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.
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:
- Define Domestic Policy
- Explain institutions and processes of American government
- Describe different political belief systems
- Explain the concept of legislative and governmental regulation.
- Explain the role of politics in efforts to promote sustainability through public policy.
- Describe the “Original Intent” of the Framers of the U.S. Constitution
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 the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. 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.
Essay Assignments (2)
The student will be required to submit 2 Essay Assignments written in current Turabian format. Both essays must cite appropriate grad-level sources and contain a title page and bibliography. The Essay: Political Beliefs and Behavior Assignment will require at least 7 sources and have a 750–1,000-word body. The Essay: Climate Change Assignment must cite at least 7 sources and have a 750–1,000-word body.
Research Paper Assignments (2)
The student will be required to submit 2 Research Paper Assignments written in current Turabian format. Both papers must cite appropriate grad-level sources and contain a title page and bibliography. The Research Paper: Second Amendment Assignment will require at least 7 sources and have a minimum 1,000-word body. The Research Paper: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Assignment must cite at least 10 sources and have a 1,500–1,750-word body.
Reflection Paper Assignment
The student will write a Reflection Paper that summarizes and reflects on the subject of Domestic Policy, what it is, what are past and current examples, and present a vision of the future. This paper must be 4-5 pages in length and is an opportunity for the student to waltz through a philosophical look at the Domestic Policy landscape. The paper must follow current Turabian format.