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Public Policy
PPOL 3000Writing Lab (1.00)
Effective written communication is critical to leadership for public policy. The Writing Lab provides students an opportunity to improve their composition and revision skills. Students will use the assignments from a required core class as the material for the lab.
PPOL 3000TNon-UVa Transfer/Test Credit (1.00 - 10.00)
PPOL 3001Public Policy Writing Lab (1.00)
Develops professional writing skills.
PPOL 3050Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship (3.00)
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.
PPOL 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 2017
PPOL 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.
PPOL 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
PPOL 3230Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century (3.00)
Spring 2018
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.
PPOL 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.
PPOL 3240Anti-Terrorism and the Role of Intelligence (3.00)
Spring 2018
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.
PPOL 3241Science and Technology Policy for Interns (3.00)
Spring 2018
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.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016
PPOL 3250International 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
PPOL 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.
PPOL 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.
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Fall 2014
PPOL 3280Urban Environmental Policy (3.00)
In this course we will examine environmental challenges to cities, including climate change, pollution, recreation, resource consumption, public health, and disasters. We will analyze how policies have contributed to, mitigated, and adapted to these challenges and how policy goals and outcomes can be evaluated using concepts such as sustainability, resilience and environmental justice.
Course was offered Spring 2015
PPOL 3290Social Innovation in Emerging Markets: India and South East Asia (3.00)
Spring 2018
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.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016
PPOL 3295Global Humanitarian Crises: Dilemmas, Leadership, and Action (3.00)
Spring 2018
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.
Course was offered Spring 2017
PPOL 3410Innovation and Social Impact (3.00)
Spring 2018
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.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016
PPOL 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 2017
PPOL 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.
PPOL 3450Resilient Leadership for Teams and Teammates (3.00)
Spring 2018
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.
PPOL 3559New Course in Public Policy and Leadership (3.00)
Spring 2018
Investigates a selected issue in public policy or leadership.
Course was offered Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
PPOL 4000TNon-UVa Transfer/Test Credit (1.00 - 10.00)
PPOL 4200Institutional and Political Context of Public Policy (3.00)
Spring 2018
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.
PPOL 4210Integrating Ethics in Public Policy (3.00)
Spring 2018
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.
PPOL 4215Designing Institutions (3.00)
This class aims to introduce students to the choices we make (and have made) by crafting our institutions and the rules of the game of policymaking and our best understanding of the consequences of institutional design.
PPOL 4220Poverty: In the US and Rest of the World (3.00)
Although the US has experienced significant growth in its history, poverty has remained high at around 15 percent of the population. This seminar course will focus on poverty in the US and in the rest of the world (RoW). How the poverty line in the US is set and what data are used to estimate poverty in the US will be presented, and contrasted with relative poverty methodology in Europe and $1 per person per day poverty in the developing world.
Course was offered Spring 2014
PPOL 4225Leadership and Practice (2.00)
Spring 2018
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.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016
PPOL 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
PPOL 4250Choice and Consequences: The Economics of Public Policy (3.00)
Spring 2018
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.
PPOL 4500Topics in Public Policy and Leadership (1.00)
Topical courses in public policy and leadership
PPOL 4550Social Entrepreneurship: Global Field Experience (3.00)
Social Entrepreneurship Global Field Experience Topics Course
PPOL 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"
PPOL 4599Special Topics in Public Policy (3.00)
This is an upper level topics course offered in the Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy
PPOL 4720Open Source for the Common Good (3.00)
Spring 2018
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.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016
PPOL 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 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
PPOL 4730Impact Investing (3.00)
Spring 2018
'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.
PPOL 4735Experiential Social Entrepreneurship (3.00)
Spring 2018
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.
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Spring 2016
PPOL 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.
PPOL 4755White Collar Criminal Justice Policy (3.00)
This course examines the nature, scope, and impact of white collar crime in today's society. It will address the definition of white collar crime and how it is distinguished from other crimes; the perpetrators and victims of white collar crime; the broader costs of white collar crime and the theories of how these costs are measured; and the methods by which white collar crime is investigated, prosecuted, punished, and deterred.
Course was offered Fall 2015, Fall 2014
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Fall 2013, Fall 2012
PPOL 4770Policy Implementation (3.00)
Class will work with community partners in CVille area in a hands-on experiential setting. Course will investigate how domestic policy, especially social welfare policy, is implemented, tracing the strands from congressional acts through the administrative agencies and finally to the administrators at the local level. One goal is to help students better understand the instruments of public policy and the choices available for policy design.
