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POLI-212 Introduction to Public Policy

"Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made", a quote often attributed to Prince Otto von Bismarck. Against this advice, this course focuses on understanding how laws are made. We will examine the policy-making process in the United States and, to a lesser extent, in other countries. Who sets the agenda adopted by politicians and policy-makers? What role(s) are played by private actors in the policy-making process? What factors help or hinder the process of implementing policies? Students will consider all of these questions and focus in depth on a number of current policy debates, including immigration policy, environmental policy, and education policy. This course is intended to provide students with an understanding of the theories explaining how policies are shaped by the political process and a familiarity with the practical tools used by policy-makers to develop and enforce the rules, policies, and laws that we all must follow. 4 SH. CC: Ethics Intensive.