Public Policy Development in the Political Environment – GOVT 458

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This capstone course for public policy concentrators will emphasize the application of foreign, social and economic policy concepts. The student will be exposed to contemporary cases for which they will be required to build policy responses and political implementation strategies.




In this foundational course, students will be introduced to the pubic policy process as well as policy analysis models. Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of a biblical Christian worldview in the public policy arena.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the terminology involved in the development and execution of public policy.
  2. Discuss the different structures and institutions involved in the policy making process.
  3. Describe the several stages of public policy development within public policy ecosystem.
  4. Describe different factors of the political environment and how the environment impacts both political and policy decision making.
  5. Describe the contemporary challenges to policy making.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300-400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words.

The student will write 6 research-based papers ranging from 1 to 6 pages (length depends on topic) in current Turabian format. Each of these essays will feed into the final project. The papers must include at least 2–10 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

The student will complete a presentation summarizing your policy and the steps that would be hypothetically taken to achieve passage. The presentation must be 20–25 PowerPoint slides and include at least 5–6 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. All sources must be in current Turabian format, bibliography style.

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the modules/weeks in which it is assigned. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.