ENVI 309
Understanding Public Policy: Discourses of Science, Politics and Ethics Spring 2010
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed HSCI 309 / PSCI 301 / ENVI 309 / SCST 309
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This course looks at public policy in light of contemporary turns in policy studies–critical, ethical and interpretive. These turns emphasize the role of agency, meaning, power, justice and moral values in policy discourse, and are indispensable to understanding what policy is and how it works. They also emphasize that public policy is not simply what governments do, but is a discursive process involving governments, corporations, civil society and social movements intersecting at multiple scales. We shall examine some of the theories and methods of this approach, and explore their implications for public policies that impact the well-being of people, animals and nature.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3262
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation is based on tests, papers and/or projects, as well as active participation in class
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Environmental Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HSCI 309 Division II PSCI 301 Division II ENVI 309 Division II SCST 309 Division II
Attributes: ENVI Environmental Policy
POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses

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