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Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (WWS)

Course Listing for Wilson School Graduate Programs from Princeton Catalog, January 2014

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WWS 501    The Politics of Public Policy
      Charles M. Cameron, Grigore Pop-Eleches, Andrew Moravcsik
An analysis of the forces that shape the behavior of public organizations and individuals in organizational settings. The emphasis is on the workings of U.S. governmental agencies. Special attention is given to writing skills as they apply to the roles of advisers and decision makers in public-sector organizations.

WWS 502    Psychology for Policy Analysis and Implementation
      Elizabeth L. Paluck, Alin Coman
Basic concepts and experimental findings of psychology that contribute to an understanding of the effects of policy on human behavior and well-being. Also covered are psychological factors that affect the formulation, communication, and execution of policy. Topics include a descriptive analysis of boundedly rational judgment and decision making, a consideration of social motives and attitudes, and an introduction to the ways in which agents influence and negotiate with one another, including an examination of the psychological roots of conflict.

WWS 503    The Management of Organizations
      Julia Rubin
This course will apply management concepts and approaches to nonprofit organizations. The course will
emphasize the challenges faced by managers of nonprofit organizations in this period of resource
scarcity. It also will examine the impact that the increasingly blurred boundaries between the
nonprofit, public, and for-profit sectors are having on the management of nonprofits. Course materials
will integrate both theoretical and applied research and writing on this topic with cases based on the real world experience of managers.

WWS 504    Policy Issues and Analysis of Nonprofits, NGOs, and Philanthropy
      Stanley N. Katz
Examines policy issues at international, national and local levels. Provides groundwork on nonprofits, NGOs, and philanthropy that can be followed with specialized courses on management and program evaluation. Emphasis on understanding how philanthropy, nonprofit, and NGO sectors operate, their niche alongside private and public sectors, revenue sources, impact on society, and converse effects of society and its institutions; the policy making process. Explores impact of reliance on government or overseas support for Third World NGOs; faith-based service provisions: accountability and transparency; advocacy; and government regulations.

WWS 505    Financial Management in the Corporate and Public Sectors
      Uwe E. Reinhardt
Designed to introduce graduate students in public and international affairs to certain principals and
analytic tools widely used in the financial management of organizations, privately or publicly owned.
Course is based on the premise that future civil servants should be familiar with this subject matter,
either because they may be involved in the financial management of public agencies, or negotiate financial contracts with the private sector, or regulate financial management in the private sector.
 
WWS 507B    Quantitative Analysis
      Kirabo Jackson
Statistical analysis with applications to public policy. The course begins with an introduction to
probability theory followed by discussion of statistical methods for estimating the quantitative effects
of changes in policy variables. Regression methods appropriate for the analysis of observational data
and data from randomized controlled experiments are stressed. The basic level (507B) assumes a fluency
in high school algebra and some familiarity with calculus, while the advanced level (507C) assumes a fluency in calculus.

WWS 507C    Quantitative Analysis (Advanced)
      Eduardo Morales
Statistical analysis with applications to public policy. The course begins with an introduction to
probability theory followed by discussion of statistical methods for estimating the quantitative effects
of changes in policy variables. Regression methods appropriate for the analysis of observational data
and data from randomized controlled experiments are stressed. The basic level (507B) assumes a fluency
in high school algebra and some familiarity with calculus, while the advanced level (507C) assumes a fluency in calculus.

WWS 508A    Econometrics and Public Policy: Applications: Applied (Half Term)
Provides hands-on experience in the application of econometric methods to policy issues. Various aspects
of empirical research in economics will be covered including 1) development of testable hypotheses, 2)
appropriate use of data, 3) specification and estimation of econometric models. The course will be taught
using a set of cases in which students apply quantitative methods covered in WWS 507b to data in order to answer specific policy questions. Emphasis will be placed on interpreting and writing about results.  
 
