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Current Courses

Please note: Course times and locations are subject to change. Always check Explore Courses for the most updated information. Courses taught in the Public Policy Program are covered by a set of course management policies, laid out in this document. Students are responsible for knowing and abiding by these course policies.

Title Instructor(s) Quarter Schedule
PUBLPOL 55N
Public Policy and Personal Finance (ECON 25N)

The seminar will provide an introduction and discussion of the impact of public policy on personal finance. Voters regularly rate the economy as one of the most important...

Rosston, G. 2017-2018 Spring
Monday Wednesday
6:00pm - 7:50pm
Econ 139
PUBLPOL 73
Energy Policy in California and the West (CEE 263G, POLISCI 73)

This seminar provides an in-depth analysis of the role of California state agencies and Western energy organizations in driving energy policy development, technology...

Cain, B., Grueneich, D. 2017-2018 Spring
PUBLPOL 74
Public Service Internship Preparation (ARTSINST 40, EARTHSYS 9, EDUC 9, HUMBIO 9, URBANST 101)

Are you prepared for your internship this summer? This workshop series will help you make the most of your internship experience by setting learning goals in advance;...

Chow, V., Douglas, H. 2017-2018 Spring
Tuesday
4:30pm - 5:20pm
PUBLPOL 74
Public Service Internship Preparation (ARTSINST 40, EARTHSYS 9, EDUC 9, HUMBIO 9, URBANST 101)

Are you prepared for your internship this summer? This workshop series will help you make the most of your internship experience by setting learning goals in advance;...

Chow, V., Douglas, H. 2017-2018 Spring
Wednesday
12:30pm - 1:20pm
PUBLPOL 95S
Protest in Modern China (HISTORY 95S)

How has protest impacted the history of China? In this course, we study the history of state-citizen confrontation from the fall of the Qing Dynasty in 1911 to the Occupy...

Brett-Roche, R. 2017-2018 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
12:00pm - 1:20pm
240-110
PUBLPOL 103D
Ethics and Politics of Public Service (CSRE 178, ETHICSOC 133, HUMBIO 178, PHIL 175A, PHIL 275A, POLISCI 133, URBANST 122)

Ethical and political questions in public service work, including volunteering, service learning, humanitarian assistance, and public service professions such as medicine...

Coyne, B., Tulipana, P., Young, J. 2017-2018 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
12:00pm - 1:20pm
Ceras 300
PUBLPOL 103E
Ethics on the Edge Public Policy Core Seminar (PUBLPOL 203E)

This seminar-style course will explore additional foundational readings on organizational ethics (business, non-profit, and governmental organizations) and policy ethics....

Zhou, J., Liautaud, S. 2017-2018 Spring
Monday
11:30am - 12:50pm
200-217
PUBLPOL 103F
Ethics of Truth in a Post-Truth World (PUBLPOL 203F)

This course will explore changing notions of truth in a world in which technology, global risks, and societal developments are blurring the boundaries of humanity and...

Foster, I., Liautaud, S. 2017-2018 Spring
Tuesday
1:30pm - 4:20pm
200-217
PUBLPOL 105
Empirical Methods in Public Policy (PUBLPOL 205)

Methods of empirical analysis and applications in public policy. Emphasis on causal inference and program evaluation. Public policy applications include health, education...

Chee, C., Makridis, C. 2017-2018 Spring
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 3:20pm
160-326
PUBLPOL 107
Public Finance and Fiscal Policy (ECON 141)

What role should and does government play in the economy? What are the effects of government spending, borrowing, and taxation on efficiency, equity and economic stability...

Boskin, M. 2017-2018 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
11:30am - 1:20pm
Econ 140
PUBLPOL 111
Leadership Challenges (ETHICSOC 111)

This course will examine the responsibilities and challenges for those who occupy leadership roles in professional, business, non-profit, and academic settings. Topics...

Etchemendy, J., Rhode, D. 2017-2018 Spring
Monday
2:30pm - 4:20pm
Gates B12
PUBLPOL 120
Social Science Field Research Methods and Applications (EARTHSYS 120, ECON 121, PUBLPOL 220)

Fundamentals of the design, implementation and interpretation of social science field research. Building on a basic knowledge of statistical methods and economics, the...

