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Course Schedule for PUBLIC POLICY & LAW - Fall 2018
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Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
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2273 PBPL-123-01 Fundamentals of American Law 1.00 LEC Falk, Glenn MW: 2:40PM-3:55PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 25
  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: Registered students who do not attend the first class will be dropped from the course.
  NOTE: 10 seats reserved for juniors, 15 for sophomores. Course is not open to seniors or first semester students without permission of instructor
  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.
2057 PBPL-201-01 Intro to Ameri Public Policy 1.00 LEC Fulco, Adrienne TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 29
  NOTE: Course not open to First Year Students
  NOTE: 25 seats reserved for sophomores and 4 seats by instructor consent.
  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.
3684 PBPL-204-01 Free Speech, Art & Censorship 1.00 SEM Power, Katharine MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  How free are artists from the threat of censorship? How free should they be? Does the Free Speech amendment of the Constitution vigorously protect artistic expression even when art provokes and offends? Should certain kinds of art be subject to restriction for a larger social Good? Can art function as a form of hate speech? These are some of the questions that will guide a study of the First Amendment's free speech guarantee as it pertains to art and artists. Students will become acquainted with relevant court decisions while exploring such topics as: sexually explicit art and the First Amendment's obscenity exception; rap lyrics, violence, and true threats doctrine; and recent attempts to censor art on the grounds that it violates the dignity and well-being of certain groups of individuals. Not open to students who completed FYSM 226.
2708 PBPL-220-01 Research and Evaluation 1.00 SEM Williamson, Abigail TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA NUM  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Public Policy and Law 201 or 202, or permission of instructor.
  NOTE: 12 seats reserved for PBPL majors
  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.
2859 PBPL-245-01 Title IX: Changing Campus Cult 1.00 SEM Fulco, Adrienne TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  C- or better in Public Policy and Law 123 or 201, or permission of instructor
  NOTE: PBPL 245 is a good choice for first year students with a strong high school background in American politics and government. You may email Prof. Fulco if you have questions about the class: adrienne.fulco@trincoll.edu
  This course will explore the legal and policy implications of the new Title IX federal guidelines as they apply to equity in athletics and sexual misconduct on college campuses. During the course of the term we will consider how best to devise and implement effective policies aimed at: increasing equity in college athletics; reducing incidents of sexual misconduct on college campuses; protecting the legal rights of all parties to administrative hearings; ensuring that institutions of higher education are in full compliance with new federal and state mandates. Trinity’s Title IX Coordinator, will periodically join in our class discussions.
2886 PBPL-321-01 American Legal History 1.00 LEC Falk, Glenn TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM 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.
2042 PBPL-323-01 The Legal History of Race Rela 1.00 SEM Stevens, Barry T: 6:45PM-9:25PM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Public Policy and Law 123, 201, 202 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.
3236 PBPL-334-01 Journalism&Public Good in Amer 1.00 SEM Silk, Mark W: 6:30PM-9:30PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Public Policy and Law 201 or 202, or permission of instructor.
  Alexis de Tocqueville considered newspapers essential to democracy in America, but from the days of Cotton Mather and John Peter Zenger to those of Fox News and WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, the news media have been a source of controversy and contention. This seminar will explore the place of journalism in American civic life by examining both the history of the law governing journalistic enterprise and the evolution of the news media as social and political actors. Topics to be discussed will include the nature of news, libel law, national security as a basis for censorship, public reason, the economics of journalism, and the new media environment.
3506 PBPL-340-01 Republicanism Ancient & Modern 1.00 LEC Smith, Gregory TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 29
  The Republican Tradition is traced by most scholars back to Greece and the different regimes in Sparta and Athens. All of the pre-Modern Republics had in common that they were small, warlike, and homogeneous. But after the fall of Rome, the Republican Tradition went into eclipse for almost 1,500 years. The conscious search for a distinctively Modern Republican alternative, which was to be large, prosperous, less warlike and less homogeneous began with Machiavelli and traces itself through a variety of thinkers down to Montesquieu, Locke and the American Founding. There is another distinctively Modern permutation of the Republican Tradition that we will consider as exemplified by Rousseau and the French Revolution. The course will explore the nature of pre-Modern Republicanism but will focus on the distinctive nature of the rise and perfection of the Modern Liberal variant of Republicanism.
