Fall 2022  |  PA 3002 Section 001: Basic Methods of Policy Analysis (23775)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/06/2022 - 12/14/2022
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
Off Campus
Enrollment Status:
Closed (35 of 35 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Introduction to policy analysis. Theoretical foundations/practical methods of analysis. Tools for problem definition, data collection/analysis, presentation techniques, implementation strategies. Multidisciplinary case-study approach.
Class Notes:
Class will be taught synchronously REMOTE during the scheduled time. http://classinfo.umn.edu/?diazx141+PA3002+Fall2022
Class Description:
The complex economic, political and social issues that define our world are not easily solved. PA 3002 teaches students to apply the methods and techniques of the social science discipline to address these multifaceted challenges that increasingly confront public agencies and nonprofit organizations.

PA 3002 is designed for students who share an interest in quantitative techniques to analyze issues of public policy. This multidisciplinary course is appropriate for students from various undergraduate majors, including economics, political science, business and other social sciences. In particular, this introductory course provides a firm academic and technical background for students preparing for graduate studies and careers in public and nonprofit organizations at the local, state, national and international levels.

Ungraded Assignments, which must be printed (typed and/or printed spreadsheets, some of which are provided), and brought to the class for the lecture and discussion. These assignments will not be graded, but will be collected at the end of the class. The problems and case studies will be solved together in class, so students should be prepared to actively participate in these joint class discussions and problem-solving.

Participation points (1 per class), which represent 30% of the total grade.

Graded Assignments, must be printed, and are due at the beginning of the assigned class period, since the assignment will be discussed during the class. involve actual comprehensive policy analyses, and allow students to demonstrate their mastery of the analytical and communication skills they have learned. These case studies constitute 40% of the final grade. Groups and cases will be assigned half way through the course.

Participation 30 points
Graded Assignments 30 points
Group Presentation 40 points
Total 100 points

Points for Grades
90.0 & Above
59.9 & Below

An I (Incomplete) may be assigned at the instructor's discretion if, due to extraordinary circumstances, the student was unavoidably prevented from completing course work on time. An Incomplete requires a written agreement between the instructor and the student specifying the time and manner in which the student will complete the unfinished work
Exam Format:
There are no exams.
Class Format:
Class time is approximately 40 percent lecture, 30 percent interactive discussion and
30 percent small group activity.
Workload averages about 30 pages of reading per week, seven ungraded assignments, six graded assignments, one group case presentation, all of which are designed to help students apply the policy concepts and practical techniques learned in class.

Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
15 June 2016

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