Fall 2010 - 60980 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
Applied Research in Juvenile and Criminal Justice Policy
|Instructor(s):|| Deitch, Michele
|Day & Time:||Th 2:00 - 5:00 pm|
|Waitlist Information:||For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information|
Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.
This highly interdisciplinary course combines the content and structure of a seminar with client-directed research and service learning opportunities with community partners. Students will learn background information about the Texas juvenile justice system, which has been the subject of intense legislative and media scrutiny over the last three years, and will also study selected topics in the adult criminal justice system. The instructor will partner with a few justice system stakeholder agencies and community-based advocacy organizations to identify their research needs as they prepare for the upcoming 82nd Legislative Session in Texas, which begins in January 2011. Depending upon the specific nature of these research needs, students will be assigned to work on these research projects either in teams or individually. The research tasks performed by students have the potential to directly impact reform efforts currently underway and may well form the basis for some important legislative initiatives. There will be ample opportunities in the classroom to discuss, reflect on, and get feedback and assistance on these projects.