Domestic Policy – PPOG 530

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/12/2020

Course Description

This course is a survey of U.S. domestic policy. It will focus on domestic public policy-making at the national level, beginning with the processes, institutions and actors engaged in the creation, advocacy, development, enactment, and implementation of domestic policy, and followed by a discussion of several contemporary public policy issues.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


How do major, transformative changes in Domestic policy take place? Why do some big Domestic policy reforms succeed while others fail or languish for decades? Major Domestic policy changes often begin in the orderly world of analysis, however, many end in the messy world of partisan politics. For a new initiative to succeed, it has to coincide with a political climate and a leadership capacity that allows the proponents to overcome the natural resistance to change.

Who contributes to making Domestic policy? The range of influences is broad, from all degrees on the political spectrum. This course will provide a Judeo-Christian perspective on Domestic policy-making and that of different groups, organizations, and coalitions including the influence of Christianity. Domestic policy by definition are those administrative decisions that government makes or fails to make which are directly related to all issues and activity within a nation's borders. Domestic policy covers many areas including business, education, defense, security, energy, healthcare, law enforcement, money and taxes, natural resources, social welfare, and personal rights and freedoms. Domestic policy differs from foreign policy in that it is the way a government advances its interests internally rather than on the world stage.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Define Domestic Policy
  2. Explain institutions and processes of American government
  3. Describe different political belief systems
  4. Explain the concept of legislative and governmental regulation.
  5. Explain the role of politics in efforts to promote sustainability through public policy.
  6. Describe the “Original Intent” of the Framers of the U.S. Constitution

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

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 (5)

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 350–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. The student must reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 300 words.

Essays (2)

The student will be required to submit 2 Essays written in current Turabian format. Both essays must cite appropriate grad-level sources and contain a title page and bibliography. The first Essay will require at least 5 sources and have a minimum 500-word body. The second Research Paper must cite at least 7 sources and have a 750–1,000-word body.

Research Papers (2)

The student will be required to submit 2 research papers written in current Turabian format. Both papers must cite appropriate grad-level sources and contain a title page and bibliography. The first Research Paper will require at least 7 sources and have a minimum 1,000-word body. The second Research Paper must cite at least 10 sources and have a 1,500–1,750-word body.