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Course Schedule for PUBLIC POLICY & LAW - Fall 2015
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Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
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1047 PBPL-123-01 Fundamentals of American Law 1.00 LEC Fulco,Adrienne
Stevens,Tiffany L.
T: 6:45PM-9:25PM SH - N130  
  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.
2374 PBPL-123-02 Fundamentals of American Law 1.00 LEC Fulco,Adrienne
Chambers JD,Joseph
R: 6:45PM-9:25PM MC - 303  
  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.
2085 PBPL-201-01 Intro to Ameri Public Policy 1.00 LEC Fulco,Adrienne TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM SH - N129 Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 35
  This course is only open to sophomores and juniors.
  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.
3488 PBPL-220-01 Research and Evaluation 1.00 SEM Moskowitz,Rachel L TR: 2:55PM-4:10PM LIB - 03 Y NUM  
  Enrollment limited to 22
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Public Policy 201, Public Policy 202, or Political Science102, and permission of instructor.
  NOTE: Please contact Prof. Fulco for permission to enroll in this course.
  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.
3419 PBPL-245-01 Title IX: Changing Campus Cult 0.50 SEM Fulco,Adrienne
Power,Katharine G.
W: 6:30PM-8:00PM SH - S204 Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  NOTE: The seminar for this course meets only on the following dates: September 16, October 7, October 28, and November 18. Please contact Prof. Power if you need additional information.
  NOTE: This course is not open to First Year Students.
  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 have the option either to undertake an independent research project in the form of a policy memo or to enroll in the CT State certification program for sexual assault counseling and advocacy held weekly throughout the Fall term on the Trinity campus.
3418 PBPL-264-01 Urban Policy/Politics America 1.00 LEC Moskowitz,Rachel L TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM LSC - 131 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.
2062 PBPL-323-01 The Legal History of Race Rela 1.00 SEM Stevens,Barry K.
Fulco,Adrienne
T: 6:45PM-9:25PM MC - 309 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.
3547 PBPL-328-01 Constitutionl Found Pub Pol 1.00 SEM Fulco,Adrienne
Horowitz,Amy
R: 6:45PM-9:25PM MC - 305 Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  Prerequisite: Political Science 102, Public Policy and Law 201, or Public Policy and Law 202.
  NOTE: Please contact Prof. Adrienne Fulco for permission to enroll in this course.
  NOTE: 3 seats reserved for Graduate Students who will enroll in PBPL 808
  This course will examine the history, methods, and types of successful, formal, written argumentation in policy advocacy. Among the arenas explored will be courts of law, legislative bodies, and the broader field of public opinion. Most course material will be drawn from case studies.
3654 PBPL-343-01 Topics in Bioethics 1.00 SEM Fulco,Adrienne
Brown,W. Miller
M: 1:15PM-3:55PM MC - 311 SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Public Policy 201, or permission of instructor
  The aim of this seminar is to reflect critically on the ethical dimensions of rapid and profound developments in medicine and biotechnology and on the public policies that are evolving to deal with them. Topics will be chosen from among the following: the doctor-patient relationship, genetic research, therapy and enhancement, reproductive rights and technology, the ownership of human biological materials, medical decisions at the beginning and end of life, and the allocation of scarce medical resources.
2361 PBPL-344-01 Seeking JUSTICE in Amer Life 1.00 SEM Cancelled Y  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  Prerequisite: C- or better in Public Policy and Law 201 or 202, or permission of instructor.
  This course will examine basic theories of ethics (common morality), found in moral and political philosophy in order to consider the extent to which traditional ethical and moral principles govern legal, political, and private decision-making. We will begin by identifying ethical and moral principles in our founding documents before proceeding with the main work of the course, which is to examine the ethical and moral reasoning behind legal and policy decisions, business decisions, and personal decisions. Among the diverse subjects that will be discussed are physician-assisted suicide, the death penalty, buying and selling of body parts, human cloning, legalizing drugs, affirmative action, national service in war, hate speech and political dissent, wealth and income distribution including disbursing public money to private business, individual rights versus the needs of the community, torture, truth and lying in private and public, equality and inequality, drug-enhancement in sports, immoral behavior on the part of public figures.
3373 PBPL-352-01 Art and the Public Good 1.00 SEM Power,Katharine G. TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM AAC - 231 ART  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  NOTE: Students who have earned credit for PBPL 263 may not enroll in PBPL 352.
