318.602.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 3 Credit(s)
W 10:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

    • Describe the political, organizational and substantive complexities of the policy process;
    • Illustrate the different conceptual policy models;
    • Identify the areas of policy formulation, policy implementation, policy adoption, policy agendas and problem definition;
    • Differentiate the key stages of the policy process; and
    • Compare different frameworks for effective policymaking
  • Course Description

    Examines the influence of political, organizational, and substantive complexities on the policy process. Specifically addresses the key stages of the policy process, the different frameworks for effective policymaking in complex political and bureaucratic environments, how issues get on the policy agenda, and the art behind policy implementation and sustainability.

  • Intended Audience

    Students enrolled in the MPP program

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Class participation (15%); two policy papers (50% total) and final exam (35%)

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Prerequisites


  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.