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Leadership and Public Policy - Evaluation and Analysis
LPPA 4240Research Methods and Data Analysis in Public Policy (3.00)
This course will provide an overview of research methods and data analysis in public policy, integrating basic statistical modeling. The class will promote a critical understanding of what good research is, how people sometimes lie with statistics, and how flawed research can be identified, and an appreciation of the relationship between researchers and the rest of society, and how researchers can most suitably deal with the existence of skeptics
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPA 4250Choice and Consequences: The Economics of Public Policy (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
This course uses basic models from microeconomics to understand how these decision makers will respond to policies and when voluntary actions in private markets may be expected to lead to suboptimal outcomes and hence the circumstances under which a collective decision to control or influence behavior might produce better outcomes than private choices.
LPPA 6100Economics of Public Policy I (3.00)
This course presents the simplest economic models explaining how individuals and organizations respond to changes in their circumstances and how they interact in markets, and it applies these models to predict the effects of a wide range of government programs. It also analyzes justifications that have been offered for government actions.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPA 6150Research Methods & Data Analysis I (3.00)
The first part of a two-semester sequence in research methods and tools used to evaluate public policies. This course reviews basic mathematics and statistics used by policy analysts, and introduces regression methods for empirical implementation and testing of relations among variables. The purpose of this course is to develop skills that can be used throughout your profession and civic life.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPA 7020Macroeconomic Policy (3.00)
Course examines how the macroeconomy finds equilibrium where aggregate supply equals aggregate demand. Lectures will examine fiscal policy, monetary policy, and the use of economic reasoning to understand the performance of national economies. Students will gain an appreciation for how the current global economic recession happened and why some policy intervensions have been more effective than others.
LPPA 7035Benefit-Cost Analysis (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
This course teaches 1) quantitative estimation of the benefits and costs of policy interventions, 2) the identification of deficiencies in published benefit-cost analyses (BCA), and 3) recognition of policy arenas where BCA may be problematic. The course covers the theory and historical use of BCA, and techniques to address uncertainty, benefits in the distant future, interventions that both raise and lower risks, and distributional impacts.
LPPA 7110Economics of Public Policy II (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
Prepares students to apply economic analysis to public policy problems. Topics include externalities, industry regulation, and policy problems of allocating resources over time. Examples will show a broad range of substantive applications to domestic and international policymaking.
LPPA 7115Public Economics (3.00)
This course builds on the core Master of Public Policy economics sequence in examining the role of government in the economy. We will study several policy issues related to taxation and government spending in depth. Topics may include: Tax reform, Social Security, welfare, healthcare, unemployment insurance, education, criminal justice policy, and fiscal federalism. Prerequisite: PPOL 6100 and 7110, or permission of the instructor.
LPPA 7160Research Methods and Data Analysis II (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
Builds on the methods and concepts introduced into Research Methods and Data Analysis I to prepare students to gather, analyze, criticize, and interpret complex data in public policy settings. Tools stressed may include multiple regression and experimentation.
LPPA 7200Household Data Analysis (3.00)
This course provides students with the basis to analyze one form of 'big data' information from households and individuals from a Household Budget Survey (HBS). This course will use an HBS dataset from Turkey, but the STATA and other techniques (ADePT) covered can also be used with datasets from other countries, including the US..
LPPA 7220Advance Topics in Impact Evaluation (3.00)
Explores practical choices researchers face conducting quasi-experimental impact evaluations. Students replicate findings from prominent policy research using range of empirical techniques, i.e.: matching; regression; propensity score weighting; instrumental variables; discontinuity designs; & panel data methods. Lectures emphasize tradeoffs between empirical methods, techniques for assessing robustness & strategies for effectively reporting result.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPA 8680Economics of Higher Education Policy (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
This course is designed for those without training in economics who want a better understanding of how economic concepts and methods are used in analyzing education policy issues. It examines market concepts and forms of government involvement in the market and uses economic research in education. Students develop the skills of economic analysis by applying them to current issues in public education.
Leadership and Public Policy - Leadership
LPPL 2100The Resilient Student: Transition, Thriving, and Leadership (2.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
The adjustment from HS to college is filled with turbulent transitions and with opportunities for discovery, growth, and development of critical life skills. Course focuses on development of broad skills to create fulfilling lives and successful careers after college, especially in 4 areas: (1) development of emotional resilience skills, (2) development of life management skills, (3) intro to leadership concepts, and (4) establishment of small communities of students.