WWS 508B    Econometrics and Public Policy (Basic) (Half Term)
      Martin Gilens
Provides a thorough examination of statistical methods employed in public policy analysis, with a particular emphasis on regression methods which are frequently employed in research across the social sciences. Emphasizes intuitive understanding of the central concepts, and develops in students the ability to choose and employ the appropriate tool for a particular research problem, and understand the limitations of the techniques. Prerequisite: 507b.

WWS 508C    Econometrics and Public Policy (Advanced)
      Staff
The main tools of econometric analysis and the way in which they are applied to a range of problems in social science. The emphasis is on using techniques and understanding and critically assessing others' use of them. There is a great deal of practical work on the computer using a range of data from around the world. Topics include regression analysis, with a focus on regression as a tool for analyzing nonexperimental data and discrete choice. An introduction to time-series analysis is given. There are applications from macroeconomics, policy evaluation, and economic development.

WWS 509/ECO 509    Generalized Linear Statistical Models
      Germán Rodriguez
The analysis of survey data using generalized linear statistical models. The course begins with a review of linear models for continuous responses and then considers logistic regression models for binary data and log-linear models for count data, including rates and contingency tables and hazard models for duration data. Attention is given to the logical and mathematical foundations of the techniques, but the main emphasis is on the applications, including computer usage. The course assumes prior exposure to statistics at the level of WWS507c and familiarity with matrix algebra and calculus.

WWS 511B    Microeconomic Analysis: Basic
      Will Dobbie
Course develops an understanding of basic microeconomic tools. Emphasis is placed on how these tools can be used for policy analysis. Students need not have taken any other economics courses, but should have a good command of algebra and be familiar with basic calculus concepts, although proficiency in calculus is not necessary.

WWS 511C    Microeconomic Analysis (Advanced)
      Jan K. De Loecker
This course is an introduction to the use of microeconomics for the analysis of public policy on an
advanced level. The emphasis is on both the intuitive and formal logic of economic principles, a deeper
perspective on the impacts of typical policy measures, and an introduction to the use of professional
microeconomic tools to assess and weigh these policy impacts. One goal is to move students towards the
ability to read professional microeconomic literature with appreciation of both its contributions and foibles.

WWS 511D    Microeconomics Analysis (Accelerated)
      Marc Fleurbaey
Course covers many key concepts from microeconomic theory, including consumer and producer theory,
competitive markets, market power, information and contracts. Emphasis of the course is on developing a
formal, model-based treatment of these subjects and applying them to various relevant policy issues. The
course is intended for those students who are already familiar with microeconomic concepts (at the level
of 511c) and have an appropriate level of mathematical proficiency, including knowledge of multivariate
calculus (including constrained optimization), basic probability, and some familiarity with linear algebra.

WWS 512B    Macroeconomic Analysis
      Richard Rogerson
Covers the theory of modern macroeconomics in detail. Focus is on the determination of macroeconomic
variables - such as output, employment, prices, and the interest rate - in the short, medium, and long
run, and addresses a number of policy issues. Discusses several examples of macroeconomic phenomena in the real world. A central theme will be to understand the powers and limitations of macroeconomic policy in stabilizing the business cycle and promoting growth.

WWS 512C    Macroeconomic Analysis (Advanced)
      Roland J. Benabou
Course offers a broad treatment of macroeconomic theory and policy issues, using the formal methods of modern macroeconomics. Topics will include long-run growth and development, labor, consumption, savings and investment decisions, the role of expectations, short-run fluctuations and stabilization policy, inflation and unemployment, trade and exchange rates. The course is advanced, so that: (i) having had some introductory course in macroeconomics is a prerequisite, and an intermediate-level one is best; (ii) the course requires a solid command of microeconomic theory (511 c or d) and good comfort with algebra and calculus.
 
WWS 515B    Program and Policy Evaluation
      Jean Grossman
This course introduces students to evaluation. It explores ways: to develop and implement research-based
program improvement strategies and program accountability systems; to judge the effects of policies and
programs; and to assess the benefits and costs of policy or program changes. Students study a wide range
of evaluation tools; read and discuss both domestic and international evaluation examples and apply this knowledge by designing several different types of evaluations on programs of their choosing.

