Public Policy Schedule: Summer I,
Professor Wayne Hayes | ENST20750 #30213
This schedule page provides the sequence of activities for Public Policy, ENST20750, offered by Professor Wayne Hayes for the Sumer Session I semester at Ramapo College. The schedule defines the due dates for assignments and the weekly flow of the course.
Our summer session I course officially starts on May 27 and ends on June
30. Please note the important due dates for written assignment below:
- May 27: See the assignment under Week #1, below. Please send me an email with the information requested, below, and register for the course Wiki.
- June 3: Essay on Introduction, How to Study
Public Policy, and Agenda. Counts 20 points. See the
instructions for this assignment.
- June 16: The first part of the course ends with an
asks you to explain the Public Policy Cycle. This counts 32 points,
based on depth and content.
- June 26: The Course Enrichment Component assignment, counting 6 points, is due.
- June 30: The essay
on Public Policy for sustainability counts
32 points, based on depth and content. This is a
firm deadline, since my final grades are due shortly
afterwards. Late papers will be docked four points per day.
The papers should be delivered by the end of the day on the dates listed above.
Week #1: Introduction to the Course: May 27 -
June 3 ^
The first week introduces you to the course and starts the Public
Policy Cycle with the agenda stage. This moves fast,
culminating in an
essay that counts
20 points, due on June 3. After I review and grade your essay, I will set up a telephone conference to discuss your work.
May 27: Please email me the first day of our course, May 27:
- Tell me your major and your year (sophomore, junior, etc.)
- The internet browser you prefer to use: Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox? Do you also check in from a tablet or your smart phone? Please inform me immediately if you experience difficulty loading any course-related document.
- What grade you intend to earn: Outstanding effort = A? Good work = B? Satisfactory = C?
- Anything that I should consider about you as a student in this online course. Are you taking any other course simultaneously with Public Policy? Have you taken an online course before? Are you comfortable with the delivery of ENST20750? Are you registered with Office of Specialized Services and wish to inform me? What is your schedule like: Do you work? Do you have special commitments that we need to work around?
Also, register at our course Wiki and check into our course Bulletin Board. The Bulletin Board provides current information and should be checked several times each week. (I can track your activity on the Wiki and will use it in considering your participation grade.)
Course Material: Syllabus, Schedule, Web Site, Wiki ^
Orient yourself to these basic tools that deliver the online
- The Syllabus explains intent and
goals, grading, and expectations and responsibilities. You may regard the syllabus as a core reading of the class.
- This Schedule provides the flow of the course, defining how the
Board will change frequently and should be consulted as you open your
computer for class-related activities. The Bulletin
Board will reference material delivered on our
You must check the course wiki frequently for updates.
I will post short assignments to monitor how you are progressing, to be
included in the participation grade. My wiki account builds a file of all correspondence which I will use in considering the participation grade.
- Please use my Ramapo College email
account, firstname.lastname@example.org, for all course correspondance with
me. If you find anything unclear about the delivery of the course, please include your question in your May 27 email, described above.
- A brief Preface explains where this web site came from, why I use it, and where it is going.
Please carefully and diligently study these web-based documents:
- The limits to public
- The legacy of Malthus: public
policy as the dismal science
- A brief word on ideology
in public policy
- Trial run:
is your political ideology?, a web-based quiz game. Please tell
me by email how you did with this exercise.
How to study Public Policy ^
- Introducing the study of public
- Why study public policy?
- The scope of public
- What are the general
approaches to public policy and which is adopted here?
- Definitions of public
- How to study public policy
- The public policy cycle as a
Agenda-Setting and Power
- Introduction to agenda-setting
- Setting the agenda
- Definitions: simple and
- Agenda typology
- Who sets the agenda and
- How to study the agenda
- Bias and the exercise of
- Examine several cases of agenda-setting with a focus on sustainability.
Essay on Introduction, How to Study Public Policy,
and Agenda is due by the end of the day on Tuesday, June 3. Counts 20 points. See
Week #2: Formulation, Parts I and II, June 2 - June 6 ^
Formulation I and II are fundamental to understanding public policy and
should be treated as a unit. Take
notes as you proceed in preparation of the essay on the
Public Policy Cycle.
- Transition from agenda to policy formulation
- Introduction to policy
- Defining policy
- Skills of policy
- The foundations of
American public policy making
- Illustrative cases
Formulation II: Policy
Authorization and Politics ^
- Politics and policy
- Case study: Stephen Labaton,
NEW FINANCIAL ERA: THE OVERVIEW; ACCORD REACHED ON LIFTING OF DEPRESSION-ERA
BARRIERS AMONG FINANCIAL INDUSTRIES, New York Times, October 23,
1999 -- and, yes, this contributed to the speculation that recently took down
the financial system.
- Case study: Gail Russell Chaddick,
Energy Bill Crafted in Secrecy, Christian Science Monitor,
October 2, 2003.
- Iron triangles
- Policy overhaul
- Please view
Moyers America: Capitol Crimes, Public affairs Television, 2006.
Week #3: Implementation, Budget, and Evaluation,
June 9 - June 13 ^
In this week, we conclude the public policy process with an examination
of implementation, budget, and evaluation.
- Introduction to
- Note cartoon reflecting
- Defining implementation.
Discussion: Can implementation work well?
