Undergraduate Program:
Public Policy Courses

Course Schedules

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Course Descriptions

This list includes all regular courses offered at the Bloustein School as of July 1, 2013. Special topics courses may be found by viewing the Electronic Course Grid. Courses are taught by multiple instructors and may not be offered each semester. Check the Electronic Course Grid or faculty pages for specific syllabi.

10:833:210 Principles of Public Policy (3)

Introduction to the public policy process including federal, state, and intergovernmental decision making in the areas of environment, health care, health care, immigration reform, labor, public budgeting and others.
Credit not given for this course and 762:210.

10:833:212 Health Disparities (3)

Overview of health disparities in the United States, with a focus on the "trifecta" of inequality - race/ethnicity, socioeconomic position (SEP), and gender.
Credit not given for this course and 832:212.

10:833:215 Writing, Reasoning, and Public Policy (3)

Learn to use words accurately, think and write logically, and formulate valid and true arguments for the creation and evaluation of public policy.
Credit not given for this course and 762:215.

10:833:220 Public Economic Policy (3)
Every government decision affects some economic market, from cars to textbooks. Focus on evaluating government decisions and their effects on markets.
Credit not given for this course and 762:220.

10:833:225 US Education Policy (3)
This course provides students with an overview of educational policy with a special focus on academically at-risk populations.
Credit not given for this course and 762:225.

10:833:244 American Land Patterns (3)
Discover the diverse connections between America's national development and the land-use environment.
Credit not given for this course and 050:244 or 762:244.

10:833:298,299 Independent Study (BA,BA)
Prerequisites: A contract with a faculty sponsor and permission of the program director.

10:833:300 Writing for Professionals (3)

Formulate ideas, use critical thinking and analyze information to produce the types of appropriate, clear, and effective writing used by professionals.
Credit not given for this course and 501:300,762:300, 832:300 or 971:300.

10:833:302 Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy (3)
Focus on the origins of reproductive health policies and the ramification of their implementation. We will examine the health, political, and moral influences that impact current policies.
Credit not given for this course and 832:302.

10:833:303 Global Poverty (3)
Causes and governmental responses to urban poverty in developing nations: economic, historical, and cultural factors.
Credit not given for this course and 762:303.

10:833:304 Poverty in the United States (3)

Causes and consequences of poverty in the United States: economic, historical, and cultural factors, plus governmental solutions.
Credit not given for this course and 762:304.

10:833:310 U.S. Housing Policy (3)
Historical, economic, and social issues in housing. Focus on political and regulatory housing decision making, especially housing codes and the landlord-tenant relationship.
Credit not given for this course and 762:310.

10:833:324 Social Movements (3)
How social movements translate changing social values into political forces. Issues include democracy, environment, health, human rights, labor, peace, and women.
Credit not given for this course and 762:324.

10:833:330 Local Tax and Spend Policy (3)
This course covers the principles, policies, and practices of local government finances, including the raising and spending of tax dollars to reflect the structure, size, health, location, and service responsibilities of the local public sector.
Credit not given for this course and 762:330.

10:833:331 U.S. Social Policy (3)
The historical emergence of social policy in the United States with a focus on housing, welfare, race relations, education, intergovernmental, and environmental issues.
Credit not given for this course and 762:331.

10:833:336 Gender, Family, and Public Policy (3)
Explore women's evolving roles in the family and the labor market. Course addresses contemporary public policy debates around these changes.
Credit not given for this course and 762:336.

10:833:338 Health and Public Policy (3)
The basic machinery of policymaking and the legal processes that underpin the U.S. individual health care and public health systems. Focus on contemporary issues in health policy and law, with an emphasis on recent health care reform.
Credit not given for this course and 832:338.

10:833:340 Aging and Public Policy (3)
The implications of aging for society. Topics include ageism, diversity as it pertains to aging, and the impact of longevity on national health and social service policy.
Credit not given for this course and 762:340 or 832:340.

10:833:351 Addictions Policy (3)

Practical pharmacology and scientific nature of addiction as public health issue. Exposure to treatment facilities, mutual aid meetings, and discussions of substance abuse policies.
Credit not given for this course and 832:351.

10:833:360 Principles of Public Management (3)
Overview and understanding of the field, focusing on selected management skills and competences for effectively implementing organizational goals.
Credit not given for this course and 762:360 or 832:360.

10:833:361 Managing People and Organizations (3)
Introduction to organizational theory and concepts of management. Explore approaches that promote and hinder effective management in public and nonprofit organizations.
Credit not given for this course and 762:361 or 832:361.

10:833:362 Nonprofit Management (3)
Nonprofit organizations are essential to community well-being. This course covers the wide-ranging skills needed to manage these complex enterprises effectively while meeting mission.
Credit not given for this course and 762:362 or 832:362.

10:833:400 Professional Practice Internship (6)
A 225-hour field experience in a public policy placement. Students complete a project under the supervision of a field preceptor and a faculty supervisor. Projects are presented in a public forum.
Open to 833 majors only.

10:833:403,404 Public Policy Honors Thesis I and II (3,3)
Students develop, complete, and defend a thesis topic under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
Open to 833 students with GPAs over 3.4 and a faculty supervisor.

10:833:413 Issues in Health Disparities (3)
In-depth exploration of the key ways in which race-based health inequities are created and sustained, with a focus on structural factors in the environment.
Prerequisite 832:212 or 833:212. Credit not given for this course and 832:413.

10:833:416 Mental Health and Society (3)

Historical and contemporary policies regarding mental health care in the United States. Deinstitutionalization, public versus private care facilities, patient and consumer empowerment.
Credit not given for this course and 832:416.

10:833:417 Demography and Population Studies (3)
Basic demographic concepts, methods, and their application. Population growth, mortality, fertility, migration, and marriage patterns. Special topics include AIDS, world population growth, teen pregnancy.
Credit not given for this course and 762:417 or 832:417.

10:833:451 Environmental Economics and Policy (3)

Focus on the role of economics in environmental policy formation. Emphasis on applications to air, water, land use, and natural environments.
Credit not given for this course and 762:451.

10:833:473 Transportation Policy (3)

Major policy issues in urban transportation. Focus on transportation systems, problems, and alternative solutions in the context of political and institutional constraints.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:762:473.

10:833:476 Immigration Policy (3)

Facts and controversies surrounding immigration, including U.S. legislative history, urban and public health impacts, and racial implications.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:762:476 or 10:832:476.

10:833:480 Ethics for Planning and Public Policy (3)
Students reflect upon various ethical dilemmas facing professionals and staff who serve in the public and private sectors. The ethics codes of professional societies and government agencies are reviewed and compared.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:762:480.

10:833:495, 497, 498, 499 Special Topics (3)
Topics vary. These courses are designed to address current issues in public health. See the Bloustein School's Electronic Course Grid for active offerings.


updated September 1, 2014