Spring 2019 Policy Studies Course Selection Guide


Please email Angela Ward if you need a copy of any of the below syllabi. 

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. 

PAF 101: Introduction to the Analysis of Public Policy (3 credits) MWF 12:45-1:40. Taught by Professor Bill Coplin, students practice the full set of skills employers want by applying those skills to policies dealing with societal problems.

PAF 110: Public Service Practicum (1 credit) T 5:00-6:20. 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.

PAF 315: Methods of Public Policy Analysis (3 credits) W 2:15-5:00 Open only to Majors.  Taught by Professor Bill Coplin and Professor Austin Zwick, students complete a research project for a government or non-profit agency.  One of two required capstone courses required for the major.

PAF 351: Global Social Problems (3 credits) M 2:15-5:00. Taught by Professor Allan Mazur, this course uses readings, film, and class discussion to look at global-level problems including war, social inequality, overpopulation, resource overuse, pollution, and climate change. 

*PAF 410.1 Non-Profits and Government (3 credits) W 5:15-8:00 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.  This course serves as one of two required capstone courses for the major.

*PAF 410.2 Benchmarking (3 credits) TH 2:00-5:00. Open only to Majors or Minors or by Special Permission to students who have taken PAF 101. 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.

PAF 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 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 learn complete a paper making a policy recommendation for the organization they are working for.

*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.

PAF 410.5 Smart Cities (3 Credits) TTH 11:00-12:20 Open by Special Permission to students who have taken PAF 101. Taught by Professor Austin Zwick, This course investigates how digitalization, automation, and telecommunications is changing urban planning and policy. Topics include autonomous vehicles, blockchain technology, cloud computing, public finance, and more. Final group project on the US DOT Smart City Challenge.

PAF 431: Criminal Justice (3 credits) M 6:45-9:25 Open by Special Permission Taught by a former defense lawyer, Renee Captor, this course provides an exploration of the structure and function of the criminal justice system, including the way in which cases progress through the criminal justice system from investigation and arrest through sentencing and appeal.

PAF 451: Environmental Policy: (3 credits) T 9:30-12:15. 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:  Thursday, January 03, 2019