WWS 515C    Program and Policy Evaluation
      Lorenzo Moreno
This course presents tools for designing, implementing, and analyzing impact evaluations from a practitioner's perspective.  It explores real-world problems and practical limitations frequently encountered in conducting evaluations and methodological tools to address them.  Topics include program challenges to randomization, sample size determination for experimental and quasi-experimental designs, complex sample design, construction of analytic and non-response weights, and process and standards for assessing evidence from experimental evaluations.  Students will practice addressing these issues through a series of analytic exercises and case studies of ongoing or recent evaluations of domestic and international social programs.  Pre-reqs: 508c or instructor's permission.
 
WWS 519A/PSY 528A    Negotiation, Persuasion and Social Influence: Theory and Practice
      Staff
Examines the principles of negotiation in organizational settings and provides firsthand experience in simulated negotiations. Theoretical and empirical research on the variables that affect success in negotiations is discussed. Students engage in a series of bargaining exercises between individuals and teams, and results are analyzed in detail by the class.

WWS 520    Historical Methods and Public Policy
      Staff
Seminar introduces students to the approach of historians of contemporary policy issues. The historical approach is especially well suited to particular challenges, such as uncovering long-term patterns in government institutions that are likely to shape policy outcomes or evaluating policies during the implementation process. Course aims to give students a much stronger understanding of the historical development of many issues that they will deal with professionally and a new analytic tool that will be useful in their work.

WWS 521    Domestic Politics
      R. Douglas Arnold
An introduction to the political analysis of policy making in the American setting. The course includes theoretical and empirical analyses of political institutions, including executives, legislatures, and bureaucracies. It also examines the political environment in which these institutions operate, with special attention given to the role of public opinion, interest groups, and elections.

WWS 522    Microeconomic Analysis of Domestic Policy
      Will Dobbie
Examines a series of major issues of policy designed to illustrate and develop skills in particularly important applications of microeconomics. Topics include education and training, the minimum wage, mandated benefits, affirmative action, the theory of public goods and externalities, and the basic theory of taxation. Prerequisite: 511b.

WWS 523    Legal and Regulatory Policy Toward Markets
      Robert D. Willig
Employs the methods of microeconomics, industrial organization and law, and economics to study circumstances where market failures warrant government intervention with policies implemented through the law or regulatory agencies. Topics include antitrust policy toward business practices and vertical and horizontal combinations; policy approaches toward R&D and intellectual property; reliance on tort law, disclosure law, and regulatory standards to mitigate information and externality problems pertaining to health, safety, and performance risks; and the implications for pricing, entry, and investment of different forms of public utility regulation.

WWS 524    Advanced Macroeconomics: Domestic Policy Issues
      Alan S. Blinder
This course is about the economics and some of the politics of central banking, especially monetary
policy. Special emphasis is given to central banks as unique policymaking institutions and, especially,
to the Federal Reserve System¿although other central banks are mentioned frequently. Since the focus is
on monetary policy, the course presupposes a working knowledge of the relevant macroeconomics, but
particular aspects thereof are taught in the course. A great deal of attention is paid to the causes,
consequences, and central bank behavior during and since the recent financial crisis. Prerequisite: 512c.

WWS 525    Microeconomic Analysis of Government Activity
      Staff
Analyses government involvement when there are "market failures." Topics include: externalities, with applications to policies that alleviate congestion and reduce environmental damage; natural monopolies, with applications to telecommunications infrastructure and electricity regulation and pricing; efficiency and equity aspects of excise and income taxes; and alternative social security structures and reform proposals in the U.S. and other countries. Prerequisite: 511c.

WWS 526    Employment, Poverty and Social Policy
      Staff
A survey of recent trends in employment and poverty to shed light on the forces that underlie rising inequality. Special emphasis is devoted to demographic groups at high risk of poverty, including youth, the unskilled, immigrants and minorities. Also reviews a broad range of policies that bear on the future of work in the United States.
 
