Public Policy (PLCY)

Public Policy (PLCY)

PLCY 700  Foundations of Public Policy  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course introduces the students to the concept of statesmanship and various models for policy analysis. Students will be introduced to the various contexts in which policy formation and implementation occur. Students will be challenged to view policy from Biblical, constitutional, and political lenses in order to understand a comprehensive approach to policy development and implementation.

Offered: Online

PLCY 701  Natural Law, The State & The Gospel  3 Credit Hour(s)  

The student is introduced to Biblical principles of government and statesmanship in this course, both in terms of key governmental processes and structures, as well as practices related to statesmanship and statecraft. Concepts such as natural law, inalienable rights, covenant, sphere sovereignty, justice, and church-state relations are incorporated into course content with a particular emphasis on policy implications.

Offered: Online

PLCY 702  Founding Era and the Constitution  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 700

The course explores the key actors, events and content of the American Founding period and provides an application of Biblical principles of statesmanship as discussed in PLCY 701. Special emphasis is placed on the religious, social economic and philosophical influences on U.S. constitutional design as well as significant crises and inconsistencies between ideals and practice Study will span the formative period from the granting of colonial charters to the ratification of the I.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights and the early years of the republic. A combination of historical textbook(s), scholarly journals articles and primary documents will be examined.

Offered: Online

PLCY 703  Contemporary Challenges to Constitutional Order and the Role of the State  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 700

The student is introduced to the contemporary challenges facing America, the prevailing Western legal tradition, and a Biblical model of statesmanship, particularly as these challenges have influenced policy formation. Such challenges include modern reinterpretations of American constitutionalism and the shifting relationship of the State to the individual and other spheres in society.

Offered: Online

PLCY 704  Economics and Public Policy  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 700

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the foundational public policies, regulations, court decisions, institutions, and interest groups relevant to the study and implementation of economic policy.

Offered: Online

PLCY 707  Education and Public Policy  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 700

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the foundational public policies, regulations, court decisions, institutions, and interest groups relevant to the study and implementation of education policy.

Offered: Online

PLCY 710  Social Issues and Public Policy  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 700

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the foundational public policies, regulations, court decisions, institutions, and interest groups relevant to the study and implementation of social policy.

Offered: Online

PLCY 800  National Security and Public Policy  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 700

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the foundational public policies, regulations, court decisions, institutions, and interest groups relevant to the study and implementation of national security policy.

Offered: Online

PLCY 801  Foreign Policy and Public Policy  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 700

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the foundational public policies, regulations, court decisions, institutions, and interest groups relevant to the study and implementation of foreign policy.

Offered: Online

PLCY 802  Competing Visions of Statesmanship  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 700

This course covers the changing political landscape as impacted by competing political ideologies and worldviews. Students will be introduced to the history of worldview ideas, particularly as related to the modern public policy arena. A Biblical model of statesmanship and statecraft will be applied to these discussions.

Offered: Online

PLCY 804  Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 700 or PADM 700

The interplay between and among American state governments and the federal government will be examined at the macro and micro (intergovernmental relations) levels. Students will be challenged to examine the complexities of the modern American political system in light of competing models of federalism.

Offered: Online

PLCY 805  Policy Analysis and Research Design  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: ((PLCY 840 or PLCY 850 or PLCY 860 or PLCY 866 or PLCY 870 or PLCY 880) and PLCY 700 )

This course introduces students to various models of public policy analysis and evaluation as a foundation to developing a viable public policy research project.

Offered: Online

PLCY 809  Data and Analysis for Policymakers  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 700

This course is designed to give students tools for understanding and avoiding the misinterpretation or misuse of quantitative data. Using case studies, students will learn how to identify common analytical biases and errors that lead to faulty conclusions or flawed applications of research findings.

Offered: Online

PLCY 810  Quantitative Methods I  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 805

Quantitative Analysis I discusses probability theory and hypothesis testing within the context of public policy decision-making. As an introduction to basic statistical distributions, this course covers the tests of difference in means, proportions, basic generalized linear themes such as regression and ANOVA. Also introduced are commonly encountered nonparametric tests.

Offered: Online

PLCY 811  Quantitative Methods II  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 810

This course is designed to give students tools for understanding and avoiding the misuse of quantitative data. Using case studies, students will learn how to identify common analytical biases and errors that lead to faulty conclusions or flawed applications of research findings.

Offered: Online

PLCY 812  Qualitative Methods  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 811

Qualitative Analysis introduces the use methods applicable to qualitative data in order to contribute God-honoring, original public policy related research.

Offered: Online

PLCY 815  Advanced Quantitative Methods I  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 700

This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of the underlying scientific study of public policy. We will begin with the philosophy of science, which is crucial to understanding what public policy experts should be doing in our research. We will also consider research design, learning to generate “good” research questions and “good” studies using different types of research methodologies. The topics covered in this course are applicable to the entire discipline of public policy. This course requires use of the “R” suite of analytical tools.

