Public Policy 621. Peacebuilding: Law, Diplomacy and the Transition from Conflict

This graduate-level elective examines key legal and political issues facing the United Nations and other international policy actors as they endeavor to build peace in areas emerging from conflict. This course focuses primarily on three aspects of the complex, challenging process from war to peace: military peacekeeping operations, (re)constructing ravaged economies and public governance institutions, and transitional justice. The course uses a series of case studies from the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Balkans to examine and learn from a range of international policy approaches in each of these domains.

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Public Policy 320. Politics, Political Institutions, and Public Policy

This course provides an introduction to public policy and the analysis of political processes, in the United States and at the international level. Why do some ideas become policies while others fail? Whose preferences matter most in shaping policies? What laws and norms are most relevant in any given case? How do institutions bias the political process in favor of particular groups, and how can those biases be challenged or exploited? The course examines the basic institutions and procedures through which policies are made or unmade, basic theoretical approaches to help us understand policy outcomes, and a series of in-depth case studies to illustrate the policy process in practice.

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Public Policy 580: Values & Ethics in Public Policy

This course is about the role of normative values in public policy.  It examines various conceptions of the common good and analyze the types of normative arguments that policy actors make to motivate or justify particular policy preferences.  These include arguments rooted in notions such as justice, fairness, freedom, and efficiency.  The course reviews major alternative approaches to applied ethics and uses them as conceptual tools to discuss specific contemporary cases. Cases address contentious topics such as health care rationing, nuclear energy, affirmative action, distributive justice, and humanitarian intervention.

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