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Fall '00 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Public Policy Studies (Division 396)

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Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 – December 22)

Open courses in Public Policy Studies

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PPS 529/Poli. Sci. 529. Statistics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Stanley Sedo (sasedo@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prior coursework in calculus or concurrent enrollment in Math 413, and permission of instructor. Previous coursework in statistics is not required. (3).

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).

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PPS 555/Econ. 555. Microeconomics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Carl Simon (cpsimon@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (3).

Credits: (3).

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.

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PPS 560/Pol. Sci. 560. Foreign Policy and the Management of International Relations.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jude Collin Hayes (jchayes@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2000/fall/spp/pubpol/560/001.nsf/

This course examines both the international political system in which states pursue their foreign policy objectives and the domestic political processes that affect their foreign policy decision-making. The goal is to provide students with the background necessary to effectively analyze, develop, and implement foreign policy strategies. To this end, the course is divided into three parts. In the first part of the course, the major theoretical approaches to the study of international relations are introduced. The second part of the course focuses on foreign policy processes in the world's major economic and military powers. The final part of the course examines the institutions and policy problems that exist across several important international issue-areas including international security and economics, world health, and the environment.

Students are required to keep up with the weekly readings and are expected to participate in class. Attendance at the discussion sections is strongly encouraged and students who write policy memos for a given week are expected help lead the discussions. Participation in the course's web-based discussions is also encouraged.

The grades will be calculated in the following way
4 Reaction Papers (due 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, and 10/6)…………………………20%
Take-Home Midterm Exam (due 10/16)…………… ………………………25%
2 Policy Memos………………………………………………………….…10%
Policy Analysis Paper (due 12/20)……………………………………….… 35%
Class Participation………………………………………………………… 10%

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PPS 573/Econ. 573. Benefit-Cost Analysis.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kerwin Charles (kcharles@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Econ. 555. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course teaches students how to evaluate government programs. It covers the mechanics of benefit-cost 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.

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PPS 585/Poli. Sci. 585. Political Environment of Policy Analysis.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ann Lin (annlin@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (3).

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 agenda-setting 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 first-year domestic-track MPP students at SPP. Students from other departments must attend the first class meeting to obtain permission to register from the instructor.

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PPS 585/Poli. Sci. 585. Political Environment of Policy Analysis.

Section 002.

Instructor(s): Dan Carpenter (dancarp@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (3).

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 widely-shared 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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PPS 636/Pol. Sci 636. Program Evaluation I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mohr

Prerequisites & Distribution: Public Policy 571 or concurrent enrollment in Public Policy 633. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The central issues addressed by this course are whether and how one ought to try to establish the extent to which public programs are achieving their goals. Are the goals being attained? If not, why not? A great deal of money is actually spent to answer these questions. Is the research worthwhile? Are the results important in the policy process? A critical issue is the quality of evaluation studies that are carried out, so that the bulk of the course deals with evaluation theory and methods. Students will learn how to tell whether programs of any kind are having specified impacts upon the world, which turns out to be an extremely difficult question to answer. The format is lecture and discussion, where the lectures mainly cover methods and theory and the discussions over examples of actual evaluations conducted in the past. Policies and programs in a broad range of areas are critiqued in discussion, including health, mental health, corrections, criminal justice, recreation, education, and development.

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PPS 637/Pol. Sci. 637. Program Evaluation II

(Credits ?).

Prerequisites & Distribution: Public Policy 636 and permission of instructor. (2-4).

Credits: (2-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This seminar explores issues raised in Poli. Sci. 636 in depth, providing students with the opportunity to study particular methods and problems in detail.

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PPS 736/Pol. Sci. 736. Poverty and Inequality.

Instructor(s): Rebecca Blank (blank@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2000/fall/spp/pubpol/736/001.nsf

Course Description This course analyzes the conditions and causes of poverty within the United States and the variety of economic, social, and political responses to poverty which have occurred in recent decades. The bewildering number of anti-poverty programs that have been tried in the last 20 years underscores the extent of disagreement about the causes of poverty, the situation of the poor, and the role of the government in encouraging income redistribution and social change. The first part of the course explores the problem of poverty, including a discussion of various causal theories about poverty and the underlying implications of these theories. The second part of the course analyzes specific problems and policy proposals, with particular attention to the most recent round of legislative reforms in anti-poverty programs since the mid-1990s.

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PPS 747/Econ. 739. Topics in International Economic Policy.

Section 001 – The International Monetary System: Problems and Proposals for Reform. (2 credits). Meets Sept. 8 – Oct. 13 (Drop/Add deadline=September 26).

Instructor(s): Robert Stern (rmstern@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor and Public Policy 540. Graduate standing. (2-4).May be repeated for credit.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (2-4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~rmstern/section1/747info.htm

This mini-seminar will deal with a variety of analytical, empirical, and policy issues involved in understanding the problems and proposals for reform of the international financial system. We will begin with an overview of recent developments in the international financial system and some perspective on the history of international financial arrangements. This will be followed by sessions dealing with the major issues of reforming the system, the choice of exchange-rate regimes, international capital flows, and the role of the International Monetary Fund in managing the system. The last two sessions will deal with the analysis and proposals for change set out in the March 2000 (Meltzer) Report of the International Financial Institution Advisory Commission.

Students will be required to prepare each week a paper based on the assigned reading. These papers must not exceed two (2) pages in length. They will be due no later than noon on Thursday prior to the next day's seminar meeting and can be left in an envelope hanging on the bulletin board outside my office. The papers should also be transmitted electronically to soraphol@umich.edu. They will be available on my Home Page, as noted above, by 3 P.M. on Thursday, and should be read by everyone in preparation for the Friday morning discussion. There will be five (5) required papers, the first of which is due on September 15, 2000. The papers will be graded and weighted equally in assigning the final grade for the mini-seminar.

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PPS 747/Econ. 739. Topics in International Economic Policy.

Section 002 – Issues in the WTO-2000 Multilateral Trade Negotiations (2 credits). Meets Oct. 20 – Dec. 8. (Drop/Add deadline=November 2).

Instructor(s): Robert Stern (rmstern@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor and Public Policy 540. Graduate standing. (2-4).May be repeated for credit.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (2-4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~rmstern/section2/747info2.htm

This course is taught as two separate half-term seminars. Students may take one or both miniseminars. Recent topics have included crisis management in the Asian financial and foreign exchange markets and issues of economic and monetary unification in the European Union.

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