Public Policy is how government works to address social, cultural, economic, and environmental issues. In this course, we examine how public policies are designed and implemented in liberal democratic and non-democratic states. The course takes an issue-based approach, examining different policy areas such as healthcare, immigration, education, Indigenous rights, and environmental policy. The course also features a practical and studio-based aspect, where students are invited to 'step into' the world of public policy by crafting their own briefing papers and policy presentations. Students will attain scholarly knowledge and develop practical capacities in the field of public policy.


45 credits of 100-level or higher coursework

Course Notes

POL 301 is an approved Self and Society course for Cap Core requirements.

Course Outlines

Please note: Course outlines of record posted may vary from the section syllabus distributed by each instructor (e.g. textbooks, assignments, timing of midterms).

Effective Term
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