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2014-2016 COURSE CATALOGUE : PUBLIC POLICY STUDIES

**Effective for students matriculating in the fall of 2014 and later, the Public Policy Studies major is under review and is not being offered at this time. The Public Policy Studies MINOR is still available. Please consult the department website and online catalogue for updated information.**

The Public Policy program connects classroom learning to efforts through public policy to solve problems in the larger society, teaching analytic skills within an interdisciplinary, liberal arts context. Its goal is that graduates think and act critically in public affairs. Students explore the methodological, analytical, empirical, and ethical issues of policy formulation and implementation. Public Policy is designed to prepare students for careers in government, human services, social work, urban affairs, city planning, law, community organizing, business, communications, or academia. The Public Policy program offers an interdisciplinary major and minor. Students majoring or minoring in public policy must develop a concentration. Some examples of concentrations are:

  • Children and Families
  • Education
  • Environmental Policy
  • Development Policy
  • Foreign Policy
  • Health Care
  • Law
  • National Policy Process
  • Sexuality
  • Technology
  • Welfare

All courses applied toward a public policy major or minor must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR
interdisciplinary, 10 courses
One course in each of the three Public Policy core groups (Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences); two credits in skills courses, at least one credit of which must be in statistics; at least four 200-level or above courses forming a concentration in an area chosen by the student (see examples below); and a capstone course that requires writing a policy brief. No more than four courses may be taken from any one department or program (PPOL 499 excepted). The capstone course should be completed in the senior year, but it may be completed in the junior year if circumstances require this. Each semester, there are a variety of courses offered in which students may elect to write a policy brief (often in addition to the regular course work) and which thus can count as the student's capstone course. All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or higher. No more than one course with a CR grade may be counted towards the major.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR
interdisciplinary, 6 courses
Two Public Policy core courses from two different divisions (Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences); one credit in skills courses; and three courses forming a concentration in an area chosen by the student (see examples below). No more than three courses may be taken from any one department or program (PPOL 499 excepted). All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or higher. No more than one course with a CR grade may be counted towards the minor.

EXAMPLES OF POLICY BRIEF COURSES
ANTH 323/423 Ethnographies of Capitalism
BIDS 295 Alcohol Use & Abuse
ECON 203 Between Labor and Management: Unions
EDUC 307 Civil Rights Education
EDUC 370 Social Foundations of Multiculturalism
ENV 320 Natural Resource Law
PHIL 232 Liberty and Community
PHIL 236 Philosophy of Law
PPOL 219 Sexual Minority Movements and Public Policy
PPOL 328 Environmental Policy
PPOL 364 Social Policy and Community Activism
PPOL 425 Seminar in National Decision-Making
SOC 225 Sociology of Family
SOC 375 Social Policy

CORE COURSES
Humanities
HIST 243 US Legal and Constitutional History to 1865
HIST 244 US Legal and Constitutional History 1865 to the Present
HIST 284 Africa From Colonialism to NeoColonialsim
HIST 311 20th-Century America
HIST 312 The United States Since 1939
PHIL 151 Issues: Crime and Punishment
PHIL 152 Issues: Philosophy and Feminism
PHIL 154 Issues: Environmental Ethics
PHIL 155 Issues: Morality of War
PHIL 158 Issues: Debating Public Policy
PHIL 159 Issues: Global Justice
PHIL 162 Ethics of Civic Engagement

Social Sciences
ANTH 110 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ECON 122 Economics of Caring
ECON 160 Principles of Economics
POL 110 Introduction to American Politics
PPOL 101 Democracy and Public Policy
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology

Natural Sciences
BIOL 167 Intro Topics
CHEM 110 Introductory General Chemistry
ENV 200 Environmental Science
GEO 140 Intro to Environmental Geology
GEO 141 Science of Climate Change
GEO 142 Earth Systems Science
GEO 143 Earth and Life Through Time
GEO 144 Astrobiology
GEO 182 Introduction to Meteorology
GEO 184 Introduction to Geology
GEO 186 Introduction to Hydrogeology
PHYS 115 Astrobiology
PHYS 140 Principles of Physics
PHYS 150 Introductory Physics I

SKILLS COURSES
Statistics
BIO 212 Biostatistics
ECON 202 Statistics
ECON 304 Econometrics
POL 261 Research Methods
PSY 210 Statistics and Design
SOC 212 Data Analysis

