Public Policy Courses
R Pub 140
(= R Pos 140) Introduction to Public Policy (3)
to theories of how democracies make public policy. Describes the roles of
government institutions, the media, and interest groups in the policy process.
Reviews current theories of how problems are identified and how policies are
formulated, enacted, and implemented to address public problems.
one of R Pub 140 and R Pos 140 may be taken for credit.
R Pub 300
Public Administration and Policy (1)
students, R Pub credit used to designate an existing 300-level Pub or Pad
course as taken for honors credit and entailing an additional research and
writing component to be determined by course instructor. Must be taken three
separate occasions in at least three separate 300 level or above Pub or Pad
classes to meet Honors requirements. Prerequisite(s): Must accompany enrollment
in Pub or Pad 300-level course.
R Pub 301
The Philosophy of Public Policy (3)
the various theoretical approaches to the study of public policy and of the
ethical, epistemological, ideological, and logical problems encountered in an
examination of the claims of contemporary policy science. Prerequisite(s): R
Pos 101 or 101Z and R Pos 240 or R Pub 240.
R Pub 303
(= R Pad 304 & R Pos 303) Public Policy in Theory and Practice (3)
theoretical foundations of public policy research, of alternative models of
public policy formation, their methodologies, and the relationship between the
theory and practice of the policy sciences. Inquiries into the practice of
public policy; focuses on actual policies in a substantive area. Only one of R
Pad 304, R Pub 303 & R Pos 303 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): R
Pos 101 or 101Z or R Pos 240 or R Pub 240, or junior or senior class standing.
R Pub 316
Methodological Tools for Public Policy (3)
to research design, statistics, and computer usage in public policy with an
emphasis on the interpretation of results. Students examine experimental, quasi-experimental
and nonexperimental research designs, summarize and present univariate
distributions, perform bivariate and multivariate analyses including simple
cross-tabulations and multiple regression analysis, and learn to use a computer
to perform statistical and data management operations. Required for public
affairs majors. Prerequisite(s): R Pad 204.
R Pub 321
(= R Pos 321; formerly R Pub 205) State and Local Government (3)
is on intergovernmental relations; the interdependent roles of governors,
legislatures, and courts in policymaking and implementation; the organization,
functions, and jurisdiction of local governments; interaction of political
parties and interest groups with formal institutions and processes; and
problems in selected functional areas. Emphasis will be placed upon
socio-economic trends leading to change in state and local governments,
consequent issues raised, and proposals made in response to such issues.
Prerequisite(s): R Pos 101 or 101Z. Only one of R Pos 321 and R Pub 321 may be
taken for credit.
R Pub 325
(= R Pos 325) The Government and Politics of New York State (3)
to the major political governmental institutions in New York. Examines the
executive, legislative and judicial branches of government; the nature of
parties and election, and of selected policy questions. Only one of R Pos 325
& R Pub 325 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): R Pos 205.
R Pub 328
(= R Pos 328) Law and Public
the role of the courts in the public policy process and in substantive policy
fields; integrates the literature of law and policy and applies it to such
areas as mental health care, corrections, human resources, education, and
housing policy. Prerequisite(s): R Pos 240 or junior or senior class standing.
R Pub 330
Topics in American Public Policy History (3)
will introduce students to the field of public policy history. The specific
issues covered will vary by semester, but they will include the history of key
domestic programs since the New Deal as well as the evolution of central
policymaking institutions such as the U.S. Congress. S/U grading.
R Pub 340
(= R Pos 340) Introduction to Policy Analysis (3)
analysis involves advising policy makers about political, technical, and
implementation feasibility of their options. This course will introduce
students to different roles played by analysts, techniques of analysis. and to
the range of generic policy implements. Only one of R Pos 340 & R Pub 340
may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): R Pos 101 or 101Z.
R Pub 350
(= R Pos 350) Comparative Public Policy (3)
the processes, content, and impact of public policy in both developed and
underdeveloped, socialist and nonsocialist countries. Only one of R Pub 350
& R Pos 350 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): R Pos 101 or 101Z or
R Pos 240 or R Pub 240, or junior or senior class standing.
R Pub 395
(= R Pos 395) International Political Economy (3)
trade conflicts and impact of economic nationalism on global economy.
Emphasizes U.S. policy formulation in recent decades, trade protection and
economic nationalism as exercised in U.S. domestic and foreign policy. Only one
of R Pub 395 & R Pos 395 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): R Pos
101 or 101Z or R Pos 101 or R Pub 240, or junior or senior class standing.
R Pub 396
(= R Pos 396) Energy Policy, Domestic and International (3)
present and future shortfall of energy supplies, availability of fuel sources
to replace imported oil or U.S. energy production, and conflicts between OPEC,
OECD consumers, and U.S. government. Projects future conflict over energy
controls within and between nation states. Only one of R Pub 396 & R Pos
396 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): R Pos 101 or 101Z or R Pos 240 or
R Pub 240, or junior or senior class standing.