LPPL 3100Foundations of Behavioral Science (3.00)
An overview of the fields of social psychology and behavioral science. We will explore behavioral research in basic social psychology, leadership and organizational behavior, and the ways in which social science methods and research are currently being used in public policy and to solve major societal problems. The ultimate goal is to teach students how to think like behavioral scientists.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPL 3210Introduction to Civic Leadership (3.00)
Drawing on social science research, this course explores how public leaders contribute to problem identification, issue framing, policy adoption, crisis management, and organizational and societal change. The course will clarify the relationships among key concepts including leadership and followership, authority and influence, reciprocity and persuasion, and examine the role of contextual factors in shaping the strategies of 21st century leaders
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPL 3260Value and Bias in Public Policy (3.00)
This course moves beyond the traditional economic approach to public policy and explores the role of psychological analysis. Decision-making is not always rational, but involves various cognitive biases that can result in mistrust and prejudice, preference for avoidance of loss rather than maximization of gain, and overweighting of short-term outcomes.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPL 3450Resilient Leadership for Teams and Teammates (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
Course builds students' skills in "the art of getting things done". Students will establish the critical leadership & team-building competencies that distinguish highly effective leaders. We will introduce frameworks that will enhance student's: resilience; team leadership skills; capacity for thriving in times of adversity; emotional intelligence; interpersonal skills (including conflict resolution & negotiation skills) & decision making.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPL 4225Leadership and Practice (2.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
In this seminar, the Meriwether Lewis Institute 3rd year cohort focuses its effort both on measurable impact on the University and personal growth as a leader. Using their project proposals as the vehicles for collective impact and personal growth, students will develop & advance their proposals, analyze course readings, engage one another on project challenges, and begin translating the leadership skills they are learning to the broader world.
LPPL 4745Leadership in Context (3.00)
This course provides exposure to prevailing theories and principles of leadership with the goal of familiarizing students with leadership concepts in multiple contexts. Students will identify and evaluate the knowledge, skills, & values that different organizations and communities expect their leaders to possess. Through course readings, case studies, guest speakers and discussion, students reflect on what leadership roles will demand of them.
LPPL 5025Wise Interventions: Social Psychology and Public Policy (3.00)
Course will provide an overview of classic and contemporary psychological interventions aimed at improving human welfare. It will examine the role of psychological factors in social reforms in healthcare, the workplace, education, intergroup relations, and other domains. Theory, empirical evidence, policy implications, and policy implementation will be emphasized.
LPPL 5035Leading and Managing Diverse Groups (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
This course will focus on interpersonal, organizational, and societal factors leaders must negotiate to lead effectively in socially diverse environments. Students will be exposed to cases and empirical research that will enable them to (1) develop well-articulated positions on diversity-related issues and (2) form strategies to promote sustainable settings for productive exchange among diverse groups of individuals.
LPPL 6050Leadership in the Public Arena (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
Course provides an introduction to leadership in the public arena. Through course readings, team projects, and discussion of case studies, students will develop skill at identifying the resources, options, and constraints of leaders and followers in different organizational and political settings, writing policy memos, making professional policy presentations, developing negotiation strategies, managing uncertainty and stress, & working in teams.
LPPL 7025Values-Based Leadership (3.00)
The goal of this course is to create, develop, and enhance leadership skills. I will focus on ways in which leaders must recognize and respond to a variety of competing value propositions both within and outside their organizations. This class explores how to take disparate value propositions of various stakeholders and integrate them into a coherent vision.
LPPL 7055Strategies and Processes of Negotiation (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
This course examines the art and science of negotiation. The science of negotiation involves learning to recognize the structure of a conflict situation and knowing what techniques tend to be most effective given that structure. Because there is no substitute for negotiating experience, this class will rely heavily on role-playing exercises and analyses designed to help students develop their own styles and learning the art of negotiation.
LPPL 7075Global Leadership (3.00)
What does it mean to be a global leader? Global leaders think globally and act globally, think globally and act locally, or think locally and act globally. What additional knowledge and leadership skills are necessary for successful performance of those roles? After considering the analytical dimensions of global leadership, the course will discuss a series of cases of global leadership, including both successful and unsuccessful examples.
LPPL 7410Psychology for Leadership (3.00)
Leading requires an understanding of one's own and others' thoughts, feelings, attitudes, motivations, and determinants of behavior. This course will use lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and group interactions to provide an introduction to theory and research in behavioral science. The goals of the course are to provide conceptual knowledge that helps students understand and manage their own unique and complicated leadership interactions.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPL 7800Leadership Skills (1.00)
Emphasizing learning through practice, this 'short course' reinforces, and in some cases introduces, skills that students will use in the policy arena. Skills include public speaking, negotiation in public policy, and grant-writing. Students will be graded on the basis of engagement with class materials and completion of a weekly, one-page deliverable or assignment of similar weight. Meets for 10 hours during the semester of students' second year.
