Resolving Public Disputes

A photograph of Secretary Rod Paige at a speaking engagement.

U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige answers student questions at the Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School for Public Policy in Washington, D.C., on May 16th 2003. (Image courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education.)


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Spring 2005



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This course is an introduction to real-world dynamics of public policy controversies. Topics to be considered include national, state, and local policy disputes, such as smoking, hazardous waste, abortion, gun control, and education. Using a case study approach, students study whether and how those disputes get resolved. Students conduct debates and simulations in addition to writing a series of short essays.

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Judith Layzer. 11.007 Resolving Public Disputes. Spring 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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