- Cases of
implementation, good and bad
- Traditional Public
Administration, including bureaucracy
- Successful Implementation:
Liberal and Conservative views
- Budget overview
- Define budget
- The budgetary process
- Overall discussion of US
budget and examination of significant
tables, especially Table S-6, Budget Summary by Categories
- Try a sophisticated budget simulation --- playing the game may surprise you
- Incrementalism, once
- State and local
budgets, with emphasis on current state budget stress
- Transition: closing
- Introduction to
- Evaluation defined
- Evaluation explained in
- Explanatory cases of
- Historical roots of
- Formal evaluation
The Public Policy Cycle section of the course ends with an
essay that asks
you to explain the Public Policy Cycle. This assignment counts 32 points,
based on depth and content. This essay is due by the end of the day on June 16.
Week #4: Setting a World Sustainability Policy Agenda,
June 16 to June 20
This second section of the course examines the public policy aspects of
sustainability. Our main text is Lester Brown's World on the Edge, supplemented
with notes from the instructor and links to the Internet.
The final paper assignment is due by the end of
the day, June 30. This section is the payoff of the course,
providing a challenge that asks you to join a discussion
on the public policy aspects of sustainability, a daunting
In week four, please read the two sections below.
Week #4 Part I: The Origins of Sustainable Development
This section sets the stage and introduces Sustainable
Development. Please become familiar with the seminal document on sustainability, the Brundtland Commission Report:
- Browse the Brundtland Report
and sample its findings and logic. This is a seminal historical document, so
browse to get the tone, substance, and organization of the report -- don't even
try to read the whole document, be selective.
- Read the important Overview, noting the way
that sustainable development was framed and the language used to define
sustainable development, quoted below. Read the Brundtland section on
sustainable development carefully. This section is short and important.
- See Professor Hayes's wiki
on Brundtland Commission Report and Sustainable Development.
- View Professor Hayes's PowerPoint presentation on sustainability and the Brundtland Commission Report.
- Recommended as background, especially for Environmental Studies and Environmental Science
students: Will Steffen, Paul J. Crutzen, and John R. McNeill, "The
Anthropocene: Are Humans Now Overwhelming the
Great Forces of Nature?," Ambio,
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Vol. 36,
No. 8, December, 2007. This bold article defines a new era in Earth history,
the Anthropocene, the successor to the Holocene.
Week #4 Part II: Setting a Global Agenda: Lester R. Brown, World on the Edge
Part I of World on the Edge offers Brown's agenda and
comprehensively defines the global crisis, offering specific
goals. This analysis is empirical and current. (There are
surprisingly few accessible books on global sustainability
policy.) Read this section closely in week four to assess
the global crisis and grasp an agenda built around goals
that frame a policy response. Notice that Brown provides policy analysis but does not grapple with the political feasibility of the policy proposals produced by his analysis.
This provides a timely round-up of challenges to the biosphere and human
inhabitation of Earth. Notice that this book is classified
as Science/Environment. Brown carries weight for his diagnosis,
but he does not comment extensively on political or economic
aspects. I will supplement Brown with my lecture notes,
- Lester Brown, World on the Edge, Preface and Part I, A Deteriorating Foundation and Part II, The Consequences, through page 97. Hear Lester
Brown in his own words connecting the limits to population and economic growth to his Plan B. This video reinforces the book, World on the Edge. Note: The Earth Policy Institute web site provides a free pdf version of World on the Edge.
- Professor Hayes prepared a PowerPoint presentation on Lester Brown, World on the Edge, Part I, A Deteriorating Foundation.
- The following notes were composed for an earlier version of Brown's Plan B. My notes are a bit dated but are still useful for World on the Edge. Although Brown has updated his information and modified his analysis slightly, the thrust of his Plan B has not changed greatly. Professor Hayes has provided recommended background notes that supplement Brown on the global crisis: notes
supplementing and setting up Brown with sections on Beyond
the Oil Peak, Global
Warming, Natural Systems
Under Stress and on The
- New York Times video: Class Dismissed: The Death of Female Education. The video presents a policy champion for the education of girls and demonstrates vividly the tragedy of a failed state, basic social themes in World on the Edge.
- Play The U.S. Oil
In week five, please read the policy remedies recommended by Lester
- Study Lester Brown's World on the Edge: Part III: The Response, Plan B, pp. 99 - 180 and Part IV: Watching the Clock, pp. 181 - 202. These chapters encompass global sustainability policy formulation, implementation, and offers a budget. Brown offers four goals by which success can be evaluated. These goals drive his analysis.
- The Earth Policy Institute web site provides a summary slide show presentation.
- Professor Hayes introduction
to Brown's overall discussion of energy, demand, and supply,
focused on both climate and energy. (My notes were originally developed around Brown's prior book Plan B, but remain consistent with World on the Edge.
my notes, Presentation
of Plan B as integrated policy formulation around the main themes of energy and climate, social aspects of sustainability, and the restoration of nature.
- Video: Renewable Energy, The History Channel. This remarkable video brings to life Brown's vision of a sustainable energy future.
- Examine the Atlantic Wind Connection for a compelling project now underway off the Jersey coast.
- Recommended: View PBS Wide Angle: The Burning Season. Note: this site does not always load properly, so give it a second try.
on sustainability policy will be due by the end of the day on
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