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Course Schedule for PUBLIC POLICY & LAW - Fall 2016
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Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
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2378 PBPL-123-01 Fundamentals of American Law 1.00 LEC Fulco,Adrienne
Chambers JD,Joseph
R: 6:45PM-9:25PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  NOTE: This is a required course for students intending to pursue the Legal Studies minor. It is the recommended first course for students who are interested in the minor.
  NOTE: Students may not earn credit for both PBPL 113 and PBPL 123.
  NOTE: Registered students who do not attend the first class will be dropped from the course.
  This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the United States legal system. Core topics covered include: sources of law; the role of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches in the creation, implementation, and interpretation of laws ; state and federal judicial systems; civil and criminal cases; trial and appellate process; criminal law and procedure; elements of due process; safeguarding the rights of the accused; current issues confronting the criminal justice system; and an overview of torts, contracts and alternate dispute resolution. The course will also focus on legal ethics and emerging trends in the legal profession. Students will learn to read and analyze case law and statutes and acquire substantive techniques for legal writing and oral presentations.
2112 PBPL-201-01 Intro to Ameri Public Policy 1.00 LEC Fulco,Adrienne TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  NOTE: Course not open to First Year Students
  NOTE: 25 seats reserved for sophomores and 10 seats reserved for juniors.
  This course introduces students to the formal and informal processes through which American public policy is made. They will study the constitutional institutions of government and the distinct role each branch of the national government plays in the policy-making process, and also examine the ways in which informal institutions-political parties, the media, and political lobbyists-contribute to and shape the policy process.
3118 PBPL-220-01 Research and Evaluation 1.00 SEM Williamson,Abigail Fisher TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA NUM  
  Enrollment limited to 22
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Public Policy 201, Public Policy 202, or Political Science102, and permission of instructor.
  NOTE: Seats are reserved for Public Policy majors; 7 juniors, and 7 sophomores.
  Which policy interventions actually work and which fail to meet their goals? Answering this question is essential to improving public and non-profit services and securing further funding for worthwhile projects. This course aims to give students the ability to comprehend policy research and evaluation, as well as the tools to design and conduct basic qualitative and quantitative analysis. Students will apply these practical skills in assignments that ask them to design evaluations or analyze data to assess the effectiveness of policies. Topics will include data analysis using statistical software, but no previous programming experience is necessary.
3496 PBPL-245-01 Title IX: Changing Campus Cult 0.50 - 5.00 SEM Fulco,Adrienne W: 6:30PM-8:00PM TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  NOTE: Please contact Prof. Fulco for a PIN to enroll in this course.
  This course will explore the legal and policy implications of the new Title IX federal guidelines as they apply to sexual misconduct on college campuses. Students will attend four seminar sessions that consider how best to devise and implement effective policies aimed at: reducing incidents of sexual misconduct on college campuses; protecting the legal rights of both the accuser and the accused; and ensuring that institutions of higher education are in full compliance with new federal and state mandates. Students will undertake an independent research project in the form of a policy memo for their final project for the course.
3497 PBPL-264-01 Urban Policy/Politics America 1.00 LEC Moskowitz,Rachel L MW: 2:40PM-3:55PM TBA Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Public Policy 201, or permission of instructor
  This course focuses on the development of urban policies and politics and their impact on urban America. Adopting both a historical and contemporary perspective on these issues will help us understand how the historical development of cities and specific policy choices shaped the urban problems and conflicts we see today. We will also study how the distribution of urban power affects urban policy outcomes. In addition, we will explore many contemporary urban policy issues, including public education, criminal justice, public housing, neighborhood decline, preservation, and gentrification, as well as downtown economic redevelopment. Central to these urban challenges are issues of race, ethnicity, equality, and fairness. We will consider how current policies may generate both potential solutions and new unintended problems for urban America.
3566 PBPL-321-01 American Legal History 1.00 LEC Falk JD,Glenn W. TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Public Policy and Law 201 or 202, or permission of instructor.
  NOTE: 20 seats reserved for Public Policy and Law majors.
  This course focuses on key themes in law and American history from the colonial era to the early twentieth century. Topics include the English origins of American legal institutions; land, law and Native Americans; the framing of the Constitution; the emergence of the Supreme Court; slavery, westward expansion and constitutional conflict in the new republic; the rise of corporations, railroads and modern tort law; civil rights in Reconstruction; the treatment of immigrants and labor under the law. The course analyzes landmark Supreme Court decisions but also considers legal history from the bottom up, e.g., the participation of slaves, free people of color and women in the legal system of the antebellum South. Previous courses in American history and an introduction to law are strongly suggested.
2095 PBPL-323-01 The Legal History of Race Rela 1.00 SEM Stevens,Barry K.
Fulco,Adrienne
T: 6:45PM-9:25PM TBA Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Public Policy and Law 113, 123, or 201 or permission of instructor.
  NOTE: Contact Prof. Fulco for permission.
