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Open courses in Public Policy Studies
Wolverine Access Subject listing for PUBPOL
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Courses in Public Policy are listed in the Time Schedule under the School of Public Policy.
The following courses count as LS&A courses for LS&A degree credit.
PPS 529/Poli. Sci. 529. Statistics.
Section 001.
Prerequisites & Distribution: Prior coursework in calculus or concurrent enrollment in Math 413, and permission of instructor. Previous coursework in statistics is not required. (3). (Excl).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
This course covers descriptive statistics, probability theory, probability distributions (normal, binomial, Poisson, exponential), sampling distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, and simple regression analysis. It also includes an introduction to experimental design and to Bayesian decision analysis. The emphasis in the course in on preparing competent users and consumers of basic statistics. Some attention is paid to the mathematical underpinnings of statistical theory so that students will be prepared to go on to the SPP econometrics course (SPP 571).
PPS 555/Econ. 555. Microeconomics.
Section 001.
Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (4). (Excl).
Credits: (4).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
This course deals with the application of basic microeconomic analysis to public policy issues. The principal goal is to teach students the process of economic reasoning and how to apply that reasoning to policy issues in the real world. The course covers the basic topics in microeconomic theory: consumer theory, production theory, market models of perfect competition, monopoly, and oligopoly. Some calculus will be used without apology along with a great deal of algebra and graphical analysis.
PPS 573/Econ. 573. BenefitCost Analysis.
Section 001.
Prerequisites & Distribution: Econ. 555. (4). (Excl).
Credits: (4).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
This course teaches students how to evaluate government programs. It covers the mechanics of benefitcost analysis, how scarce or unemployed resources should be priced, the choice of a proper time discount rate, treatment of income distribution issues, environmental benefits, intergovernmental grants, and regulatory problems. A concluding section handles some methodological issues such as the optimal scale of an investigation and the potentials of social experimentation. An essential part of the course is a term project – each student selects a program and evaluates it.
PPS 585/Poli. Sci. 585. Political Environment of Policy Analysis.
Section 001.
Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
This course is an introduction to the political constraints that influence the creation and implementation of domestic public policy in the United States. The topics which will be covered include agendasetting and political framing; Congress, executive agencies, and the judiciary; and state and local constraints upon implementation. The difference between issue analysis and issue politics is a focus of the course. This course is required for all firstyear domestictrack MPP students at SPP. Students from other departments must attend the first class meeting to obtain permission to register from the instructor.
PPS 585/Poli. Sci. 585. Political Environment of Policy Analysis.
Section 002.
Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
This course focuses on the political environment within which policy analysis takes place. In the United States, public
policies are formulated and implemented in a political system of widelyshared power by participants with many
different, and often conflicting, goals. To be effective, policy analysts and public managers must understand this political
system. The goal of this course is to provide the student with some of the background necessary to develop strategies
for dealing effectively with the political environment of policy and administration.
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