Introduction to Public Policy
This is the foundational course for all public policy studies at Gettysburg College through which we begin studying why, how, when, and where stakeholders coordinate and respond to publicly defined problems. We start with fundamental policy theories and concepts, and then move through study of each stage of the policymaking cycle. We study problem definition, agenda setting and prioritization, planning, legitimation, implementation, assessment, evaluation, and policy revision. We explore how various value systems, cultures, religions, and ethical constructs influence each of these components of the policy cycle. The first portion of the course takes a generalist approach, and then we survey a variety of policy arenas, including education, environmental, foreign, health, housing, justice, and voting policy. Throughout the course, we also prepare stakeholder analysis, implementation evaluation, outcome and impact analysis, and a white paper. Prerequisite: POL 101, 103, 104 or 4 on AP Gov Exam.
Advanced Public Policy Analysis
Interactive course combining study of fundamental texts with student-led research projects. Students learn how public policy problems are defined and policy responses are developed, evaluated, and implemented. Students work intensively with the professor to apply these principles to an issue that interests them. The final output is a comprehensive white paper on the issue and recommended policy response.
Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Topics differ each year. Students read a common core of literature in the field of Public Policy as well as specific readings on the seminar topic. Students also produce a major research project. Prerequisite: POL 221.