Theories of policy-formation are applied to several timely issues of US and global policy. Issues are grouped around a broad theme, such as environmental policy or security. Relevant experts/policymakers will help students complete policy simulations on our issues.
This seminar examines how communication policy has addressed social equity issues in light of domestic and global structural and technological transformations of the last two decades. We will focus on how notions of access, diversity, expression, control and development have evolved within the structure of the U.S. and global communication policy regimes, discussing their implications for social exclusion. Some of the debates addressed by this seminar include: policy implications of different conceptualizations of ICT gaps (from digital divide to digital inequalities and digital citizenship), persistent access gaps and current formulations of broadband policy, and social media, public participation and copyright issues. Throughout the course, we will reflect on issues of power, democratization and inclusion by keeping a critical eye on the ends and means by which advocate groups, community organizations, and citizens participate in the policy process, and in the development of interventions designed to addressed digital gaps. While the focus of the class is on U.S. policy, international cases from Latin America and Africa will be examined for their import to current discussions on the consolidation of more democratic and inclusive communication systems.
This class introduces students to actors, institutions and public interest battles fought nationally, regionally and globally for the control of the Internet. It considers the interaction between law, technological design, and policy solutions in shaping infrastructure, code and content of the global web. Topics covered in the course include history of Internet policy; the relationship between technical architecture and law; digital inequalities and social inclusion; freedom of expression and intellectual property; surveillance, privacy and cybersecurity; trade policy, data protection and social media governance in the era of datafication. Readings and online discussions with research partners, policy advocates and experts will expose students to diverse perspectives and first-hand information on these debates. Objectives: Primary objectives of this course are to 1) familiarize students with key Internet policy controversies, and 2) help them develop technical, regulatory, legal, and rhetorical skills to analyze and participate in these debates.
Integrates material from core courses and applies it to actual and hypothetical policy issues in many areas. Examines policy analysis methods using case studies from a wide range of substantive policy areas. Looks at social, economic, organizational, political, and other influences on policy decisions.
This course is designed for those who may be involved in nonprofit organizations at some point in their lives as directors, employees, volunteers, customers, funders, or founders. Students will create, fund, run, and dissolve a virtual 501(c)(3) public charity over the course of the semester, as we learn the opportunities and challenges that nonprofits can face. We will discuss the theoretical bases for the nonprofit sector and for tax exemption, formation and dissolution of nonprofit corporations at the state level, obtaining tax exempt status from the IRS, the charitable contribution deduction, fiduciary duties of the board of directors, the rules surrounding lobbying and political activity of nonprofits, charitable solicitation laws, unrelated business income tax, private inurement, and excess benefit taxes.
Are there things about the world you?d like to change? Are you hoping to have a lasting impact on society? Learn how to turn your aspirations into action by organizing, funding, operating, and governing an imaginary nonprofit organization. Students in this course will learn about setting realistic goals and measuring the organization?s impact, fund raising, governing an organization when things go well and when they don?t, and deciding when to change to a different structure or dissolve the organization. We will also meet leaders from nonprofits in the community who are dealing with the issues we discuss in the course.
Intensive skills development and networking for MPP/MPPA students.
Introduction to basic statistics including use and interpretation of statistics used in policy research. Topics include statistical methods, descriptive statistics, probability theory, analysis of tabular data, correlation and regression, and multiple regression.