Registration Restrictions: Department Chair approval

Offered: Online

PLCY 816  Advanced Quantitative Methods II  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 815

Quantitative Methods II introduces the use of econometric statistical methods associated with causal inference. Topics include the following multivariate techniques: multivariate analysis of variance and covariance, path analysis, factor analysis, discriminant analysis, and logistic regression. Cross-sectional data will be analyzed within the context of public policy questions. This course requires use of the “R” suite of analytical tools.

Offered: Online

PLCY 840  Introduction to Education Policy Studies  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 700 and PLCY 812

This course requires students to research the basic contours of academic research in education policy. Students will work with their faculty member to understand the scope, history, controversial issues, and methods associated with academic research in this cognate. This research will serve as a stepping-stone to conducting a comprehensive literature review for their dissertation and provide the needed context to ensure that the student’s chosen dissertation topic is focused and appropriate.

Offered: Online

PLCY 841  Research Seminar in Education Policy  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 840

In this course, students will identify and discuss the major debates and issues in education policy. Students will conduct an extensive literature review of their chosen dissertation topic. Students will work with faculty to ensure that their literature review is comprehensive and sets them up for a successful research question for their dissertation. Students will also submit a dissertation research question for review and discussion.

Offered: Online

PLCY 842  Research Prospectus in Education Policy  5 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 841

Students will be challenged to look at their chosen research question by using various research methodologies. The course will culminate in a final paper discussing their research question and chosen methodologies. A comprehensive examination must be taken and successfully completed prior to enrollment in PPOG 989.

Offered: Online

PLCY 850  Introduction to Social Policy Studies  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 700 and PLCY 812

This course requires students to research the basic contours of academic research in social policy. Students will work with their faculty member to understand the scope, history, controversial issues, and methods associated with academic research in this cognate. This research will serve as a stepping-stone to conducting a comprehensive literature review for their dissertation and provide the needed context to ensure that the student’s chosen dissertation topic is focused and appropriate.

Offered: Online

PLCY 851  Research Seminar in Social Policy  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 850

In this course, students will identify and discuss the major debates and issues in social policy. Students will conduct an extensive literature review of their chosen dissertation topic. Students will work with faculty to ensure that their literature review is comprehensive and sets them up for a successful research question for their dissertation. Students will also submit a dissertation research question for review and discussion.

Offered: Online

PLCY 852  Research Prospectus in Social Policy  5 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 851

Students will be challenged to look at their chosen research question by using various research methodologies. The course will culminate in a final paper discussing their research question and chosen methodologies. A comprehensive examination must be taken and successfully completed prior to enrollment in PLCY 989.

Offered: Online

PLCY 860  Introduction to Foreign Policy Studies  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 700 and PLCY 812

This course requires students to research the basic contours of academic research in foreign policy. Students will work with their faculty member to understand the scope, history, controversial issues, and methods associated with academic research in this cognate. This research will serve as a stepping-stone to conducting a comprehensive literature review for their dissertation and provide the needed context to ensure that the student’s chosen dissertation topic is focused and appropriate.

Offered: Online

PLCY 861  Research Seminar in Foreign Policy  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 860

In this course, students will identify and discuss the major debates and issues in foreign policy. Students will conduct an extensive literature review of their chosen dissertation topic. Students will work with faculty to ensure that their literature review is comprehensive and sets them up for a successful research question for their dissertation. Students will also submit a dissertation research question for review and discussion.

Offered: Online

PLCY 862  Research Prospectus in Foreign Policy  5 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 861

Students will be challenged to look at their chosen research question by using various research methodologies. The course will culminate in a final paper discussing their research question and chosen methodologies. A comprehensive examination must be taken and successfully completed prior to enrollment in PLCY 989.

Offered: Online

PLCY 866  Advanced Research: Chinese Political Economy  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 700 and PLCY 812

This course examines advanced research on political economy of China and prepares doctoral students to conduct their own research in Chinese politics and political economy. Given China’s recent re-emergence as one of the world’s most powerful economies, the study of China’s development is central to an understanding of the world economy. This course considers China’s economic development in a comparative perspective, with attention on the historical development of the U.S. economy and capitalism in the U.S. Particular focus is given to the permanent features of Communist rule in China, the changing nature of the Chinese Party-state, as well as state-economy and state-society relations. Extending off of this focus, this course also leads doctoral students to reflect on the dynamics and challenges associated with reform and resistance.

Offered: Online

PLCY 868  Advanced Research: Strategic Thought in Western and Chinese Perspectives  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 700 and PLCY 812

This doctoral research course examines the prominent works and ideas of leading Chinese and Western strategic thinkers. It imparts a deep understanding of the differences and similarities across Chinese and Western in the strategic thought literature and considers how these ideas inform contemporary grand strategies. Doctoral students will study and critically evaluate works by major strategists, which may include Sun Tzu, Sun Bin, Xenophon, Machiavelli, Frederick the Great, Clausewitz, Mackinder, Brodie, and Kahn.

