PLCY 210H - Policy Innovation and Analysis

There is a need to define innovative solutions to public policy problems, to provide analysis of different alternatives, and to create a plan that would benefit the largest number of stakeholders. This course focuses on the process of constructing, evaluating, and deciding among alternatives based on their ability to satisfy society's goals. Class Notes: NOTE: WAIT LISTING FOR FALL 2019 HONORS COURSES HAS BEEN SUSPENDED. BEGINNING MONDAY, AUGUST 19, YOU MUST OBTAIN WRITTEN INSTRUCTOR PERMISSION FOR ANY HONORS COURSE YOU WISH TO JOIN. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO DELIVER A HARD-COPY OF THE PERMISSION NOTE TO THE HONORS CAROLINA OFFICE IN 225 GRAHAM MEMORIAL. PLCY 210H.001 | Policy Innovation and AnalysisTR, 9:30 am - 10:45 am. Instructor(s): Christine Durrance. Enrollment = 24. This course will introduce students to public policy as a discipline and the policy analysis process. We will review the core steps, theories, and tools of the policy process, provide practice applying these tools, and encourage the evaluation of effectiveness of different policy alternatives. The process involves defining a public problem and understanding stakeholders and their perspectives; describing public problems with quantitative data; understanding market failures and other rationales for government involvement; selecting criteria relevant for decision-making; constructing policy alternatives; evaluating the different alternatives against the stated policy criteria; and making and communicating a recommendation. This is a research-based and communication-intensive course, which requires the completion of a policy brief in several, iterative steps. The course incorporates current events and relevant case studies to motivate and explain the policy analysis process.Dr. Christine Piette Durrance is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her BA from Emory University and her Masters and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Florida. Her research is in the field of health economics and health policy as well as antitrust economics and competition policy. Add Consent: Department Consent Required. Enrollment Requirements: Any UGRD student who is a SO, JR or SR with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, OR any FYS Any UGRD student who is a SO, JR or SR with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, OR any FYS.
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