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Fall 2011 - 61190 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Building and Sustaining Local Communities

Instructor(s): Rhodes, Lodis
Unique Number: 61190
Day & Time: W 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.360
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Course Overview

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.


Section Description

Democratic communities must have robust civic institutions and an actively engaged citizenry to develop and thrive. This course focuses primarily on citizen activism and community development in the United States. It frames activism and development in the broader context of global democratization and social justice movements.

Development is defined as adaptive capacity – the ability of individuals and institutions to learn and successfully adjust to change in local and distant environments. Using adaptive capacity as an analytic concept shifts attention to the structural and the transactional dimensions of development. Structure includes the physical, organizational, and procedural features of community. Transactional features of community include the individual and institutional relationships that define the social interactions in and among communities. The goal is to see and examine development as something more than economic growth and vying for political power in local communities.
Students interested in the course should be well grounded in the social sciences. It helps to have a specific interest in a policy-related field like public health, education, non-profit organizations and management, and NGOs (non-governmental organizations).]