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PAM100-Introduction of Public Policy (13-14)

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Florian Hoffmann

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Transcript of PAM100-Introduction of Public Policy (13-14)

session 1
Introduction to Public Policy is the entry point to the study of public policy at the Brandt School. It offers a general overview of the theoretical backdrop, issues, actors and processes involved in the analysis, formulation, and assessment of public policy. As such it aims to provide a basic analytical toolkit for both the subsequent School curriculum as well as for future professional practice. The Brandt School’s distinctive approach to the study of public policy is build on its trans-disciplinary outlook, its international student body, and its focus on conflict, transition and consolidation in global and local policy environments. The Brandt School approach, thus, transcends the narrow concept of public policy as a specialized field of technocratic expertise premised on the experience of mature (Western) democracies. Instead, it seeks to identify and critically examine the logic behind diverse policy processes in a multiplicity of environments and, on this basis, to build the capacity to develop targeted solutions to specific problems. From this perspective, public policy is understood as unfolding within a three-dimensional matrix, its three axes being, firstly, the interplay between global and local that underlies most policy problems, secondly, the different disciplinary angles –political science, international relations, law, economics, sociology, anthropology (amongst others)- from which policy issues can be understood, and, thirdly, the continuous problematization of the terms of reference of public policy –notably what is ‘public’ and what is the underlying rationale of the public, as opposed to the private, sphere, and what does policy mean under conditions of complex globalization.
I. [October 21] - Introduction(s) & Policy Template
II. [October 28] - Histories: Public Policy as Policy Science & the Cyclical Policy Paradigm
III. [November 4] - Policy Fields: States, Markets, Civil Societies
IV. [November 11] - Stakeholders: Bureaucrats, Interest Groups, Firms, Experts & Elevator Pitch (i)
V. [November 18] - Scales: Global Problems - Local Solutions & Elevator Pitch (ii)
VI. [November 25] - Managing Knowledge: Science v. Interest v. Ideology
VII. [December 2] - Modes of Policy Analysis: Structures v. Agents v. Networks & Retracing Our Steps (i)
VIII. [December 9] - Styles of Policy Analysis: From Argument to Process
IX. [December 16] - Going Individual: Rationalism & Decision Science
X. [January 6] - Going Collective: Welfare Economics & Public Goods
XI. [January 13] - Re-Framing Government: Good Governance
XII. [January 20] - Does ‘Culture’ Matter (in/for Policy-Making) ?
XIII. [January 27] - Futures: E-Governance
XIV. [February 3] - Video Presentation & Retracing Our Steps (ii)
[February 10] - Take Home Exam
[March 31] - Policy Template Deadline
Course Work & Assessment:

Pre-Class Online Readings Questions [ungraded] (individual) [20%]
In-Class Participation [responses / group exercises etc.] (individual & group) [10%]
Policy Project [Thematic Form / Elevator Pitch / Video / Project Template] (group) [35%]
Take Home Exam (individual) [24h] [35%]
the small print


Course Convener: Prof. Florian Hoffmann [florian.hoffmann@uni-erfurt.de (please always cc: caroline.eichholz@uni-erfurt.de)]
Student Assistants: Karen Simbulan [kpsimbulan@gmail.com] & Hosea Saputro Handoyo [hshandoyo@gmail.com]

Office Hours:

FFH: Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:00-14:00 [by appointment through Ms. Eichholz - please sent a request to carolin.eichholz@uni-erfurt.de)

Courtesy & Mutual Respect Ground Rules:

Everyone is equally different !
No one may be discriminated against or disrespected on grounds of her or his 'race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status'.
In particular (i): Men and women are equal and are, with regard to gender, entitled to equal recognition and respect.
In particular (ii): Race and ethnic origin are off limits.
In particular (iii): Religious and political persuasion or sexual orientation may be debatable but provide no grounds whatsoever for discriminatory or disrespectful speech or conduct.
Culture matters: be curious and interested in it NOT dismissive or disdaining.
In particular (i): Sexual mores differ across cultures - always make sure to err on the side of caution and restraint - any form of sexual harrassment is unacceptable.
In particular (ii): Thinking and speaking styles differ - see it as a learning challenge NOT as tedium
In particular (iii): Communicability is important BUT English-language capacity is NOT a ground for disrespect or discrimination.
Try to get along with each other - you will have to in most professional environments.
Don't panic !

Academic Integrity:

Academic integrity is crucial, with the Brandt School’s Code of Honour providing the guiding principles. What counts most in the exam and the essay/presentation is your ability to apply the knowledge acquired throughout the course –notably through the readings, discussion and individual and group assignments- in your own way and concluding with your own views. This is why it is indispensable to very clearly distinguish between the various sources of your knowledge –most importantly any readings that might inform your thinking on a particular matter- and what you yourself make of it, namely by always acknowledging your sources. In an exam, it is sufficient to simply ‘name drop’ the most relevant authors, when applicable, and to NOT cheat ! In an essay or a written-up presentation, all sources have to be properly referenced in footnotes or in-text notes (depending on citation style). In academia, all views are tolerable, and you should not be weary to state any view you can justify and substantiate, regardless of whether it is in agreement, or not, with what your teacher, fellow students, ‘the majority’, public opinion etc. hold. However, copying from others without saying so (i.e. plagiarism) is the (one) ‘mortal sin’ academia knows. It is VERY likely to be discovered –as we run all essays through a plagiarism detection software-, and it will have VERY unpleasant consequences with regard to overall academic progress. If you are concerned about language (i.e. having to write in English) or time (i.e. missing a deadline), speak to your course teacher or mentor, there are many ways to assist you with essay writing and deadline management. The key is open and, whenever possible, early communication, and virtually all potential problems can be resolved – do not, instead, resort to plagiarism or exam cheating which may ruin your entire MPP experience.
The course will regularly make use of the following electronic teaching and learning formats:

Brandt School Campus [Readings / Syllabus]
Facebook (FB) - [Discussion Questions / Videos (closed course group)]
GoogleDocs [Quizzes & Take Home Exam]
Other Formats [Simulations etc.]

Willy Brandt School of Public Policy
Prof. Florian Hoffmann
WS 2013/14

change of lecture venue as of Week 2:
LG1/'Hörsaal' (Lecture Hall) 4 (2nd Floor)
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