U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige answers student questions at the Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School for Public Policy in Washington, D.C., on May 16th 2003. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education
This course is an introduction to real-world dynamics of public policy controversies. Topics to be considered include national, state, and local policy disputes, such as smoking, hazardous waste, abortion, gun control, and education. Using a case study approach, students study whether and how those disputes get resolved. Students conduct debates and simulations in addition to writing a series of short essays.