Advanced course offerings designed to respond to faculty and student interests and needs. Topics include French Impressionism, social movements in late nineteenth-century Japan, international business and the changing European economic structure.
BIS 493A/BPOLST 593,Topics in Policy Studies: Race, Public Policy, and Inequality.
Examines competing arguments surrounding the role of race in public policy formation and implementation and investigates how the intersection of race and policy may influence the distribution of goods, services, and opportunities. A combination of in class lectures and student debates will be used to explore topics such as health, education, income, and environmental inequalities.
Student learning goals
To understand and discuss the role of public beliefs and opinions on public policy agenda setting and action.
To advance students understanding of how race intersects with public policy agenda’s.
To identify and discuss key arguments with regards to race in public policy.
To learn how to critically assess the processes of public policy using the tools of political science, economic, legal, and social welfare perspectives.
To gain experience in the direct application of social science research skills to the identification, analysis, and interpretation of empirical research of relevance to policy analysts.
To identify the potential strengths and limitations of contemporary public policy for addressing racial/ethnic inequalities and to examine critically the consequences for future demographic trends and patterns.
General method of instruction
A combination of lectures and student debates
Class assignments and grading