Leadership and Public Policy - Policy
LPPP 3000TNon-UVa Transfer/Test Credit (1.00 - 10.00)
LPPP 3001Public Policy Writing Lab (1.00)
Develops professional writing skills.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPP 3200Introduction to Public Policy (3.00)
This course will introduce students to both the process of public policy and the tools of policy analysis. The first part examines the actors, institutions, and procedures involved in the adoption, implementation, and evaluation of public policy. The second part introduces students to the basic concepts and tools of policy analysis including problem definition, specification of alternatives, and solution analysis.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPP 3230Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
This survey course that introduces students to the history, politics, and economic and social significance of the major challenges facing 21st century U.S. policymakers. Examples of topics that may be explored include: the federal deficit and debt, the rise of China and India, health care costs, climate policy, energy security, economic opportunity in an era of globalization, the future of public higher education, and U.S. foreign policy.
LPPP 3250Global Development Policy (3.00)
The course introduces students to the theories, policies and policy debates relevant to developing and transition economies. It introduces standard theories of development economics and discusses of how current trends in the global economy challenge those theories and existing policies. We will focus on the macro and micro-economic challenges facing governments in developing countries and the international institutions that attempt to assist them
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPP 3255Comparative Policy History (3.00)
Course will survey the historical development of key public policy issues in cross-national perspective. What explains the similarities and differences in the content of the policy agendas across nations? Why do different nations often respond to similar problems in very different ways? Examples of issues that will be explored include health care, education, immigration, environment, and social policy.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPP 3500Special Topics in Social Entrepreneurship (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
Topical course in social entrepreneurship
LPPP 3559New Course in Public Policy and Leadership (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
Investigates a selected issue in public policy or leadership.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPP 4000TNon-UVa Transfer/Test Credit (1.00 - 10.00)
LPPP 4200Institutional and Political Context of Public Policy (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the major policy-making institutions, and how does the current system of American governance compare with that of other advanced societies? This class will examine the key institutional and political actors in policymaking; focusing on the increasing fole of non-governmental institutions in problem solving.
LPPP 4210Integrating Ethics in Public Policy (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
This course explores how ethical considerations are integrated in public policy choices. How do legal, regulatory and political mechanisms facilitate or impede their integration? Can ethical concerns keep pace with disruptive technological change? We consider obstacles to informed ethical decision-making, including technical competence, and the challenge of addressing ethical concerns when society is divided by divergent viewpoints and values.
LPPP 4500Topics in Public Policy and Leadership (1.00)
Topical courses in public policy and leadership
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPP 4599Special Topics in Public Policy (3.00)
This is an upper level topics course offered in the Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy
LPPP 4725NGOs in the Policy Arena (4.00)
Since the 1960s, nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations have played an increasingly central role in the domestic public policy arena. This class explores their involvement in the interpretation and implementation of federal policy, the coordination of policy solutions, and advocacy for the policies and populations they serve. Policy areas we may consider include poverty and social welfare; the environment; and civil and political rights.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPP 4991Capstone Seminar (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
Students will produce a report providing an analysis of the problem, the policy options available, and their action recommendations. Students will improve their ability to work in teams and hone their written and oral presentation skills.
LPPP 4993Independent Study (1.00 - 6.00)
Independent study in the field of public policy and leadership.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPP 4999Independent Study (1.00)
Independent study for international student studying abroad.
LPPP 5350NGO Leadership in Public Policy: Best Practices (3.00)
NGOs play a growing role in shaping U.S. public policies. Skepticism of federal policymaking has opened opportunities for policy entrepreneurs to challenge well-funded private sector lobbies in shaping the agenda. This seminar will examine tactical options and key case studies to equip future NGO activists. We'll look at best practices from both national and local NGO campaigns, think tanks and grass roots organizations competing to make policy
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPP 5500Special Topics (1.00 - 6.00)
Courses examine special topics in public policy and/or leadership
LPPP 5540Applied Policy Clinics (2.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
Applied Policy Clinics Topics Course
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPP 5559New Course in Public Policy and Leadership (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
Investigates a selected issue in public policy or leadership.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPP 5993Independent Study (1.00 - 6.00)
Student will perform independent projects under close faculty supervision.
