Autumn 2019

last updated April 29, 2019

MPA Courses

PUBPOL 555 A: Social Enterprise: New Models for Mission-Based Business

Instructor: Akhtar Badshah
Meets: Wednesdays, 2:00pm – 5:20pm
Description: This seminar course will offer students an understanding of the changing landscape for social investments and the tools to become an effective social entrepreneur or practitioner working in the social enterprise and mission-based business space. A social enterprise is an organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being—this may include maximizing social impact alongside profits for external shareholders. Over the next decade it is expected that funds supporting social enterprises and social businesses will continue to grow and major financial institutions such as BlackRock, Goldman, and JP Morgan have all established impact investment funds.

PUBPOL 555 B: Marketing for Social Impact

Instructor: Erica Barnhart
Meets: Thursdays, 2:00pm – 5:20pm
Description: This class will give students an understanding of how to use marketing principles and practices to address social issues and problems at the individual, organizational, and policy levels. By the end of the quarter, students will:

  • Be able to put marketing theory into practice
  • Know how to create a strategic marketing plan
  • Understand how to apply marketing techniques to individuals, organizations, and policy initiatives
  • Be able to craft effective messaging for different audiences
  • Know what branding its and why it matters

Although grounded in theory, this will be a very practical class with students applying what they learn to timely, real-world issues.

1-Credit Professional Skills Workshops

PUBPOL 598 A: Introduction to Data Processing and Visualization Design in R

Instructor: Graham Bearden
Meets: Saturdays, 9:00am – 11:50am, October 4, 12, 19, 26
Description: This workshop teaches the fundamental skills required to prepare, analyze and report data in R. Production of data visualizations and tables will be central to materials on reporting. This is an introductory course that will avail R functionality in a way that is accessible to new R programmers. This is an applied course that focuses on successful execution of code. While students should consider theory, style, and efficiency of R programming, getting the job done right will be the first priority of the workshop. Students are required to bring a laptop to the workshop.

Ph.D. Courses

PPM 599: Research Seminar

Meets: Wednesdays, 12:00pm – 1:20pm
Description: Students who sign up for PPM 599 will attend research seminars presented by Evans School faculty and policy and management scholars from other UW departments, as well as other Universities. Students will learn about new theories and empirical findings on a wide range of topics in public policy and management and be more fully immersed in a research environment. To receive credit, a student must attend a minimum number of seminars (TBD), including the question and answer period. 

Summer 2019

last updated July 10, 2019

MPA Courses

PUBPOL 583: Science, Technology, and Public Policy

Instructor: Howard McCurdy
Meets: A Term (June 24 - July 24), Mondays/Wednesdays, 5:30pm – 8:20pm
Description: From the spaceship to the computer chip, public officials work hard to promote innovations that benefit society.  In turn, discoveries arising from science and technology create challenges that invite governmental response.  During the first summer session, the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance will offer a course that examines the relationship between science, technology, innovation and government.

The course examines essential public policy issues.  These include the nature of innovation, imminent advances in technology, and the debate over how much government support is necessary to spur them.  The course explores the manner in which science makes its way onto the policy agenda, the players in science policy, and the clash between people who trust science and those who are inclined to deny it.  Some initiatives are too dangerous or unethical to pursue unfettered, leading to regulation.  Others change the way in which the government organizes itself.  The most profound initiatives create challenges with the power to transform democratic governments, weaken the nation state and alter the course of civilization.  Students prepare presentations that explain impending technologies of their choice, illustrate the relationship between popular culture and technology, and assess specific policies.