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Course Listing for PUBLIC POLICY & LAW - Summer 2021 (ALL: 06/01/2021 - 08/05/2021)
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1015 PBPL-800-01 Principles and Practice 1.00 SEM Staff, Trinity TBA TBA Q2
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person  
  This course will focus on both micro- and macro-level elements of the public policy process, from problem identification through post-implementation evaluation. In addition to core theoretical text-based discussion, students will be exposed to models of research and reporting used in the various fields of public policy. Students will apply their learning through case-study analysis. They will be required to complete an independent research project through which they will examine a particular area of policy (e.g., healthcare, education, housing, etc.) and to analyze a specific program through one or more of the lenses discussed in class.
1018 PBPL-817-01 Education and Immigration 1.00 SEM Chambers, Stefanie TBA TBA SOC Q1
  Enrollment limited to 9 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person  
    Cross-listing: POLS-304-01
  This course is designed to introduce students to urban educational policy, with particular focus on the major issues and challenges facing urban and suburban policymakers. After a brief overview of the shape and history of the American school system, we will move toward considering a variety of different perspectives on why it has proven so difficult to improve America's schools. We will examine standards-based, market-driven, professionally-led and networked models of reform, looking at their theories of change, implementation challenges, and the critiques leveled against these approaches. We will examine a variety of recent reform efforts at both the federal and state levels. Special attention will be paid to the ways in which immigration and educational policy interact.
1017 PBPL-830-01 Federal Courts & Public Policy 1.00 SEM Fulco, Adrienne TBA TBA SOC Q1
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person  
  Over the past 30 years, the Supreme Court has been called upon to resolve many important and often controversial public policy questions. The purpose of this course is two-fold: (1) to familiarize students with the role of the federal courts as a policy making institutions; and (2) to carefully analyze actual cases as a means of assessing the scope of the Court's power to shape public policy, especially in areas where there is little political consensus. Readings will include texts and articles on the role of the federal courts and several of the recent court cases.
1016 PBPL-870-01 Polarization and Policy-Making 1.00 SEM Staff, Trinity TBA TBA SOC Q2
  Enrollment limited to 18 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person  
  This course will examine the interaction between policy and polarization. We will first survey the contours and history of polarization in America with a focus on the development of the national political parties. We will then examine the interaction of policy making and polarization at the national and state levels: how does polarization affect policy making at the national and state levels; how does policy affect polarization; why have some states become more polarized than others; and how does that polarization affect policy making at the state level? Finally, we will assess the relationship between policy making and polarization at the national and state levels using the case studies of health care and abortion.