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PPG 1005  - 
The Social Context of Policy Making 

University of Toronto 



This course explores how policy processes and frameworks need to be evaluated in light of the social context in which they are developed. Factors to be considered include the interplay between public values and expectations and public policy; the implications of cultural diversity and demographic change, and understandings of ethical principles of conduct in public organizations. A related goal is to help students learn how to use empirical research to answer highly contested issues in policy circles and in public life. We will pursue these objectives by introducing students to major trends in inequality in Canada, assessing these trends within a comparative context, reflecting on their normative implications, and examining alternative policy responses to these developments.

Source:, accessed 4 January 2014.

Instructor: Daniyal Zuberi

Commentary by the Atlas editors: The class titles in the Syllabus suggest a number of the potential topics to be developed for the Atlas:

  • ‘Evidence-Based Policy’ Discourse

  • Urban Poverty in the Midst of Affluence

  • Systematic Civic Stewardship

  • Changing Family Structures, Gender, Work, Inequality and Poverty

  • Immigration

  • Aboriginal and Northern Development Issues

  • Education, Labour Markets and Low-Skilled Workers

  • Reforming the Welfare State to Address Inequality and Poverty

Page created by: Ian Clark on 30 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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Level Descriptor: First Year Masters 

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PPG1005H Syllabus - Winter 2013_Zuberi.pdfPPG1005H Syllabus - Winter 2013_ZuberiIan Clark

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