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Elective Courses

Summer 2022

In addition to POLA 3240 (Public Policy) and POLA 4110 (Policy Research Shop), the USPP course offerings for summer 2022 include:

  • POLA 3010: Criminal Justice Policy in the U.S. – taught by Scott Nolan
  • COMM 4810: Regulating Television and Social Media – taught by Pete Kunze

Previous Electives

  • COMM 4810 (Television, the Internet, and Public Policy – taught by Peter Kunze
    This course examines how public policy has shaped, regulated, and failed to regulate television and the internet. If the airwaves belong to the public, how could and should they be used? Focusing on the establishment and administration of the Federal Communication Commission, we will explore the development of radio, television, and internet in a U.S. context. Special attention will be played to key stakeholders, including industry figures, public administrators, lawmakers, and content creators. Key concepts and policies explored in this course include the fairness doctrine, the public interest, the digital divide, and net neutrality as well as case studies on obscenity, children’s television, public broadcasting, and Netflix and other streaming services. We will examine how the FCC has not only shaped U.S. media culture but the media industries themselves. Students ultimately will develop a stronger understanding of how U.S. broadcast media developed locally, regionally, and nationally as both a series of interconnected and converging industries but also as cultural forms. This course fulfills the Tier 2 Writing Intensive Requirement.
  • POLA 3011: Healthcare Policy — taught by Mitchell Sellers
    This course introduces students to the history and development of healthcare policy in the United States. We cover the history of healthcare reforms and development of the patchwork healthcare policy in the United States from the creation of community health programs in the 1800s to Medicare and Medicaid adoption to the current debates over Obamacare and Trumpcare.  In the second half of the semester, we focus on hot topics in healthcare policy. This includes public health threats, mental health, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and the rising cost of healthcare. These issues raise practical and ethical concerns for healthcare providers and administrators that must also compete with political considerations. The primary learning objectives are for students to provide students with an overview of the U.S. health care system, its components, and challenges for policy reforms, to understand ethical and legal issues surrounding hot topics in healthcare policy, and to begin to assess the goals and effectiveness of health care policies.
  • ENLS 3010 Sex Work Policy in the U.S. (Prof. Marks) – Summer 2020
  • POLA 3120 Gun Policy in the U.S. (Prof. Dancy) – Summer 2020
  • POLA 3011 Child Development, Poverty, & Juvenile Justice (Prof. Denham) – Summer 2019
  • PECN 4970 01 Child Development, Poverty, & Juvenile Justice – Summer 2019
  • POLA 3012 Gun Policy in the U.S. – Summer 2019
  • SOCI 2100 01 Modern Anti-Racism Policy – 2018
  • ENLS 3011 01 Writing for Public Policy – 2018
  • POLI 3010 01 Genocide, Empire & Torture – 2017
  • ENLS 3011 01 Land a Public Policy Job – 2017
  • SOCI 4310 01 Crime Punishment & Comm NOLA – 2016
  • SOCI 4210 01 Urban Ethnography & Social Justice – 2016
  • SOCI 4310 01 Crime Punishment & Comm NOLA – 2016
  • SOCI 4210 01 Urban Ethnography & Social Justice – 2016
  • HISU 2911 01 Sexing the State – 2016
  • POLI 3010 01 US Human Rights Policy – 2016
  • ENLS 3011 01 David Simon's CityScapes – 2016
  • ARHS 3910 01 Public Policy and the Arts – 2015
  • POLA 3010 01 Environmental Policy – 2015
  • SOCI 2100 01 Immigration Policy – 2015
  • ENLS 3010 01 Satire and Public Policy – 2015
  • POLI 4010 01 National Security in Film – 2014
  • ARHS 3910 01 Public Policy & the Arts – 2014
  • SOCI 2102 01 Drugs, Crime and Public Policy – 2014
  • PHIL 3931 01 Philosophy and Public Policy – 2014