Offered: Online

PLCY 869  Advanced Research: The Grand Strategy of the People’s Republic of China  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 700 and PLCY 812

The doctoral course evaluates leading scholarly interpretations of how China has defined and sought to achieve its national interests over the long-term. Central to this examination is a consideration of threats to China’s national interests, and the means (political, military, diplomatic, and economic) China has used to address threats through imperial, Republican, and Communist periods. Similarities and differences across Chinese grand strategies are of particular focus in this class. The goal of this examination is to develop and hone of the abilities of doctoral students to discern how both unit level and systemic factors influence Chinese grand strategy.

Offered: Online

PLCY 870  Introduction to Economic Policy Studies  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 700 and PLCY 812

This course requires students to research the basic contours of academic research in economic policy. Students will work with their faculty member to understand the scope, history, controversial issues, and methods associated with academic research in this cognate. This research will serve as a stepping-stone to conducting a comprehensive literature review for their dissertation and provide the needed context to ensure that the student’s chosen dissertation topic is focused and appropriate.

Offered: Online

PLCY 871  Research Seminar in Economic Policy  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 870

In this course, students will identify and discuss the major debates and issues in economic policy. Students will conduct an extensive literature review of their chosen dissertation topic. Students will work with faculty to ensure that their literature review is comprehensive and sets them up for a successful research question for their dissertation. Students will also submit a dissertation research question for review and discussion.

Offered: Online

PLCY 872  Research Prospectus in Economic Policy  5 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 871

Students will be challenged to look at their chosen research question by using various research methodologies. The course will culminate in a final paper discussing their research question and chosen methodologies. A comprehensive examination must be taken and successfully completed prior to enrollment in PLCY 989.

Offered: Online

PLCY 880  Introduction to National Security Policy Studies  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 700 and PLCY 812

This course requires students to research the basic contours of academic research in national security policy. Students will work with their faculty member to understand the scope, history, controversial issues, and methods associated with academic research in this cognate. This research will serve as a stepping-stone to conducting a comprehensive literature review for their dissertation and provide the needed context to ensure that the student’s chosen dissertation topic is focused and appropriate.

Offered: Online

PLCY 881  Research Seminar in National Security Policy  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 880

In this course, students will identify and discuss the major debates and issues in national security policy. Students will conduct an extensive literature review of their chosen dissertation topic. Students will work with faculty to ensure that their literature review is comprehensive and sets them up for a successful research question for their dissertation. Students will also submit a dissertation research question for review and discussion.

Offered: Online

PLCY 882  Research Prospectus in National Security Policy  5 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 881

Students will be challenged to look at their chosen research question by using various research methodologies. The course will culminate in a final paper discussing their research question and chosen methodologies. A comprehensive examination must be taken and successfully completed prior to enrollment in PLCY 989.

Offered: Online

PLCY 885  Research Concept  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 700 and PLCY 701 and PLCY 702 and PLCY 703 and PLCY 704 and (PLCY 800 or PLCY 801) and PLCY 802 and PLCY 804 and PLCY 805 and PLCY 810 and PLCY 811 and PLCY 812

The course is designed to develop research skills, culminating in the development and approval of a research concept. The research concept approval process is under the direct supervision of the student’s dissertation chair. The research concept must be written and approved prior to enrollment in dissertation courses. Registration

Note: A dissertation chair and reader must be selected using the Dissertation Pairing tool, prior to enrolling in this course.

Offered: Online

PLCY 980  Dissertation Prospectus  5 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 700 and PLCY 701 and PLCY 702 and PLCY 703 and PLCY 704 and PLCY 800 and PLCY 801 and PLCY 802 and PLCY 804 and PLCY 805 and PLCY 810 and PLCY 811 and PLCY 812

This course provides students with an opportunity to examine the dissertation process. The course focuses on structure and design of a concept for PhD dissertation research that includes peer/collegial review and scholarly discourse leading to a draft of Chapter one of the proposal development. A comprehensive examination must be taken and successfully completed prior to enrollment in PPOG 989. This course is not required for students who successfully complete the Research Prospectus course in a policy cognate.

Offered: Online

PLCY 987  Dissertation I  5 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 885

This course is the first step for doctoral candidates in the process of developing and completing their research study and dissertation. Doctoral candidates will develop Section 1, which includes the Foundation of the Study, to include a detailed Literature Review relevant to the proposed research study.

Offered: Online

PLCY 988  Dissertation II  5 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 987

This course is the second step for doctoral candidates to develop and complete their dissertation. Doctoral candidates will develop Section 2, which includes their methodology for conducting the study, and combine it with Section 1 into a single document. Candidates will also complete and submit their IRB package to complete their proposal defense.

Offered: Online

PLCY 989  Dissertation III  5 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 988

This course is the final step in developing the dissertation manuscript. Doctoral candidates will conduct their field study, analyze their data, and present their findings and develop Section 3 of their dissertation. Candidates will combine all three sections into their completed dissertation manuscript in preparation for their dissertation defense.

Offered: Online

PLCY 990  Dissertation IV - Dissertation Defense  5 Credit Hour(s)  

Online Prerequisite: PLCY 989

This course is the last step in the doctoral program. Doctoral candidates will defend their dissertation and finalize their dissertation manuscript for publication.

Offered: Online

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