Spring 2010 Course Description

Politics and Process

Section Title: The American Welfare State
Instructor(s): Pat Wong
Course: P A 383C - Politics and Process
(previously Policy Development)
Unique Number: 62345
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.212
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: Scope and Objective: Politics and Process covers how solutions to public problems are framed, debated, legitimated, and implemented in the U.S. political system. The scope of this section is the welfare state. The instructor plans to pay relatively more attention to children’s issues.

Students successfully completing this section can expect to (1) gain a broad overview of the programs and politics of the American welfare state; (2) develop in-depth knowledge of a specific social program, not necessarily restricted to children’s issues; and (3) be exposed to skills in legislative tracking and bill analysis, processes of rule-making and formal hearings, writing of policy memos and briefs, and public speaking.

Structure of Content: Class members are expected to do preparatory work over the winter break, guidelines for which will be provided in early November. Course content is organized into three parts:


Learning Experiences: These exercises are proposed by the instructor and subject to approval by class members:

Project 1: Pre-semester Memo - (Individual-based)
Project 2: History-and-Politics Exercise - (Team-based)
Project 3: Brief on Legislative Tracking - (Individual-based)
Project 4: Report on Field Exercise/Comparative Analysis - (Team-based)
Project 5: Policy Paper - (Team-based)
Project 6: Teaching Session - (Team-based)
Project 7: Legislative Filing - (Individual-based)

Expectation: There is no formal prerequisite, although basic familiarity with American social history is strongly recommended. Abstention from note-taking in class is proposed by instructor and subject to approval by class members.

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