LPPP 6001Foundational Skills Workshop (1.00)
Leadership and Public Policy foundational skills course.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPP 6250Policy Analysis (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
The purpose of this course is to develop the student's ability to define and solve public problems. Subsidiary objectives of the course are to help the student to integrate the analytical, political, and leadership skills they have learned in their other MPP courses and improve their ability to work in teams; and hone their written and oral presentation skills. Prerequisites: Graduate student in public policy
LPPP 6350Politics of Public Policy (3.00)
In this course students will learn how to create change in the public policy arena by understanding political actors, their interests, and the institutions they inhabit. Students will learn how issues move through the policy process, at which points they are most amenable to influence, and how to create and use professional work products to influence them.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPP 6500Topics in Public Policy (1.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
Investigates a selected issue in public policy or leadership.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPP 6775Federal Regulatory Policy (3.00)
This course examines how federal agencies make policy by issuing regulations to implement legislation. It considers administrative procedures that agencies follow in issuing regulations. It explores regulatory policy as an arena where economic and political interests struggle to control the federal bureaucracy. Students learn rulemaking and how to influence regulatory policy. They prepare public comments on proposed federal regulations.
LPPP 7010The Political and Moral Dimensions of Public Policy (3.00)
The philosophical dimension of the course stresses that all public policy involves making choices among conflicting values, and that such normative tradeoffs apply both at the institutional level and at the level of policy itself. The course serves as a natural venue for discussions of the professional ethics of being a leader or policymaker.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPP 7015Advanced Development Policy (3.00)
Examines theories and policy debates particularly relevant to developing and transition economies. Class will discuss the standard theories of development economics as well as how those theories - and existing policies - are challenged by current trends in the global economy. Particular focus is placed on the macro and micro-economic challenges facing governments in developing countries, and the int'l institutions that attempt to assist them.
LPPP 7350Applied Policy Project Preparation (1.00)
The course consists of assignments related to preparation for the Applied Policy Project in the spring.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPP 7559New Course in Public Policy and Leadership (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
Investigates a selected issue in public policy or leadership.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPP 7600Thesis Project (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
Thesis Project
LPPP 7610Applied Policy Project (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
The Applied Policy Project (APP) is the capstone event of the MPP program, an independent analytical project for each student, working with an external client on a mutually agreed upon policy problem facing the client organization. The final product is a report approximately 50 pages single-spaced in length, professionally bound, and presented both to the faculty member and to the client.
LPPP 7700Applied Policy Project I (3.00)
The Applied Policy Project (APP) is the capstone event of the MPP program, an independent analytical project for each student. Divided over two semesters, APP I provides students with the opportunity for a semester of research and information gathering in the policy field of the student's external client.
LPPP 7750Applied Policy Project II (3.00)
The Applied Policy Project (APP) is the capstone event of the MPP program, an independent analytical project for each student. During APP II, students produce a final report of approximately 50 single-spaced, professionally bound pages. The report is presented to both the faculty member and to the client.
LPPP 7993Independent Study (1.00 - 6.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
Student will perform independent projects under close faculty supervision.
Course was offered Fall 2018
Leadership and Public Policy - Substantive
LPPS 3050Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
Social entrepreneurship is an approach to creating system-level change through the application of entrepreneurial thinking to social ventures, non-profit organizations, government institutions, and NGOs to create economic, environmental, and social value for multiple stakeholders. In this course you will be introduced to a range of entrepreneurial approaches aimed at solving social problems - from the non-profit to the for-profit.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPS 3225Conscious Social Change (3.00)
An experiential learning course and social venture incubator integrating and applying contemplative practice, mindful leadership skills, conscious social change methodologies and social entrepreneurship frameworks in the development of new ideas to solve local and global social issues. The course provides future change leaders with the skills to invest in their own self-understanding and initiate social change with impact at home and abroad.
Course was offered January 2019
LPPS 3235International Public Policy (3.00)
This course examines how public problems are defined, how different policy solutions are crafted, and the ways in which we judge their effec¬tiveness in the U.S. and around the world. We will use the countries we visit to illustrate the different ways that countries craft public policies, why they do so, and what the tradeoffs and consequences are.
LPPS 3240Counter-Terrorism and the Role of Intelligence (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
Explores the various ways our federal government, primarily the DoJ & the FBI, have responded to the threat of terrorism, in the US & abroad. The modern terrorist threat, electronic surveillance authorities, US detention authority, terrorist debriefing, cooperating witnesses in terrorism cases, enhanced interrogation techniques, the differences between the intelligence & law enforcement approaches and other topics will be covered.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPS 3241Science and Technology Policy for Interns (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
This course is designed to prepare undergraduates for internships in science and technology policy. In the longer term, it aims to develop future leaders in science and technology, inside and outside of government, by equipping students with knowledge and skills in public policy. Enrollment is limited to Instructor permission. Students are strongly encouraged to find an internship in the Summer, but this is not required.
LPPS 3270Comparative Social Policy (3.00)
This course examines social policy in the high-income countries of Western Europe, North America, and Australasia. Using a number of frames to define social citizenship, we will consider the scope of the welfare state in advanced economies. In particular, this will include considering the policies that affect the decisions of young adults: from employment, to forming a family, to acquiring housing.