  This course will examine the interaction between the American social and legal systems in the treatment of race relations. The seminar will analyze major Supreme Court cases on equal rights and race relations with an emphasis on the historical and social contexts in which the decisions were rendered. The Socratic method will be used for many of the classes, placing importance on classroom discussion among the students and the lecturer. The goals of the course are to expose the students to the basis of the legal system and the development of civil rights legislations sharpen legal and critical analysis, improve oral expression, and develop a concise and persuasive writing style.
3615 PBPL-354-01 Politics of Education Policy 1.00 SEM Moskowitz,Rachel L MW: 11:30AM-12:45PM TBA Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Public Policy 201, or permission of instructor
  How do politics shape the development of education policy-making at all levels of government in the United States? What roles do the public, interest groups, community groups, and elected officials play in the creation of education policy? These questions will guide this course as we examine the highly political environment of education policy and the simultaneously diffuse nature of power. We will begin by studying the history and federalist structure of education in the United States. We will then explore the influence of politics on some longstanding education policy debates. These issues will guide our inquiries as we turn to an exploration of the modern era and consider some of the major policy debates of today.
3235 PBPL-398-01 Public Policy Law Intern & Sem 1.00 SEM Fulco,Adrienne
Bangser,Michael R.
M: 6:45PM-9:25PM TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  The required internship is designed to: (1) To provide students with the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to the work of an organization concerned with the making of public policy; (2) To engage students in academic projects directly linked to the internship experience and their areas of concentration in the major. To enroll in the internship students need the permission of a faculty member, who will supervise the academic work.
2314 PBPL-399-01 Independent Study 1.00 - 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment.
2167 PBPL-466-01 Teaching Assistant 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  NOTE: Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment.
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment.
2284 PBPL-490-01 Research Assistantship 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairman are required for enrollment.
2168 PBPL-497-01 Senior Thesis 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  NOTE: Submission of the special registration form, availaboe in the Registrar’s Office and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment in this single-semester thesis.
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar's Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment in this single-semester thesis. (1 course credit to be completed in one semester.)
2744 PBPL-498-01 Thesis and Colloquium 2.00 SEM Fulco,Adrienne F: 10:00AM-12:00PM TBA Y WEB  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course is designed to teach senior Public Policy and Law majors how to write a year long honors thesis. The course is designed to provide support and structure to the process of writing a thesis. Students will formulate a research question, undertake a review of the literature, develop strategies to organize their work, and familiarize themselves with the appropriate Library and Internet sources. Students will also make oral presentations of their work. This course is required of all senior Public Policy and Law majors who are writing an honors thesis.
2693 PBPL-800-01 Introduction to Public Policy 1.00 SEM Feldman,Barry M. M: 6:30PM-9:30PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This is the introductory course in public policy. It builds on the notion than an interesting reason to study public policy is that public policy making is about problem solving. It introduces and examines issues such as how we think society is better in one state than another; what means should we use to solve problems; what is government’s appropriate role in society; how should the public be engaged in solving common problems. The course will be taught from the perspective of what researchers tell us about the theory and process of making public policy, and how practitioners go about solving problems. The interesting question is whether theory informs practice, or the contrary. Or are the theory and practice of public policy making truly different? The course will explain the roles of certain government institutions and “actors” such as elected officials, appointed public managers, interest group leaders, citizens, and the media in the public policy process. An integral part of the course involves learning how to write in a concise, well-reasoned, professional manner by producing policy memos pertaining to public sector case studies as discussed in class.
3563 PBPL-832-01 Contemp Issues Education Pol 1.00 SEM Ellis,Chad D. R: 6:30PM-9:30PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Education policy is constantly shifting and is influenced by myriad social and political factors. This course examines the role of public education in American society and employs a sociological lens to the various factors influencing public education. It will follow contemporary trends in education policy at the national, state, and local level. Frequent guest speakers will provide context and perspectives on how contemporary issues are affecting various stakeholders in the area of public education.
3001 PBPL-836-01 Moral Theory and Pub Pol 1.00 SEM Wade,Maurice L. M: 6:30PM-9:30PM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  The purpose of this course is to assist students in acquiring the skill in ethical reasoning and analysis needed for mature participation in society’s continuing debates over moral issues of public concern. The course will begin by examining some types of ethical theories and will proceed to consider a number of controversial social issues. Abortion, euthanasia, racial and sexual discrimination, world hunger, treatment of animals, and capital punishment are among the topics to be considered.
3122 PBPL-840-01 Budget Mgt & Public Policy 1.00 SEM Schack,Ronald W. W: 6:30PM-9:30PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course will focus on the practical aspects of pubic budgeting, finance, and financial management in the policy making process. It will begin with the "how to's" of budget development, from estimating and projecting revenues to deconstructing expenditures in order to develop the best estimates. Where appropriate, elements of public finance theory will be introduced and discussed as it relates to practical budget and financial management Both the bonding process and the complications related to third party service provision will be addressed. We will utilize practical tools for budget and financial management, such as results-based accountability, performance contracting, and reviewing budget to actual data together with projected to actual service data on a regular basis.
