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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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VA

May 03, 2019

This was an excellent introduction. I wish there could have been a greater opportunity for personal engagement with faculty, but I understand the platform makes it very difficult.

AJ

Nov 26, 2016

I loved the focus of this course, its future orientation and the way debates around an issue were discussed in-depth and very well in limited time. Loved It! Highly Recommend it!

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By Muhammad S S

May 17, 2019

Three weeks in and I am loving the course.

By Jonathan L S

Jun 24, 2019

This was an excellent course from start to finish! Highly recommended!

By Tejaswini P

Jul 08, 2019

Love the way it is taught with practical examples. Truly an exceptional course for those want a public policy course!

By Ekin G T

Sep 14, 2015

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

By Patrick L

Feb 19, 2016

A very interesting course with great speakers.

By mathias b

Aug 19, 2016

The content is well modularized, introduces a range of topic, but is much more of a discourse than an introduction to to process of evaluating a policy challenge. Not many tactical ideas, mostly a survey of the policy challenges that a new generation of policy-makers and new stakeholders will face. So the focus is not on "how" but it introduces Public Policy as a concept in a nice discursive way worthy of your time.

By Santosh K

Jan 15, 2016

Need to include challenge faced by Developing countries

By Sherna J A B

May 17, 2018

This course was informative and allowed the participant to look at many areas in public policy. And made for great discussion with peers to broaden ones knowledge base and ways of thinking when it comes to looking at issues for the 21st Century. How would those issues be addressed? Who will address them? And how to avoid Slacktivisim. This is a well put together course.

By Alexander S

Feb 09, 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 Md S A

Nov 10, 2017

Very good instructors but the topics need updating

By Sailesh B

Dec 29, 2015

Excellent Course!

But more content per week would have been better.

By Remi P

Oct 09, 2017

Good recommendation for those interested in public policy and civil engagement.

By Karen M B

Nov 16, 2015

Engaging information!

By Nguyen T T

Aug 17, 2015

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

By mahmood B

Sep 14, 2015

Interesting course, exceeded my expectation

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 Danielle H

Feb 12, 2018

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

By Mariana C V

Feb 04, 2016

GREAT! great professors and a lot of passion! wich there were more suggested readings!

By Ventez D J

Feb 15, 2016

Great discussions!

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 carrie D

May 03, 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 May D

Jun 01, 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 Racquel W

Jun 06, 2018

Very useful course to get a baseline knowledge of sustainable development and the key content areas in this field

By gaurav g

Sep 03, 2017

This course was more US centric. Expect more of content w.r.t challenges in other countries

By Ng M Q

Feb 12, 2017

This course has been enlightening and enriching for me in terms of how governance works in America. The issues raised can be applicable to many other countries in the world. However, this is not the course for you if you are looking for theoretical and analytical skills as this course is structured around sharings and exchanges with public figures about the current and future agenda of the US. (This is just my personal opinion and others may disagree me with me on certain aspects.)