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University of Calgary Calendar 2013-2014 COURSES OF INSTRUCTION Course Descriptions P Public Policy PPOL
Public Policy PPOL
Instruction offered by members of the School of Public Policy and individual faculties.
Public Policy 601       Foundations I
This preparatory course covers the foundations necessary to understand and apply economic analysis and it covers selected topics relevant to the core courses listed above.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Public Policy 603       Foundations II
This preparatory course covers the foundations of basic empirical analysis, including quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Public Policy 605       Markets and Public Policy
The role of markets in the allocation of resources and the determination of income. Sources of market failure, and the appropriate public policy response to those failures, are examined. Students learn how private firms make decisions, and how they respond to policy initiatives.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
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Public Policy 607       Politics and Collective Choice
How public policy issues emerge and how they are developed, refined, and influenced by the political process. The roles and influences of NGOs, interest groups, the media, political parties, and social protest on the development of new public policies are examined from the perspective of several disciplines. The importance of agenda setting, management and planning, policy reform and the organizational resistance to change is examined. Models of rational actors and bureaucratic behaviour are explored.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
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Public Policy 609       Decision Analysis
Students learn to apply quantitative methods including cost-benefit analysis, statistical and econometric analysis of policy-relevant data, survey design and interpretation, and formal policy models based on decision theory.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
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Public Policy 611       Independent Study
Supervised individual study in a selected public policy area.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Public Policy 613       Effective Writing and Research Skills
Development of skills for writing high quality documents in a professional setting. Defining, designing and executing applied, policy-oriented research.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
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Public Policy 615       Public Finances
An overview of government finances and the restrictions on policy choices resulting from the need for governments to satisfy a budget constraint. Tax policy, the appropriate design of expenditure policies, policies with respect to deficits and debt, and issues of intergovernmental relations will be examined.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
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Public Policy 617       Regulation and the Law
The role of international and national legal institutions in determining public policy choices.  Legal research and interpretation skills are developed through specific public policy issues such as the design of market regulation in telecommunications, energy and various utility markets.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
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Public Policy 619       Governance, Institutions and Public Policy
An examination of the rules and informal relationships among those determining public policy outcomes. Alternative institutional relationships and the evolution of those relationships are studied. The ever-changing dynamic of multi-level governance and court versus legislative public policy making are explored.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
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Public Policy 621       Communicating Policy
Examines all aspects of communication in the context of policy, including the impact of new modes of communication on the development and dissemination of public policy. The new role of blogs, online communities, and web-based media at marshalling and influencing public opinion and the changing role of print media are discussed and evaluated. Implications for copyright policies, media concentration, privacy, and advertising are among the issues examined.
Course Hours:
H(3-0)
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Public Policy 623       Capstone Project
Students learn methods by which research contributes to the design and development of policy outcomes. Students are required to apply the skills they have learned to the completion of a capstone project which investigates a well-defined issue of public policy.  The final product of the capstone project is expected to be a substantive, well-researched, focused and highly professional document. Work on the capstone project will be guided by a School of Public Policy faculty member with input provided by an expert from the private sector or public sector.
Course Hours:
H(9-0)
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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