The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Public Policy Minor

The Rockefeller Center's Latest Course Offering, Public Policy 49, Featured in The Dartmouth


Public Policy 49, "Environmental Policy Research Workshop," was recently featured in an article penned by Jose Garza '17. PBPL 49 is the Rockefeller Center's newest course and was offered for the first time this winter.

PBPL 49 is designed to guide students in conducting research on environmental policy-based projects. These projects are based on requests from the Vermont and New Hampshire state legislature. Students will learn the basic theory and research methods in environmental social science and they will spend the second half of the course applying these skills in team-based settings in order to address the questions posed in the projects. Satisfactory completion of the course will qualify students for entry into the Rockefeller Policy Research Shop.

A small excerpt from Garza's article:

Don Casler '14 shares his experiences from India class trip during Winter Break

Don Casler '14, a contributing columnist for The Dartmouth, wrote about his experience in India as a part of Public Policy 85: Global Policy Leadership: Economic Reform in India. PBPL 85 is designed to provide real world international policy experience.

Twelve rising juniors and seniors were selected to study the 2013 topic: economic reform in India. During the fall term of 2013, the participating students studied this topic in depth, as they would for any other Dartmouth class. At the end of the fall quarter, the class, accompanied by Senior Lecturer Charles Wheelan '88, traveled to India. While there, students spent two weeks meeting with local policy leaders who could help inform their topic of study.
A short segment of Casler's article:

Rockefeller Center Students Share Experiences from India Class Trip During Winter Break

Students in Public Policy 85, Global Policy Leadership: Economic Reform in India, have been documenting their experience off-campus.  Public Policy 85 is designed to provide real world international policy experience.

Twelve rising juniors and seniors were selected to study the 2013 topic: economic reform in India. During the fall term of 2013, the participating students studied this topic in depth, as they would for any other Dartmouth class.

The unique aspect of the course is that at end of the fall quarter the 12 students and Senior Lecturer Charles Wheelan '88 travelled to India, where they have spent two weeks meeting with local policy leaders: politicians, academics, journalists, business leaders, U.S. diplomats, and other experts "on the ground" who can help to inform their topic of study.

At the conclusion of the international visit in December, the participating students are responsible for producing a single collaborative 30-40 page briefing memo with specific policy recommendations.

John Landrigan, Associate Director of Foundation Relations, Visits PBPL 45

On Thursday, November 7, 2013, John Landrigan, Associate Director of Foundation Relations at Dartmouth College, visited Professor Ron Shaiko's PBPL 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research class. 

Landrigan explained the various interactions that the College has with the foundation world and gave a detailed description of the grant proposal process.  He informed the students of the various online resources available through the Dartmouth Library and provided useful tips on selecting foundations and crafting strong and effective grant proposals. 

The students' final class project involves crafting a grant proposal to fund a program that addresses a real world policy problem.  Students must utilize an existing organization on campus or an off-campus nongovernmental organization as their implementing entity and then select an actual foundation that would likely fund the proposal they draft.

John Landrigan speaks to PBPL 45

Exciting Public Policy Course Opportunities for Winter 2014 at Dartmouth

PBPL 5: Introduction to Public Policy
Professor Ronald Shaiko, 14W: 10

This course is designed as the gateway offering for students beginning to pursue a minor in public policy through the Rockefeller Center. The term will be divided into four main components:

  • The Nature of Public Policy: What is Public Policy, Who Makes It, and Why Study It
  • Making Public Policy: The Process, Structure, and Context of Policymaking
  • The Policy Players: Institutional and Non-Institutional Actors
  • The Policy Game: Rules, Strategies, Culture, and Resources

In the concluding section of the course, we will be pursuing specific policy domains—environmental policy, education policy, health care policy, welfare policy, immigration policy, and defense policy.
Dist: SOC; WCult: W

Prof. Wheelan Talks About the Government Shutdown

In the wake of the recent government shutdown, Professor Charles Wheelan '88, a senior lecturer and policy fellow at the Rockefeller Center, has been making the media rounds to talk about the policy implications of the latest impasse between Democrats and Republicans. Along with Associate Professor of Government, Russell Muirhead, Prof. Wheelan penned an op-ed in Politico in which he discussed the reasons why Republicans and Democrats were acting the way they were, and ultimately concluded that President Obama could come up with a compromise if he agreed to cap the annual growth in health care spending at the rate of inflation. After the shutdown, Prof. Wheelan appeared on Minnesota Public Radio to talk about how moderates will now have the upper hand in the next round of negotiations. That interview can be heard here.

Public Policy 2013 Fall Courses Available at Dartmouth

Consider one of several Public Policy courses offered this fall term.  We will be highlighting some of the following courses in the upcoming weeks. Fall 2013

Joseph Singh '14 Named the Presidential Fellow for the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress

Congratulations to Joseph Singh '14, who has been selected as the 2013-2014 Presidential Fellow for the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.

About Joseph:

Senior Profile: Grace Hart '13

“This internship was also valuable for me as I prepare for my career after Dartmouth. I will be attending Yale Law School next year with the hope of pursuing a career in criminal justice policy, and I believe my experiences with the public policy minor and Rockefeller Center programs have given me a solid foundation for this career path.” 

 

Public Policy Courses Available for Fall 2013

Public Policy Courses Available – FALL 2013
PBPL 42: Ethics and Public PolicyProfessor Lucas Swaine (10)This course examines the nature and validity of arguments about vexing moral issues in public policy. Students examine a number of basic moral controversies in public life, focusing on different frameworks for thinking about justice and the ends of politics. The primary aim of the course is to provide each student with an opportunity to develop his/her ability to think in sophisticated ways about morally difficult policy issues. Among the questions students address will be the following: Are policies that permit torture justifiable under any circumstances? Do people have basic moral claims to unequal economic holdings and rewards, or should economic distribution be patterned for the sake of social justice? Should people be permitted to move freely between countries? Is abortion wrong in theory or in practice, and in what ways should it be restricted? Dist: SOC; WCult: W.

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