Spring 2007 Course Description

Politics and Process

Section Title: Managing Crisis
Instructor(s): Bobby Inman
Course: P A 383C - Politics and Process
(previously Policy Development)
Unique Number: 63395
Day & Time: Fridays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.109
Waitlist Information:Dougald MacMillan, 512-232-5187
dmacmillan@mail.utexas.edu
Notes: Cross listed with LAW 371U

This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: Scope: What do Somalia, Shuttle Challenger, and 9/11 have in common? They were all unexpected crisis events that shook the nation and challenged the national policy apparatus. This course affords students the opportunity to examine and analyze policy formulation and implementation at the federal level, under the specialized circumstances of unforeseen crises. The nature of policy structures, organizations and institutions will be examined to assess how problems are defined, agendas are set, information gathered, decisions reached and implemented, and their effects. The course uses a crisis case study approach to examine policy development in the areas of global trade and finance, humanitarian and environmental policy, asymmetric threats, and national security. The aim of the course is for students to develop an understanding of the federal government?s ability to formulate and execute effective policy, especially when forced to depart from the routine by unexpected focusing events.

Requirements: Several in-class exercises, short papers, a mid-term exam, and a final group presentation analyzing selected policy issues and recommending solutions will be completed. This class is offered for grade only.

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