2750 PBPL-398-01 Public Policy Law Intern & Sem 1.00 SEM Fulco, Adrienne
Bangser, Michael
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.
2221 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.
2099 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.
2193 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.
2100 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.)
2562 PBPL-498-01 Thesis and Colloquium 2.00 SEM Fulco, Adrienne F: 12:00PM-2:00PM 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.
2517 PBPL-800-01 Principles and Practice 1.00 SEM Staff, Trinity W: 6:30PM-9:30PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course will focus on both micro- and macro-level elements of the public policy process, from problem identification through post-implementation evaluation. In addition to core theoretical text-based discussion, students will be exposed to models of research and reporting used in the various fields of public policy. Students will apply their learning through case-study analysis. They will be required to complete an independent research project through which they will examine a particular area of policy (e.g., healthcare, education, housing, etc.) and to analyze a specific program through one or more of the lenses discussed in class.
3724 PBPL-806-01 Methods of Research 1.00 LEC Fotos, Michael MW: 8:30AM-9:45AM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course is intended to empower students to evaluate common forms of research critically, and to give them some experience in conducting research. Through a series of weekly assignments and class projects, students will be introduced to the shaping of research questions; hypothesis testing, writing a research paper, conducting interviews and surveys, giving a professional presentation, and presenting simple tabular data to prove a point. The course does not require an extensive mathematics background. Regular attendance and access to a computer, e-mail, and the Internet are expected.
3723 PBPL-815-01 The Policy & Pol of Educ Fin 1.00 SEM Ellis, Chad W: 6:30PM-9:30PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  One of the most important and contentious elements of education policy involves finance. Funding battles at the federal, state, and local levels have a direct impact on students, teachers, and schools. The sources of revenue, funding formulas, and budget priorities have implications not only for the operation of schools but for equity and social justice. This course will examine the legal, practical, and moral/ethical elements of education finance and efforts to reform the system. It will blend traditional seat time with online components and field work.
2690 PBPL-836-01 Moral Theory and Pub Pol 1.00 SEM Wade, Maurice 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.
2884 PBPL-849-01 Health Care Regulation&Policy 1.00 SEM Gaul, Tanya 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.
3738 PBPL-860-01 Public Management 1.00 SEM Staff, Trinity T: 6:30PM-9:30PM TBA  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course will survey the core principles and practices of management in the public sector. Many modern commentators have argued that public institutions must be "run like a business" to achieve its mission in an efficient and accountable way. Is this argument valid? If not, how must the management of public institutions adapt or depart from basic business principles? Course readings will focus on key elements of successful management in the public sphere, including financial and budgetary oversight, capital planning, public transparency and inclusion, and workforce management. Students will engage with course material through a series of short essays or policy memoranda, an independent research project analyzing the management of an individual public institution or agency, and making recommendations for enhancements to its management structure and practices.
2119 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.
2120 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.
2121 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.
2139 PBPL-955-01 Thesis Part II 1.00 IND Staff, Trinity TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
2122 PBPL-956-01 Thesis 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
2737 ECON-217-01 Econ of Health & Health Care 1.00 LEC Ruiz Sanchez, Gerardo MWF: 11:00AM-11:50AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 39
  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.
3538 PHIL-246-01 Hum Rgts: Phil Foundations 1.00 LEC Marcano, Donna-Dale MW: 1:15PM-2:30PM TBA GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 29
  This course will survey and critically assess arguments in favor of the existence of human rights, arguments about the legitimate scope of such rights (who has human rights and against whom such rights can legitimately be claimed), and arguments about which rights ought to be included in any complete account of human rights. Specific topics will include (but not necessarily be limited to) the philosophical history of human rights discourse, cultural relativist attacks on the universality of human rights, debates concerning the rights of cultural minorities to self-determination, and controversies concerning whether human rights should include economic and social rights.
3742 POLS-301-01 American Political Parties 1.00 LEC Evans, Diana TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 18
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Political Science 102.
  NOTE: This course satisfies the Sophomore/Junior seminar requirement. Closed to seniors.
  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.