Spring 2022  |  PA 5422 Section 001: Diversity and Public Policy (66753)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Enrollment Requirements:
Graduate Student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/18/2022 - 05/02/2022
Thu 06:00PM - 08:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 184
Enrollment Status:
Open (7 of 25 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
What is diversity? What role does it play in public policy? What role should it play? Whom does diversity include or exclude? In this highly participatory class, we will apply a policy analysis lens to explore how diversity interacts with, contributes to, and is impacted by policy. The interdisciplinary course readings draw from topics such as gender identity, intersectionality, socio-economic class, race and ethnicity, indigenous ways of knowing, sexual orientation, and disability. Students examine the evolution of difference and diversity, explore various domains of diversity (gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, class), and synthesize and apply this knowledge to the development of a policy brief that focuses on a particular policy or organizational problem.
Class Notes:
Class Description:
This course provides a practical foundation for analyzing and integrating diversity in contemporary organizations and businesses. The course applies a policy analysis lens to an interdisciplinary approach to exploring how diversity interacts with, contributes to, and is impacted by policy. The course readings draw from topics such as gender identity, intersectionality, socio-economic class, and race and ethnicity.
The course is divided into three parts:
1) Foundations of diversity, which covers definitions, legal and economic implications, and academic debates
2) Diversity and difference, which focuses on specific elements of diversity, such as gender, race, sexual identity, class, and disability. Guest speakers will provide their unique perspective on these subjects.
3) Diversity and resource allocation, which consists of hands-on discussions about how a policy maker or organization leader might go about allocating resources for different diversity groups, as well as the inherent trade-offs in this process.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Any graduate student who is interested in an interdisciplinary approach that focuses on how to analyze and integrate diversity into policy analysis.
50% Individual reflections/essays
20% Team policy brief
20% Team presentation
5% Within-team peer evaluation
5% Participation
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
30 November 2021

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