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PB AF 355 Special Topics in Nonprofits (3-4, max. 12)
Covers various topics regarding nonprofit essentials.
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PB AF 403 Professional Leadership (4)
Cultivates practical skills required to lead within various organizational contexts: managerial strategies for public, nonprofit, and business organizations are developed through case studies and guest speakers. Focuses on analytical and ethical approaches to problem solving and the communication skills needed for effective leadership in any career.
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PB AF 501 Legislative Relations (3/4)
Studies role of legislative bodies in American public policy making. Builds on case studies and focuses on tactics, constraints, and options involved in working within a legislative process to achieve public policy goals.
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PB AF 503 Executive Leadership (3/4)
Nature of executive life in the public sector, the function of leadership in implementing, making, and changing policy. Leadership styles, the relation of leadership to its constituencies and communities.
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PB AF 505 The Law of Public Administration (3)
Legal framework of public administrative action in the United States, emphasizing constitutional requirements; operation of the administrative process; management of personnel, funds, and contracts; and judicial review of administrative activity.
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PB AF 506 Ethics and Public Policy (3/4)
Teaches students to identify moral issues in public life. Special focus on the integration of moral concerns into public discussion in a manner which contributes to good policy and does not polarize issues. Discusses moral and political theory by focusing on contemporary cases and issues.
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PB AF 507 Mediation and Negotiation as Instruments of Public Management and Policy-Making (3/4)
Possibilities offered by mediation and negotiation methods using a mixture of cases, readings, discussions, lectures, and guest speakers. Use of negotiation and mediation techniques to resolve disputes and disagreements over public-policy issues.
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PB AF 508 Management Approaches to Service Delivery (3-4)
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PB AF 509 Managing People in Public and Nonprofit Agencies (3/4)
Emphasizes the role of the program manager rather than that of the personnel officer. Managing people within a variety of programmatic, bureaucratic, and political settings. Case studies form basis of class discussion, assignments.
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PB AF 510 Foundations of American Democracy (4)
Examines the fundamental values such as equality, liberty, dignity, freedom, and autonomy that individuals justify and shape American political culture and institutions. Focuses upon the philosophical and religious foundations of these values and examines the relations among them as well as how they influence American political culture, institutions, and conflict.
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PB AF 511 Managing Politics and the Policy Process (4)
Examines broad aspects of organizational life and orients students to key internal and external challenges and opportunities of managing public and nonprofit organizations. Main topics include organizational mission, values, communication, culture, organizational environment and the policy process, legislative-executive relations, interest group advocacy, and media relations.
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PB AF 512 Managing Organizational Performance (4)
Addresses questions of organizational design, personnel, and operations management to equip students with skills to perform effectively in mission-driven organizations. Core topics include organizational design, inter-organizational networks, human resources and staff management, improving service delivery and production flows, measuring and managing for performance, and ethical leadership.
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PB AF 513 Public Policy Analysis (4)
Production and use of analysis to support public policy decisions. Defining problems, devising alternative solutions, clarifying stakes in choices, predicting impacts of choices. Skills developed by working on specific policy problems. Assumes familiarity with statistics, microeconomic theory, and institutions and processes of American government. Prerequisite: PB AF 516 or permission of instructor.
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PB AF 514 Psychology for Policy Analysis (3/4)
Examines basic concepts in social psychology, judgment and decision making, and behavioral economics. Explores how these concepts can be applied to the design, implementation, and evaluation of successful policy.
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PB AF 515 Decision Making for Public Managers (3)
Considers decision making from normative, prescriptive, and descriptive perspectives. Emphasizes individual decision making, with some discussion of organizational decision practice. Focuses on decision analysis; presents tools for structuring decisions; and considers the role of analysis as a basis for negotiation.
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PB AF 516 Economics for Policy Analysis and Management I (4)
Ways in which microeconomic analysis can contribute to the analysis of public sector issues. Supply and demand, consumer and firm behavior, competitive and monopoly markets, income distribution, market failure, government intervention. Policy applications of theory. Prerequisite: elementary economics.
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PB AF 517 Economics for Policy Analysis and Management II (4)
Serves to deepen student understanding of microeconomic theory and develop skills in applying it to public policy and management issues. Prerequisite: PB AF 516.