Course was offered Fall 2013, Fall 2012
PPOL 4991Capstone Seminar (3.00)
Spring 2018
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.
PPOL 4993Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00)
Independent study in the field of public policy and leadership.
PPOL 4999Independent Study (1.00)
Independent study for international student studying abroad.
Course was offered Spring 2013
PPOL 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.
PPOL 5035Leading and Managing Diverse Groups (3.00)
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.
Course was offered Spring 2013, Spring 2012
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Fall 2017
PPOL 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.
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Spring 2017
PPOL 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.
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Spring 2016
PPOL 5345Turkey and the USA: Poverty, Politics, and Social Policy (3.00)
This course compares social policy in NATO Allies Turkey and the US. Social policy consists of health, education, and social protection (welfare and social security). Turkey and the US have very different social policy environments, reflecting different histories and politics. This seminar will look at a different aspect of poverty, politics, and social policy each week, with one class meeting on the US and one on Turkey. STATA not required.
PPOL 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 2017, Fall 2016
PPOL 5460The Politics of the Budgetary Process (3.00)
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
PPOL 5500Special Topics (3.00)
Courses examine special topics in public policy and/or leadership
Course was offered Fall 2012
PPOL 5540Applied Policy Clinics (2.00)
Spring 2018
Applied Policy Clinics Topics Course
Course was offered Fall 2017
PPOL 5550Global Field Experience (3.00)
Global Field Experience Topics Course
PPOL 5559New Course in Public Policy and Leadership (3.00)
Spring 2018
Investigates a selected issue in public policy or leadership.
PPOL 5600Education Policy (3.00)
Education policy has taken center stage in a variety of national, state and local policy debates. To make sense of the policy process, we will explore the goals of policies and the extent to which the intention, implementation and ultimate effects of the policies align. How can theory and empirical analysis inform our understanding of the best ways for policy to improve outcomes for students?
Course was offered Spring 2013
PPOL 5660Design and Leadership (3.00)
The aim of this course is to give students a fundamental and practical understanding of leadership and the role that design plays in exercising leadership and mobilizing the resources of a group. This is a course designed for students currently being educated in the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning. The purpose is to increase significantly one's individual capacity to sustain the demands of leadership and to
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
PPOL 6000Political Institutions and Processes (3.00)
This class focuses on political strategy from the point of view of participants in American public policy, especially managers, analysts, advocates, and elected officials. The goal of the class is to promote a better understanding of the political and organizational factors involved in policy adoption, choosing among alternatives, gaining acceptance, assuring implementation, and coping with unanticipated consequences.
Course was offered Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
PPOL 6050Leadership in the Public Arena (3.00)
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.
PPOL 6080Education Policy (3.00)
Spring 2018
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 Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
PPOL 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).
Course was offered Spring 2016
PPOL 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.
PPOL 6130International Economic Policymaking (3.00)
American economic interaction with the rest of the world dwarfs U. S. expenditures on diplomatic and security issues. This course will offer an overview of how the U. S. government regulates these economic activities and the relationship between the U. S. government and the private sector. The class will include theory, but will focus heavily on practical, hands-on questions and issues.
Course was offered Spring 2016
PPOL 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 2016, Spring 2016
PPOL 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.
PPOL 6250Policy Analysis (3.00)
Spring 2018
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
PPOL 6500Topics in Public Policy (1.00)
Spring 2018
Investigates a selected issue in public policy or leadership.
PPOL 6501Topical Workshops in Public Policy and Leadership (0.00)
Courses examine public policy and leadership issues in a workshop seminar format - no grade.
Course was offered Fall 2011
PPOL 6700Strategic Thinking at the Organizational Level (1.00)
Topics include Conducting an Environmental Scan: What It Is and How To Do It, Strategic Planning: How to Complete a Plan That Will Get Used, Setting Benchmarks and Performance Goals, and Implementing Plan Results.
Course was offered Fall 2010
PPOL 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.
PPOL 6715Leadership in U.S. Foreign Policy: Best Practices for Advocates (3.00)
Spring 2018
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?
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Fall 2010
PPOL 6725Evaluating Causal Effects of Social Policies (3.00)
The goal of this class is to learn how to evaluate the causal effects of social policies. Course will increase understanding of distinctions between correlation and causation through an examination of social policy issues from 'birth to old age.' Alternative estimation approaches will be explored. Each policy section will include substantive discussion of current policies and alternatives followed by close readings of social science studies.
PPOL 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.
PPOL 6735Politics and Policymaking in European Union (3.00)
This graduate course offers an introduction to the history, institutions and politics of the European Union, with an emphasis on policymaking in the EU today. First, the class will review the process of European integration and enlargement since the Treaty of Paris in 1951, including a review of the major theories of European integration. Second, the structure and function of the EU institutions will be introduced.