WWS 527/WWS 528  Topics in Domestic Policy Analysis
Courses covering various issues concerning domestic public policy.  Fall term courses are numbered 527; spring term courses are numbered 528. 

WWS 529    Great Leadership in Historical Perspective
      Julian Zelizer
Course uses the lens of history to evaluate why some individuals are considered most effective as elected, bureaucratic, and appointed officials in American history. Course evaluates social scientific models of leadership, then delves into the historical record to discover any patterns. Careful consideration is given to the distinct challenges posed by different institutional settings. A wide range of influential leaders, including Gifford Pinchot at the Dept of Agriculture, Lyndon Johnson in the Senate, Wilbur Cohen at the Social Security Administration and George Schultz at State, will be examined.
WWS 530    Leadership
      Staff
What do leaders actually do? What kinds of traits are important for successful leadership? How do
followers influence the behavior of leaders? And what impact does exercising power have on your
personality? The course draws from classical political theory (including Plato, Machiavelli, and Max
Weber), current "leadership literature," and case studies of decision-making. Among the topics considered
are expertise and collaboration, responsibility and accountability, women and leadership, and leadership in various kinds of organizations.

WWS 531/POL 546    Congress and Public Policy
      Staff
The role of Congress in national policy making. The course includes theoretical and empirical analyses of elections, committees, leadership, the party system, and roll-call voting. It also examines the politics of several policy areas.

WWS 533    Planning Theory and Process
      David Kinsey
Introduction to the theory and practice of planning. Analysis and discussion are devoted to planning
models, planning decisions, and alternative planning roles. Focused study of comprehensive and strategic
planning, community participation, new urbanism concepts, equity concerns, and planning at local,
regional, and state levels.
 
WWS 534    Land Use Policy and Planning
      David N. Kinsey
Examines theory and practice of land use policy and planning in the US. Explores concepts of sprawl and
smart growth, then examines land use plan making, law, and regulation. Analyzes land use programs and
issues at diverse levels of government, including state smart growth programs, regional agencies, fair
share and inclusionary housing programs, open space conservation, and big city planning and
redevelopment. Also analyzes the roles and interactions of executive agencies, courts, experts, advocates, property owners, profit-oriented and nonprofit developers, and citizens in land use issues.

WWS 535    Planning Methods
      Thomas K. Wright
This course introduces a set of concepts and tools that are widely used in the practice of urban and regional planning. The focus is on developing an operational understanding of the models, techniques and data used in such applications as regional economic and demographic projections, cost-benefit analysis, and land use analysis. Emphasis is also placed on the limitations of the methods.

WWS 536/SOC 536    Immigration, Ethnicity, and Public Policy
      Staff
This course examines the historical and contemporary literature on international migration, the policies
that enable or impede cross-national migration, and the consequences for the sending and receiving states
as well as the migrants themselves. Drawing on contemporary international evidence, students will
consider classical and contemporary theories of immigrant adaptation, language acculturation, and ethnic conflict from comparative international evidence.

WWS 537    Social Organization of Cities
      Douglas S. Massey
A review of the historical emergence and social evolution of cities and urban life. Course presents current theories regarding the ecological and social structure of urban areas, and how urban social organization affects the behavior and well-being of human beings who live and work in cities.

WWS 538    The Politics of Policy-making in Metropolitan Areas
      Staff
Analyzes political life in urban areas. Considers institutional arrangements of city politics, the role played by diverse communities in governance, and the intersection of local, state, and national governments in the policy process. Specific attention is given to several issue areas: economic development, fiscal management, welfare, culture politics, and education.

WWS 540/SOC 575    Urbanization and Development
      Staff
Examines the origins, types, and characteristics of cities in less developed countries and the ways in which patterns of urbanization interact with policies to promote economic growth and social equity. Readings and class discussions address three areas: a) a history of urbanization in the Third World; b) an analysis of contemporary urban systems, demographic patterns, and the social structure of large Third World cities; c) a review of the literature on urban dwellers with emphasis on the poor and their political and social outlooks.

