This course will provide the student with an overview of the various political science theories that apply to the public policy-making process. It will also allow students to “get their feet wet” in the policy analysis field. The focus is on the domestic level of Canadian public policy, as POLI 352A (Comparative Politics of Public Policy) examines the comparative dimension using a cross-national lens. We will, however, look at some theoretical debates that draw on cross-national comparisons. We will examine current debates such as the politics of urban sprawl in the Greater Vancouver area, climate change policy in Canada, mental health policy, termination-of-life policy, housing policy, same-sex marriage and legislation, etc.
This course focuses on Canadian public policy (e.g. the case studies are primarily Canadian, whereas the theoretical frameworks are non-country specific).
The full syllabus for POLI 350A Public Policy (Fall 2011, September-December 2011) can be found here.