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PB AF 518 Applied Cost Benefit Analysis (3/4)
Develops familiarity through problems and applications. Stresses techniques of use.
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PB AF 520 Intergovernmental Relations (4)
Comparative study of the issues involved in implementing government programs across multiple jurisdictions. Issues of accountability, feasibility, politics, and constitutional limits are examined by focusing upon various methods used to implement programs across federal, state, regional, and international jurisdictions.
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PB AF 522 Financial Management and Budgeting (4)
An introduction to financial and management accouting, and an overview of public and nonprofit budgeting systems. Covers tools and techniques for budget analysis and the use of financial information in managerial decision making.
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PB AF 523 Advanced Budgeting in the Public Sector (3-4)
Covers more advanced topics in governmental budgeting. Provides an overview of the functions, expenditures, and revenues of federal, state, and local governments. Prerequisite: PB AF 522.
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PB AF 524 Public Sector Financing (3-4)
Covers financial management in public agencies, with the primary focus on state and local government. Prerequisite: PB AF 522. Instructors: Dively
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PB AF 525 Qualitative Field Methods and Analysis (3-4)
Provides a review of qualitative field research methods, exposure to writing from the field, and opportunities to try practicing fieldwork. Emphasizes study design, case selection, and field notes. Addresses coding, analysis, writing, and presenting findings.
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PB AF 526 Program Evaluation (3/4)
Theory, practice, and politics of evaluation, from simple feedback mechanisms to evaluation of large-scale ongoing programs and social experiments. Emphasis on applications of experimental and quasi-experimental evaluation. Case studies illustrate various types of evaluation. Prerequisite: PB AF 527
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PB AF 527 Quantitative Analysis I (4)
Two-quarter sequence explores how to formulate research questions, gain experience with conducting research, and learn how to assess which statistical tools or research methods are appropriate to answer different types of policy or management questions. Covers probability, descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, and confidence intervals. Prerequisite: graduate status in School of Public Affairs or permission of instructor.
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PB AF 528 Quantitative Analysis II (4)
Second quarter of a two-quarter sequence aimed at helping students become informed users and critical consumers of research and statistical analysis. Combines material on research design and data collection methods with tools for multivariate analysis. The multivariate analysis methods include correlation and an introduction to multivariate regression. Prerequisite: PB AF 527.
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PB AF 531 Development Management in the Twenty-First Century (3/4)
Addresses organization, administration and evaluation in governmental and non-governmental agencies involved in development efforts. Examines development strategies, alternative management approaches, and management skills such as budgeting, finance, human resource development and program evaluation. Also covers communication, expatriate/local power imbalances, decentralization, community involvement, culture, and personnel issues.
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PB AF 532 International Development Capstone (2/4)
Examines different policy environments leaders must address to achieve policy in comparative and international settings. Includes strategies, tactics, and frameworks needed to initiate and sustain policy dealing with authoritarian, democratic, liberal, and one-party states. Focuses on pressures from the international system and issues such as globalization.
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PB AF 533 Economics of International Development (3/4)
Introduction to sustainable international development and its physical, human, social, and natural capital components. Students examine the new growth theories and evidence, and their relationship to democracy, trade, and other policies and institutions. Topics include income distribution, poverty, and the environment.
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PB AF 534 Food and Agricultural Policy in Developing Countries (4)
Provides an understanding of the role of agriculture in economic development. Examines frontier policy issues in developing countries related to food security and agricultural production. Emphasizes developing a nuanced understanding of contemporary food and agricultural policy issues, with a firm grounding in theory and history.
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PB AF 535 Seminar in American Foreign Policy (3-)
Examines how the U.S. foreign policy process works, emphasizing formation, content, and implementation of post-Cold War U.S. foreign and national security policy, with emphasis on current foreign and national security policy.
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PB AF 536 Program Evaluation in the Developing World (-[3/4]) Gugerty
Provides an overview of issues in the analysis and evaluation of development projects focusing on the developing world with three themes: understanding and analyzing development programs; understanding and using the logic of impact assessment; identifying practical, field-based tools for monitoring and evaluation in low resource environments.
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PB AF 537 Topics in International Affairs (3-5, max. 12)
Examines topics of interest and import in foreign policy and international affairs. Focuses on the in-depth analysis of issues and the integration of economic, institutional, and political dimensions.