WWS 541    International Politics
      Gary Bass
This course introduces competing theories of international relations and evaluates their explanation of foreign policy decisions and general patterns in international relations over the last century. Broadly covering security policy and international political economy, topics include the causes of war, the role of international organizations to promote cooperation, and the interaction between domestic actors and governments in negotiations on trade and the environment.
 
WWS 542    International Economics
      Silvia Weyerbrock
Survey course in international economics for non-specialists. The first half covers microeconomic topics such as trade theory and policy, multilateral trade negotiations and regional economic integration. The second half addresses macroeconomic topics such as current account imbalances, exchange rates, and international financial crises. The course stresses concepts and real-world applications rather than formal models. Prerequisite: 511b, 512b concurrently.

WWS 543    International Trade Policy
      Stephen Redding
Evaluates arguments for and against protection and adjustment assistance and considers topics chosen from the following: non-tariff barriers, dumping, embargo threats and trade warfare, and the political economy of trade policy formation. Special attention is given to trade problems of the less-developed countries, including North-South trade relations and commodity price stabilization. Prerequisite: 511c.

WWS 544    International Macroeconomics
      Oleg Itskhoki
Issues in open economy macroeconomics and international finance. Topics include an exchange rate determination and dynamics, macroeconomic policy under fixed and floating exchange rates, current account behavior, exchange rate management and international policy coordination, and the history of the international monetary system. Special attention is given to the analysis of exchange rate crises. Prerequisite: 512c.

WWS 545/POL 555    International Legal Order
      Staff
Characteristics of international law in the contemporary world. The emphasis is on opportunities for and limitations on the use of legal rules and procedures to control the recourse to force in international affairs. The course also emphasizes the relevance of the social and political environment to the development of effective law in the relations between states.

WWS 546    American Foreign Policy
      Staff
An examination of some of the most vital dilemmas of American foreign policy in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks and the recent aftermath of the Cold War. Topics include nuclear proliferation, democratization, the rise of China, humanitarian intervention, and AIDS.

WWS 547    The Conduct of International Diplomacy
      Staff
Offers a comparative look at the making and implementation of policy in the international arena. It explores key concepts and theories concerning national interest, negotiation, strategies of action and influence, crisis management and conflict resolution, and it applies those concepts via case studies and simulations in diplomacy, counter-terrorism, foreign assistance, and security policy.

WWS 549    National Security Policy
      Aaron L. Friedberg
Examines the changing meaning of "national security" and the various policies and institutions through which states may seek to enhance it. Course emphasizes the formation and implementation of national security policy by the United States government.

WWS 550       PhD Gateway in Security Studies
The field of Security Studies is distinguished by its focus on a clearly delineated set of intellectual and practical problems. This course will serve as the required gateway for all students entering the Woodrow Wilson School's new PhD cluster in Security Studies. Students will take this course during the fall semester of their first year.
 
WWS 551    Relations among Advanced Industrialized Societies
      Staff
The political economy of relations among the United States, Japan, and the European Union. Focus is on historical, economically grounded analysis of both the domestic institutional arrangements that produce foreign economic policy within individual nations, and the changing patterns of relations between these states, primarily in trade and monetary affairs, from World War II to the present.

WWS 552    Globalization and Development
      Staff
The multiple set of relationships between rich and poor countries, including borrowing and the promotion of political and economic models of governance, trade, investment, loans and aid; migration; environmental degradation and protection; and cultural diffusion. The course concludes with an assessment of the likelihood of accommodation and confrontation in the post-Cold War world.
WWS 555/WWS 556  Topics in International Relations
Courses that examine particular issues in international relations.  Topics vary according to the interests of the students and the instructors.  Fall term courses are numbered 555; spring term courses are numbered 556.

