Fall 2011

Problems and Prospects of Social Engineering - Foundational Course Option

Eisner,Marc A.

09/12/2011 - 12/09/2011
Thursday -

Foundational course option: Students taking the course with this option will receive more extensive and detailed feedback on their work through more frequent writing assignments and individual meetings with the instructor. Foundational courses are intended to provide an additional level of guidance, support, and feedback to ensure that students cultivate the tools and skills necessary for graduate level research and writing. All GLSP students working toward a degree are strongly encouraged to take a foundational course during their first few courses in the program. To choose the Foundational course option, please register for SOCS 635W.

This is a course on public policy covering a host of substantive policy areas. The course begins with an examination of Progressivism and the initial efforts to use public policy to address key social problems. It then explores the introduction of economic management and the social welfare state in the New Deal, civil rights and environmental regulation in the 1960s and 1970s, and market-based reforms during the post-Reagan era (with particular attention paid to welfare reform, educational vouchers, and social security privatization). We explore a number of issues along the way, including competing models of policy problems, the dynamics of the policy process, and the shifting balance between the state and the market.

Enrollment in SOCS 635 is limited to 14 students.

This course is open to auditors.

Enrollment in SOCS 635W is limited to 4 students.

This course is not open to auditors.

The deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund for this course is Friday, September 16 at 5:00 pm. Please visit our website for a complete list of registration and withdrawal dates for this session.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
SOCS 635

Marc Eisner (B.A. University of Wisconsin; M.A. Marquette University; M.B.A. University of Connecticut; Ph.D. University of Wisconsin) is professor of government and Henry Merritt Wriston chair in public policy. He is author of six books, including Governing the Environment: The Transformation of Environmental Governance (Lynne Rienner, 2007), and is past president of the New England Political Science Association. Click here for more information about Marc Eisner.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 4

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