Thurber, M., Stojanovski, O., Bruegge, C., Wolak, F. 2017-2018 Spring
Monday Wednesday
9:30am - 11:20am
Econ 139
PUBLPOL 124
American Political Institutions in Uncertain Times (POLISCI 120C)

This course examines how the rules that govern elections and the policy process determine political outcomes. It explores the historical forces that have shaped American...

Bonica, A., Yoder, J. 2017-2018 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
320-220
PUBLPOL 134
Ethics on the Edge: Business, Non-Profit Organizations, Government, and Individuals (ETHICSOC 234R, PUBLPOL 234)

(Same as LAW 7020) The objective of the course is to explore the increasing ethical challenges in a world in which technology, global risks, and societal developments are...

Wibowo, J., Hsieh, N., Liautaud, S. 2017-2018 Spring
Monday
4:30pm - 6:20pm
160-124
PUBLPOL 136
The Sharing Economy (URBANST 136)

The rapid growth of the sharing economy, sometimes also called the peer to peer economy, is made possible by the ubiquity of smart phones, inefficiency of ownership, and...

Sakaguchi, D., Kieschnick, M. 2017-2018 Spring
Tuesday
10:30am - 11:50am
Lathrop 290
PUBLPOL 148
Ending Poverty with Technology: A Practicum. (SOC 158)

Will robots, automation, and technology eliminate work and create a large poverty-sticken dependent class? Or will they eliminate poverty, free us from the tyranny of...

Grusky, D. 2017-2018 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
McCullough 122
PUBLPOL 152
Negotiation (CEE 151, CEE 251, EARTH 251)

Students learn to prepare for and conduct negotiations in a variety of arenas including getting a job, managing workplace conflict, negotiating transactions, and managing...

Christensen, S., Kisunzu, C., Sanborn-Marsh, C. 2017-2018 Spring
Wednesday
6:30pm - 8:20pm
Thornt110
PUBLPOL 167
How To Be a Politician (PUBLPOL 267)

Do you want to run for political office one day? This course will give you a full toolkit for winning elections. It will help students think about their personal narrative...

Crane, D., Blashek, J., Macfarlane, J. 2017-2018 Spring
PUBLPOL 172
Children, Youth, and the Law (HUMBIO 172B)

How the legal rights of children and adolescents in America are defined, protected, and enforced through the legal process within the context of their developmental needs...

Walker, Q., Abrams, W. 2017-2018 Spring
Monday Wednesday
9:00am - 10:20am
200-107
PUBLPOL 178
The Science and Practice of Effective Advocacy (CSRE 178P, URBANST 178)

How can purposeful collective action change government policy, business practices and cultural norms? This course will teach students about the components of successful...

Litvak, L., Ntim, A. 2017-2018 Spring
Monday Wednesday
12:30pm - 2:20pm
240-110
PUBLPOL 197
Junior Honors Seminar (ECON 198)

Primarily for students who expect to write an honors thesis. Weekly sessions go through the process of selecting a research question, finding relevant bibliography,...

Clerici-Arias, M., Bergstrom, K. 2017-2018 Spring
Thursday
3:00pm - 5:50pm
Econ 106
PUBLPOL 200C
Senior Practicum

Small student teams conduct policy analyses requested by government and nonprofit organizations. With guidance from the instructor and client organization, each team...

Ajami, N. 2017-2018 Spring
Monday Wednesday Friday
9:30am - 11:20am
260-301
PUBLPOL 203E
Ethics on the Edge Public Policy Core Seminar (PUBLPOL 103E)

This seminar-style course will explore additional foundational readings on organizational ethics (business, non-profit, and governmental organizations) and policy ethics....

Zhou, J., Liautaud, S. 2017-2018 Spring
Monday
11:30am - 12:50pm
200-217
PUBLPOL 203F
Ethics of Truth in a Post-Truth World (PUBLPOL 103F)

This course will explore changing notions of truth in a world in which technology, global risks, and societal developments are blurring the boundaries of humanity and...

