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Department of Public Policy and Administration PPA 503 – The Public Policy-Making Process Syllabus
R. Steven Daniels, Ph.D. Office: BDC A116 Phone: 664-2318; Cell: 205-2962 Fax: 664-2438 E-mail: Web Page: Office Hours: 3-5 M; 3-5 T; 4-6 W Or by appointment Introduction: This course examines the public policy-making process at the federal, state, and local levels. Students will explore problem definition, agenda setting, policy formulation, policy legitimation, policy implementation, and policy evaluation. Students will explore the development of public policy by tracing individual social, economic, and health care policies through the stages of the process. Course Objectives: The Department of Public Policy and Administration has developed a range of learning objectives for courses in its graduate curriculum. By the time PPA 503 is completed, the student should be able to: THEME 1. COMMUNICATION. Objective 1a. Oral Communication: Students will be able to present opinions, theories, and research findings orally. Measurement: Oral scoring rubric, public testimony Objective 1b. Writing: Students will be able to produce focused, coherent, and grammatically correct written communications applicable to government and nonprofit management. Measurement: Written scoring rubric, problem description memorandum. Measurement: Written scoring rubric, legislative history. Class Sessions: 6-10 Monday Winter Quarter 2006 Room: SCI 283

problem description memorandum. Deborah Stone. Policy Process: Students will understand the stages and processes of policy making. position paper. New York: Longman. Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making. Alternatives.2 Measurement: Written scoring rubric. briefing memorandum. Measurement: Content scoring rubric. Measurement: Content scoring rubric. Catherine F. 2nd ed. Writing Public Policy: A Practical Guide to Communicating in the Policy-Making Process. written public comment. 2001. 2002. Measurement: Written scoring rubric. New York: Oxford University Press. Participation . Smith. the student should be prepared thoroughly discuss/ analyze the assigned readings for that session. Measurement: Written scoring rubric. Course Requirements: 1. Measurement: Scoring rubric. Measurement: Content scoring rubric. Other material will be on reserve at the discretion of the instructor. legislative history. Michael Hill and Peter Hupe. Measurement: Content scoring rubric. John W. and Public Policies. Theme 3: Critical Thinking Objective 3c. Reading Assignments Each student must purchase the texts listed below. Kingdon. midterm and final examinations. Theme 4: Core Public Management Competencies Objective 4a. Norton. London: Sage. position paper. New York: W. Agendas. Measurement: Content scoring rubric. briefing memorandum. Measurement: Written scoring rubric. 2. policy proposal. Measurement: Content scoring rubric. policy proposal. 2005. public testimony Measurement: Content scoring rubric. written public comment. At each class meeting. Implementing Public Policy. 2003. Problem Solving: Students will be able to structure problems and apply a systematic problem solving approach.W.

and will be due at the start of class on February 20. they should be two to three pages. Preferably. and credible. Time will be reserved at the beginning of each class period for general discussion of any and all topics related to the subject of the course. Oral presentations should not exceed ten minutes with five minutes for questions. Briefings Problem description memo Position paper Policy proposal Briefing memorandum Public testimony Written public comment Policies 1. b) I have been consulted prior 35% 35 % 30 % 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% . 2006. In addition.3 The purpose of any classroom is to facilitate intellectual interaction. questions will always be in order during any lecture on the immediate subject being discussed in the lecture. 2006. position paper. Also. The midterm will be handed out on February 13. and will be due on March 17. Students will select policy issues in consultation with the professor. Grading Summary Midterm Final Papers. and presentations based on the material in Catherine Smith’s text. briefing memorandum. Each will count 35 percent of the grade. concise. at 5:00 p. Students should come to class prepared to raise questions about the readings or previous lectures. 4. briefings. Requirements not completed on time will automatically receive a grade off unless: a) there is sufficient reason for the lateness. 3. this means that no policy memorandum. 2006. 5. The final exam will be handed out on March 10. 2006. students are encouraged to bring ideas of their own for discussion during this period. Examinations The course will include take-home midterm and final examinations. public testimony.m. policy proposal. it is essential that the student accept the responsibility of participation. Memoranda. All policy material must be clear. and written public comment. briefing. Instructions and examples of each of these papers appear in Smith and will be discussed in more detail in class. Students will prepare five papers and one oral presentation: problem description memorandum. not simply sterile lecture. correct. Therefore. In practice. Policy Papers and Presentations Students will complete several policy memoranda. or position paper should exceed four pages. Everyone must be prepared to contribute to each discussion.

edu/0507Catalog/studentdisc. Kingdon.htm). If you cannot take an examination at the regularly scheduled time. 2006 February 13. Chapters 2-5.csub. lectures. Smith. 4. Kingdon. Examinations cannot be made up. An incomplete grade will be assigned only in the event of unexpected extreme emergency or hardship. All students must routinely check their CSUB Runner mail address for important course information. Paper Topic Selected Problem Definition. even if it is not discussed in the class. and cases. Stone. 2006 . Chapter 2.csub. Kingdon. Smith. All three conditions must be present. No Class (Martin Luther King Holiday) The Context of Public Policy: Values and Environment. The Actors in Public Policy.htm) or the student discipline section of the 2005-2007 catalog (http://www.4 to the time that the requirement is due. 2006 February 6. 2006 January 23. you must contact me in advance to make arrangements to take the examination early. Chapter 1. All requirements must be completed by the end of the quarter. Students must adhere to the University’s academic honesty policy. Chapters 6 and 7 Smith. Stone. Second half. 5.csub. Students are referred to academic honesty section of the 2003-2005 CSUB Catalog (http://www. Introduction and Chapter 1. You are also responsible for everything in the texts. The examinations will draw upon the text. Chapter 1 Lecture Online at www. 2. 2006 Topics and Assignments The Study and Practice of Public Policy. and c) I agree to the lateness and the time the requirement will be fulfilled. The policy will be in effect for this course. Stone. class discussions. presentations. January 16. 2006 January 30. First half. Readings and Assignments Dates January 9. Chapter 3 Agenda-Setting. Everything that is read or mentioned in class is fair game for the final examination.

2006 March 6.5 Smith. Chapters 11-15. 2006 (5:00-7:30) Written Public Comment Due Final Examination Due Second Half of Testimony Presentations . Briefing Memorandum Due First Half of Testimony Presentations February 27. all. Smith. Chapter 6. Chapters 8 and 9. Chapter 10. Stone. Chapter 5 Problem Definition Memorandum Due Midterm Handed Out February 20. Position Paper Due Policy Implementation. 2006 Policy Formulation. Stone. 2006 March 17. Chapters 7 and 8. 2006 March 13. Chapter 5. Chapter 9. Midterm Due Policy Legitimation. Stone. Policy Proposal Due Final Examination Posted Policy Evaluation and Policy Models. 2006 March 10. Smith. Smith. Hill and Hope. Smith.