3119 PBPL-846-01 Policy Analysis 1.00 SEM Fotos III,Michael M: 6:30PM-9:30PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  In policy analysis, we focus on the problems of empirical policy analysis: defining the problem, framing the questions to be answered, picking the location and scope of the study, selecting the metrics of analysis, aligning metrics with public values, collecting evidence, and transforming the evidence into data. The readings and weekly discussions are avenues for students to query themselves on the problems they must solve to advance their own research agendas. Students will complete a major project in empirical policy analysis. Enrollment limited.
3564 PBPL-849-01 Health Care Regulation&Policy 1.00 SEM Gaul,Tanya K. R: 6:30PM-9:30PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course will offer an overview of the basic concepts and principles of health care regulation and policy that are necessary to understand the health care sector in the United States. This course will focus on the purposes of health care regulation, the key components of regulation and the processes by which regulation is developed and implemented. Various spheres of health care regulation will be analyzed, including both governmental and private parties involved int he regulatory process. Emphasis will be on policy issues and conflicts that underlie health care regulation.
3607 PBPL-865-01 Media & Presidential Election 1.00 SEM McEnroe,Colin T: 6:30PM-9:30PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  In this course, students will use the current presidential election as a living laboratory as they explore the role of the media in shaping perceptions, presenting content, and providing criticism. Students will follow the election in each news medium (including the Internet), interview consultants and "spin doctors," analyze television broadcasts, including television election ads, and prepare a talk radio show. The course will focus also on such issues as media bias, corporate ownership, and FCC regulation. We will also look at the nature of "content" in the political process and how it corresponds (or doesn’t) to literary notions of "text."
2197 PBPL-940-01 Independent Study 1.00 - 2.00 IND Staff,Trinity TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Selected topics in special areas are available by arrangement with the instructor and written approval of the director of public policy studies. Contact the Office of Graduate Studies for the special approval form.
2198 PBPL-953-01 Research Project 1.00 IND Staff,Trinity TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  A research project on a special topic approved by the instructor and with the written approval of the director of public policy studies. Contact the Office of Graduate Studies for the special approval form.
2199 PBPL-954-01 Thesis Part I 1.00 IND Staff,Trinity TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Two credit thesis: start time-approval of idea, initial bibliography, and sketch of the project by pre-registration time for graduate students in the term prior to registration for the credit; first draft by reading week of the second semester, "final" first draft by end of spring vacation week; final copy due one week before the last day of classes.
2217 PBPL-955-01 Thesis Part II 1.00 IND Staff,Trinity TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
2200 PBPL-956-01 Thesis 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
3206 ECON-217-01 Econ of Health & Health Care 1.00 LEC Helming,Troy TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Economics 101.
  Analysis of the structure of health care markets using economic principles Evaluation of current health care policies and their effects on cost, access and quality. Topics covered include the production of and demand for health and medical care; information asymmetries between patients, doctors, and payers; health insurance coverage; the effects of managed care (including HMOs) on competition, efficiency, and quality; training and practice of physicians; hospitals; prescription drug pricing; government regulations; Medicare and Medicaid; health care reform.
3446 ECON-247-01 Intro to Policy Analysis 1.00 LEC Ahmed,Rasha M. MWF: 9:00AM-9:50AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 40
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Economics 101.
  This course will introduce students to the basic ingredients of policy analysis rooted in the microeconomics of externalities (social, economic, and political), public goods, common property, information failure, absence of competition, and distributional concern. This course is not open to students who have previously earned credit for Economics 306 or Economics 311.
3208 ECON-334-01 Law and Economics 1.00 LEC Helming,Troy TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  Prerequisite: C+ or better in Economics 301.
  Legal rules of property, contract and tort law create implicit prices that incentivize individuals behavior and motivate the economic approach to the study of law. This course brings together the two disciplines of economics and law to examine fundamental rules governing an exchange economy. Topics to be covered include property law, tort law (non-criminal harm or injuries), contract law and crime. Please note, this is not a course in law but in economic analysis of the law.
3403 POLS-225-01 American Presidency 1.00 LEC McMahon,Kevin J. TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  An explanation of the institutional and political evolution of the presidency with an emphasis on the nature of presidential power in domestic and foreign affairs. Attention is also given to institutional conflicts with Congress and the courts. The nature of presidential leadership and personality is also explored.
2358 POLS-301-01 American Political Parties 1.00 LEC Evans,Diana TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Political Science 102.
  NOTE: This course is methodologically focused.
  An analysis of American political parties, including a study of voting behavior, party organization and leadership, and recent and proposed reforms and proposals for reorganization of existing party structures.
3405 POLS-316-01 Con Law II:Civ Lib & Civ Ri 1.00 SEM McMahon,Kevin J. TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Public Policy 201, Public Policy 202, or Political Science102, and permission of instructor.
  An analysis and evaluation of decisions of courts (and related materials) dealing principally with freedom of expression and equal protection of the laws.
3406 POLS-316-02 Con Law II:Civ Lib & Civ Ri 1.00 SEM McMahon,Kevin J. TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Public Policy 201, Public Policy 202, or Political Science102, and permission of instructor.
  An analysis and evaluation of decisions of courts (and related materials) dealing principally with freedom of expression and equal protection of the laws.