PUBPOL 475 - Topics in Public Policy
Fall 2016, Section 306 - Michigan Politics and Policy
Instruction Mode: Section 306 is (see other Sections below)
Subject: Public Policy (PUBPOL)
Department: SPP: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
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Credits:
3 (Non-LSA credit).
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s).
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Description

This course is designed to familiarize students with the Michigan political system and learn about current policy issues at play both statewide and in local communities. We’ll have an overview of Michigan government and political institutions, an examination of the responsibilities of and relationships between state and local units of government in Michigan, and discussion about specific issues and challenges currently facing Michigan policymakers. On top of that, this course includes an introduction to and hands-on use of survey research data provided by one the Ford School’s core research centers: the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP). Twice each year, CLOSUP’s Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) program asks Michigan local government leaders about a wide variety of public policy issues. We’ll use this data to supplement our discussions of the topics we cover each week, as well as include it in students' final papers. There is no prior knowledge of survey research, its methodology, or statistical software required.

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Schedule

PUBPOL 475 - Topics in Public Policy
Schedule Listing
101 (SEM)
 In Person
23126
Closed
0
2Ugrd
-
M 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: The class deals with the political, practical and substantive facets of policy making. We do this by analyzing the passage - and sometimes failure - of signature pieces of federal legislation that imposed massive change on the country. We study LBJ's civil rights act, GW Bush's no child left behind act and Clinton's welfare reform. We study the similarities and differences politically and substantively of how each was passed and then look at how that President and Congress and subsequent ones confronted continued enforcement of the law and policy changes. We don't confine our study to just these 3 men and their policy changes, but will often bring in other big political/policy moments/changes to underscore points.
103 (SEM)
 In Person
27485
Closed
0
 
1
M 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Note: Taught by editorial page editor of The Detroit News Nolan Finley A look at the unique deal that settled Detroit's municipal bankruptcy. Foundations, corporations, foundations and governments stepped out of their normal operating boundaries to craft an $800 million agreement that allowed Detroit to move out of Chapter 9 without a fire sale of its assets or sacrificing its pensioners. The class will examine the part played by each of the principles, and how the experience in Detroit changed the way collaborations between government, foundations and the business community will work in the future. Class will feature guest appearances by and video-taped interviews with many of those involved in the Grand Bargain. It is taught by Nolan Finley, editorial page editor of The Detroit News, who covered bankruptcy. Class will be held on the following dates: Oct 31, Nov 14, 21, 28, Dec 5 and 12
200 (SEM)
 In Person
29552
Closed
0
 
-
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
TuTh 4:00PM - 7:00PM
MW 5:30PM - 7:00PM
TuTh 5:30PM - 7:00PM
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
304 (SEM)
 In Person
27550
Closed
0
 
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Taught by outgoing White House Deputy Director James Kvaal This course will delve into policy issues and controversies in the US Higher Education system. Topics will include: affordability issues and student debt, scholarships, and "free tuition"; efforts to encourage access and diversity in higher education including affirmative action in light of Supreme Court decisions; graduation rates; and technology, MOOCs, and the future of higher education.
305 (SEM)
 In Person
30737
Open
15
 
-
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: In 2017-2018, the University of Michigan will celebrate its Bicentennial, two hundred years of leadership in American higher education. The study of Michigan's history its current challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities, and its future possibilities illustrates not only many of the key policy issues that have shaped American higher education but also suggests those that will challenge both the University and the nation in the years ahead. This course will consider the University as an exemplar both of the evolution of higher education and the forces that will shape it in the future. Included will be subjects such as the cost, price, and value of a college education (e.g., who benefits, who pays), the ability to serve an increasingly diverse population, and the critical role of university research in determining the prosperity, security, and public welfare of the nation. Current issues such as student activism, diversity, faculty tenure, the financing of higher education, college sports, and the political environment characterizing higher education will be considered. Of particular importance will be a consideration of the future of the university, considering issues such as changing demographics, globalization, and the rapid evolution of key technologies such as cyber infrastructure, artificial intelligence, and gene editing, again using the University of Michigan as a case study.
306 (SEM)
 In Person
21453
Open
6
 
-
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: This course is designed to familiarize students with the Michigan political system and learn about current policy issues at play both statewide and in local communities. We?ll have an overview of Michigan government and political institutions, an examination of the responsibilities of and relationships between state and local units of government in Michigan, and discussion about specific issues and challenges currently facing Michigan policymakers. On top of that, this course includes an introduction to and hands-on use of survey research data provided by one the Ford School?s core research centers: the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP). Twice each year, CLOSUP?s Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) program asks Michigan local government leaders about a wide variety of public policy issues. We?ll use this data to supplement our discussions of the topics we cover each week, as well as include it in students' final papers. There is no prior knowledge of survey research, its methodology, or statistical software required.
308 (SEM)
 In Person
31012
Open
13
 
