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Washington D.C. Summer Program 2012

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The LBJ School Washington Program was launched in 2011 with two summer graduate seminars. The program will be expanded to three summer graduate courses with the addition of two nationally recognized practitioners as adjunct faculty. These courses complement the D.C.-based summer internships while at the same time familiarizing students with  federal Washington and introducing them to senior-level officials. The Washington Program not only allows current students to gain valuable credit hours while interning in Washington, D.C., but also provides alumni the opportunity to interact with current students and faculty while pursuing their own professional development goals.

For Whom:

The Washington Program is open to all LBJ School students, other University of Texas at Austin graduate students, and graduate students from other universities. LBJ School alumni or other policy professionals with undergraduate degrees interested in the program as a professional development tool are also welcome to apply through the UT Continuing Education portal.

University of Texas students should register using the UT Registrar's ROSE online system. All other should please use the UT Continuing Education portal.


PAf388K (#94445): Cost-Benefit Analysis for Public Policy

Instructor: Jane Lincove
PhD Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
June 5 through June 16
Location: Central DC TBD

This course provides a theoretical foundation for conducting evaluation of policies and projects in a U.S. or international context and teaches practical methods for application in the field. Students will learn the theoretical foundation of cost-benefit analysis, including strategies for valuation, discounting, measuring equity and addressing risk and uncertainty. Students will learn to adapt methods for implementation in real world evaluation under political, time and budget constraints.

Class Schedule and Location:
The class will meet from June 5-June 16 (location TBD). The course schedule is designed to accommodate students with full-time jobs or internships. Class will meet on Saturdays (June 9 and 16th) and Tuesday and Thursday evenings (from 6:00-9:45 pm). This includes time to workshop problem sets and consult individually with the instructor.

Downloadable syllabus has complete schedule plus textbook and reading assignments.

PAf388K (#94440): U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Policy

Instructor: Dr. Ruth Ellen Wasem
Monday & Wednesdays, June 4 through July 9 (6:00-9:45 pm)
Location: Central DC TBD

There is a broad-based consensus that the U.S. immigration system is broken. This consensus erodes, however, as soon as the options to reform the U.S. immigration system are debated. Substantial efforts to comprehensively reform immigration law failed in the 109th and 110th Congresses. Options for immigration reform today are tempered by historically high levels of unemployment as well as public sector budgetary constrictions.

The number of foreign-born people residing in the United States is at the highest level in U.S. history and has reached a proportion of the U.S. population –12.5% –not seen since the early 20th century. Of the 38 million foreign-born residents in the United States, approximately 16.4 million are naturalized citizens. The remaining 21.6 million foreign-born residents are noncitizens. According to the latest estimates by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), about 10.8 million of the 21.6 million noncitizens were unauthorized aliens living in the United States in January 2010, down from a peak of 11.8 million in January 2007. Some observers and policy experts maintain that the presence of millions of unauthorized residents is evidence of inadequacies in the legal immigration system as well as failures of immigration control policies and practices.

Brief Description:
This course synthesizes immigration issues as a multi-tiered debate. It opens with a global perspective on the push-pull forces driving international migration. It reviews the historical underpinnings of U.S. immigration law. In turn, it breaks down current U.S. immigration law and policy into key elements: border control and visa security; legal immigration; documentation and verification; interior immigration enforcement; integration, status and benefits; and refugees and other humanitarian populations. It delineates the debate for a range of issues, including border security, criminal aliens, worksite enforcement, employment eligibility verification, permanent admissions, temporary workers, legalization, noncitizen eligibility for federal benefits, birthright citizenship, and the role of state and local law enforcement in enforcing immigration laws.

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of U.S. Immigration and Citizenship policy as well as refine their skills as policy analysts. Successful participants will synthesize complex immigration issues succinctly and analyze controversial immigration issues objectively.

PAs388K (#94565): National Security: Congress vs The President

Instructor: David Berteau
Tuesday & Thursdays, July 10 through August 9 (6:00-9:45 pm)
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies

Brief Description:
The roles of Congress in U.S. national security are vitally important, particularly at the critical junctures of interaction between the legislative and executive branches, including the White House, Pentagon, State Department and other federal agencies and actors. The basis for these interactions was established in Articles I and II of the U.S. Constitution and reflects the intent of the framers. The historical and deliberate tension between these branches predates the ratification of the Constitution, but it has evolved significantly, particularly over the past 40 years. It is essential that any student contemplating a career in national security understand these roles, relationships, and interactions. The objective of this course is to provide that understanding. For this course, national security is defined to include not only defense and the military but also diplomacy, foreign aid and development, intelligence and homeland security. The course is largely devoted to recent and current issues and their lessons for the future. It examines four themes:

  • the structure and powers of Congress and how the Congress operates
  • the framework for interaction between Congress and the executive branch,
  • the creative tension between Congress and the executive branch in national security policy, and
  • a more in-depth look at selected current national security issues.

 This class will take place in the fifth floor conference room of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K St. NW, Washington, DC, 20006.

Jennifer Poulakidas