PS 202 : U.S. Public Policy & Democracy

Examines the public administration of and management issues relating to US national bureaucratic institutions. Covers how these impact a wide range of domestic policies including taxation, spending priorities, economic regulations, poverty programs, healthcare, and environmental programs, social security and other entitlements.


Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • Apply an understanding of diversity of human experience and culture in relationship to how we think and interact with others with regards to conflicts associated with formulating national public policy such as taxation and spending policies.
  • Employ different methods of inquiry and analytical skills to conceptually organize experiences and discern meaning from ongoing study of national bureaucratic institutions of U.S. politics as these operate in relation to Legislative, Executive and Judicial mandates.
  • Analyze the roles of individuals and political institutions as these relate to contemporary controversies regarding a wide range of domestic public policy issues in the US.
  • Reason quantitatively and qualitatively to address national problems with public administration within US bureaucratic institutions, including various management styles.
  • Develop and articulate personal value judgments, respecting different points of view, while practicing ethical and social requirements of responsible citizenship by participating in the shaping of national political priorities and policies.

Additional Information

This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Social Sciences/AAS, Social Sciences/AGS, Social Sciences/AS, Social Sciences/AAOT, Social Sciences/ASOT-B.

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Grading Options

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