Although we negotiate all the time, both in our professional and personal lives, most of us have not systematically learned and practiced effective negotiation strategies. Negotiating is a skill that can be learned and improved. But, like playing tennis or chess, it requires know-how and practice. Learning to become an effective negotiator is not predominantly a matter of listening to lectures, but of actively participating in negotiation simulations that give you a chance to experience and experiment with different negotiation strategies and tools. This course provides multiple opportunities to practice your negotiating skills, to correct many mistakes that beginner negotiators tend to commit, reflect upon your experiences, and increase your effectiveness. The essence of this course can be distilled to: Practice, Reflect, Analyze, and Practice again.
Theories of policy-formation are applied to several timely issues of US and global policy. Issues are grouped around a broad theme, such as environmental policy or security. Relevant experts/policymakers will help students complete policy simulations on our issues.
Students will learn about the distribution of political power and legal authority in the U.S. (and the relationship between the individual and government) through the lens of constitutional and administrative law. We will examine the architecture of government at the federal, state, and local level; and explore the principles and practices of federalism and the separation of powers, including the gaps between principles and practices. Students will learn how to draft legislation and, in the process, learn the principles that lawmakers and judges employ (and those they circumvent) in interpreting statutes and regulations.
Examination of the influence of political factors, including institutions and interests, on the initiation, formulation, and implementation of public policy. Examines the role of information and expertise in politics.