LPPS 3280Lessons in Leadership: JFK and the Most Personal Office (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
This course introduces students to the history, politics and leadership legacy of John F. Kennedy. From topics as wide-ranging as tax policy and space exploration to the war in Vietnam, dismantling of the Berlin Wall and the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, the class will trace the impact of a brief Presidency over nearly sixty years and focus on how Kennedy's life, presidency and tragic assassination influenced the leadership styles and impacted public policy.
LPPS 3290Social Innovation in Emerging Markets: India and South East Asia (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
This is an introductory course, aimed at exposing students to modern Indian and South Asian society, culture, business and policy through a variety of materials. The course may be particularly important due to the rising stature and importance of India and more generally, South Asia, in the global economy.
LPPS 3295Global Humanitarian Crises: Dilemmas, Leadership, and Action (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
Course will look at critical questions defining global humanitarian action and policy. The inability to deliver aid inside Syria, record refugee flows, drought in Ethiopia, brutal conflict in Yemen, are only some of today's crises. Using historical and critical analysis, case studies, and insights from guest speakers, the foundations, dilemmas, and operations of humanitarian aid will be explored.
LPPS 3410Innovation and Social Impact (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
This course introduces students to the strategies and processes required in the contemporary economy to leverage innovation in order to maintain overall competitiveness and make a difference. Students will examine several firms, and individuals who have catalyzed positive social change through different organizational platforms in the market, in government, within the nonprofit sector, and increasingly in the space between these three sectors.
LPPS 3415Sci, Eng, Tech for National Security & Leadership (3.00)
Science, engineering and technology (SET) are seminal assets for economic growth, social progress, innovation and national security. Global challenges impact national security and leaders must be conversant about SET to develop related domestic and international policies. The seminar examines these challenges, probes strategic foresight for global "megatrends" and assesses emerging and disruptive SET for leaders in a national security context.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPS 3420Law and Public Policy: Great Britain, Europe and the US (3.00)
This course examines the legal underpinnings of key public policy challenges facing Great Britain, Europe, and the U.S. From the policy and regulatory perspective, problem-solving in such areas as the environment, immigration, trade, labor, social welfare, national security, and education depend on nations having functional and effective laws in place.
LPPS 3430Lessons from a Toy Store: How Behavioral Economics can Improve Education (3.00)
Class applies insights from behavioral economics, cognitive & social psychology & neuroscience to: 1. diagnose why ed policies do not always achieve desired goals & 2. identify innovative strategies for improving ed outcomes for economically-disadvantaged students. Toy store used as a unifying metaphor to highlight & discuss particular behavioral concepts & to illustrate how behavioral insights are applied in life to influence decision-making.
LPPS 3460Intro to Social Policy & Legislative Process (3.00)
Intro to social/political context, significance, & consequences of landmark social policies. Students analyze current policies which strive for equitability, protection, & prevention such as: disability, welfare, juvenile justice, domestic violence, gender equity, exposure to environmental stress, & other topics. Study legislative process, influences that alter course of process & how to work w/in context to effect change w/in areas of social policy.
LPPS 3470American Healthcare Syst: Challenges & Opportunities (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
Course focuses on structure & function of US healthcare system. Covers history & current status of education, financing & delivery systems, including comparison with other nations. Topics include challenges that face current & future leaders, providers, patients, & policy makers. Examines issues of: workforce, financing, access, disparities & technology. Addresses problems and opportunities.
LPPS 4220Comparative Budgeting & Economic Policy (3.00)
This course examines how the world's major states and regions manage their public finances and economic policies through their budgetary processes and institutions.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPS 4550Social Entrepreneurship: Global Field Experience (3.00)
Social Entrepreneurship Global Field Experience Topics Course
LPPS 4569Sustainable Practices Denmark (3.00)
This course is an intensive examination of how one progressive country in Europe is working toward sustainability through a variety of interconnected programs. This course in Denmark examines several programs being undertaken by local leaders to address problems in their communities. We will see what is being done to promote sustainability in four areas: green energy, sustainable transportation, food security, and what are called "livable cities"
LPPS 4720Open Source for the Common Good (3.00)
Open source technology plays a major role in society and embodies a different culture with different tradeoffs and societal impacts. Open source is highly innovative and holds considerable promise for addressing most of the critical problems facing society such as sustainability, inequality, the cost of technology, and open access to knowledge. We will study the role of open source through numerous case studies and discussions.
LPPS 4730Impact Investing (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
'Impact Investing' is the proactive deployment of financial resources to organizations for a positive return on investment and an additional, intentional social impact beyond financial returns. Impact Investing explores how funders (grant funders, investors, and policymakers) deploy capital to support social entrepreneurs. This course provides an introductory understanding of utilizing finance as a tool for solving social problems worldwide.
