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  Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy 2003-2005 Public Policy Program Course Listing  

Course Listing
34:833:510Public Policy Formation (3) Formulation and implementation of public policy, with emphasis on federal policy making, models for policy choice, and intergovernmental policy problems. Analysis of the formulation and implementation of a governmental program.
34:833:520Legislative Policy Making (3) Exploration of legislatures as political institutions responsible for policy making in the American states. Consideration of the role of legislators, lobbyists, governors, and the media.
34:833:521Mass Media, Public Opinion, and Public Policy (3) Role and impact of the mass media, the nature and expression of public opinion, and how these feed into the development and implementation of public policy in the American political system.
34:833:522Public Policy Advocacy (3) Role and process of organized advocacy by private interests in the formation and implementation of public policy. Strategies and methods used to influence the policy process.
34:833:523New Jersey Politics and Policy (3) Influence of the political process on public policy. Comparisons with other states.
34:833:524Ethics in Public Policy (3) Examines issues in the ethics of policy professionals, focusing on the normative and conceptual aspects of problems that arise for individuals and institutions within a constitutional democracy.
34:833:525Decision Making for Public Policy (3) Changes in policy making over the last several decades. Examples include the environment, welfare reform, law enforcement, and health care. The budget as a policy making "engine" at both the federal and state levels.
34:833:530Research Design and Data Analysis for Public Policy (3) Scientific method of study, the processes of conceptualization and measurement, and "experimental design," or how social programs are structured so they may be effectively studied.
34:833:531Policy Analysis and Evaluation (3) Strategies and methods of public policy analysis and evaluation: developing a research strategy, choosing measures, analyzing data, and communicating results.
34:833:540State and Local Public Finance (3) Theory and practice of state-local public finance; link between regional economy and subnational governments; fiscal federalism; major state-local spending programs; revenues, including property, sales, and income taxes and gambling; intergovernmental grants.
34:833:541Issues in State and Local Fiscal Policy (3) Contemporary state-local policy areas, such as revenue forecasting and the budget process, privatization of public services, education finance, health care/medicaid, welfare reform, and economic development. Relevant economic research and alternative policy options.
34:833:543Economics and Public Policy (3) Basic microeconomic analysis with applications to current policy issues. Models of consumer and firm behavior applied to issues such as assistance programs for low-income individuals, tax incentives for firms and workers, and environmental regulation. Public goods, externalities, and the role of government in economic markets.
34:833:550Education Policy and Policy Making: The Federal and State Levels (3) Development, implementation, and effects of federal and state education policy; key policy issues as cases for the exploration of political, policy design, and implementation issues.
34:833:551Issues in Education Finance (3) Legal, political, economic, and equity issues in public school finance.Topics include sources of revenue, school finance formulas, the allocation of education resources, the equity and adequacy of school finance systems, school finance litigation, and the politics of school finance reform.
34:833:555Labor Policy (3) Examination of labor markets and policies. Topics include wage inequality, discrimination, unions, and employment and training programs.
34:833:561The Role of Experts in the Policy Process (3) Interrelations of technical expertise with policy making in various institutional settings. Case studies in environmental, health, economic, and science and technology policies.
34:833:565Politics and Regulation (3) Studies the role that executives, legislators, bureaucrats, courts, and others play in policies for regulating the environment, privacy, worker safety, and other areas.
34:833:570Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3) Applies management concepts to nonprofit organizations, emphasizing the challenges faced by managers under resource scarcity and uncertain boundaries among public, for-profit, and nonprofit sectors.
34:833:571Public Management (3) Fundamental tasks and responsibilities of management in the public sector, with an emphasis on the external and internal environments in which managers implement public policy.
34:833:572Negotiation and Public Policy (3) Nonadversarial concepts and techniques of conflict resolution-negotiation, mediation, consensus-building dialogues-considered in public contexts, from courts, prisons, and schools to other institutional and noninstitutional settings. Issues include controversial subjects such as siting resource recovery plants, implementing economic redevelopment plans, enacting environmental protection measures, and devising grievance mechanisms.
34:833:576Urban Policy Formulation (3) The origins and evolution of federal and state programs designed to assist cities with growth, development, and redevelopment. Focus on programs in housing, community development, infrastructure provision, and growth management. The role of planning in maximizing the benefits of federal and state assistance efforts.
34:833:585American Social Policy (3) Focuses on the development of social welfare politics in the United States. Places the American case within the larger international and historical context, explores the major dilemmas in contemporary social policy making including agenda setting, institutional choice, and implementation design. Examines dilemmas in greater depth by analyzing specific policy issues, such as child support enforcement, nutrition programs, and medical care. Crowley
34:833:628Advanced Qualitative Methods (3) Students apply techniques of qualitative research, including interviewing, ethnography, and phenomenology to help them gain an understanding of which techniques are appropriate for what specific research needs. Required course for Ph.D. program.
34:833:630Advanced Data Analysis for Public Policy (3) Mastery of statistical techniques employed to analyze public policy programs and problems, including simple and general linear regression modeling, use of intercept-dummy variables and interaction variables, linear probability model and the probit model of discrete choice, and simultaneous equation models. Prerequisites: 34:833:530 or a basic social science statistics course and instructor`s consent.
34:833:635Survey Research (3) How to conduct, analyze, and evaluate surveys. Topics covered include problem formation, sample design and selection, questionnaire wording and layout, modes of survey administration, field procedures, data reduction, and data analysis.
34:833:637Writing for Politics and Policy (3) An intensive writing workshop emphasizing a variety of professional writing skills. Classes focus on peer criticism of assignments and discussion of critical reading and writing.
34:833:640Policy Research Seminar (6) Participation in a directed research project that applies analytical techniques of policy analysis and evaluation or survey research to public policy problems.
34:833:670Independent Study in Public Policy (3)
34:833:671Internship in Public Policy (3)
34:833:672Applied Field Experience (6) Designed specifically for and required of students enrolled in the two-year (M.P.P.) degree program; allows students to gain practical experience in a public policy setting and relate it to an academic perspective. Students work in a professional setting for approximately 20 hours per week for 14 weeks and complete writing assignments synthesizing their experience within an academic framework under the regular supervision of the faculty member in charge.
34:833:680Seminar in Public Policy (3) Selected problems in American public policy. Topics include public policy and the arts, writing and public policy, ethics, and others.
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