WWS 559    The Rule of Law
      Kim Scheppele
Considers role of law in gov't: When is a state constrained by law & when it may legitimately change/ignore the law? Use a range of materials from fiction to court cases, legal theory to political history, etc. Proceed by negative example, considering cases from the US: Lincoln's conduct during Civil War, Roosevelt's economic emergency, the Cold War, Nixonian exceptionalism, "war on terror" after 9/11. Also consider comparative examples: Russian Revolution, the collapse of the Weimar constitution, the breaks from communism in the "revolutions" of 1989 & beyond. Also Nuremberg Trials & Kosovar War.

WWS 561/POL 523    The Comparative Political Economy of Development
      Deborah Yashar
Political change and the operation of political institutions in the development process. The course emphasizes the interaction of political and economic factors. Various definitions and theories of political development are examined and tested against different economic, ethnic, geographic, and social contexts.

WWS 562B    Economic Analysis of Development (Basic)
      Jeffrey S. Hammer
Introduction to the processes of economic growth and development. The course examines various theories
of development; poverty and inequality measurement; and the role of markets for credit, labor and land,
as well as education and health, in development. The role of public policy will be considered within
each of these topics. The course may also cover topics such as foreign aid, commodity pricing, and tax policy. (Prerequisites: 511b; 512b can be taken concurrently.)

WWS 562C    Economic Analysis of Development (Advanced)
      Anne C. Case
Considers theories and evidence to explain processes of economic development; examines theories of
economic growth, and the two-way links between development and poverty, inequality, social institutions, and the family. Policy debates on education, health, and social policy, and governmental and international aid are also covered. ( Prerequisite: 511c).

WWS 563    International Aspects of Economic Development
      Staff
Macroeconomics of developing countries. It reviews balance of payments accounting and the theoretical literature on the determination of output, the current account, and external debt dynamics in open economies. The effect of monetary and fiscal policies are analyzed, with particular emphasis on the role of nontraded goods and the wage adjustment process in determining the efficacy of various policy instruments. The course explores the design and implementation of IMF-style stabilization policies and the international debt crisis and some of its possible solutions. Prerequisite: 512b or 512c.

WWS 564/POP 504    Poverty, Inequality and Health in the World
      Angus S. Deaton
About well-being throughout the world, with focus on income and health. Explores what happened to poverty, inequality, and health, in the US, and internationally. Discusses conceptual foundations of national and global measures of inequality, poverty, and health; construction of measures, and extent to which they can be trusted; relationship between globalization, poverty, and health, historically and currently. Examines links between health and income, why poor people are less healthy and live less long than rich people. Prereqs: 507 and 511. Please see instructor to apply for enrollment.

WWS 567/ECO 573    Population and Development
      Staff
Determinants of demographic behavior in developing countries and the economic consequences of population change. Participants investigate areas such as high fertility as a peasant economic strategy; the relationship between fertility, children's education, and household savings; the impact of population growth rates on wages, rents, the distribution of income, aggregate savings, and technical change; models of internal and international migration. Prerequisite: 507c and 511c, or their equivalents.

WWS 568/POP 502    Economics of Health in Developing Countries
      Jeffrey S. Hammer
Health care policy formulation focusing on developing countries. Theory and practical lessons on how policy is, or isn't, translated into programs. Students will analyze global epidemiological threats to the infrastructure and financial stability of health care systems. Examines: 1) how alternative health care finance and reform strategies facilitate or create barriers to achieving policy objectives; and 2) explores the role of governments, WHO, NGOs, and donor agencies in setting the agenda for health policy.

WWS 569    Strategies for Rural Dev: Peasantry and Agrarian Transformation
      Staff
Surveys of the rich literature on the peasantry over the past 25 years, including the classic texts and the debates over political and economic behavior and more recent ethnographic material. It also covers significant policy issues, from agrarian reform to the green revolution, income distribution and sustainable development. Through specific case studies, it explores the position of the peasantry in the new world order.

WWS 571/WWS 572    Topics in Development
      Staff
These courses treat particular issues of economic and social policy of developing nations. Topics vary according to the interests of the students and instructors. Fall term courses are numbered 571; spring term courses are numbered 572.