LPPS 4735Experiential Social Entrepreneurship (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
This experiential learning course applies basic principles of social entrepreneurship to real-world problems that social entrepreneurs are facing. Students will work in teams on challenges proposed by a set of local and international social entrepreneurs. This is a design-thinking-centric course for students interested in investigating how our world is adapting to solve the greatest social and environmental challenges of this century.
LPPS 4740Philanthropy (4.00)
This is a course on the philanthropic sector, comprising a set of private actors - foundations, nonprofit organizations, and private citizens - engaged in work to promote the public good. What distinguishes this sector is that while interacting with government and the business community, it operates differently than either, with its own ethics, goals, standards, and practices. Requisite: Instructor permission.
LPPS 4750Political Leadership in American History (3.00)
This course will consider political leadership in American history as illustrated in decisions taken by U.S. Presidents, such as Lincoln, Wilson, Truman, Kennedy and Nixon. We shall analyze the pressures and constitutive factors leading to these decisions.
LPPS 4760International Financial Institutions (3.00)
What are the IFIs and how have they influenced development policy and country outcomes? What factors do internal and external politics play in their operation and the panoply of international aid efforts? Are groups like "50/60 years in enough" and the Meltzer report right? Come explore IFIs (the IMF, the World Bank, and the Multilateral Development Banks) in a seminar setting examining policy in practice. Cross-listed with PLIR 5060.
LPPS 5070Modeling Optimizations, Simulations, and Games (3.00)
The goal of this course is to teach students how to creatively model and solve operational and strategic problems in their organizations. Students will be introduced to solving and analyzing optimization problems, simulation and forecasting methodologies, and game theory. Course will also introduce utilization of Excel to conduct optimizations and simulations.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPS 5200Adv Policy & Practice in Humanitarian Assistance: Critical Case Studies (3.00)
Course will use experiential learning and a case study approach that leads students to directly engage on a selection of the most pressing global humanitarian policies and operational practices being debated and developed. It will allow students to gain and practice critical leadership and management skills that are essential in crisis contexts, but also applicable to the aspiring consultant, public policy practitioner, and development worker.
LPPS 5225uAcademy for Conscious Change (3.00)
An experiential learning course and social venture incubator integrating and applying contemplative practice, mindful leadership skills, conscious social change methodologies and social entrepreneurship frameworks in the development of new ideas to solve local and global social issues. The uAcademy provides future change leaders with the skills to invest in their own self-understanding and initiate social change with impact at home and abroad.
Course was offered January 2019
LPPS 5240Anti-Terrorism and the Role of Intelligence (3.00)
Course examines the intelligence failures prior to 9/11 and the Iraq war, and the critical reports composed after the events, to determine what improvements may be needed to avoid a recurrence and to pre-empt future terrorist attacks against the United States.
LPPS 5295Global Humanitarian Crises: Dilemmas, Leadership, and Action (3.00)
Course will look at critical questions defining global humanitarian action and policy. The inability to deliver aid inside Syria, record refugee flows, drought in Ethiopia, brutal conflict in Yemen, are only some of today's crises. Using historical and critical analysis, case studies, and insights from guest speakers, the foundations, dilemmas, and operations of humanitarian aid will be explored.
LPPS 5325Leadership Implementation Development Policy Nudges (3.00)
Exciting new developments in social psychology and from behavioral economics are transforming our understanding of what makes for effective anti-poverty policy in developing as well as developed countries. This seminar course will examine specific anti-poverty policies like chlorinating water and using insecticide-treated bednets, in a series of case studies that illustrate how effective policy requires careful implementation.
LPPS 5340Race and Policy (3.00)
This seminar will focus on the challenge that instances of racial injustice pose to political leaders designing policy. Race has offered a set of demonstrable injustices in American history through the present. The list of topics is inexhaustible, and the following list is necessarily limited and imperfect, but instances include slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow laws, segregation, class discrimination, and current criminal justice policies.
LPPS 5460The Politics of the Budgetary Process (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
This course examines the politics and processes of federal budgeting, and the role the budget plays in national economic policy making. Topics covered include the historical development of the budget and fiscal policy; the creation of the executive budget; the politics of the budgetary process through appropriations, entitlements, and tax policy; and the relationship between fiscal and monetary policy. Crosslisted with PLAP 5460
LPPS 5550Global Field Experience (3.00)
Global Field Experience Topics Course
LPPS 5760International Financial Institutions (3.00)
What are the IFIs and how have they influenced development policy and country outcomes? What factors do internal and external politics play in their operation and the panopoly of international aid efforts? Are groups like "50/60 years in enough" and the Meltzer report right? Come explore IFIs (the IMF, the World Bank, and the Multilateral Development Banks) in a seminar setting examining policy in practice.
