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Robert D. Plotnick
PB AF 570
Seattle Campus

Foundations of Social Policy

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.

Class description

The course covers a set of policy analysis and management issues that cut across all areas of social policy education, income support, health, social services, etc. The primary course objectives are to further develop your policy analysis and management skills and to demonstrate how these skills can be applied to specific social policy issues. Another important objective is to familiarize you with some of the major current issues and themes within the broad area of social policy.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Class sessions emphasize active student participation and extensive discussion of the readings informed, in part, by students' prior work experiences and special interests. The instructor lectures on selected issues. Experts from the Evans Schoollead discussions on several topics.

Recommended preparation

The course is geared for students in Public Affairs who have taken "core" courses in policy analysis, economics, statistics and management. Students not enrolled in the MPA program should have had some study of public policy analysis and management.

Class assignments and grading

Class participation, including preparing discussion questions based on the readings. A major paper and presentation of the paper's main findings to the class.

Participation and questions - 1/3 Paper and presentations - 2/3


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Robert D. Plotnick
Date: 12/28/2004