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PB AF 539 Values in International Development (4)
Examines and clarifies international development values, including underlying theories of justice on which they seem to be built, the ways in which they are justified to stakeholders, the general public, and impacts they have upon people, especially the poorest and most vulnerable.
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PB AF 540 African Development Challenges (3)
Provides an introduction to the political economy of development in sub-Saharan Africa. Focuses on understanding various theories about the underlying causes of current African development challenges and on analyzing and evaluating various proposals and policies for addressing these challenges.
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PB AF 541 The Role of Nongovernmental Organizations in International Development (4)
Explores some of the major issues faced by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working on development issues worldwide. Examines organizational forms, NGO-state relationships, inter-organizational relationships, and the relationship of NGOs to beneficiaries.
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PB AF 542 The Law and Economics of Regulation (3/4)
Examines the principles and practices of regulatory environments.
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PB AF 544 Land Use and Transportation Policy (3/4)
Provides an historical and theoretical context for a fuller understanding of federal and local policies regarding land use and transportation as well as a range of public policy options which influence how metropolitan areas grow and how people move around.
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PB AF 545 Public Leadership Seminars (3)
Provides a forum to reflect on the major dimensions of modern managerial leadership. Includes a team project working with outside clients or organizations.
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PB AF 546 Professional Development: Hubert H. Humphrey Seminar (1, max. 3)
Engages students as global citizens, discussing global issues affecting students' home environments. Utilizes the diversity in professional backgrounds and regional experiences of participants. Provides an introduction to U.S. government at the federal, state, and local levels, designed to enhance students' ability to participate and to create appropriate professional affiliations. Credit/no-credit only.
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PB AF 547 Water Resource Economics (4)
Explores the economics of water resources, including static and dynamic efficiency for consumers and producers and other topics concerned with water quality. Explores effects of climate change on water resources, and economic approaches to mitigate these effects.
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PB AF 548 Management and Public Capital Markets (4)
Explores the new debt management environment for financial managers of public organizations, and the meaning and value of active public debt management, including the analytical tools and accountability issues that characterize responsible management.
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PB AF 550 Management of Nonprofit Organizations (3/4)
Focuses upon the roles played by nonprofit organizations in meeting the public good. Examines internal management issues such as structure, budget, and operations; and external issues such as board functions, legal status, marketing, media relations, and fund-raising.
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PB AF 551 Nonprofit Management Capstone (3/4)
Explores the means through which nonprofit organizations establish strategies to expand their impact, sustain their organizations, and shape the future, and the steps through which they develop effective new programs to implement those strategies.
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PB AF 552 Philanthropy and Society (4)
Provides students a holistic background of the philanthropic sector. Begins with an in-depth analysis of history and context and ends with a discussion of current strategies and approaches to giving by foundations. Builds in sequence: history, context, sub-sectors, accountability, and results.
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PB AF 553 Nonprofit Financial Management (3/4)
Provides an understanding of the financial framework on nonprofit organizations. Focuses on the financial principles of management of nonprofits, with an emphasis on financial reporting, strategic financial planning, managerial decision-making and budgeting.
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PB AF 554 Nonprofit Organizations and Public Policy (3)
Examines the changing role of nonprofit organizations in American society. Selected policy topics include privatization, for-profit/nonprofit competition, public-private partnerships, tax policy, and new sources of revenues.
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PB AF 555 Topics in Nonprofit Management (3-5, max. 12)
Examines various topics of public importance in nonprofit management. Integrates the political, managerial, and economic dimensions of these issues.
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PB AF 556 Public-Private Partnerships (3-4)
Provides a comprehensive overview and examination of partnerships and their implications for public policy and nonprofit and public management. Examines the diverse array of partnerships in the UW and abroad and the management challenges involved in the development and implementation of different partnership strategies.
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PB AF 557 Management and Public Capital Markets (4) Marlowe
Covers the institutions and dynamics of the public capital market; how the structure of that market shapes managers' choices about how to design, sell, and manage debt obligations; and the analytical tools managers and investors use to evaluate those choices and their potential consequences.
