Fall 2018 - 61860 - BDP 101 - Bridging Disciplines (Undergraduate Studies)

Introduction to Public Policy
  Class meets August 30-October 18 The Bridging Disciplines Program in Public Policy has two goals: to introduce you to a substantive arena of policy, and to familiarize you with the policy-making process.  Underlying these goals is an attitude toward the sources of change in a society, which is this: major transformations do not always begin with powerful leaders or large institutions; often, they begin with a scientific discovery or an act of protest.  A journalist’s inquiry into the effects of agricultural chemicals, for example, gave rise to the environmental movement; and a black woman’s refusal to yield her bus seat to a white man galvanized the civil rights movement.  In other words, this BDP provides insights into how change happens.