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Climate change often feels like a problem that our brains have been hardwired to ignore. Climate change is abstract and complex, making it hard for non-scientists (including policy-makers) to understand. For most Americans, it is a problem that will harm people who are far away in time and geography. And the significant political polarization surrounding climate change has turned it into a form of identity politics. Yet like so many environmental problems?from habitat destruction to overconsumption of natural resources?climate change is the result of human behavior. If we want to solve or mitigate these problems, we must first understand what is driving these beliefs and behaviors. Most policy to address environmental issues such as climate change has focused on legal or economic tools such as prohibiting certain forms of pollution or giving subsidies for renewable energy. In this discussion-based policy seminar, we will examine an alternative framework for motivating environmentally-friendly behavior: psychological and social incentives. We will explore factors affecting climate change beliefs and related behaviors, including reactions to and support for policies. The focus will be primarily on the US, and we will discuss policy programs and private interventions that have incorporated social psychological research to promote climate change mitigation as well as potential new applications of this research. Although this class will mainly cover climate change and other environmental issues, the psychological tools we will discuss are used in other domains as well, so will be useful to students interested in a range of policy topics.
309 (SEM)
 In Person
28455
Open
7
7Ugrd
-
Th 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Note: This course examines the interaction of politics and policymaking at the state level. It examines issues such as the role of lobbyists, the impact of campaign and election reforms, and the relationship between state governments and other levels of government.
310 (SEM)
 In Person
28397
Open
2
4Ugrd
-
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: This course examines the nature, extent and causes of poverty and inequality in the US relying on a multidisciplinary literature from sociology, political science, economics, and psychology. The large number of anti-poverty programs that have been tried in the last 30 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. This course will explore the problem of poverty, theories of poverty and the implications that these theories have for public policies targeting poverty. We will study issues related to topics such as housing and neighborhoods, structural economic changes like wages and inequality, families and social norms, and mass incarceration to consider how these issues generate and reproduce poverty, lack of opportunity, and inequality.
311 (SEM)
 In Person
33419
Closed
0
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Global financial markets provide both opportunities and risks for macroeconomic policymakers. In this course we will explore the role of financial markets in economic development, the causes and consequences of financial crises, whether and how policies and institutions can be used to stabilize markets and help countries recover from crises, and what lessons we can learn from recent experiences which might help prevent future crises. There will be heavy emphasis on understanding and using data to study country experiences -- with examples drawn from developing and industrial economies.
312 (SEM)
 In Person
33420
Open
20
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: What is a "global" environmental problem, and how do we "know" when we have one? How have societies conceived of the environment in the past, and how might we re-imagine our relationship to the environment today to ensure a sustainable future? How have innovations in science and technology shaped our current approaches to managing planet Earth? In this course, we'll draw on insights from political science, anthropology, history, and science and technology studies to explore how people's views on what the global environment is and how it should be managed have changed over time. In particular, we'll consider the various political and ethical dilemmas that often arise when those views differ. Climate change and biodiversity conservation will be key topics in the course. Students will learn how to write policy memos and develop oral presentations for a general audience.
502 (SEM)
 In Person
27309
Closed
0
 
1
Tu 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: This is a short introductory course module in facilitating complex and difficult dialogic moments of engagement in the social, professional and institutional spheres of the public arena. Its purpose is to provide the possibility for actual engagement with tense social issues and phenomena bedeviling complex societies. It will briefly explore the historical and theoretical contexts, which give rise to sometimes painful and traumatic moments that filter in and color what may otherwise be perceived as simplistic conversations and interactions. It will introduce students?regardless of perceived color, gender, class, or ethnic identity categorization?to the necessity for transcending their subject locations. In order to facilitate, mediate, and engage in trans-formative moments of learning, dialogue, leadership and communal capacity building with due regard of difference and the respect of mutuality.
507 (SEM)
 In Person
31011
Closed
0
 
2
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Taught by outgoing White House Deputy Director James Kvaal This course will focus on the role of different actors perspectives in the policy process. The emphasis will be on understanding the different goals, tools, and constraints facing different actors in policymaking. The policy application will be health care reform: we will trace how it got on the policy agenda and its role in the 2008 campaign, the legislative process and subsequent regulations, the legal challenges, and efforts to implement the law including enrollment campaigns and healthcare.gov.

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