Fall 2021 - POL 454 D100

Urban Public Policy Making (4)

Class Number: 4313

Delivery Method: Remote

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Eight upper division units in political science or permission of the department.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

This course will link differing theoretical perspectives and concepts currently used in public policy studies to an understanding of public policy making in urban governance.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

The focus of this course is an examination of the links between differing theoretical perspectives and concepts currently used in the study of public policy and an understanding of public policy and policy making in local, urban, city, regional, metropolitan and local-multilevel governance. Through an assessment of approaches to understanding public policy making, an examination of actual urban policy cases and involvement in working on current public policy dilemmas, the contributions of existing policy theory to explanations of urban policy processes, policy outcomes and urban-city-regional governance will be evaluated. Students in this course will be expected to confront practical public policy dilemmas in Greater Vancouver , BC and other Canadian and comparative urban settings, and to develop policy options that might provide solutions to such predicaments. These will be discussed in initial class seminar meetings and involve interaction with actual public policy practitioners.


The final assessment is based on written assignments and seminar participation. 
One or two field seminars – in/around the Vancouver city region, etc - are anticipated. The topics/locales of these will be discussed in initial class seminars.

Grading

  • Article Critique 15%
  • Briefing Note 20%
  • Memorandum 30%
  • Memorandum’s ‘Media Bits’ 15%
  • Seminar Participation 20%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

STUDYING PUBLIC POLICY : PRINCIPLES AND PROCESSES

BY HOWLETT, MICHAEL, RAMESH, M., PERL, ANTHONY, RAMESH

PRINT ISBN-13: 9780199026142

PRINT ISBN-10: 0199026149

E-ISBNS: 9780199026159

PUBLISHER: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, INCORPORATED

EDITION: 4TH

PUB DATE: MAY 16, 2020

BINDING: PAPERBACK


Department Undergraduate Notes:

The Department of Political Science strictly enforces a policy on plagiarism.

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2021

Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.