Research Methods
ANTH 273 Research Methods
POL 263 Problems and Methods in the Study of Politics
SOC 211 Research Methods

Argumentation
PHIL 120 Critical Thinking and Argumentative Analysis

CONCENTRATIONS
Many concentration courses have one or more prerequisites. Students are advised to check the prerequisites for any concentration course they plan to take for their major or minor. A student may petition for permission to count a course not listed here by submitting the following materials to the Public Policy Studies coordinator: a written rationale spelling out how that course, in combination with the other courses in the student's concentration, substantively addresses public policy issues in that concentration; the course syllabus; and any relevant course assignments. The coordinator will circulate the student's petition to the Public Policy Studies faculty who teach courses in that concentration for their decision.

Children and Families
AFS 200 Ghettoscapes
ANTH 230 Beyond Monogamy
ANTH 298 Modern Japan
BIDS 214 The Politics of Reproduction
ECON 248 Poverty and Welfare
ECON 310 Economics and Gender
EDUC 201 Schooling and Social Equality
EDUC 203 Children with Disabilities
EDUC 221 Understanding Autism
EDUC 252 The History of Disability
EDUC 302 Disability in China
EDUC 306 Technology Disability
EDUC 331 Rethinking Families
EDUC 370 Multiculturalism
POL 333 Civil Rights
POL 375 Feminist Legal Theory
PPOL 219 Sexual Minority Movements and Public Policy
PPOL 364 Social Policy and Community Activism
PSY 203 Intro to Child Psychology or
PSY 205 Adolescent Psychology
SOC 206 Kids and Contention: The Sociology of Childhood in the U.S. Context
SOC 225 Sociology of the Family
SOC 226 Sex and Gender
SOC 258 Social Problems
SOC 263 Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 375 Social Policy
WMST 247 Psychology of Women

Concentration Faculty Advisers: Kendra Freeman, Khuram Hussain, Renee Monson, Wes Perkins

Education
ANTH 298 Modern Japan
ECON 248 Poverty and Welfare
EDUC 201 Schooling and Social Equality
EDUC 203 Children with Disabilities
EDUC 221 Understanding Autism
EDUC 252 The History of Disability
EDUC 302 State, Society, and Disability in China
EDUC 306 Technology and Children with Disabilities
EDUC 307 Civil Rights Education
EDUC 323 Comparative and International Education
EDUC 333 Literacy
EDUC 370 Multiculturalism
POL 333 Civil Rights
PPOL 364 Social Policy and Community Activism
PSY 203 Intro to Child Psychology or
PSY 205 Adolescent Psychology
SOC 261 Sociology of Education

Concentration Faculty Advisers: Christina Houseworth, Khuram Hussain, Kendra Freeman, Craig Rimmerman

Environmental Policy
ANTH 280 Environment and Culture
ANTH 340/440 Anthropology for the Global Commons
ARCH 204 Introduction to Historic Preservation
ARCH/ENV 351 Sustainable Community Development Methods
ASN/ENV 215 Environment and Development in East Asia
ECON 212 Environmental Economics
ECON 245 The Political Economy of Food
ECON 348 Natural Resources and Energy Economics
ENV 205 Introduction to Environmental Law
ENV 320 Natural Resource Law
HIST 246 American Environmental History
HIST 397 Environmental History Seminar
PPOL 328 Environmental Policy
SOC 249 Technology and Society
SOC 259 Fight For Your Right! The Sociology of Social Movements
SOC 271 Sociology of Environment
WMST 305 Food, Feminism and Health

Concentration Faculty Advisers: Scott Brophy, Kristy Kenyon, Beth Kinne, Steven Lee, Craig Rimmerman

Development
ANTH 212 NGOs and Development
ANTH 280 Environment and Culture
ANTH 296 African Cultures
ANTH 297 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
ANTH 340/440 Anthropology for the Global Commons
ARCH 204 Introduction to Historic Preservation
ARCH/ENV 351 Sustainable Community Development Methods
ASN/ENV 215 Environment and Development in East Asia
ECON 212 Environmental Economics
ECON 213 Urban Economics
ECON 245 The Political Economy of Food
ECON 311 Economics of Immigration
ECON 344 Economic Development
HIST 231 Modern Latin America
HIST 283 South Africa In Transition
HIST 352 Wealth, Power, and Prestige
POL 248 Politics of Development
POL 312 Political Reform in the Middle East
REL 347 Gender and Globalization in the Muslim World
SOC 201 The Sociology of International Development
SOC 233 Women in the Third World
SOC 240 Gender and Development
SOC 259 Fight For Your Right! The Sociology of Social Movements
SOC 291 Society in India
SOC 299 Vietnam: Conflict, Contradiction, and Change
WMST 204 Politics of Health

