Public Policy

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Introduction to Public Policy Syllabus

Published: Apr 04, 2020 Contributor:Peter Levine

Content Type: Teaching Material

Objectives To learn to analyze institutions and develop strategies that improve the world by changing these institutions or creating new ones. A good strategy must be just (which requires normative argument), effective, and politically viable. Summary of Content The class will first investigate

Public Policy Project

Published: Apr 06, 2020 Contributor:Josue Franco

Content Type: Teaching Material

Inspiring publicly spirited and scholarly minded students means utilizing our knowledge of political ideals, institutions, and behaviors, and exploring the lifecycle of public policies – their formation, effectuation, and reformation – in the context of a diversifying society and economy. The Pub

Mapping Policy Issues: A Simple, Active-Learning Exercise for Critical Thinking

Published: Apr 04, 2020 Contributor:Richard Holtzman

Content Type: Teaching Material

Many students in my undergraduate American politics courses struggle to see policy issues as complex. Too often, they get stuck making surface-level observations or jumping straight to personal opinions, falling far short of critical thinking. This short "how to" article introduces an active-learnin

Politics of Disaster in the Middle East and Beyond Syllabus

Published: Apr 08, 2020 Contributor:Sarah Parkinson

Content Type: Teaching Material

This course examines the politics of natural and man-made disasters, including war, forced migration, drought, famine, earthquakes, tsunamis, storms, and epidemics. Focusing on the Middle East, it also presents comparative cases from Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and North America. In doing so,

Saving Our Fiscal Ship Simulation and Writing Assignment

Published: Apr 16, 2020 Contributor:Cammy Shay

Content Type: Teaching Material

Saving Our Fiscal Ship is an assignment based on student experiences with a robust budget simulation. The simulation calls on students to choose policy positions that reflect different partisan goals. In doing so, students apply knowledge learned in a lower-division American Government/U.S. Politics

American Politics: Descriptive & Substantive Representation Discussion Assignment

Published: May 15, 2020 Contributor:Anita Chadha

Content Type: Teaching Material

The P4 program produces innovative teaching materials based on cutting-edge political science research. We created materials for a guided discussion that will take place over the course of two or more 75-minute class periods. The materials are crafted to be scalable so that they can be used in a va

Race, Law and Politics Syllabus

Published: Jul 24, 2020 Contributor:Dewey Clayton

Content Type: Teaching Material

Political institutions since the seventeenth century have shaped the meaning of race in the United States. In turn, attempts to maintain or change the significance of race have shaped those institutions, and all phases of the political process. Today, in some ways as much as ever, U.S. society is fu

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