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PB AF 558 Collaboration and Management Across Sectors (4)
Organizations from different sectors (public, business, nonprofit) increasingly work together to achieve unique, collaborative outcomes. Managing cross-sector relationships presents dynamic process and governance challenges that go well beyond the difficulties of managing within an organization. Explores the opportunities and risks involved in working across organizational boundaries.
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PB AF 562 Immigration Policy and Immigrants (4)
Builds foundational knowledge of American immigration policy, providing students with the conceptual and analytical tools required to critically evaluate any and all arguments made in current policy debates, and to move toward making unique and original contributions to those debates.
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PB AF 563 Intergroup Relations and Public Policy (4)
Explores how social psychological research on intergroup relations is pertinent to various aspects of public policy. Includes historical and current perspectives. Examines how the literature describes how individuals perceive, judge, and feel about individuals from various social groups. The groups discussed ranges from minimal groups to classic social groups.
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PB AF 564 Housing and Social Policy (4)
Focuses on the problem of affordable housing and its interrelationships with social problems in the United States.
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PB AF 565 Topics in Urban Affairs (3-5, max. 12)
Examines various topics of public importance in urban policy. Integrates the political, managerial, and economic dimensions of these issues.
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PB AF 566 Community Economic Development (3/4)
Explores the relationship between local community economic development, environmental sustainability, cultural vitality, and trend in regional and national economics, with specific focus on how to make community and economic investments that yield development outcomes that contribute to economic, equitable, environmental, and cultural vitality.
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PB AF 567 Community Engagement and Urban Governance (3/4)
Investigates interactions between citizen participation and efforts to measure and improve policy and program performance in large cities. Develops analytic frameworks and practical strategies for sustaining and enhancing participation and performance.
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PB AF 568 Social Justice and Public Policy (3/4)
Examines the values of social justice that motivate action in the public arena; thinks about how those values create concerns and solutions; and explores issues of equity and liberty, of balancing the rights of the individual, the common good, and redistribution.
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PB AF 569 Race and Public Policy (3-4)
Analyzes the way in which the persistent problem of race is expressed in the formation and implementation of social and public policy.
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PB AF 570 Foundations of Social Policy (3)
Examines major institutions and programs in social policy including: income maintenance, social services, education, and healthcare. Focuses on American social policy with some attention to comparative welfare state development. Includes extensive discussion of different policy strategies to address social policy problems.
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PB AF 572 Higher Education and Public Policy (3)
Explores the nature of public polices affecting higher education, how these policies are made and influenced at both the federal and state levels, and the role of policy research and analysis, and several of the major current public policy problems and policy responses.
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PB AF 573 Topics in Education and Social Policy (3-5, max. 12)
Examines various issues of public importance in the areas of education and social policy. Focuses on in-depth analysis of relevant issues and the integration of the economic, administrative, and political dimensions of these issues.
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PB AF 574 Economics of Race and Inequality in the United States (3/4)
Covers the history of racial inequality over the past century, theories of the causes, wage determination and discrimination in employment and pay, inequalities in education and human capital development, and residential segregation and its consequences. Discusses the effectiveness and limitations of policy response to racial inequality.
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PB AF 575 Economics of Education Policy (4)
Introduces economic theory applications and econometric analysis to educational policy issues. Covers supply and demand, consumer behavior, and production theory. Discusses educational investment incentives, school behavior, and governmental intervention. Uses econometric methods to infer education policies' effects and make predictions. Addresses educational attainment, school resources, teacher labor markets, and accountability.
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PB AF 576 Poverty and Anti-Poverty in the United States (3/4)
Examines the nature and extent of poverty in the United States, its causes and consequences, and the antipoverty effects of public policies.
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PB AF 578 Asset Building for Low Income Families (3/4)
Explores assets and finances for low income families primarily in the United States. Identifies programs and policies targeted toward asset building and looks at evidence of their efficacy. Uses a multi-disciplinary perspective to examine the economic, social, and political contexts for these policies.
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PB AF 581 Information Technology and the Policy-Making Process (3)
Demystifies information base for policy making in democracies. Examines theoretical and practical issues associated with information processing in the public sector. Considers role of new technologies in collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information with special attention to the relationship between these technologies and effective government service, public participation, and organizational accountability.
