SHARE WITH STUDENTS: CORRECTED – Spring 2018 Public Policy Courses – there’s still room!


Learning how public policy has and will continue to affect your family, community, city and country has become more urgent than ever. We teach about the concrete “nuts and bolts” as well as relevant theory so you can be armed and prepared with the knowledge and skills you need to become an active citizen in whatever profession you choose to pursue.

Public Policy courses offered Spring 2018 include:

PPOL 100: Individual Action and Democratic Citizenship, CRN 41096 3 hours, Individual & Society course.

A solid understanding of American democracy and how everyday citizens have and will continue to shape and change policy is essential to our public policy approach. Students will learn concrete skills in advocacy, organizing and policy analysis from cases and examples drawn from current issues both locally and nationally. This course is offered 3:30-4:45 PM TR, CRN 39818. Instructor: Shawn Healy.


PPOL 210 – Introduction to Policy Process, CRN 41097 and 41378 3 hours, US Society course.

How does a policy get made? Which institutional structures and who in those structures influence policymaking? How does this intersect with politics? From analysis to implementation to evaluation, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the policy process. You will learn how to track policies from their initial construction, implementation and evaluation. This course is offered 12:30 -1:45 PM TR, CRN 39634. Instructor: Victor Hugg. *Second Section Added: 9:30 – 10:45 AM TR, CRN 41378. Instructor: Gloria Simo


PPOL 211 – Policy Analysis CRN 41098 3 hours, US Society Course.

What is a policy? Where do you find them? How do you read and understand official reports, memos and legislation that shape and affect policy areas you care about in health, immigration, education and housing, for example? You will learn how to analyze different sources of data in order to write an effective policy memo. This course is offered 11:00 AM-12:15 PM TR, CRN 36362. Instructor: Allyson Holbrook


PPOL 230 – Nonprofit Organizations in U.S Society CRN 41099 3 hours, US Society Course.

This course will introduce you to the complex world of nonprofits, with a specific emphasis on those that shape policy and advocacy in Chicago and Illinois. A theoretical framework is balanced by a set of guest speakers from leading nonprofits in the fields of health, immigration advocacy, political reform, criminal justice and education. You will learn about preparing for a career in nonprofits and the role they play in revitalizing American democracy. This course is offered 2:00-3:15 PM TR, CRN 36904. Instructor: Kathleen Yang-Clayton.


PPOL 305 – Managing Government Partnerships CRN 41100  3 hours.

Intergovernmental finance, inter-jurisdictional competition, intergovernmental cooperation, intergovernmental cooperative agreements, and contractual and informal relations with non-profit organizations and governmental actors. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Public Policy or consent of the instructor. This course is offered 12:30-1:45 PM TR, CRN 37758. Instructor: Stephen Kleinschmit.