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Winter 2019

PUBPOL 201: Intro to Public Policy and Governance

Meets: Tues/Thurs, 10:00am – 11:20am
5 credits
Instructor:
Benjamin Brunjes

GER: Course satisfies the Individuals & Society (I&S) requirement

Open to all UW undergraduate students. This introduction to the field of policy analysis, governance, and public service teaches students how to analyze and evaluate policy and actions, as well as how individuals organize for common purposes.

Learn how institutional problems are solved for the betterment of society, how policies can be analyzed and measured for impact, and how public policies are designed and implemented in order to respond to complex challenges related to climate change, urban planning, social justice, city planning, and more.

PUBPOL 301: Truth, Evidence, and Public Policy Analytics

**This course is currently listed as PUBPOL 499 on the Time Schedule**

Meets: Mon/Wed, 10:00am – 11:20am
5 credits
Instructor: Mark Long

Sound public policy and governance decisions rely on having evidence to support conclusions, as well as having an understanding of the extent of certainty regarding the available evidence. Students will learn qualitative, statistical, experimental, and mixed methods to evaluate: the origins of policy; the management, implementation, and administration of public programs; and the intended and unintended impacts of public policies.

PUBPOL 403: Professional Leadership

Meets: Tues/Thurs, 11:30am – 12:50pm
4 credits
Instructor: Karin Martin

What core skills and behaviors will equip you to thrive as a leader in disparate careers? In this undergraduate course, students will cultivate the practical skills required to lead within various operational contexts. Managerial strategies for addressing problems in public, not-for-profit and business organizations will be examined through case studies, general readings, class exercises and presentations by practitioners. Through this four-credit course, students will practice the core skills required for their success as future leaders. This competitive course will be graded using graduate-level standards.

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Autumn 2018

PUBPOL 201: Intro to Public Policy & Governance

Meets: Mon/Wed/Fri, 1:30pm – 2:20pm
5 Credits
Instructor: Benjamin Brunjes

GER: Course satisfies the Individuals & Society (I&S) requirement

Open to all UW undergraduate students. This introduction to the field of policy analysis, governance, and public service teaches students how to analyze  and evaluate policy and actions, as well as how individuals organize for common purposes.

Learn how institutional problems are solved for the betterment of society, how policies can be analyzed and measured for impact, and how public policies are designed and implemented in order to respond to complex challenges related to climate change, urban planning, social justice, city planning, and more.

PUBPOL 355: Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Social Innovation

Meets: Tues/Thurs, 10:00am – 11:20am
4 Credits
Instructor: Erica Barnhart

Open to all UW undergraduate students

How can nonprofits, social enterprises, and foundations most effectively produce positive social change? In this course, you will uncover the key issues facing social sector organizations and investigate the operational, managerial, and policy approaches that social sector leaders can take to advance their mission and increase their impact.

PUBPOL 499: Decision-making, Behavior, and Policy Design

Meets: Mon, 11:30am – 2:20pm
5 Credits
Instructor: Ines Jurcevic

Open to all UW undergraduate students

What does “good” policy design look like? Does the way in which policy makers frame initiatives and ideas fundamentally alter the public’s behavior? Do our psychological biases affect the design of good policy?

These are some of the many important questions we’ll explore together in this new class. Public policy is concerned with what government and public service organizations and institutions do. In other words, how local, regional, national, and international levels of governance make decisions that directly and profoundly impact peoples’ lives.

In this class, we will apply Behavioral Science research and frameworks, which lay at the intersection of economics and psychology, to public policy design. This is an emerging field that all levels of public sector organizations—from the federal level to local government and non-profits—are exploring to design policy for how people behave. This class will bring you to the forefront of this noteworthy shift. In this class, you’ll gain a foundation in the application of microeconomic theory, social and cognitive psychology, behavioral economics, judgment and decision-making, to study public policy problems. You will learn how cognition, heuristics, biases, emotion, and social dynamics interact in decision-making, and how context and framing shape decisions and behavior. All experience levels and majors are welcome!

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