PPS 270.01 – POLITICAL PARTICIPATION & LEADERSHIP
This course explores the connection between policy and politics. We will read books and newspapers, watch documentary films, and discuss stories about people who are exercising leadership to create political change—some from positions of formal authority in large institutions, and some without formal authority at the grassroots. We will be in constant touch with current events through traditional and non-traditional news sources. We will see how policies can be advanced—or buried, evaded, and distorted—and investigate leadership strategies for moving past political polarization and gridlock to engage in the difficult work of governance.
This course is designed as preparation for junior public policy majors who plan to complete their policy internship requirement in the summer, and who are interested in working on politics projects—whether the policy context is at the local, state, national or international level.
What are the highest goals of this class? Informed by scholarship and the ideas of all the seminar participants, we will challenge students to think deeply about how to practice politics—both from the grassroots and from positions of authority. Students will have a chance to examine their own values and preconceptions, and to strategize about how to enact effective policies by leading political change.
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Areas of Knowledge: SS; Inquiries/Competencies: EI; LIMITED TO 15 STUDENTS; PERMISSION REQUIRED