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.


10:833:101 Introduction to Planning, Policy, and Health (3)
Overview of the intersection of urban planning, public health, and public policy, with an emphasis on the U.S. context.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:762:101 or 10:832:101.


10:833:205 Basic Statistical Methods for Policy, Planning, and Health (4)

Descriptive and inferential statistics, data presentation and analysis: sampling methods, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, and chi-square.

Credit not given for both this course and 10:762:205
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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 both this course and 10:762:215.


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  both this course and 10:762:220.

10:833:225 Human Development and 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 both this course and 10:762:225.

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

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 both this course and 10:832:302.

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 both this course and 10:762:304.

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 both this course and 10:762:304.

10:833:305 Principles of Public Policy (3)
Implementation of public policy including federal, state, and intergovernmental decision making. Policy areas examined include environment, health care, development, labor, and others.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:762:305.

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 both this course and 10:762:310.

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 both this course and 10:762:324.

10:833:330 Local Taxing and Spending 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 both this course and 10:762:330.

10:833:331 Urban 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 both this course and 10:762:331.

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 both this course and 10:762:336.

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 both this course and 10:762:340 or 10:832:340.

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 both this course and 10:832:351.

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 both this course and 10:762:360 or 10:832:360.

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 both this course and 10:762:361 or 10:832:361.

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 both this course and 10:762:362 or 10:832:362.

10:833:395 Research Methods (4)
Research concepts and skills applied to public health, public policy, and planning. Includes development of original and online data sources, coding, appropriate selection of statistical methods for analysis, and professional presentation of results.
Open to Bloustein School majors only.

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 public policy (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 students with GPAs over 3.4 and a faculty supervisor.

10:833:413 Health Disparities (3)
The overarching goal of this class is to provide a broad overview of health disparities in the United States, with a focus on the "trifecta" of inequality--race/ethnicity, socioeconomic position, and gender.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:832:413.

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 both this course and 10:832:416.

10:833:421 Community Development (3)
Analysis of neighborhood-based community development efforts to address housing, economic, and social issues affecting low-income communities. Students evaluate resources for community building.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:762:421.

10:833:444 American Land-Use Policy (3)
Explores the diverse connections between America's national development and its land environment. This is essentially a course in ecological history.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:050:444 or 10:762:444.

10:833:451 Environmental Policy and Regulation (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 both this course and 10:762:451.

10:833:462 Human Rights and Health (3)
Covers human rights law, its uses in wartime, the theoretical reframing of women's rights, and its application to health and health care.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:762:462 or 10:833:462.

10:833:471 Globalization and Sustainability (3)
Explore global trends in demographic, political, security, economic, technological, social, and environmental areas. Discuss challenges that such trends pose to nation-states and global players.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:762:471.

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 in 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.

10:833:483 Protecting Public Health and the Environment (3)
The policies and realities facing places trying to protect community health in the face of economic feasibility and political forces.
Credit not given for both this course and 10:762:483 or 10:832:483.

10:833:490,491 Independent Study (BA,BA)
Open to public policy (833) majors only.
Prerequisites: A contract with a faculty sponsor and permission of the program director.