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PB AF 582 Communicating Climate Change (4)
Surveys climate change communications and the role in achieving climate change policy goals. Assesses climate change communication in light of scientific evidence as well as student reactions. Explores theories and frameworks to evaluate and improve climate change communications. Examines the role of climate change communication as a policy tool.
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PB AF 583 Science, Technology, and Public Policy (4)
Examines the relationship between the advancement of technical knowledge, the pace of technological change, and public policies designed to induce or respond to these development. Issues of policy formulation, administrative design, and future trends; applications include biotechnology, energy, information technology, global warming, robotics, national security, homeland security, and space exploration.
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PB AF 585 Topics in Science, Technology, and Public Policy (3-5, max. 12)
Examines relationship between advancement of technical knowledge and pace of technological change, and public policies to induce or respond to these trends. Generic issues of government research, development, and personnel training programs are addressed. Applications of policy issues involving biomedical, communications, energy, environmental, transportation, and weapons technologies.
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PB AF 586 International Science and Technology Policy (3)
Seminar is designed: first, to analyze the relationships between research and development policy, capabilities, and national technological strategies for advanced industrial and less-developed countries; second, to deal with the international implications of particular technologies as countries try to make policy for them in regional and global organizations. Includes examples of specific technologies.
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PB AF 587 Water and Sanitation Policy in Economically Developing Countries (3/4)
Examines the policy dimensions of providing water supply and sanitation services in developing countries.
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PB AF 588 Environmental Risk Analysis (4)
Examines a variety of frameworks and models of risk with respect to regulation, policy, and decision-making.
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PB AF 593 Climate Change and Energy Policy (3-4)
Energy policy formulation and implementation with emphasis on post-1973 developments. Energy conservation programs; changing roles of oil, coal, gas, nuclear, and solar energy; institutional, environmental, and equity considerations; government research and development programs.
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PB AF 594 Economic Approaches to Environmental Management (3/4) Layton
Examines the economic tools relevant to natural resource and environmental management. Tools are developed in the context of a series of resource problems, with an eye towards building intuition useful for addressing complex policy problems that do not fit neatly into textbook examples.
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PB AF 595 Topics in Environmental Policy and Management (3-5, max. 12)
Examines various topics of public importance in environmental policy and management. Integrates the political, managerial, and economic dimensions of these issues.
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PB AF 596 Ethics and Values in Environmental and Natural Resource Policy (3)
Explores environmental values and ethics and their relationship to the policy process. Includes content on value foundation of economic efficiency and its relationship to fairness, legal entitlements, duty to other creatures, and incommensurabilities in valuing goods. Current policy controversies are addressed.
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PB AF 597 Role of Scientific Information in Environmental Decisions (3/4) Cullen
Examines how science contributes to decisions that involve the natural environment; how science and scientists help frame debates and decisions; how scientific findings are incorporated into decision-making processes; how scientists and non-scientists deal with uncertainty about scientific questions.
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PB AF 598 Administrative and Policy Skills Workshop (1-3, max. 6)
Teaches practical administrative, leadership, and analytic skills commonly required of managers and analysts in the public and nonprofit sectors. The workshops emphasize hands-on problem resolution, simulations, and actual practice. Credit/no-credit only.
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PB AF 599 Special Topics (1-6, max. 15)
Study and analysis of special topics in public affairs. Topics vary each quarter depending on curricular needs and interests of students and faculty.
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PB AF 600 Independent Study or Research (*-)
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PB AF 605 Degree Project ([1-8]-, max. 8)
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PB AF 606 Public Service Clinic ([3/4]-) Carlson
Serves to meet the degree project requirement as part of the Evans School curriculum. Students work in a supportive environment facilitated by peer and faculty to connect the research, organizational change, and capacity-building needs of community organizations and public agencies.
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PB AF 607 Public Service Clinic (-[3/4]) Carlson
Serves to meet the degree project requirement as part of the Evans School curriculum. Students work in a supportive environment facilitated by peer and faculty to connect the research, organizational change, and capacity-building needs of community organizations and public agencies.
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PB AF 608 Capstone Project Seminar ([3-4]-, max. 9)
Meets the degree project requirements as part of the Evans School curriculum. Students work in a supportive environment facilitated by peer and faculty to complete individual degree projects.
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