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The program in public policy provides students with an opportunity to explore, from a multidisciplinary perspective, both the processes of making social choices and the content of contemporary policy issues. Most courses in the program are intended to serve as interdisciplinary complements to departmental offerings. Likewise, the minor in public policy is designed to be a valuable complement to majors in both the social and the natural sciences.

GOV 207 Politics of Public Policy
A thorough introduction to the study of public policy in the United States. A theoretical overview of the policy process provides the framework for an analysis of several substantive policy areas, to be announced at the beginning of the term. {S} 4 credits, Donald Baumer, offered Fall.

IDP 208 Women’s Medical Issues
A study of topics and issues relating to women’s health, including menstrual cycle, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, abortion, menopause, depression, eating disorders, nutrition and cardiovascular disease. While the course focus will primarily be on the physiological aspects of these topics, some social, ethical and political implications will be considered including the issues of violence and the media’s representation of women. {N} 4 credits, Leslie Jaffe (Health Services), offered Spring.

220 Public Policy Analysis
Analysis of the institutions and processes of public policy formation and implementation. Explores models designed to explain policy and also those whose purpose is to “improve” policy. Develops and uses analytical tools of formal policy analysis. Examines the debate over the possible and proper uses of these analytic tools. {S} 4 credits, Randall Bartlett (Economics).
Not Offered 2013-14 Academic Year.

SWG 222 Gender Law and Policy
This course explores the legal status of women in the United States historically and today, focusing in the areas of employment, education, sexuality, reproduction, the family, and violence. We will study constitutional and stuatory law as well as public policy. Some of the topics we will cover are sexual harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination, and pregnancy discrimination. We will study feminist sctivism to reform the law and will examine how inequalities based on gender, race, class, and sexuality shape the law. We will also discuss and debate contemporary policy and future directions.Enrollment limited to 20 students. {H/S} 4 credits, Carrie Baker (Program for the Study of Women and Gender), offered Fall.

SWG 271 Reproductive Justice
This course will explore reproductive justice in the United States and the influence of U.S. policy globally, addressing issues of law, policy, theory, and activism. Topics include historic and contemporary state control over women's reproduction, social movements to expand women's control over their reproductive lives, access to reproductive care, reproductive technologies, reproductive coercion and violence, religious fundamentalism's increasing influence over reeproduction, and the discourses around women's bodies and pregnancy. A central framework for analysis is how gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, disability and nationality shape women's ability to control their reproduction. Prerequisite: SWG 150 or permission of the instructor. {S} 4 credits, Carrie Baker (Program for the Study of Women and Gender), offered Spring.

ECO 224 Environmental Economics                                                          The economic causes of environmental degradation and the role that markets can play in both causing and solving pollution and resource allocation problems. Topics include resource allocation and sustainability, cost-benefit analysis, pollution standards, taxes and permits, public goods, and common property resources. Prerequisite: ECO 150 {S} 4 credits, Susan Stratton Sayre (Economics), offered Spring.

GOV 244 Foreign Policy of the United States
In this course we ask and answer the following questions: Just what is the "United States foreign policy?" By what processes does the U.S. define its interests in the global arena? What instruments does the U.S. posess to further those interests? Finally, what specific foreign policy questions are generating debate today? Prerequisite: 241 or permission of the instructor.{S} 4 credits, Brent Durbin, offered Spring.

250 Race and Public Policy in the United States
Explanation of current policy issues regarding race. Topics include voting rights, compensation, public and private education, bilingual education and affirmative action in employment. Recommended background: PPL 220a or a course in American government. {S} 4 credits, Randall Bartlett, offered Fall.

GOV 306 Seminar: Politics and the Environment
Topic: Politics and the Environment. An examination of environmental policy making within the federal government, with special emphasis on how Congress deals with environmental policy issues. A variety of substantive policy areas from clean air to toxic waste will be covered. Students will complete research papers on an environmental policy topic of their choice. Prerequisite: a 200-level course in American government. {S} 4 credits, Donald Baumer, offered Spring.

390 Senior Public Policy Workshop
An assessment of current policy controversies undertaken as group projects. Policy recommendations made by groups should be based on both technical advisability and political feasibility. Limited to seniors who are completing the program in public policy, or other seniors with permission of the instructor. {S} 4 credits, Donald Baumer.
Not Offered 2013-14 Academic Year.

400 Special Studies
By permission of the director. Variable credit. Credits: 1-4, offered both semesters each year.

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