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  Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy 2022-2024 Public Policy Program Course Listing  

Course Listing
This list includes the public policy (833) courses offered at the Bloustein School as of September 1, 2022. Courses are taught by various instructors and some may not be offered every semester. Check the Electronic Course Grid or faculty pages for specific syllabi.
34:833:510 Public 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.
34:833:513 Health Disparities (3) The overarching goal of this class is to provide a broad overview of health disparities in the United States, with a focus on the "trifecta" of inequality--race/ethnicity, socioeconomic position, and gender. Cross-listed with 34:832:513 and 10:832:413.
34:833:520 Legislative 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.
34:833:521 Basic Quantitative Methods (3) This course covers descriptive and inferential statistics with a strong focus on bivariate hypothesis tests including t-test, Chi-square, and ANOVA, and ends with an introduction to basics of linear regression.
34:833:522 Public 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.
34:833:524 Ethics in Planning and 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. Cross-listed with 34:970:524.
34:833:525 Applied Multivariate Methods (3) The course covers applied skills in data management and advanced multivariate analysis, with a focus on multiple linear regression, factor analysis, and logistic regression.
34:833:530 Research Design (3) Scientific method of study; the processes of conceptualization and measurement; "experimental design," or how social programs are structured so they may be effectively studied; and survey research and qualitative methods including focus groups, interviews, and case studies.
34:833:540 State 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.
34:833:543 Economics 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.
34:833:550 Education Policy and Policy Making: Achievement Gaps to Education Reformmaking (3) This course examines the intersection of education policy, communities, and social justice, focusing on the impacts of neoliberal education reforms including charter schools, market discipline, and standardized testing on equity and effectiveness.
34:501:552 Education Policy and Social Justice (3)

This course examines the intersection of education policy and social justice, including the impacts on equity of school segregation, changes to school funding and policies such as charter schools, forced school closings, and using high-stakes standardized testing to evaluate students, teachers, and public schools.

34:833:555 Labor Market Policy (3) Examination of labor markets and policies. Topics include wage inequality, discrimination, unions, and employment and training programs.
34:833:560 Law and Public Policy (3) This course will critically examine the role of courts, primarily the United States Supreme Court, in the public policy process. While courts must wait for litigation to be brought in order become engaged in the process, once engaged, the Court has often taken a dynamic role in both formulating public policy and overseeing its implementation.
34:833:565 Politics 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.
34:833:570 Nonprofit Management (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.
34:833:571 Public 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.
34:833:572 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (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.
34:833:580 Health Care Policy (3) Current issues in U.S. health care policy with in-depth case examples from New Jersey policy. Provides an overview of the financing, regulation, and delivery of health care in the United States, with discussion of current policy topics including health insurance coverage, quality of care, and racial/ethnic disparities in care.
34:833:585 American 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.
34:833:591 Gender, the Family, and Public Policy (3) Gender is one of the most important ways through which American life, both private and public, is defined. This course will primarily explore the historical evolution of women's role in both the family and the labor market, following a life course approach. Cross-listed with 10:762:335 and 10:833:335.
34:833:595 Economics of Poverty (3) Use of economic tools and analysis to examine the causes and consequences of poverty, how poverty is defined, and the impact/effectiveness of government policy.
34:833:610 Macroeconomics for Public Policy (3) How the macro economy operates, and how public policies affect it and are affected by it. The theory and the measurement of the macro economy in the United States and the world.
34:833:611 Community Economic Development (3) This course is designed to familiarize master's and doctoral students with community economic development (CED). The course will review how the CED field evolved as one response to poverty and inequality and will examine the field's present-day composition.
Credit not given for this course and 34:970:562.
34:833:612 Nonprofit and Community Development Finance (3) Covers general underwriting parameters, various loan types and loan terminology, and real estate finance topics from a nonprofit and community development perspective. Topics include project evaluation, development budgets, financing strategies, valuations, and capital market issues, as well as reading and understanding financial statements and tax returns.
34:833:616 Mental Health and Society (3) Overview of the study of mental illness including measurement issues, the structure and financing of mental health care services, the social determinants of mental illness, and policy issues and challenges.
34:833:619 Environmental Economics and Policy (3) Scarcity and choice are basic economic conditions that are inevitably present when determining environmental goals and implementing environmental policies. The role of economics in environmental issues and, especially, in the formation of environmental policy including environmental problems in air, water, land use, and natural environments. Credit not given for this course and 34:970:619.
34:833:624 Planning, Public Policy, and Social Theory (3) This seminar works backward to deconstruct some of the theoretical building-blocks underlying the idea and practice of planning and policy formation. How does theory affect our understanding of reality and our vision of what reality ought to be? Is there a universally recognizable reality or does reality depend on our individually unique vantage points? Credit not given for this course and 16:762:624 and 34:970:624.
34:833:632 Cost-Benefit Analysis (3) Introduction to, and issues in, using cost-benefit analysis. Identify costs and benefits, and understand discounting, dealing with uncertainty, and valuing health and human life.
34:833:634 Data Analytics: Using Big Data (3) This course provides students with data analytics tools, including the programming language R and the application of advanced statistical techniques to big data. Conceptual and communication capabilities are also developed.
34:833:635 Survey 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.
34:833:640, 641 Policy Research Practicum I, II (3,3) Students participate in a directed research project that applies analytical techniques of policy analysis and evaluation or survey research to public policy problems. Students must register for both courses simultaneously.
34:833:670 Independent Study in Public Policy (3)
34:833:671 Internship in Public Policy (3)
34:833:673 Applied Field Experience (BA) Students complete 300 hours of work experience in a public policy setting and 14 class sessions on career and other life skills.
Students may not exceed 12 credits in any semester. Required for students enrolled in the M.P.P. degree program.
34:833:680 Energy, Sustainability, and Policy (3) Examines energy policy and planning through a timely, critical, and practical approach. Students gain insight into the factors that shape energy policy. Credit not given for this course and 34:970:620.
34:833:681 Managing People and Organizations (3)

Introduction to organizational theory and concepts of management. Explores approaches that promote and hinder effective management in public and nonprofit organizations.

34:833:684-687 Seminars in Public Policy (3 each) Covers timely public policy topics.
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