WWS 575/WWS 576             Topics in Regional and Country Studies
Structural and behavioral characteristics of representative developing economic and political systems.  Normally at least one course is offered each year.  These courses do not duplicate basic coverage of the history or politics of a country or region provided in the University's undergraduate curriculum.  Fall term courses are numbered 575; spring term courses are numbered 576.
WWS 581C Topics in Economics: Energy Economics
      Amy B. Craft
Examines the economics behind many issues related to energy use, including the investment and use of renewable and non-renewable resources, energy conservation, deregulation of energy markets, transportation, and energy independence. Current policy options will be discussed.
 
WWS 582A    Topics in Applied Economics: Urban Economics
      Esbeban Rossi-Hansberg
This is a course in urban and regional economics. Course studies the main economic forces that lead to the emergence of cities and regional agglomeration, and the effects on worker productivity, urban amenities, and congestion. Course discusses the problems in measuring these urban characteristics, the methodologies to do it, as well as the design of optimal urban policy. Course also studies the economic theory and evidence on the internal structure of cities, as well as the policies that can enhance urban living. Finally, the course analyzes the role cities play in aggregate economic development.
 
WWS 582C    Topics in Applied Economics: Growth, International Finance & Crises
      Ashoka Mody
This is a macro, international finance-oriented development course, which will focus on the political economy of policy decisions. It will cover the following themes: 1. GDP growth and volatility; 2. the size, composition, and influence of international capital flows; 3. sudden stops in capital flows and financial crises; 4. the domestic and multilateral response to crises, including the role of fiscal adjustment, external financing, and debt restructuring; 5. We will draw on several country case-studies and students will be encouraged to undertake short research assignments to deepen their own policy interests.
 
WWS 585/WWS 586 Topics in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy
These are courses intended to help students develop and apply skills in the application of scientific, technological, and environmental analyses to problems of policy interest.  Fall courses are numbered 585, Spring courses are numbered 586.
 
WWS 587    Research Workshop in Population
      Marta Tienda
A workshop focussing on individual research projects that involve the use of demographic analysis as it relates to issues in population policy or, occasionally, participation in the research conducted at the Office of Population Research. Prerequisite: SOC 571/ECO 571, Survey of Population Problems.

WWS 589    Methods in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy
      Staff
Presents a set of quantitative analysis tools for study and practice of science, technology, and public policy. Topics include: selected aspects of order-of-magnitude estimation and natural scales, archetypal scientific logics and laws, experimental policy design, risk assessment, tradeoff analysis, innovation/diffusion/growth models, technology assessment, and bottom-up modeling. The goal is to develop an operational understanding of these techniques through lectures in-class exercises, and several short written quantitative explorations. Prerequisite: 507 or permission of the instructor.

WWS 590A    Economic Perspectives on Inequality (Half-Term)
      Janet Currie
Economics is centrally concerned with models of human capital development, educational attainment, labor market dynamics, unemployment, labor turnover, job duration, wage setting institutions, the role of unions, human capital formation, the relationship between economic status and other aspects of well-being (including health). Economists are essential partners in the behavioral study of preferences and decision making, mobility and redistribution, and the institutions of industrial relations that govern the labor market.
 
WWS 590B/POL 598 Politics of Inequality & Redistribution
      Thomas Romer & Rafaela M. Dancygier
 
Study of policy preferences, differential rates of political participation, voting behavior, legislative process, political communication, urban politics and role of race in US political life are central to study of inequality in politics. Though the American case will feature prominently, we will approach issues from a comparative perspective. Thus the course provides introduction to comparative study of welfare states and political economy of advanced industrial countries, including regulation of labor markets and relationship between wage inequality, income distribution and policy preferences for redistribution and social protection.
 
WWS 590C/SOC 571Sociological Studies of Inequality
      Douglas Massey
This segment of the JDP seminar covers theory and research on social stratification, the major subfield in sociology that focuses on inequality. Course begins by reviewing major theories, constructs, measures, and empirical work on inequality. Weeks two through six focus on institutions that are expected to produce (and reproduce) inequalities, including families, neighborhoods, schools, labor markets, and penal policy.
 
