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Policy Studies Course Descriptions
These courses are open to any student unless otherwise designated. Most courses 300 and above are only open to students who have taken PAF 101.
101: Introduction to the Analysis of Public Policy (3 credits)
MWF 12:45-1:40. Taught by Professor Bill Coplin, this course is structured so
that students practice the full set of skills employers want through the study
of public policy.
110: Public Service Practicum (1 credit) T 5:00-6:20 Open to freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Meets
five times and requires 35 hours community service. Taught by Michelle Walker, this course
provides students the opportunity to develop problem-solving and human
relations skills while serving the Syracuse community.
121: Leadership (1 credit) Meets in different sections and taught
by the staff of ORL, this course help students develop problem-solving and
human relations skills while serving Syracuse University.
300: Energy Policy (3 credits) TTH 8-9:20. This small seminar examines
problems, policies, and controversies about energy, including
electricity. The focus will be on industrial nations, especially the
United States, and the remarkable changes over the last decade in increased
availability of oil and natural gas through the revolutionary
love-it-or-hate-it technology of fracking, the decline of coal despite
retrograde policies of the Trump administration, and improving prospects for
solar and wind power.
315: Methods of Public Policy Analysis (3 credits) W
2:15-5:00 Open only to Majors. Taught by Professor Bill Coplin, students
complete a research project for a government or non-profit agency. One of two required capstone courses required
for the major.
410.1 Benchmarking (3 credits) M 5:15-8:05 Open only to Majors or Minors or by Special Permission to students who
have taken PAF 315. Taught by Stephanie Pasquale, students work in teams to
conduct a major research project that results in a publication that is posted
on the CBP website. The work is undertaken at the request of nonprofits or
local government agencies and educational institutions.
410.2 Non-Profits and Government (3 credits) W 5:15-8 Open only to Majors or Minors or by Special
Permission who have taken PAF 101. Taught by Frank Lazarski, this course
requires a 90-hour internship in a local agency and provides students with
practice in most of the skills employers want. Students complete their
internship at a non-profit or government agency and develop a strategic plan
for an item or funding need of that agency.
*NOTE: Majors are only required to take either section 1 or
2 of PAF 410 for the core but can take both with the second one used as a
topical specialization. These courses serve as one of two required capstone
courses for the major.
410:3 Practicum of SU Policies (3 credits) Hybrid class Open only to students working for
participating supervisors of programs at Syracuse University. Students must be
approved by their supervisor and work at least 90 hours over the semester. This
course requires the completion of 135 hours of project and administrative work,
including research and reflective work on the 10 skills sets as specified in
Bill Coplin’s 10 Things Employers Want you to Learn in College. Students will
complete a paper making a policy recommendation for the organization they are
410:8: Housing (3 credits) TH
5:00-7:45 Open by Special Permission to
students who have taken PAF 101 Taught by Paul Driscoll, City of Syracuse
Commissioner, this course introduces housing policy at the federal, state and
local level by looking at efforts in Syracuse to provide homeownership to the
working poor and to improve the City’s housing stock.
451: Environmental Policy: (3 credits) TTH 9:30-10:50.
Taught by Professor Mazur, this small seminar examines problems and policies at
the local, national, and international levels involving energy, toxics,
sustainability, climate change, wilderness, and endangered species.
Last Updated: Monday, October 09, 2017