PLCY 704 Economics and Public Policy

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the foundational public policies, regulations, court decisions, institutions, and interest groups relevant to the study and implementation of economic policy.

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

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Rather than focusing merely on economic theory, this course introduces students to economic outcomes in the policy arena, as impacted by key political leaders throughout the modern economic era in U.S. Government. The theme of statesmanship will be contrasted with economic decisions and their impacts, and students will be provided a chronological overview of economic policy in order to understand the full historical context of how one policy situation led to another. In turn, this course will help students better understand other facets of public policy, since all policy decisions have economic impacts and influences.


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Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussions (4)

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 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 APA format.

Research Paper Assignments (4)

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


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