May 29, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PPM 610 - Governance, Democracy, and Public Policy

This foundational course explores democracy as not only a form of governance but as a way of living that touches every aspect of society. Students consider the constitutional foundations, institutions, and the formal and informal processes through which states protect and serve their people, and advance their interests as well as contemporary perspectives regarding the nature of democracy, the concept of governance, and the application of governing in an increasingly complex society. The course offers students the opportunity to explore current policy issues that present challenges for democratic governance in American society such as populism and the rise of authoritarian leaders, money in politics, equality, voting issues, and social media. Through readings, class exercises and case studies students consider how the modern state fulfills traditional core functions (such as security, basic welfare, opportunity for enrichment) when the range of issues and problems requiring action has increased, competition for resources has accelerated and as confidence in government is declining.

Credits: 3

Course Typically Offered:
Course Type: Policy, Planning, and Management

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