Foundations of Statesmanship and Public Policy – PLCY 700

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course introduces the students to the concept of statesmanship and various models for policy analysis. Students will be introduced to the various contexts in which policy formation and implementation occur. Students will be challenged to view policy from Biblical, constitutional, and political lenses in order to understand a comprehensive approach to policy development and implementation.




As the first course in the program, it is important to lay a foundation for a Biblical, constitutional perspective on public policy and policy analysis. Biblical perspectives on constitutionalism, domestic policy, and foreign policy will be discussed, and students will be challenged to articulate a model of statesmanship based upon key principles found therein.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Synthesize Biblical principles of government and history with the current public policy arena.
  2. Synthesize a Biblical model of statesmanship to the policy arena.
  3. Examine policy issues in light of Biblical, constitutional, and political lenses.
  4. Create a comprehensive paradigm for addressing policy issues.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, articles, and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 750-800 words and incorporate ideas and citations from all of the required readings and presentations for the assigned module/week in addition to 2 scholarly sources. In addition to the thread, the student must reply to at least 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words and include citations from the required reading and presentations and at least 2 scholarly sources. Each thread and reply must follow current Turabian format.

Research Papers (4)

The student will discuss assigned questions. Each paper must be 12–14 pages of content, double-spaced, and must include citations from relevant readings, presentations, and at least 20 scholarly sources.