Spring 2010 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Development Policy and Management Issues
Instructor(s): Lawrence Graham
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 62435
Day & Time: Fridays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.221
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: This survey of development policy and management issues is concerned specifically with the design and administration of development programs and projects on a worldwide basis. Topics covered include the context within which development initiatives are designed and implemented, the management of development activities in working with the institutions of state and society, and the comparative analysis of policy and governance issues which shape development projects and programs.

As a graduate seminar designed to develop applied skills in policy analysis and the design and evaluation of development projects and programs, three activities frame the course: participation in class discussion and assignments related to surveying the relevant literature (1/3), a class report providing an overview of a specific policy and management issue in a global context (1/3), and the preparation of a policy report in which attention is focused on the implementation of programs and projects identified with that issue in a particular country. If you are registered in this seminar within the context of one of the joint degree programs identified with a world region -- viz., Latin America, the European Union, sub-Sahara Africa, the Middle East, the Russian/East European/Eurasian area, South Asia, East Asia, and Australia/ New Zealand -- the policy report must be on one of the countries in that region.

Texts:

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Reserve: Ali Farazmand (ed.), Handbook of Comparative and Development Public Administration (rev. 2nd ed. only).

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