R Pub 398
(= R Pos 398) Comparative National Security Policy (3)
The purpose of
this course is to introduce students to the major theoretical explanations for
the foundation and implementation of national security policy. The course will
focus of two central questions. First, what determines the basic security
strategy of different states? Second, once this strategy is mapped, how do
different states translate strategy into particular defense policies? A variety
of historical cases will be used to determine which theories best answer these
questions. Prerequisite(s): none. Only one of R Pos 398 & R Pub 398 may be
taken for credit.
R Pub 399
(= R Pos 399) Selected Topics (3)
of selected topics in political science and/or public policy. Specific topics
selected and announced by the instructor when offered. May be repeated once if
the selected topic is substantively changed. Prerequisite(s): R Pos 101 and
102, and permission of instructor.
406Z (= R Pos 406Z) Implementation and Impact (3)
the process by which policies are put into effect and alterations during that
process; effects, intended and unintended; and feedback into further policy
making. Implementation and impact of legislative, administrative and judicial
policies, in particular policy areas. Only one of R Pub 406Z & R Pos
406Z may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): R Pos 101 or 101Z and R Pos 240
or R Pub 240. [WI]
410Z (= R Pos 410Z) Minorities and the Politico-Legal System (3)
minority problems that appear in connection with the politico-legal system.
Considers legislative, administrative, and judicial responses and explores
alternative public policy options. Only one of R Pub 410Z & R Pos 410Z may
be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): R Pos 101 or 101Z, or junior or senior
class standing. [WI]
R Pub 414
(= R Pad 414) Analysis in Public Administration (3)
operations and techniques used in systems analysis. Examples are used to
demonstrate how these analytical methods can be employed to make more informed
policy decisions. Only one of R Pub 414 & R Pad 414 may be taken for
credit. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing.
R Pub 465
(= R Pad 465) Hudson River Watershed: Environment, Society, and Policy (3)
consideration of Hudson River and its watershed from environmental perspective:
history, political, social, economic, geographic and demographic factors; urban
development; ecology; geologic origins; living resources; pollution;
environmentalism and cultural forces leading to environmentalism; environmental
policy, governmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions.
R Pub 494
Honors Research (3-6)
To be taken in
the Fall of the Senior year or the Spring of the Junior year. Student will
engage in guided research mentored by a faculty member designated by student
and approved by the Director of Undergraduate Public Policy Program in order to
generate the research necessary to complete their honors thesis.
Prerequisite(s): Pub Honors standing.
R Pub 495
Honors Seminar (3)
To be taken in
the fall of the senior year or the spring of the junior year. A seminar
designed to explain the nature of research, including developing a thesis,
applying a research design, and collecting data to support hypotheses. The
seminar develops these skills while highlighting the dominant intellectual
arguments occurring currently in the area of public policy research.
Prerequisite(s): PUB Honors standing.
R Pub 496
Honors Thesis (3-6)
To be taken in
the fall or spring of the senior year. Each student must complete a 25 to 30
page honors thesis. This paper should involve original research on a topic
related to public policy. It should have a clearly defined thesis statement, a
review of the existing literature on the chosen topic, original evidence
offered to support the thesis, consideration of alternative rival hypothesis,
and a conclusion of the consequence for public policy research of these
findings. The paper is to be created in conjunction with a faculty mentor
approved by the Director of Public Policy (and the paper may be co-authored
with the chosen faculty mentor). Prerequisite(s): Pub Honors standing.
R Pub 497
Independent Study (1-6)
Reading or research
under the direction of appropriate faculty. Prerequisite(s): R Pub 240 or R Pos
240, or junior or senior class standing; and permission of instructor and
R Pub 498
Internship in Public Affairs (3)
the selected core concentration of the public affairs major. By participating
with specific learning objectives in an agency or organization, the student is
afforded an opportunity to test—in a nonacademic setting—the concepts and
theoretical orientations examined in the classroom. Students are expected to
take advantage of the internship opportunity to relate their experience to the
generalized literature in the field. Limited to students in the public affairs
major and is normally taken in the last year of the program. Internships are open
only to qualified juniors and seniors who have an overall grade point average
of 2.50 or higher. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor. S/U
R Pub 499Z (=
R Pad 499) Senior Seminar in Public Affairs (3)
examination of selected problems in public affairs. Students are expected to
write a substantial research paper demonstrating analytic sophistication and
knowledge of the relevant scholarly literature. Specific topics are designated
by arrangement with the instructor. Limited to public affairs majors. Only one
of R Pub 499 & R Pad 499 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s):
permission of instructor. [OD WI]