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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 4
Democracy Matters (ECON 4, PHIL 30, POLISCI 42)

Should the U.S. close its border to immigrants? What are the ramifications of income inequality? How has COVID-19 changed life as we know it? Why are Americans so...

Abramitzky, R. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday
12:30pm - 1:50pm
Remote
PUBLPOL 51
Microeconomics for Policy (INTLPOL 204A, PUBLPOL 301A)

Microeconomic concepts relevant to decision making. Topics include: competitive market clearing, price discrimination; general equilibrium; risk aversion and sharing,...

Kang, Z., Bulow, J. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
8:30am - 9:50am
Remote
PUBLPOL 100
Hoover Institution National Security Affairs Fellows Mentorship Program

This course is designed to give Stanford undergraduates an introduction to civil-military relations, leadership development, and operational aspects of American foreign...

Zegart, A. 2020-2021 Autumn
Friday
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Remote
PUBLPOL 103C
Justice (ETHICSOC 171, PHIL 171, POLISCI 103, POLISCI 336S)

In this course, we explore three sets of questions relating to justice and the meaning of a just society: (1) Liberty: What is liberty, and why is it important? Which...

Coyne, B., Petrov, P., Jiang, D., Zweber, A., Krass, M., O'Bryan, J., Jaarte, M. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
PUBLPOL 118X
Shaping the Future of the Bay Area (CEE 118X, CEE 218X, ESS 118X, ESS 218X, GEOLSCI 118X, GEOLSCI 218X, GEOPHYS 118X, GEOPHYS 218X, POLISCI 218X, PUBLPOL 218X)

The complex urban problems affecting quality of life in the Bay Area, from housing affordability and transportation congestion to economic vitality and social justice, are...

Wong-Parodi, G., Ouyang, D., Cain, B., Suckale, J., Wagenfehr, J., Liu, S. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
PUBLPOL 132
The Politics of Policy Making (PUBLPOL 232)

Public policymaking in the United States is part of a political process that can take years or even decades to play out. A familiarity with the politics of policymaking is...

Chen, L. 2020-2021 Autumn
Wednesday
2:30pm - 4:20pm
Remote
PUBLPOL 141
Monitoring the Crisis (PSYCH 145A, SOC 141, SOC 241, URBANST 149)

A course devoted to understanding how people are faring as the country's health and economic crisis unfolds. The premise of the course is that, as important and valuable...

Casselman Hontalas, A., Feldman, A., Grusky, D. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
PUBLPOL 143
Finance, Corporations, and Society (ECON 143, INTLPOL 227, POLISCI 127A)

Both "free market capitalism" and democracy are in crisis around the world. This interdisciplinary course will help you understand the issues by exploring the interactions...

Jimenez, M., Baksy, A., Souchier, M., Lu, X., Sobolev, T., Admati, A., Ponce, S. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
8:30am - 9:50am
Remote
PUBLPOL 143
Finance, Corporations, and Society (ECON 143, INTLPOL 227, POLISCI 127A)

Both "free market capitalism" and democracy are in crisis around the world. This interdisciplinary course will help you understand the issues by exploring the interactions...

Jimenez, M., Baksy, A., Souchier, M., Lu, X., Sobolev, T., Admati, A., Ponce, S. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
PUBLPOL 156
Health Care Policy and Reform (HUMBIO 122A)

(HUMBIO students must enroll in HUMBIO 122A. Graduate students must enroll in PUBLPOL 156.) Focuses on U.S. health care policy. Includes comparisons with health care...

Nation, J., Crane, D., Alvarez-Nissen, M., Westover, R. 2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 12:50pm
Remote
PUBLPOL 200H
Senior Honors Seminar

Honors students conduct original research for their policy-related Honors thesis. The course is designed to help students make progress on their theses and improve their...

Chee, C. 2020-2021 Autumn
Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
PUBLPOL 218X
Shaping the Future of the Bay Area (CEE 118X, CEE 218X, ESS 118X, ESS 218X, GEOLSCI 118X, GEOLSCI 218X, GEOPHYS 118X, GEOPHYS 218X, POLISCI 218X, PUBLPOL 118X)

The complex urban problems affecting quality of life in the Bay Area, from housing affordability and transportation congestion to economic vitality and social justice, are...

Wong-Parodi, G., Ouyang, D., Cain, B., Suckale, J., Wagenfehr, J., Liu, S. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
PUBLPOL 224
Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lab (SE Lab) - Human & Planetary Health (HRP 224, MED 224)

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lab (SE Lab) - Global & Planetary Health is a Collaboratory workshop for students/fellows to design and develop innovative...

Bloom, G. 2020-2021 Autumn
Wednesday
1:00pm - 3:50pm
Remote
PUBLPOL 232
The Politics of Policy Making (PUBLPOL 132)

Public policymaking in the United States is part of a political process that can take years or even decades to play out. A familiarity with the politics of policymaking is...

Chen, L. 2020-2021 Autumn
Wednesday
2:30pm - 4:20pm
Remote
PUBLPOL 301A
Microeconomics for Policy (INTLPOL 204A, PUBLPOL 51)

Microeconomic concepts relevant to decision making. Topics include: competitive market clearing, price discrimination; general equilibrium; risk aversion and sharing,...

Kang, Z., Bulow, J. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
8:30am - 9:50am
Remote
PUBLPOL 301A
Microeconomics for Policy (INTLPOL 204A, PUBLPOL 51)

Microeconomic concepts relevant to decision making. Topics include: competitive market clearing, price discrimination; general equilibrium; risk aversion and sharing,...

Kang, Z. 2020-2021 Autumn
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., Stroud, M. 2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
PUBLPOL 309
Practicum

Applied policy exercises in various fields. Multidisciplinary student teams apply skills to a contemporary problem in a major policy exercise with a public sector client...

Chee, C., Nation, J. 2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote
PUBLPOL 310A
Master's Thesis Seminar

For Public Policy MA students writing a thesis. Sessions go through the process of selecting a research question, finding relevant bibliography, writing a literature...

Clerici-Arias, M. 2020-2021 Autumn
Wednesday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
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. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday
12:30pm - 1:50pm
Remote
PUBLPOL 314
Justice in Public Policy

How should we judge the fairness of social institutions? This is the basic question of justice, and it is a crucial topic for students of public policy. Justice, the...

Coyne, B. 2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote