2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Foundations of Public Policy

Fall quarter

Faculty: Laurance Geri public administration

Fall: CRN (Credit) Level 10315 (4 GR)  

Credits: 4(F)

Class Standing: Graduate

Offered During: Evening



This course provides an overview of the concepts and issues in the field of public policy.  As the first course in the TESC MPA Policy Concentration, it is intended to provide an introduction to the study of public policy processes and to the practice of policy analysis.  We consider the economic and political rationales offered for public intervention in our society and economy, and critique the many models analysts have created to describe the policy process.  The course emphasizes two contrasting approaches to policy analysis-a classic approach epitomized by rational, benefit cost analysis, and an interpretive model that features deliberative processes at the core of democratic systems of governance.  Comparing and contrasting these models, we seek to provide guidance for future policy analysts in our representative democracy, in a system where marginalized groups still find it difficult to gain entrée to the policy process.


Maximum Enrollment: 20

Advertised Schedule: 6-10p Wed

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

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