LPPS 6080Education Policy (3.00)
An introductory course in which principles of assessing educational policies are applied to the evidence currently available across a range of policies. Areas of education policy may include early childhood education, charter schools, accountability, teacher recruitment, retention and assessment, and bridging from K-12 to high education. Discussions focus on linking policies to outcomes for students.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPS 6085Social Policy in Advanced Economies (3.00)
What social programs do governments prioritize? How does social policy shape behavior, and conversely, how does public opinion shape policy? This course will contrast social programs across Europe and North America by considering the welfare state broadly (e.g. how social insurance and social assistance are framed and funded) and specifically (e.g. how policies push Americans to own and Germans to rent).
LPPS 6135Policy Development in International Humanitarian Assistance (3.00)
This course will look at the policy positions that are currently being developed in international humanitarian assistance arena as well as challenge students to learn the professional skills and policy development tools and processes being used by practitioners. Using a real-time case-study approach, students will engage in present day policy questions. The class will also be engaged in a real-time policy assignment.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPS 6710Congress 101: Leadership Strategies (3.00)
This course will provide a solid foundation of insights into how Congress works, essential for aspiring public policy advocates. Topics investigated include historical precedents for policymaking, the process of Congressional decision-making, and power dynamics in Congress. We will also identify and develop the leadership skills and tactics of successful advocates, placing recent controversies and public policy issues in an historical context.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPS 6715Leadership in U.S. Foreign Policy: Best Practices for Advocates (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
This graduate seminar examines how contemporary US foreign policymakers proceed under pressures of competing interests. How are Washington policy options shaped for foreign aid, development, trade, and security issues? What leadership skills do crisis management and effective advocacy require? What constitutes best practices for nongovernmental organizations and policy entrepreneurs? How are national interests defined and pursued in Washington?
LPPS 6720Economic Development Policy (3.00)
This course will review of the history of development policy advice to lesser developed countries and will examine the most pressing development challenges of the current age including AIDs, urbanization, climate change, disease, and failed states.
LPPS 6730Experiential Social Entrepreneurship (3.00)
This graduate course will introduce you to the techniques of and cutting edge research on global advocacy campaigns. At the same time governments are under fiscal austerity pressure to cut budgets, and charitable giving to non-profits is down, this class will therefore also introduce new innovations to solving global problems including social entrepreneurship, social business, and impact investing.
LPPS 6751Evidence-based criminal justice policy (3.00)
There is widespread interest across the political spectrum in reforming criminal justice policy in the United States. The challenge for policy-makers and practitioners is finding cost-effective strategies to reach their policy goals. In this course we consider the latest economics research on a variety of topics related to the criminal justice system, with the intention of understanding how to make related policies more evidence-based.
LPPS 6752Sustainability Policy Design and Evaluation (3.00)
We will discuss how to measure and evaluate the trade-offs related to different environmental policy choices. We will discuss benefit-cost analysis, the impact of decentralization of policies impacting multiple jurisdictions, command and control policies versus tradeable permits, and sustainable development. We will evaluate policies designed to reduce water use and pollution, improve air quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPS 6765Federal and State Budgeting (3.00)
Course will cover the fundamental processes of government budgeting, discussing the role of the office of management and budget and the congressional budget office including how long and short run budget projections and cost estimates of pending legislation are done. We will also address the role of the budget committees, and the congressional budget process including reconciliation. Similar issues at the state level will be covered.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPS 6770Development Policy and Program Impact Evaluation (3.00)
This course will investigate the key topics in development economics. There will be strong focus on the importance of evidence based policy making and the design of program evaluation in development projects, and understanding existing research on development policies and programs.
LPPS 6780The US Health Care System (3.00)
Students will develop a basic understanding of the structure of the U.S health care system including both the delivery system and financing. Including access problems, cost drivers and quality problems inherent in the current health care system. As well as the underlying structure of the Affordable Care Act including state implementation of the Medicaid program and the creation of state exchanges. Cost containment will also be discussed.
LPPS 6785Global Challenges in Labor and Social Policy (3.00)
Examines contemporary labor and social policy debates and challenges facing both developed and emerging economies. Topics include unemployment, social protection policy through taxes and transfers, minimum wages, immigration, inequality, discrimination, human capital and education production. Grounded in economic analysis this course will compare and contrast labor and social policies in the US to those implemented in other countries.
