Public Policy Analysis – PADM 550

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course will examine the manner in which various worldviews affect American Public Policy, with particular emphasis on the contrast between the Judeo-Christian worldview and secular humanism, Marxism/Leninism, and Islamic Fundamentalism.

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


Public Policy Analysis provides an introduction, foundation, and framework for the Public Administration program/concentration by introducing students to the policy and policy analysis considerations from a public administration perspective and by preparing students to approach these considerations from a Judeo-Christian worldview.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate how ideas affect and inform public policy and policy analysis.
  2. Analyze the sources, characteristics, and influence of particular philosophies and ideas on American Public Policy and policy analysis.
  3. Evaluate the tangible implications of public policies and the ideas affecting them, as to their impacts on individuals, groups, and/or society.
  4. Analyze public policies from a practical and Judeo-Christian perspective.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (5)

These assignments are meant to provide preparation for the policy briefs that are due later on in those assigned Modules: Weeks. In addition to completing the two required paragraphs for the thread, students may reply to 2 of their classmates. Thus, each Discussion allows for a more free-flowing discussion on key module topics and might allow students to assist one another in grasping the key ideas for the assigned module and the policy brief assignments. The student will be required to complete these according to the instructions and rubric in the course.

Worldview Analysis Assignment

The student will write a 1½–2-page overview of the key tenets associated with a piece of legislation of his or her choosing. The student must link goals and objectives to 1 of the three major worldviews discussed in the corresponding presentation. The essay must include 4–5 scholarly sources cited in current APA format.

Synthesis Paper Assignment

The student will write a 3–5-page Synthesis Paper in current APA format in which he or she will compare and contrast a biblical worldview learned from the course with different worldviews. The paper must include at least 3–5 references in addition to the course textbooks, presentations in Modules: Weeks 1–2, and the Bible.

Policy Briefs Assignments (5)

The student will write five 1½–2-page Policy Briefs in current APA format in which the May-Can-Should model is applied in the context of the policy focus for the assigned module/week. The paper must include at least 3–5 references in addition to the course textbooks, presentations in Module 1: Week 1 and Module 2: Week 2 and the Bible.

Research Paper Assignment

The student will write a 10–12-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on the May-Can-Should model as applied to a policy issue of the student’s choice. The paper must include 15-20 references in addition to the course textbooks, presentations in Module 1: Week 1 and Module 2: Week 2, and the Bible.

Quizzes (3)

The student will watch the assigned Worldview Analysis presentations and complete the interactive quizzes embedded within them. Each quiz can be completed as many times as necessary to move forward to the next part of the presentation.

The student will complete the Policy Brief Quiz after watching the  Policy Brief Presentation and reading the instructions and grading rubric for the Policy Brief assignment. This quiz is designed to help the student understand the key requirements of the Policy Brief assignment. The quiz can be taken as many times as needed to obtain full credit.