Just a sampling of current classes related to PPA!

For a listing of all classes, please see the Registrar page or check out individual concentrations within PPA. 

PPA079 PO - Health Policy and Management: Analysis of issues in health policy and management organized around the key measures of access, cost and quality. Specific topics include the organization and financing of health care in the U.S., the epidemiologic basis of public health as it relates to disease prevention and surveillance, and current strategies for advancing health.

PHYS017 PO - Physics in Society: A Critical Analysis of Energy Policies: Analysis of solutions to the world’s demand for energy. The physical principles behind energy production and the rationality of these approaches, including an exploration of feasibility, cost, efficiency, resource depletion, environmental waste products, environmental impact, global accessibility and risks of potentially catastrophic failures. Topics discussed will include coal, gas, fission, fusion, hydro, solar, biofuels and energy storage.

BIOL189E PO - Global Change Biology: Global Climate Change Biology. Relying on scientific literature, this course examines documented shifts in geographical ranges, seasonal phenology, community interactions, genetics and extinctions related to global climate change. We will explore biological outcomes of major climatic events such as the last ice age, evolutionary and ecological patterns related to ongoing climate change, and attempts to predict biological consequences of future climate change.

POLI149 PO - Science, Technology and Public Policy: Science and technology shape and are shaped by society and are therefore forms as well as objects of power and authority. Topics include the origins and evolution of science policy in the U.S.; technology and globalization; the politics of BANG (bits, atoms, neurons, genes); and citizen participation in technological policies and practices.

POLI036 PO - Urban Politics & Public Policy: The political problems of cities and demographic movements in the United States.

POLI046 PO - The Politics of Immigration and Citizenship: Examines immigration and citizenship politics in the U.S., from historical development of policy to contemporary trends, with attention to comparative national policies and global migration context. Topics include international migration theories, debates over immigrant waves, controversies over citizenship, documented and undocumented immigrants, highly-skilled immigration and second-generation immigrants.

GOVT118 CM - The Processes of Environmental Policymaking: This course focuses on how environmental, conservation, and natural-resource policies are developed and chosen in the policy processes of the United States and other countries. This focus permits examination of the methodologies of evaluating environmental policy options, the processes of policymaking, and the institutions involved in conservation, environmental improvement, and other policies that affect the environment. The analytic approaches include the policy sciences framework for understanding the process itself, the methodologies of ecosystem valuation, and the issues involved with different types of policy instruments for environmental and conservation management.

POLI060 PO - The Global Politics of Food and Agriculture:  Addresses interplay among states and growers, how environmental problems affect farms around the world and various ways that producers and governments attempt to address such problems; current issues in agricultural science and economics and debates about genetic engineering; international patent law and intellectual property.

POLI039 PO - Politics of Environmental Justice: Examines political action aimed at environmental justice and sustainability, with emphasis on power dynamics around race, ethnicity, class, gender, geography and technological change. Includes analysis of movements in the Los Angeles area, such as those catalyzed by the Bus Riders Union, Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice and others; and collaborative projects with them.

GOVT105 CM - Organization of Health Care and Public Policy: This course will examine the evolution of health care occupations and organizations in the United States with comparative references to other industrialized nations. There will be a focus on the increasing bureaucratization of health care, the increased involvement of government, private reorganization around HMO’s and managed care, and the continued push for various forms of “universal health care.” Politics and policies regarding sources and allocations of costs and benefits, access and treatment of increasingly diverse populations, advent of health care teams, “wellness” movements and alternative health and medical treatments, and increasingly complex technology, and - related to this - ethical issues regarding birth, life, and death will be addressed.