12043 Policy Analysis 1

Credits: 3 graduate credits in Democracy Studies / Government and Public Policy or Government and Public Policy

Prerequisites: Democracy: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Israeli Democracy: Selected Issues, Contemporary Democratic Theories; one of the following: Democracy and Democratization, Selected Problems in the History of Western Democracies, Democracy and Mass Communication,2 Education Policy: Education for Democracy in Democratic Societies, Selected Topics in Public Administration; and exemption from bibliographic assignments on computer searches in the “Alef” catalog and databases.

The workshop is based on a reader edited by Shlomo Mizrahi.

The workshop explores methods and tools for policy analysis in the scientific and applicable domains. Policy analysis is based on a research effort targeted at providing tools and guidelines for decision making and policy making. The discipline includes tools and models to assist in problem identification, finding and evaluating solution alternatives as well as developing integrative solutions. The workshop examines a variety of models and tools used for policy analysis and applies them to selected issues.

1Students may write a seminar paper in this course, although it is not required.

2or Liberalism: Texts, Contexts, Critiques (12005), for students who took it as a required course in the Culture specialization before Spring 2010.