Concentration Faculty Advisers:  Christina Houseworth, Jo Beth Mertens

Foreign Policy
ECON 233 Comparative Economics
ECON 240 International Trade
ECON 311 Economics of Immigration
ECON 344 Economic Development
ECON 435 Political Economy of Latin America
HIST 237 Europe since the War
HIST 238 World Wars in Global Perspective
HIST 312 U.S. Since 1939
POL 248 Politics of Development
POL 283 Terrorism
POL 290 American Foreign Policy
POL 296 International Law
POL 312 Political Reform in the Middle East
POL 380 Theories of International Relations
REL 248 Islamic Ethics and Politics
REL 280 Negotiating Islam
REL 347 Gender and Globalization in the Muslim World

Concentration Faculty Advisers: Steven Lee, Jo Beth Mertens

Health Care
ANTH 260 Medical Anthropology
BIDS 214 The Politics of Reproduction
BIDS 295 Alcohol Use and Abuse
ECON 248 Poverty and Welfare
EDUC 203 Children with Disabilities
EDUC 252 The History of Disability
EDUC 302 Disability in China
HIST 325 Medicine in Modern Europe
LGBT 201 Transgender Identities
PHIL 156 Issues: Biomedical Ethics
PPOL 219 Sexual Minority Movements and Public Policy
PPOL 346 The President, Congress, and Public Policy
PPOL 364 Social Policy and Community Activism
SOC 248 Medical Sociology
WMST 204 The Politics of Health
WMST 305 Food, Feminism, and Health
WMST 362 Topics in Feminist Health

Concentration Faculty Advisers: Eric Barnes, Kristy Kenyon, Wes Perkins, Craig Rimmerman

Law
CHEM 302 Forensic Science
ECON 198 Business Law
ECON 203 Between Labor and Management: Unions
ENV 205 Introduction to Environmental Law
ENV 320 Natural Resource Law
HIST 331 Law, Custom and Rights: The Roots of Legal Pluralism in Modern Africa
PHIL 232 Liberty and Community
PHIL 235 Morality and Self Interest
PHIL 236 Philosophy of Law
POL 207 Governing Through Crime
POL 296 International Law
POL 332 American Constitutional Law
POL 333 Civil Rights
POL 334 Civil Liberties
POL 335 Law and Society
POL 375 Feminist Legal Theory
POL 401 Jr-Sr Research Topic Seminar: Islamic Political Thought
PPOL 219 Sexual Minority Movements and Public Policy
PPOL 328 Environmental Policy
SOC 224 Social Deviance
SOC 263 Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 375 Social Policy

Concentration Faculty Advisers: Eric Barnes, Scott Brophy, Matt Crow, Beth Kinne, Steven Lee, Renee Monson

National Policy Process
ECON 316 Labor Economics
ECON 480 Seminar: Current Issues in Macroeconomics
HIST 311 20th Century America
HIST 312 The United States Since 1939
POL 204 Modern American Conservatism
POL 224 American Congress
POL 236 Urban Politics
POL 290 American Foreign Policy
PPOL 219 Sexual Minority Movements and Public Policy
PPOL 328 Environmental Policy
PPOL 346 The President, Congress, and Public Policy
PPOL 364 Social Policy and Community Activism
PPOL 425 Seminar in National Decision Making
SOC 223 Inequalities

Concentration Faculty Advisers: Matt Crow, Kendra Freeman, Christina Houseworth, Khuram Hussain, Steven Lee, Craig Rimmerman

Sexuality Concentration
AMST 310 Sexual Minorities in America
BIDS 245 Men and Masculinity
HIST 203 Gender in Africa
LGBT 201 Transgender Identities
POL 238 Sex and Power
POL 333 Civil Rights
POL 334 Civil Liberties
POL 375 Feminist Legal Theory
PPOL 219 Sexual Minority Movements and Public Policy
SOC 225 Sociology of Family
SOC 226 Sex and Gender
SOC 340 Feminist Social Theory
WRRH 301 Discourses of Rape in Contemporary Culture

