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GPP: Global Public Policy

GPP 501 (3) Microeconomic Analysis for Public Policy
Basics of supply and demand; fundamentals of decision making by consumers, households and firms; market structure and sources of market failure that necessitate policy interventions. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 502 (3) International Macroeconomics
Introduces challenges of an interlinked global economy through modern macroeconomics. International linkages through labor, capital and goods markets, monetary and fiscal policy linkages, currency and debt crises. Theory and real-world applications. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 503 (3) Measurement and Data Analysis for Policy
Fundamental quantitative tools for policy analysis and program evaluation, including measurement, data visualization, and regression analysis. Introduction of skills for the design and implementation of quantitative policy analysis. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 504 (3) Policy Analysis and Evaluation
Fundamentals of policy analysis and program evaluation for a professional context. Standard tools of policy analysis, risk assessment, and evaluation to design policy interventions and implement monitoring and evaluation systems for effectiveness. Case studies for government, international organizations, and NGOs. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 505 (3) Domestic and Global Policy Process
Theories and frameworks related to policy-making processes at domestic and global level. Agenda setting, policy formulation, decision-making, policy implementation, and policy evaluation. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 506 (3) Public Management
Governmental implementation and delivery of public policy. Variations in international practice, the growing interdependence of governments, firms and non-government organizations. Complexities of multi-level governance including control and accountability of governments. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 507 (3) Environmental Law and Policy Frameworks
Environmental law and policy creation, implementation, and enforcement at the international, national, and sub-national levels. Evolution of environmental law and policy, legal institutions, and major areas of law relating to ecological sustainability. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 508 (3) Philosophical and Ethical Foundations for Public Policy
Inter-cultural communication skills, entrepreneurship, and effective community engagement in policy work. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 509 (3) Communicating Policy
The role of media, especially new media, in effectively communicating policy to stakeholders, including issues of transparency and accountability. Focus on communications formats including written, oral, and multimedia policy communications. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 520 (3) Economics of Poverty
Micro-scale processes of development, including the challenges posed by persistent poverty, and ground-level development solutions. Measurement and empirical evaluation of development interventions and outcomes. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 521 (3) Development and Institutions
Introduction to macro-level long-term development processes by which societies improve their standards of living. Development theories, historical drivers; present debates; when and how public policies can best enable economic development. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 522 (3) Development Discourses and Practices
The meaning of development and micro/macro aspects of policy planning and implementation for development. The rise of development thought; assessment of the outcomes of development for different countries and communities. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 523 (3) Economic Change and Reforms in Asia
Trajectories and current puzzles in East Asian political economy in Japan, Korea, China, and South East Asia. Political economic institutions, dynamics and sustainability; integration of China and India into the world economy. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 524 (3) Legal Change and Sustainability Challenges in Asia
Impact of legal reform efforts on political, socio-economic and cultural change in selected economies of Asia. Relationships between changes in legal institutions, doctrines, and processes. Addressing sustainability challenges in human, natural and built environments. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 525 (3) Social Policy Responses to Rapid Development
Prevalent social issues in Asia. Policy responses in Asian countries have been formulated in education, housing, welfare, and public health in response to the social dislocation that accompanies rapid development. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 526 (3) Challenges of Urbanization
Spatial development, housing, infrastructure and local environments and the administrative and regulatory implications of urbanization. Interactions between bio-physical requisites of urbanization and structures and processes of governance which shape their provision. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 527 (3) Corporate Social Responsibility
Policy debates surrounding Corporate Social Responsibility including: voluntary regulation initiatives; responsibility to stakeholders in global supply chains; public-private partnerships; socially responsible investing; transparency; and protection of human rights. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 540 (3) Tools and Techniques for Sustainability Assessment
Environmental and socio-economic outcomes of projects and policies including: systems modeling and dynamics; life-cycle and risk assessment; cost-benefit and decision analysis; valuation of ecosystem services; and critical appraisals of socio-economic valuation approaches that form the basis of policy assessments. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 541 (3) Policy Dimensions of Energy Systems
Energy sources, markets, and impacts critical to energy policy, including oil, natural gas and coal markets; electricity and utilities policy; local and global environmental impacts; renewable energy; nuclear power and security; energy efficiency; technological innovation; and energy poverty. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 542 (3) Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Role and influence of science and technology in society, and its relationship to public policy development including: history and economics of technological change. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 543 (3) Sustainable Water Systems
