Fall 2009 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Global Challenges to National Innovation System
Instructor(s): Kenneth Flamm
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 63110
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.316
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Notes: Cross List with MIS 382N; LAW 397M; LAS 381; ME 397

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

Description: Increasingly, the technical challenges that drive major science and technology policy issues, and sustain growth in high technology industries are global in nature. They require coordination of technology investments across corporate and national boundaries, and the creation of new international coalitions or global institutions. This seminar will explore the theory and practice of policies responding to these global technological challenges, in a focused scientific and technical area. Economic, technical, political, and managerial issues will be explored. Required student reading and team research projects will be coordinated with a speaker series sponsored by the Technology, Innovation, and Global Security (TIGS) program of the Robert S. Strauss Center for international Security and Law, and to which members of the local Austin tech community and the technology and policy community on the UT campus, are also invited.

Course Requirements: There will be readings assigned for every class, and all students will be expected to have read these materials. The class will be divided into teams of approximately three to four students. Team members are expected to represent a mix of different disciplines within the class, e.g., business, policy, law, and ngineering. Each student team will be required to prepare a research paper on a specific topic related to the globalization of nnovation. Topics are subject to approval by the course instructors. These papers will be presented to the class at the end of the semester. This paper will account for half of student grades.

In addition, one student team will present a briefing in advance of invited guest speakers the week before the guest speaker is scheduled to present; a student team will present, a summary and critique of the guest speakerís comments in the week following the presentation. These will together count for a quarter of the teamís grade. Finally, each student team will also be required to select a publication covering globalization and innovation-related topics, and provide a summary to the class of that publicationís most significant topics covered over the previous 1-2 weeks. The quality of these presentations, over the semester, will account for the final quarter of the grade.

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