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About the Course

This course introduces class participants to the political significance and societal consequences of challenges facing U.S. and international policymakers. It is designed to help participants develop skills to analyze policy proposals and advocate for their preferred options for issues on the public policy agenda ahead. The class assumes basic knowledge about governing institutions and democratic processes, while recommending supplemental materials for further study to complement reading links provided. The course focuses on future policy challenges, while examining the broad historical context in which policies are adopted and implemented. As the course evaluates how issues are advanced by private sector interests, non-governmental organizations, and government policymakers, it examines how groups become effective policy advocates. Particular attention is paid to how winning coalitions are formed and how issue framing shapes the outcome of policy campaigns. The goal is neither to produce partisan talking points, nor to favor one governance philosophy over others. Rather it is to clarify the public policy challenges ahead and to enhance participants’ understanding of how policy options are adopted in the real world arena of contemporary politics....

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Sep 26, 2019

To know the "Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century" is more essential for the global people in this era. Thanks for the opportunity. I hope it will give a concise idea to learn on it...

Apr 23, 2020

This course does not focus on any partisan interest but rather inspires you to think deeply, challenges you to reason beyond the status quo, and empowers you with the tools to make an impact!

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Jun 19, 2020

The course was a marvellous, insightful journey that helps one shape thought process in devising public policy suggestions. The policy field luminaries whose talks were practical and relatable enriched the authenticity of the teachings.

A small suggestion would be that concise reading materials if provided could add to the understanding of the topics discussed.

By Michael M

Sep 24, 2015

I thought it was a great course. It really prompted me to consider the different aspects of the political landscape and how it will look drastically different in the coming years as my generation enters into the field. I recommend this course as a good starting ground for those wanting to gain more perspective for those considering the public service route.

By May D

May 31, 2017

Really inspiring, and a great collections of speakers. All of the challenges covered in class are relevant and will be remain relevant for a long time (that's the point of the class), but the lectures are from 2013 or maybe 2014, so I would love to take an updated version of this class with current perspectives. I really enjoyed this class!

By Lucas F

Apr 13, 2021

Even though some topics are now outdated due to the extreme changes that occured after the recording of this course, it still, nevertheless, is an intesting and challenging course to follow. It will help you gain a different perspective in key topics as well as have another approach when thinking about important issues and policy.

By Lucas d A F C

Aug 4, 2020

While i feel the course is very U.S. oriented, I believe it has a lot to teach policymakers and students from around the world, specially in respect to what challenges future leaders will face and how to tackle those issues by understanding their causes and consequences, and learning to reach compromises with opposite parties.

By Hannah S J

Jun 1, 2020

I believe the course could have looked into more transitional topics and brought in similar policy skills for other forms of government as well. The breakdown of the Affordable Care Act and the proposal for the war powers Act were both illuminating. The Media perspective, although slightly uncommon, was very much appreciated.

By David S

Dec 19, 2020

The content, materials, and lectures captured here are incredible. I thoroughly enjoyed the course. It is, however, shockingly outdated at this point in time considering our political situation in America. It's hard to listen to some of this material and not question the lack of relevance to our current situation.

By Ankita W

May 20, 2020

It's a good course for beginners and those who want to understand Public policy. However, it would be great if the current course is updated to the latest sessions, because the lectures are at least 5 years old and the world has changed quite a bit since then. Updated policy challenges would be really helpful.

By José A G G

Aug 30, 2020

Very good course. And it makes me think that part of the expectations of the invited speakers, and those from prof. Warburg, hasn't happened yet. Much to the contrary, it seems that many problems pointed were exacerbated. I would gladly attend an updated version of the course. Thanks!

By Ankur G

May 10, 2017

A very good introduction to Public Policy Challenges and related debates. Also a great way to get a snapshot of what plagues America, why America reacts the way it does and how the America of the future might react and shape the rest of the world.

By Smriti S

Jul 15, 2020

Updating the content of some of the modules with additional reading material would be beneficial given how much the governance structures have altered since 2014 (when the course content was first created). Thank you for this enriching course!

By Madan P P

Jun 26, 2020

A well-formatted course to know about the public policy of the contemporary USA and its challenges. It is mainly focused on USA policies. However, it is highly beneficial to all who are working in policy area.

By Kyle H

Aug 31, 2018

Great course, but just like one of the key themes of the course shows, the rapid pace of change requires it be updated more often. Taking a course filmed in 2014 in 2018 is like a lifetime of difference.


Nov 2, 2020

For anyone who wants to really influence the policies that their governments offers them, this course to me, is the go-to starting point for an overview of what public policy entails.

By Krishaan K

Dec 1, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed and benefitted from this course, however, I also feel there was too much of an emphasis on U.S Policy. It is understandable, but other than that, it was great!

By Faith C K

Sep 29, 2020

Succinct, engaging. The scope should have been a bit more universal for the various Coursera students around the world. but it allows for a good grasp on 21st century challenges.

By Ryan T

Jul 14, 2020

Highly interactive class. The guest lecturers have extensive experience and highlight so much information from the past and into the future. I highly recommend this course.

By Shantanu P

Sep 22, 2015

Helped me understand the key challenges to Public Policy, albeit to the US.

However, many of the challenges are global and also impact the developing nations of Asia.

By Alexander S

Feb 9, 2016

Very much enjoyed the course and the discussions (particularly on healthcare policy). However, the title should reflect that the course is entirely US-centric.

By Carrie D

May 3, 2018

Enjoyed the lectures but could not figure out how to engage with the other students...

Also, the class was a few years old so issues had obviously changed.

By Matthias

Nov 2, 2020

I'm from Holland and it was a good course for me and my study. It gives a overview how to manage some difficult issues. Thanks a lot for this course.

By Nicolás C

Jun 14, 2020

Muy buen curso, abarca diferentes habilidades como profesional de políticas publicas debe tener, siento que las lecturas deben ser actualizadas

By 임용진

Aug 30, 2020

This class is amazing and I was able to conveniently study major i wanted to learn also. I have to find another class and take it. thank you

By Seyed M H G

Oct 18, 2018

The course concentrate on american public policy. It could be wider regarding the topic "Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century.

By Mohammad K F

Jun 6, 2020

It's a well-designed course but the Course is designed in the USA-perspective only which does not go with the title of the Course.