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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. This course will be officially closing on November 5, 2021 and all course work must be completed by May 15, 2022 to be graded....

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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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By Thuy N

Aug 17, 2015

A wonderful course with very well organized discussions and inspiring talks.

By Tanya K

Aug 6, 2020

It would be better if the presenter was younger, and not so scripted.


Sep 5, 2020

It was great experience to learn from this distance learning program

By sailesh b

Dec 28, 2015

Excellent Course!

But more content per week would have been better.

By Danielle A

Feb 11, 2018

Very US focused, but basic principles can be applied generally.

By Sungharsh S

Sep 19, 2020

More pin pointed examples would be much better to include.

By Ekin G T

Sep 14, 2015

Speakers were great. But the content was very U.S related.

By santosh k

Jan 15, 2016

Need to include challenge faced by Developing countries

By Md S A

Nov 10, 2017

Very good instructors but the topics need updating

By Jennifer C L

Jun 27, 2021

A very good course which covers a lot of topic.

By Patrick L

Feb 19, 2016

A very interesting course with great speakers.

By mahmood B

Sep 14, 2015

Interesting course, exceeded my expectation

By Vipul G

Mar 2, 2018

Could have been more exhaustive.

By Holly C

Jul 20, 2020

Interesting but very US-centric

By Sushant S

May 30, 2020

wonderfull full course

By Karen M B

Nov 15, 2015

Engaging information!

By Ventez D J

Feb 15, 2016

Great discussions!

By Tin Z P

Sep 25, 2020

Thank you for all


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By Irsa K

Jan 25, 2021

An interesting course overall, however I think the biggest issue with this course is that it seems almost outdated. The lectures are from 2014 and with all that has changed over the past few years it would be more interesting if they re-evaluated how public policy challenges have changed around the world.

By Sjoerd K

Dec 21, 2015

Interesting lecture series. The lectures are largely America centered with courses on presidential war powers, the functioning of governors. In this lectures the main focus is rather politics than policy. Although very interesting, the lecture series does not really live up to its title.

By Marco D I

Feb 26, 2021

The main issue with this course is that it was created in 2014. While much of the fundamental lessons are relevant, the world has changed dramatically since 2014. Weaving in some current lessons from the past 2 years would be very helpful and increase the validity of the content.

By Philip B

May 4, 2020

The course content was good, as well as the choice of speakers. However, the course itself is a bit dated in regards to current political evolutions (Trump election 2016 and its impact on the US positioning in the world, evolutions in the relationship between the US and China).

By Shant B

May 24, 2020

The course could have used more interactive elements, such as asking online students to answer some of the long-form questions that the in-class students seem to have been asked. (Though I understand that this is not always reasonable to grade)