Fall 2009 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Building & Sustaining Local Communities
Instructor(s): Lodis Rhodes
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 63085
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.384G
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information
Notes: 3.384G is located at the north end of the building. It is the Dean's Conference Room

This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: Place matters, and public policy affects its shape and feel. Public policy influences the physical and social environment of community. That is, policy plays a key role in determining whether or not a community can sustain itself.

This course uses a place-based policy framework to examine development in and around urban centers. Development is defined operationally as adaptive capacity – the ability to learn and successfully adjust to change in the environment. The definition can be used assess both the structural and associational features of a community. Structure includes a community’s physical, organizational, and procedural features. Association includes the networks of individual and institutional relationships. The place-based framework and the idea of adaptive capacity provide a convenient way to integrate the often competing theoretical approaches analyst use when assessing community, economic, and international development initiatives.

Students interested in the course should be well grounded in the social sciences. It helps to have a specific interest in one of the applied policy-related fields of planning, public health, education, community organizing, information technologies, and service oriented NGOs (non-governmental organizations).

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