Autumn Quarter Undergraduate Public Policy Courses

We are excited to let you know that the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance has three undergraduate courses coming up in Autumn quarter: PUBPOL 201: Introduction to Public Policy and Governance, PUBPOL 355: Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Social Innovation, and PUBPOL 499: Decision-Making, Behavior, and Policy Design.

These courses are open to all undergraduate students. A bit more about each:

* PUBPOL 201: Introduction to Public Policy and Governance

This introduction to the field of policy analysis, governance, and public service teaches students how to analyze and evaluate policy and actions, as well as how individuals organize for common purposes. Learn how institutional problems are solved for the betterment of society, how policies can be analyzed and measured for impact, and how public policies are designed and implemented in order to respond to complex challenges related to climate change, urban planning, social justice, city planning, and more.

Satisfies the Individuals & Society (I&S) requirement.

WHEN: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:30-2:20 pm

* PUBPOL 355: Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Social Innovation

How can nonprofits, social enterprises, and foundations most effectively produce positive social change? In this course, you will uncover the key issues facing social sector organizations and investigate the operational, managerial, and policy approaches that social sector leaders can take to advance their mission and increase their impact.

WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00-11:20 am

* PUBPOL 499: Decision-Making, Behavior, and Policy Design

In this new class, we will apply Behavioral Science research and frameworks, which lay at the intersection of economics and psychology, to public policy design. This is an emerging field that all levels of public sector organizations—from the federal level to local government and nonprofits—are exploring to design policy for how people behave. This class will bring you to the forefront of this noteworthy shift. You’ll gain a foundation in the application of microeconomic theory, social and cognitive psychology, behavioral economics, judgment and decision-making, to study public policy problems. You will learn how cognition, heuristics, biases, emotion, and social dynamics interact in decision-making, and how context and framing shape decisions and behavior. All experience levels and majors are welcome!

-WHEN: Mondays from 11:30 am-2:20 pm

More information can be found on our new Evans School undergraduate webpage: Undergrad @ Evans. Please contact us at evansreg@uw.edu with any questions.

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