Course was offered Spring 2011
PPOL 6745Stigma and Social Disparities (3.00)
Introduces classic and contemporary theory and research on the social psychology of stigma, primarily from the perspective of the stigmatized. Topics include stigma's origin and nature, stigma and self-concept, stereotype threat, attributional ambiguity, stigma and social interaction, and implications of stigma for education, health, and life attainment more generally. Provides an overview of this area of psychology and its policy implications. Prerequisites: Graduate Student
Course was offered Spring 2011
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Spring 2017
PPOL 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 2017
PPOL 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.
PPOL 6770Development Economics (3.00)
Spring 2018
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.
Course was offered Spring 2017, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Fall 2015, Fall 2013
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Spring 2014
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2015
PPOL 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 Spring 2016, Spring 2015
PPOL 6810Virginia Politics and Policy (3.00)
Spring 2018
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.
PPOL 7001Math Camp (0.00)
Students will review fundamental math concepts in preparation for the MPP degree.
Course was offered Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011
PPOL 7005The Science of Self-Regulation and Decision Making (3.00)
Self-regulation is the management of social, cognitive, and motivational resources in goal pursuit. It is critical to understanding psychological processes (e.g., self control, decision-making) and influencing economic & health behavior (40% of US deaths involve self-reg. failures). Via in-depth reading and discussion of the science of self-regulation, researchers will aim to generate new ideas, and MPPs to inform policy analysis and solutions
Course was offered Spring 2012
PPOL 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.
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Spring 2013
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Fall 2012
PPOL 7025Values-Based Leadership (3.00)
Spring 2018
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.
Course was offered Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Fall 2012
PPOL 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.
PPOL 7035Benefit-Cost Analysis (3.00)
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.
PPOL 7040Business and Public Policy (3.00)
This course uses theoretical frameworks and applied case studies to study how businesses affect (and are affected by) public policy choices. Students learn how activists and business leaders overcome obstacles presented by the media, public interest groups, regulatory agencies, lobbyists, legislatures, the international business environment, and a variety of other governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Course was offered Spring 2014
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Spring 2012
PPOL 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.
PPOL 7055Strategies and Processes of Negotiation (3.00)
Spring 2018
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.
PPOL 7065Drug Abuse Control Policy (3.00)
The abuse of psychoactive drugs can damage drug users and lead them to damage other people. Policies aimed at controlling drug abuse-especially drug prohibition and its enforcement-generate harms of their own. What set of policies toward currently legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco and currently illegal drugs such as cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, and heroin would minimize the total social damage from drug abuse and drug abuse control?
Course was offered Fall 2012
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Spring 2013
PPOL 7110Economics of Public Policy II (3.00)
Spring 2018
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.
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Spring 2013
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Spring 2013
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Fall 2015
PPOL 7160Research Methods and Data Analysis II (3.00)
Spring 2018
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.
PPOL 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..
Course was offered Spring 2015, Spring 2014
PPOL 7250Summer Internship (0.00)
An important requirement of the Master in Public Policy, PPOL7250 allows students to apply the knowledge gained through their course work in a hands-on setting through domestic and international summer internships. Internships must last 10 weeks, 40 hours weekly.
Course was offered Summer 2010
PPOL 7300Principles of Net Assessment (3.00)
Spring 2018
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.
PPOL 7350Applied Policy Project Preparation (1.00)
The course consists of assignments related to preparation for the Applied Policy Project in the spring.
PPOL 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.
PPOL 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.
PPOL 7550Leadership Workshop (3.00)
his 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.
Course was offered Fall 2009
PPOL 7559New Course in Public Policy and Leadership (3.00)
Spring 2018
Investigates a selected issue in public policy or leadership.
Course was offered Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
PPOL 7600Thesis Project (3.00)
Spring 2018
Thesis Project
PPOL 7610Applied Policy Project (3.00)
Spring 2018
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.
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Spring 2010, Fall 2009
PPOL 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.
Course was offered Spring 2010
PPOL 7993Independent Study (1.00 - 6.00)
Student will perform independent projects under close faculty supervision.
PPOL 8210The American Presidency (3.00)
Readings and research on special problems of the American political and administrative system that come to a focus in the presidency or arise out of the manifold responsibilities of the president. Cross-listed with PLAP 8210.
Course was offered Fall 2013
PPOL 8680Economics and Education Policy (3.00)
Spring 2018
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.
Course was offered Spring 2016