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University of Toronto - School of Public Policy and Governance

PPG-2003: Capstone Course - A Canadian Priorities Agenda: Process, Criteria, Choices

Description: This course is intended to draw on the skills, analytic approaches and policy knowledge that you have acquired over the course of the MPP program and to bring them to bear on the selection of a limited number of key policy priorities to develop a coherent policy agenda for the current Canadian context.

The course takes as a model the Canadian Priorities Agenda (CPA) project of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, and updates this model to take account of the dramatic shifts in the policy environment since the CPA exercise was undertaken in 2006/07. The CPA project brought together a group of "agenda-setters" to set priority areas for action, a set of researchers to make proposals for particular policies within each priority area, and a panel of "judges" to recommend a new domestic policy agenda for Canada by choosing from among the proposals presented. In this course, students will be presented with a variety of policy options addressing a range of policy challenges, and will act as judges to develop and defend an agenda of five policies as the major course assignment.

The course will ask you to showcase integrative thinking, by forcing reasoned policy choices in the face of the reality of budgetary and political constraints. Through the course assignments and the breakout groups, we expect students to engage critically and meaningfully with the material and information presented and provided to you. By the end of the course, we expect you to be able to balance and articulate the political, fiscal, intergovernmental, and social needs and constraints of policymaking in Canada. Finally, we expect that by the end of the course you will be able to moderate and balance the complexities and interrelationships of policy options to address the question: through a chosen mix of policy options, how do we improve the social and economic wellbeing of Canadians? 

Faculty: Mel Cappe, Wendy Dobson, Chaviva Hosek, and Mark Stabile (Winter 2014)

Source: Course syllabus at (accessed 4 January 2014)


Teaching Topics Addressed in this Course, Organized by Public Management Subject

 Democratic Institutions and the Policy Process

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 Management Sciences

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 Ethics and Accountability

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Commentary by the Atlas editors: To be developed.

Page created by: Ian Clark, 4 January 2014. The content presented on this page, except in the Commentary, is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.



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