WWS 590D Psychological Studies of Inequality
            Susan T. Fiske
Two major areas of psychology make important contributions to the study of social policy and inequality. The first is social psychology, which focuses on inter-group relations, interpersonal perception, stereotyping, racism, aggression, justice and fairness. These are the micro-level building blocks of structural inequalities and processes that are shaped by the larger context of race, ethnic and gender relations. The second domain involves the fields of social-cognition, judgment and decision making , areas of research that study human information processing in a way that is not about individual differences, and often not social.

WWS 590S    Workshop in Social Policy
      Susan Fiske
A course required for and limited to students in the Joint Degree program in Social Policy. Papers drafted in the year-long course WWS 590a,b,c,d must be revised and submitted to the workshop leader by August 20. Papers will be provided to an expert reader outside of the Princeton faculty, who is invited to join the seminar for sessions devoted to each student paper. Each student will present his/her own paper and simultaneously contribute written critiques of one another's papers. By the end of the term, students will be required to submit their papers for publication to a leading journal.

WWS 591    Policy Workshops
      Staff
Policy workshops normally involve a group of six to twelve M.P.A. and M.P.P. students working on a specific policy problem under faculty supervision. Students frequently work with original source materials and data. Often the workshop produces a collective report or recommendation. The objective is for students to bring to bear the full range of skills emphasized in the curriculum.

WWS 593/WWS 594    Policy Analysis: Selected Topics (Half-Term)
      Staff
Half-term courses which analyse a variety of policy issues. Students can mix and match half term courses, either within or across semesters, choosing a combination of two that best suits their interests. Two half-term courses would be the equivalent of one full term course. Fall term courses are numbered 593; spring term courses are numbered 594. Courses with alternating letters beginning with "a" will be offered in the first half of the term, courses with alternating letters beginning with "b" will be offered in the second half of the term.
WWS 595b    PhD Seminar: Research Design
     Robert Keohane
Issues in the philosophy of science are discussed, then questions of conceptualization are analyzed, proceeding to problems of descriptive inference, objectivity, and causal inference, including the role of causal mechanisms. Seminar continues with analysis of how to avoid bias, and then tackles issues of historical change. Students present their own research designs and critique those of their colleagues. Emphasis is on qualitative research, but the argument underlying the seminar is that the same basic principles of inference apply to qualitative and quantitative research, and that the best research includes both sets of methodologies, integrated and put in the context of a well-conceptualized puzzle.
 
WWS 596       Controversies in Health Policy: Historical Perspectives
      Keith A. Wailoo
Examines historical pathways in shaping recent health policies. Among the topics examined: Medicare's
history, failed Clinton reforms, and 2010 health legislation as case studies of diverse pathways toward
reform; Ritalin as insight into FDA policy, direct-to-consumer drug advertising, and prescription
practices; recent vaccine debates which sit at the intersection of science, consumer beliefs, economics,
and state health policy; and physician-assisted suicide in medicine, law, and the courts. Emphasis on
analyzing role of government, political ideology, consumers, industry, scientists, and regulatory interests in health policy formation.

WWS 597    The Political Economy of Health Systems
      Uwe E. Reinhardt
Course explores the professed and unspoken goals nations pursue with their health systems and the alternative economic and administrative structures different nations use to pursue those goals. Course will emphasize the industrialized world, although some time may be spent later in the course to consider approaches used in developing countries, if students want to.

WWS 598/POP 508    Epidemiology
      Noreen Goldman
Measurement of health status, illness occurrence, mortality and impact of associated risk factors; techniques for design, analysis and interpretation of epidemiologic research studies; sources of bias and confounding; and causal inference. Other topics include foundations of modern epidemiology, the epidemiologic transition, reemergence of infectious disease, social inequalities in health, and ethical issues. Course examines bridging of "individual-centered" epidemiology and "macro-epidemiology" to recognize social, economic and cultural context, assess impacts on populations, and provide inputs for public health and health policy.

 


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