LPPS 6790Health Care Politics and Policy (3.00)
This seminar will explore the interplay between politics and policy in the American health care system. Topics include: the history of U.S. health policy; political and policy issues related to Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance; the development and implementation of the Affordable Care Act; public opinion on health issues; and health care spending, cost control and the quality of care, among others issues.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPS 6810Virginia Politics and Policy (3.00)
What are the most pressing policy problems facing Virginia and how can they be addressed? Students will learn how the broad historical forces of Virginia's past, her current political institutions, and changing social divisions shape public policy in Virginia today. Student projects will focus on current and future challenges facing the Commonwealth and develop strategies to address them.
LPPS 7030Environmental Policy: Design, Implementation and Evaluation (3.00)
This class will use the theory of environmental problems to analyze environmental policy. We will emphasize: 1) policy design based on an understanding of the cause of the problem, 2) the costs of implementation, compliance, monitoring, and enforcement, and 3) techniques for evaluating environmental policy including cost-benefit analysis, and other tools.
LPPS 7045Game Theory: Applications and Experiments (3.00)
Game theory is the analytic study of strategic interactions among individuals, firms, governments, or other groups of people. Game theory has been widely used in economics, management, political science, and public policy. This course demonstrates the usefulness of this powerful analytic approach, through numerous real-world and scholarly applications and through an examination of lab experiments built upon game theoretic modeling techniques.
LPPS 7050The National Security Process (3.00)
This seminar will cover the national security process in the US from the passage of the National Security Act of 1947 to the present. It will cover important national security movements and moments such as containment of the Soviet Union after the Kennan "Long Telegram," the onset of CIA-mounted covert action, the passage of the National Security Act Amendment of 1949, the Bay of Pigs, and Osama bin Laden and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
LPPS 7085Modern Techniques in Finance (3.00)
This course provides an introduction to financial techniques that are essential for leadership dealing with any type of organizational finances. It provides an analytical treatment to valuations based on principles and theories of modern finance. Topics include discounted cash flow; interest rate; capital budgeting; valuation of stocks and bonds; investment decisions under uncertainty; capital asset pricing; option pricing; market efficiency.
Course was offered Fall 2018
LPPS 7146Global Health Law and Policy (3.00)
This seminar provides insight into the challenges of improving the health status of individuals worldwide - especially in low and middle income countries. Discussions will focus on financing, organizing, delivering, and administering health services in environments where resource constraints are significant. Material will be drawn from global health and policy sources including the WHO, The World Bank, the Institute of Medicine, the UN, etc.
LPPS 7150Environmental and Natural Resource Policy (3.00)
Pollution, public goods, and natural resource scarcity have long been core concerns in public policy, but as the human population heads toward 9 billion, there is an increasing sense that we can no longer take for granted the ability of Earth's natural systems to support expected future levels of human activity.
LPPS 7210Economic Perspectives on Health Policies (3.00)
This class will review important health policies that have been adopted across the globe & understand them from an economic perspective. Students will learn how to read academic articles on health topics & offer some conclusions for policy-making. The class will involve readings, discussions, & lectures from guest speakers & may require some STATA work. The course will require (but also introduce) basic concepts in economics & policy-making.
LPPS 7230US Mental Health Policy (3.00)
Offered
Spring 2019
Explore US mental health policy & critically analyze effectiveness of policies to address Nation's behavioral health needs. Examine how US Federal govt perceives mental illness, impact of science on policy initiatives & why US remains in state of crisis. Topics include: institutionalization vs community based svcs, impact of adverse childhood experiences, PTSD & military, brain science, financing mental health svcs & current opioid crisis.
LPPS 7300Principles of Net Assessment (3.00)
Net assessment is a way of determining where one stands as a nation compared with an adversary. Course explores historical & contemporary approaches to the measurement of military & economic capabilities. Capabilities are informed by the cultural, organizational, & bureaucratic context that shapes how states perceive, draw on, & apply them. Class brings these strands together through case studies illustrating the principles of net assessment.
LPPS 7400Legal and Moral Dimensions of Policymaking (3.00)
This seminar is designed to introduce MPP students to the basic structure of law and patterns of moral reasoning about public policy. Students will examine how the legal system operates in four fields (international, environmental, criminal, & immigration) and how legal advisers inform policy making. Case studies in each field will allow for the exploration of how the interaction of law, morality and policy changes from one context to the next.
LPPS 7550Leadership Workshop (3.00)
This workshop course will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of leadership. It will begin with an evaluation of the ways in which leadership is studied and taught, and will then turn to the identification and analysis of the specific tasks required of leaders in various public policy arenas, including examples of both leadership success and leadership failure.
LPPS 7650Law and Public Policy (0.00 - 6.00)
Students will take a class in the law and complete assignments that will be graded by Batten faculty.