RAPP 101. Introduction to Public Policy.

(3-0-3); I, II.

This course introduces students to contemporary issues in public policy, including such areas as environmental policy, intergovernmental relations, education policy, justice policy and community and economic development. This course will introduce students to the basics of policy making at the local level; the political, social and economic history of U.S. regions, with the Appalachian region as a case study; the scientific knowledge and other expertise utilized in identifying community and regional problems, posing solutions, educating the public, and monitoring progress; the policy making process, from problem identification to policy solutions to evaluation. This course satisfies the SBS I requirement for general education.