Concentration Faculty Advisers: Kendra Freeman, Renee Monson, Craig Rimmerman

Technology
AMST 201 Methods of American Studies
ECON 230 History of Economic Thought
ECON 305 Political Economy
ECON 344 Economic Development
EDUC 306 Technology Disability
HIST 215 American Urban History
HIST 256 Technology and Society
HIST 310 Rise of Industrial America
HIST 325 Medicine in Modern Europe
PHYS 270 Modern Physics
POL 363 Politics and the Internet
PPOL 328 Environmental Policy
SOC 249 Technology and Society
SOC 251 Sociology of the City

Concentration Faculty Advisers: Kristy Kenyon, Scott Brophy, Matt Crow

Welfare Concentration
ECON 248 Poverty and Welfare
ECON 311 Economics of Immigration
ECON 316 Labor Economics
POL 204 Modern American Conservatism
POL 236 Urban Politics
PPOL 364 Social Policy and Community Activism
SOC 356 Power and Powerlessness
SOC 375 Social Policy

Concentration Faculty Advisers: Kendra Freeman, Christina Houseworth, Renee Monson

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
PPOL 101 Democracy and Public Policy This course examines the American policy process by interrogating a number of domestic policy issues—affirmative action, poverty and welfare, HIV/AIDS, health care, labor/workplace, education, community development, and environmental concerns. Students examine all of these issues from various perspectives, including the modern conservative, modern liberal, and radical/democratic socialist, with particular attention to the role of the federal government in the policy process. Students have the opportunity to confront their own roles within the American policy process from a critical perspective. Students discuss too the role of the policy analyst in a democratic society and consider the interdisciplinary nature of public policy analysis. (Rimmerman, offered annually)

PPOL 219 Sexual Minority Movements and Public Policy This course explores the rise of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered movements from both contemporary and historical perspectives. The course addresses the sources of these movements, the barriers that they have faced, and how they have mobilized to overcome these barriers. Students devote considerable attention to the response of the Christian Right to the policy issues that are a focus of this course—HIV/AIDS, same-sex marriage, integration of the military, education in the schools, and workplace discrimination. Finally, students address how the media and popular culture represent the many issues growing out of this course. (Rimmerman, offered alternate years)

PPOL 328 Environmental Policy This course assesses the capability of the American policy process to respond to energy and environmental concerns in both the short and long term. It examines the nature of the problem in light of recent research on global warming, pollution and acid rain, solid waste management, and deforestation. Students interrogate the values of a liberal capitalist society as they pertain to our environmental problematic from a number of perspectives: modern conservative, modern liberal, democratic socialist/radical, ecofeminist, and doomsday perspectives. Students evaluate which perspective or combination of perspectives offers the most coherent and rigorous response to the policy and moral and ethical issues growing out of this course. Students assess the development and accomplishments of the environmental movement over time. The goal is to evaluate how the American policy process works in light of one of the most significant public policy issues of our time. (Rimmerman, offered alternate years)

PPOL 364 Social Policy and Community Activism This is a course about social policy and community participation and activism; it is also a course about democracy, community, education, and difference. All students are required to be fully engaged in a semester-long community activism/service project. Students have an opportunity to reflect upon how their participation in the community influences their own lives, their perspectives on democracy, and their understanding of democratic citizenship. In addition, students examine contemporary social policy issues—HIV/AIDS, health care, affirmative action, welfare, and education policies from a number of ideological perspectives and from the perspective of how these issues are played out on our campus and in the Geneva, N.Y., communities. (Rimmerman, offered alternate years)

PPOL 499 Internship in Public Policy Studies The public policy internship is designed to provide students with an opportunity to connect their classroom study of public policy to the real world of policy making. In doing so, students draw upon the analytical, methodological, and substantive training that they have received in the public policy process. To receive course credit for an internship, students must make arrangements with a public policy faculty sponsor before beginning the work. A practicum requires, in addition to registering for PPOL 499, an internship of at least 150 hours taken under the direction of a public policy faculty sponsor, the submission of internship journal entries on a weekly basis, and the writing of an extensive research paper on a public policy issue related to the internship. (Staff, offered annually)