Bruce E. Kochis
Addresses how organizational cultures, processes, and resources create and limit policy options in local, state, and national context. Examines how an organization's strategies, perspectives, and patterns of resource management shape organizational responses to a variety of policy issues and problems. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.7 in BPOLST 500, BPOLST 502, and BPOLST 503.
Students can expect to gain sophisticated knowledge about how various types of organizations work in policy environments, how organizations conflict or cooperate with each other, and what conceptual and practical tools researchers and analysts need to investigate organizational structure and culture.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The general method is reading supplemented by classroom lecture/discussion with an emphasis on discussion. Seminars, case studies, three all-day Saturday workshops will provide the primary forums. In addition, students will engage discussion through web-based threaded discussions and synchronous chat rooms.
This is the the third in the series of core courses for the Master of Arts in Policy Studies. Students must have completed BPOLST 500, 502, and 503 to be admitted.
Class assignments and grading
In addition to reading, students will be required to prepare policy memos on a weekly basis and complete a major research project for the quarter.
Grades are assigned on the basis of the quality of the research project, weekly writing, and participation in the activities of the course.