Valuing, managing and sustaining water systems for agriculture, industry, the built environment, recreation and ecosystems including: service delivery, government intervention and policy responses; interrelationship between water and sanitation, resource recovery, and relationships between water systems and human development. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 544 (3) Economic Foundations of Environmental Policies
Environmental and natural resource economics: externalities, property rights, public goods, market failure, inter-generational trade-offs, and optimal extraction of biological and depletable resources. Environmental regulation, industrial competitiveness, and distribution of income and welfare. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 545 (3) Ecology for Policy
Ecological systems for diverse policy contexts including: health, agriculture, water, resource management, tourism, spatial planning, and conservation. Innovative progress from policies and policy frameworks that better reflect ecological dynamics, and the design of appropriate policy and governance responses. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 560 (3) Global Governance: Frameworks and Policy Debates
Policy-making at the global level, including theories and frameworks of global coordination and global governance. Global, regional, and sub-regional mechanisms. Trade, finance, climate, food regulation, developmental norms, and security. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 561 (3) Impact of Globalization on Societies
Definitions of globalization and overview globalization theories; specific causes, effects, and responses of globalization in various Asian countries. Globalization in its political, social, and economic dimensions in migration and norm diffusion. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 562 (3) Resource Governance, Environment and Human Security
International policy processes associated with themes of environmental security: disaster prevention; resource curse; institution building and conflict minerals and global expropriation. Issues to be considered include human rights advocacy and peacekeeping, food security and food sovereignty. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 563 (3) Asia Pacific Human Migration and Social Change
Key concepts and theories of migration and social change. The role of the nation state and regulatory systems considering international institutions relevant to migration as concerns Asian demography and migration; connections between Asia and the Pacific Rim. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 564 (3) Security Challenges for Asian States and People
Asian state policies on security threats that impact their national and human security including: civil-military relations, intrastate conflict, transnational crime, spread of disease, and environmental and natural disasters, geo-political power shift, defence modernization, resurgent nationalism, and historical legacies. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 565 (3) Nationalism, Religion, and Ethnic Conflict in Asia
Ethnic and religious conflict in Asia related to historical and dialectic development of different forms of nationalism; the confluence between religion, ethnicity, and nationalist ideologies in the escalation of conflicts in different Asian societies. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 566 (3) Asia Diplomacy and International Relations
Comprehensive and systematic assessments and analyses of political dynamics, policy behaviors, and diplomatic interactions of Asian countries. Major diplomatic issues, cross-cutting diplomatic challenges, and opportunities facing countries in the region. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 567 (3) Human Rights and Justice
Linkages between human rights, development and justice and the policy interventions which flow from them. Human rights policy including: international organizations, national actors, non-governmental organizations and communities. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 580 (3) Internet and Global Affairs
The impact of Internet on policy and global affairs structural changes to: economy with reduced transaction costs; media through new publishing forms; politics through new structures for collective action; law through limits of privacy and confidentiality; governance through e-government. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 581 (3) Behavioural Foundations for Public Policy
Basic concepts in social and cognitive psychology, judgment and decision-making and behavioral economics in shaping policy formation and implementation. Application of experimental findings and concepts emanating from behavioral research to the design and implementation of policy. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 582 (3) Public Engagement in Policy Decisions
Public engagement in policy-making processes including: stakeholder engagement in diverse sustainability policy debates; outcomes and how they influence policy; best practices and lessons learned in North America and Europe. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 583 (3) Food Security
Global food security challenges including: biophysical, economic, nutritional, socio-political, and institutional aspects. Geography of agricultural production, role of price and supply shocks, causes of malnutrition, and environmental impacts. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 584 (3) Policy Responses to Global Climate Change
Climate science and impacts including: carbon management options; mitigation and energy system changes; efficiency options; ?end-of-pipe? solutions; vulnerability and adaptation to climate change; carbon economics and organization-level strategies in a carbon-constrained world. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 590 (1-6) d Global Policy Project
Professional team-based project that incorporates training, feedback on project proposals, possible field work, engagement with client organizations, data gathering and analysis, and a major deliverable such as a policy report. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GPP 591 (1-9) d Special Topics in Public Policy
Offerings respond to current policy debates, topics of emerging interest, availability of visiting scholars, and interest in non-traditional courses incorporating practitioner expertise, interest in particular disciplinary perspectives missing from core courses and electives, and interest in specific regions or countries. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

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