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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

PACE-C 250: Leadership and Public Policy
Professor Sandra Shapshay*
Section 10177 MW 2:30-3:45pm BH 229
Section 13590 MW 2:30-3:45pm HU 111


Are current U.S. immigration, health care, animal-welfare, and policing policies (among many others) just or fair? How do policy decisions on these and other issues get made at various levels of government in the United States? And in these policy arenas, what are the skills of effective leaders-be they leaders in government, nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, or social movements?

This course aims to provide answers to these questions by affording students an introduction to several important theories of justice, theories of effective leadership as well as some hands-on knowledge of policymaking in the United States. In addition to actual local, state and national public policy issues discussed throughout the course, each student will choose her/his/their own issue of public importance on which to focus during the last part of the semester. A final assignment and presentation will be tied to the study, analysis, and real-life public-policy engagement with each student's chosen issue.

Another aim of the course is to introduce students to the primary skills of effective engagement in political and civic discussion, debate, deliberation, advocacy, and action. There will be two field trips in this course, to a Bloomington City Council meeting and up to the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Students will be challenged to think deeply about where they stand on important public issues, and to research the steps by which they can bring about positive social change on these issues.

Section 4371
Section 4371