP 2013 HO

Faculty

Brecke, Ronald

Office Location

MC 20A

Office Hours

M, 10-12: T, 11:30-1:00; W, 10-12; R, 11:30-1:00

Daytime Phone

584-6346

E-Mail

rbrecke@park.edu

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

12:00 - 1:15 PM

Prerequisites

none

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

Peters, American Public Policy, ninth edition.

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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Course Description:
PO 340 Public Policy: Policies and functions of American government with the emphasis on the policy problems confronting the United States and process of policy making. 3:0:3
 
 

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

  1. Describe the policymaking processes at the national, state and local levels of government.
  2. Describe the influences over those policymaking processes including: executive leadership, interest group, and constituent pressures.
  3. Understand the policy choices in such areas as: economics, crime, military affairs, education, health, welfare, infrastructure and so on.


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
 

                        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%

                        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%

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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

 

CALENDAR

January

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.

            Ch. 2

30        Policy making models

            Ch. 3 thru p.52

February

4.         cont.

            Finish Ch. 3

6          cont.

11        Setting the agenda

            Ch. 4, to p.80

13        Decision making.

            Finish Ch.4

18        no class           

20        Decision making cont.

25        Rational decision making: in class group assignment.

27        Jungian theory, cost-benefit model.

March

4          Policy adoption.

            Ch. 5

            Critical Path Method Assignment Due.

6          Implementation.

            Ch. 6 thru p.130

11-13 spring break

18        Implementation cont.

            Finish Ch.6

20        Budgeting

            Budgeting exercise due, and group discussion in class.

25        Monetary and Fiscal Policy

            Ch. 7 thru p.160

27        Budgeting cont.

            Finish Ch. 7

April

1          Collective bargaining group meeting in class.

3          Evaluation

            Ch. 8 to p.200

8          cont.

            Finish Ch. 8

10        Substantive Policy Discussions for the rest of the semester, to be determined by the class.

15        Manville case study due.

17

22

24

29

May 1

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.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

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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