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Top PPOL 441 ENERGY AND SOCIETY (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Explores the complex interrelationships between humans and energy, emphasizing the role of energy in critical social issues, including but not limited to: domestic and international conflict, poverty, social change, inter-generational equity, energy transitions and environmental justice. (Bacc Core Course)

Top PPOL 501 RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP (1-12)  Offered in current or future terms
Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits. PREREQS: Faculty permission.

Top PPOL 505 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-4)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Faculty permission.

Top PPOL 507 SEMINAR (1-4)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Faculty permission.

Top PPOL 510 INTERNSHIP (1-12)  Offered in current or future terms
Supervised work experience in government, public policy, public affairs or non-profit organizations. Reports and appraisals required. Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits. PREREQS: Public Policy Graduate Director approval required.

Top PPOL 511 PUBLIC ORGANIZATIONS AND LEADERSHIP (4) 
Provides an historical overview of developments in, and theories associated with, the organization and control of public organizations. Students will critically examine various influential models of bureaucracy, while also learning about the strengths and weaknesses of emergent forms of bureaucratic organization, including networks, public-private partnerships, collaboration, and governance. The course also explores different theories of leadership, assisting students in the development of their own authentic leadership style, and thinking through the application of such theories and styles to the real world of public organization leadership, especially in the fragmented, decentralized, complex, and uncertain contemporary environment of networks, partnerships, and governance.

Top PPOL 521 UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL RESEARCH (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Study of basic concepts and principles of qualitative and quantitative social research, including selection of general strategies and specific designs, conceptual and operational measurement, sample selection, data collection, data processing and analysis techniques, interpretation and reporting. Utilizes reports of social research in scholarly journals, popular media, and agency documents. Emphasis on critical evaluation and interpretation.

Top PPOL 522 CONDUCTING SOCIAL RESEARCH (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Reviews concepts and principles covered in SOC 415 with emphasis on actual experiences in using techniques of social research and gaining greater depth of knowledge and skill. Assignments involve practicing techniques used in various phases of the research process, including both qualitative field observation and computerized processing and analysis of quantitative information. Individual or group research projects will be required. PREREQS: PPOL 521 [C] and PPOL 521

Top PPOL 523 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
An introduction to the theory and methods of qualitative research. Students will be exposed to various qualitative research methods through practical field exercises. These include ethnographic field observation, content analysis, interviewing, focus groups and unobtrusive measures. Other commonly used methods of collecting qualitative data are also examined. PREREQS: SOC 204 or SOC 204H

Top PPOL 524 APPLIED RESEARCH METHODS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Application of sociological theory, concepts, and methods. Topics vary but may include program evaluation, social impact assessment, policy analysis, focus group research, survey research, among others. PREREQS: SOC 204 or SOC 204H and at least one upper-division course in sociology.

Top PPOL 541 ENERGY AND SOCIETY (4) 
Explores the complex interrelationships between humans and energy, emphasizing the role of energy in critical social issues, including but not limited to: domestic and international conflict, poverty, social change, inter-generational equity, energy transitions and environmental justice.

Top PPOL 544 COLLABORATIVE GOVERNANCE (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Explores and develops the norms, rules, institutional design, decision-making dynamic, and politics of collaborative governance arrangements for complex natural resource problem settings. Designed to bring together traditional adversaries, government agencies, and citizens to resolve and improve management of collective public problems, collaborative governance for natural resources is now an important problem-solving tool that is employed in thousands of communities, watersheds, and landscapes around the world.

Top PPOL 545 INTERNATIONAL MARINE POLICY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Explores the institutional, political and legal factors that impact international marine policy with an emphasis on the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention. Additional topics include marine resource exploitation, climate change, and national security issues as they pertain to the world's oceans, coasts, and national policies. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top PPOL 551 HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
An introduction to policy issues in the area of higher education and exploration of possible tensions within the policy goals of quality, equity, access and outcomes. Students will gain knowledge of the key pieces of legislation and constitutional law governing higher education policy at both federal and state levels, as well as an overview of the relevant research in this area. Begins with a short historical introduction to the U.S. higher education system and concludes with a discussion of its competing demands and functions.

Top PPOL 552 INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE RURAL POLICY (4) 
Examines and compares the role of rural policy in different cultural, political and administrative contexts at the international, national, state, regional and local levels. The course also provides the opportunity to study the nature and implications of new forms of governance in rural contexts in North America and Europe.

Top PPOL 599 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-4) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Faculty permission.

Top PPOL 602 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-4) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Faculty permission.

Top PPOL 603 THESIS (1-12)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 999 credits. PREREQS: Faculty permission.

Top PPOL 607 SEMINAR (1-4) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top PPOL 609 PRACTICUM (1-12)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 24 credits. PREREQS: Faculty permission.

Top PPOL 613 ADVANCED POLICY THEORY I (4)  Offered in current or future terms
First of two-class series introducing a comprehensive review of public policy theory focused on examining theoretical approaches to understanding the complex and contentious assumptions and premises that pose challenges to the way we conduct public policy. PREREQS: PhD standing.

Top PPOL 614 ADVANCED POLICY THEORY II (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Second course in a two-course series providing a comprehensive review of public policy theory. The course examines theoretical approaches to understanding the complex and contentious assumptions and premises that pose challenges to the way we conduct public policy.

Top PPOL 621 ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE METHODS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Methods used in research in the social sciences, focused on causal inference in public policy contexts. Covers methods used at the frontier of research to estimate the causal effect of policies on outcomes, including instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, and difference-in-differences estimation. PREREQS: ECON 524 or equivalent

Top PPOL 622 ADVANCED POLICY ANALYSIS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Introduction to advanced quantitative modeling used in policy analysis, with an emphasis on the application of modeling techniques to research papers. Focus is predominantly on counts and zero-truncated modeling, time series, and panel regression. PREREQS: ( (SOC 516 [B+] and ECON 524 [B+] ) or PPOL 621 [C+] or (AEC 523 [C+] and AEC 525 [C+] ) )

Top PPOL 628 ADVANCED QUALITATIVE METHODS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Focus on epistemological approaches, research design, data analysis techniques and critiques of qualitative research, with emphasis on participant observation and interviewing. Culminates in the written and oral presentation of a qualitative research proposal, including preliminary results from fieldwork conducted during the course. PREREQS: ANTH 591 [C] or HDFS 538 [C] or SOC 518 [C] and PhD standing or permission of instructor.

Top PPOL 699 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.



 
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