Fall/Winter Timetable

POL2317H1F L0101

Undergraduate Course Code: POL474H1F L0101

Politics and Policy Analysis


This course examines the relationship between politics, rationality, and public policy-making. A central theme and indeed assumption in public policy analysis is the rational model of decision-making. This course explores various aspects of that model as well as critiques. How well does the rationality model serve public policy makers? Is it an accurate reflection of what policy makers do? Does it account for policy change (or stasis)? Theories and models examined are successively applied to specific cases in Canadian and comparative public policy.


Course packet.

Format and Requirements

Class discussion (10%) and three essays (25%, 30%, 35%) combine theories and cases.