Foster, I., Liautaud, S. 2017-2018 Spring
Tuesday
1:30pm - 4:20pm
200-217
PUBLPOL 205
Empirical Methods in Public Policy (PUBLPOL 105)

Methods of empirical analysis and applications in public policy. Emphasis on causal inference and program evaluation. Public policy applications include health, education...

Chee, C., Makridis, C. 2017-2018 Spring
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 3:20pm
160-326
PUBLPOL 220
Social Science Field Research Methods and Applications (EARTHSYS 120, ECON 121, PUBLPOL 120)

Fundamentals of the design, implementation and interpretation of social science field research. Building on a basic knowledge of statistical methods and economics, the...

Thurber, M., Stojanovski, O., Bruegge, C., Wolak, F. 2017-2018 Spring
Monday Wednesday
9:30am - 11:20am
Econ 139
PUBLPOL 234
Ethics on the Edge: Business, Non-Profit Organizations, Government, and Individuals (ETHICSOC 234R, PUBLPOL 134)

(Same as LAW 7020) The objective of the course is to explore the increasing ethical challenges in a world in which technology, global risks, and societal developments are...

Wibowo, J., Hsieh, N., Liautaud, S. 2017-2018 Spring
Monday
4:30pm - 6:20pm
160-124
PUBLPOL 267
How To Be a Politician (PUBLPOL 167)

Do you want to run for political office one day? This course will give you a full toolkit for winning elections. It will help students think about their personal narrative...

Crane, D., Blashek, J., Macfarlane, J. 2017-2018 Spring
PUBLPOL 301B
Economic Policy Analysis for Policymakers (IPS 204B)

This class provides economic and institutional background necessary to conduct policy analysis. We will examine the economic justification for government intervention and...

Mac Gregor Oettler, S., Dee, T. 2017-2018 Spring
Monday Wednesday
10:30am - 12:20pm
Ceras 513
PUBLPOL 305B
Public Policy and Social Psychology: Implications and Applications (IPS 207B, PSYCH 216)

Theories, insights, and concerns of social psychology relevant to how people perceive issues, events, and each other, and links between beliefs and individual and...

Ross, L. 2017-2018 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
420-050
PUBLPOL 306
Writing and Rhetoric for Policy Audiences

This course offers hands-on learning of effective writing and presentation techniques for audiences that include policy makers, decision stakeholders, interest groups, the...

Peterson, J. 2017-2018 Spring
Monday Wednesday
12:30pm - 2:20pm
260-003
PUBLPOL 306
Writing and Rhetoric for Policy Audiences

This course offers hands-on learning of effective writing and presentation techniques for audiences that include policy makers, decision stakeholders, interest groups, the...

Rosston, G. 2017-2018 Spring
PUBLPOL 311
Public Policy Colloquium

Weekly colloquia speaker series required for M.P.P. and M.A. in Public Policy students. Themes vary each quarter. Open only to Public Policy graduate students; permission...

Rosston, G. 2017-2018 Spring
Tuesday
12:00pm - 1:20pm
PUBLPOL 316
Global Education Policy & Organization (EDUC 306B)

Education policy, politics, and development. Topics include: politics, interests, institutions, policy, and civil society; how schools and school systems operate as...

Bromley, P. 2017-2018 Spring
Monday
8:30am - 11:20am
School of Education 206
PUBLPOL 342
Energy Efficiency: Technology, Policy, and Investment (MS&E 442)

Provides students with a basic understanding of the technologies, policies, and investments behind energy efficiency. Explores each of these dimensions, and their...

Comello, S., Grueneich, D. 2017-2018 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
4:30pm - 5:20pm
160-318
PUBLPOL 354
Economics of Innovation (ECON 113)

The role of innovation and technological change in long run economic growth and the sources of innovation in science, technology, and commercialization. Founding of new...

Kim, J., Bresnahan, T. 2017-2018 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
9:30am - 11:20am
Encina Hall C464