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BPOLST 492 Topics in Policy Research (3-5, max. 10)
Explores topics in policy research to prepare students planning to enter a graduate level policy program. Topics may include: quantitative research methods, qualitative research methods, or research writing for the social sciences.
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BPOLST 501 Public Finance and Budgeting (5)
Analysis of government expenditures and revenues. Uses economic theory to examine key pubic policies in areas such as health, education, and labor. Emphasizes policy rationales and impacts regarding efficiency and equity. Develops accounting concepts necessary for budgeting analysis. Offered: Sp.
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BPOLST 502 Statistics for Policy Studies (5-)
Surveys important aspects of social science research for academic and practical investigation. Focuses on gaining an understanding of research and statistical analyses and their relationship to policy concerns. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.7 in BPOLST 500. Offered: W.
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BPOLST 503 Policy Analysis (-5)
Focuses on methods and approaches used in policy analysis and program evaluation. Examines and applies interdisciplinary approached and methods for evaluating policy impacts and outcomes, including cost-benefit analysis, randomized field experiments, quasi-experimental assessment, and participatory assessment.
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BPOLST 505 Leadership and Organizations (5) B. KOCHIS, K. NITTA
Explores the human interactional dimension of organizational culture, behavior, and outcomes. Special attention is devoted to how individual and group dynamics frame the options open to leaders, managers, and employees in public, private, and non-profit organizations, and how leaders and managers shape the culture and behavior of organizations. Offered: W.
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BPOLST 506 Capstone Research (5-)
Depending of work experience, participate in an internship or field research in a private, public, or non-profit organization to investigate a policy problem. Conduct primary or secondary research, collecting data, and selecting theoretical perspectives. Represents the first stage of the Capstone project. Offered: A.
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BPOLST 508 Capstone Project ([1-5]-, max. 11)
Based on data collected form their primary or secondary research internship/field research, write a capstone paper which frames project conceptual issues, its research findings, and produces a critical analysis of a policy issue. Represents the second stage of the Capstone project.
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BPOLST 509 Pro-Seminar for Policy Studies (1, max. 4) B. KOCHIS
Develops professional competencies and explores career development in policy fields. Builds skills in applied policy ethics, conflict resolution, policy writing, and public speaking. Provides opportunities to network with alumni, faculty, and professionals active in the field. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.
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BPOLST 510 Statistics Fundamentals for Policy Studies (5)
Intensive two-week, pre-fall course providing foundations in statistical methods. Covers statistical notation, population, sampling distribution and standard normal distributions, graphs and tables, inferential statistics, descriptive statistics and correlations. Prepares students for advanced linear methods. May include weekend meetings. Credit/no-credit only.
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BPOLST 511 Policy Process and Policy Analysis (5)
Focuses on public policy processes and introduces common methods of policy analysis. Examines rationales for public policy and how policies are articulated and negotiated; formulation of policies; selection of policy instruments; policy implementation; cost-benefit analysis and deliberative policy analysis approaches. Offered: A.
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BPOLST 513 Practicum in Policy Studies (5) C. COLLINS, K. NITTA
Begins capstone research sequence. Students explore issues of policy interest by connecting and building relationships with community stakeholders that influence and are affected by those issues. Students develop community engagement skills by completing a community-based learning project and reflect on the ethical, practical, and theoretical implications of community engagement. Offered: W.
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BPOLST 514 Management and Program Evaluation (5)
Provides an overview of the major literatures in organization theory and management. Focuses on developing managerial skills: supervising subordinates, building a team, mapping stakeholders, and problem-spotting, with special attention to program evaluation methods and approaches, including logic models, participatory approaches, and quantitative methods. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.7 in BPOLST 500, BPOLST 502, and BPOLST 503.
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BPOLST 515 Capstone (6)
Integrates students' learning experience in the program. They demonstrate their ability to apply the tools of policy research, analysis, and engagement to a contemporary policy issue. It follows the Practicum and builds on promising questions and collaborations. Students work in close partnership with their faculty Capstone Advisor.
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BPOLST 520 Policy Internship (2-5, max. 10)
Student arranged internship with a local organization or agency that incorporates a "field-based" component into their learning. Includes a policy project that benefits the organization and has academic merit. Prerequisite: BPOLST 500; BPOLST 502. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.
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BPOLST 571 Policy Ethics (5) Kochis
Examines the complex relationships between policy and ethics. These relationships are grounded in moral and political theories about the behavior of state and non-state actors. Offered: AWSp.
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BPOLST 576 Education Policy and Politics (5) D. JACOBY
Covers the historical development of U.S. K-12 education policy, with particular focus on contemporary education policy issues and debates, such as standards, tests, accountability, and school choice. Addresses the process and politics through which education policy is made at the federal, state, and district levels.
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BPOLST 581 Issues in Human Rights Policy (5, max. 10)
Explores the theories and practices of implementing the international human rights regime as government policy. Students engage in issues of normativity in policy formation and the pathways by which certain norms become domestic and global standards.
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BPOLST 582 Issues in Technology Policy (5, max. 10)
Explores how science and technology contribute to economic growth and human development, and how political processes shape and manage that impact. Examines historical and contemporary issues.
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BPOLST 583 Issues in Environmental Policy (5, max. 10)
Analyzes current policy issues in the complex and every changing arena of environmental policy.
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BPOLST 584 Issues in Labor and Human Resources (5, max. 10) Jacoby
Examines issues in the changing arena of labor and human resource policy.
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BPOLST 585 Issues in Health Policy (5, max. 10)
Examines relevant current issues in the changing arena of health policy including managed care, public health and safety, and the ethical dimensions of medical research and practice.
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BPOLST 586 Issues in Education Policy (5, max. 10)
Examines issues in education policy in local and global contexts.
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BPOLST 591 Research Colloquium (1-2, max. 6)
Provides an opportunity for graduate students and faculty members to exchange research ideas, present findings, discuss analytical methods and tools, and evaluate the implications of the presented research. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: jointly with BCULST 591; AWSp.
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BPOLST 592 Topics in Policy Research (3-5, max. 10)
Develops advanced technical skills in policy research methods. Topics may include various qualitative and quantitative methods of research.
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BPOLST 593 Topics in Policy Studies (3-5, max. 10)
Examines the changing arena of policy. Topics are relevant to current issues and may include the following: policy and gender; transportation policy in Puget Sound; policies of aging; and environmental policy.
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BPOLST 594 Research Design (5)
Provides grounding in research designs, such as experimental, longitudinal, cross-sectional, case-study, and action research design. Helps professionals design and evaluate research proposals and be astute consumers of published research. Develops research proposals that can be submitted for institutional review at UW. Offered: Sp.
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BPOLST 595 Policy Studies Skills Workshop (1-3, max. 9)
Provides the opportunity to develop applied skills commonly required of managers and analysts in the public and non-profit sectors. Workshops emphasize hands-on learning and actual practice.
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BPOLST 598 Directed Research (1-5, max. 15)
Individual advanced research on policy topics conducted under the direction of one or more instructors.
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