  Is art a public good? Is government good for art? Students will explore these questions by examining what happens when U.S. taxpayer dollars are used to fund the arts. Course topics will include: the depression era federal arts projects and the dream of a "cultural democracy" that inspired them; the State Department's export of art across the globe during the Cold War era; the legal and congressional battles over offensive art that threatened to shut down the National Endowment for the Arts during the 1990s; and former Mayor Giuliani's attempt to withdraw funding from the Brooklyn Museum of Art following public outcry over a provocative depiction of the Virgin Mary.
3628 PBPL-398-01 Public Policy Law Intern & Sem 1.00 SEM Bangser,Michael R. M: 6:45PM-9:25PM MC - 205 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.
2301 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.
2144 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.
2271 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.
2145 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.)
2828 PBPL-498-01 Thesis and Colloquium 2.00 SEM Fulco,Adrienne TBA 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.
2766 PBPL-800-01 Introduction to Public Policy 1.00 SEM Feldman,Barry M. M: 6:30PM-9:30PM LSC - 135  
  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.
3551 PBPL-808-01 Constutional Foundatns Pub Pol 1.00 LEC Fulco,Adrienne
Horowitz,Amy
R: 6:45PM-9:25PM MC - 305 Y  
  Enrollment limited to 3
  NOTE: Please contact Prof. Fulco for permission to enroll.
  This course will examine the history, methods, and types of successful, formal, written argumentation in policy advocacy. Among the arenas explored will be courts of law, legislative bodies, and the broader field of public opinion. Most course material will be drawn from case studies.
3485 PBPL-827-01 Education Law 1.00 SEM Ellis,Chad D. R: 6:30PM-9:30PM MC - 309  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course is designed for those interested in an introduction to and overview of education law. It will provide a survey of statute and case law related to the structure and organization of schools and districts, constitutional law in schools, teacher and student rights, special education, and school finance. Our discussions will focus not only on the legal foundations but the social implications of education law. Of particular note will be the ways in which law can both help and inhibit efforts to build greater equity in education.
3340 PBPL-836-01 Moral Theory and Pub Pol 1.00 SEM Wade,Maurice L. M: 6:30PM-9:30PM MC - 311 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.
3492 PBPL-840-01 Budget Mgt & Public Policy 1.00 SEM Schack,Ronald W. W: 6:30PM-9:30PM SH - S205  
  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.
3489 PBPL-846-01 Policy Analysis 1.00 SEM Fotos III,Michael T: 6:30PM-9:30PM MC - 305  
  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.
2917 PBPL-891-01 Health Policy 1.00 SEM Hughes,James J. R: 6:30PM-9:30PM SH - T121  
  Enrollment limited to 15
  This course addresses current major U.S. health policy issues and the critical processes and forces that shape them. Major health policy issues addressed include: Medicare, Medicaid, the uninsured, public health, the impact of welfare policy on health care, managed care development and regulation, state and federal health care reform and others. The course discusses the politics of health policy in terms of legislative and executive processes at the state and federal level; key forces involved including economic, social, ethical and political factors; and central players of importance, including special interest groups, lobbyists, the press, elected officials, legislative staff and public agencies.
2177 PBPL-940-01 Independent Study 1.00 - 2.00 IND TBA 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.
2178 PBPL-953-01 Research Project 1.00 IND TBA 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.
2179 PBPL-954-01 Thesis Part I 1.00 IND TBA 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.
2197 PBPL-955-01 Thesis Part II 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
2180 PBPL-956-01 Thesis 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15
3591 ECON-217-01 Econ of Health & Health Care 1.00 LEC Helming,Troy TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM 70VS - 301 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.
3593 ECON-334-01 Law and Economics 1.00 LEC Helming,Troy TR: 1:30PM-2:45PM MC - 213 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.
3333 PHIL-246-01 Hum Rgts: Phil Foundations 1.00 LEC Marcano,Donna TR: 10:50AM-12:05PM 70VS - SEM GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  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.
2351 POLS-301-01 American Political Parties 1.00 LEC Evans,Diana TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM MC - 307 SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 19
  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.
2921 RELG-267-01 Religion and the Media 1.00 LEC Silk,Mark R. TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM HIL - DININGROOM HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 30
  Western religion, and Christianity in particular, has always put a premium on employing the available techniques of mass communication to get its message out. But today, many religious people see the omnipresent “secular” media as hostile to their faith. This course will look at the relationship between religion and the communications media, focusing primarily on how the American news media have dealt with religion since the creation of the penny press in the 1830s. Attention will also be given to the ways that American religious institutions have used mass media to present themselves, from the circulation of Bibles and tracts in the 19th century through religious broadcasting beginning in the 20th century to the use of the Internet today. (May be counted toward American studies and public policy studies.)