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Summer 2005




PUBL 610A Special Topics in Public Policy Global                  3 credits
          Aging and the Future of Social Insurance          
This course prepares the student to understand more fully the causes for and the multiple effects of the unprecedented demographic trends now developing and to join and interpret the rising debate on the form and substance of social insurance programs into the 21st century. The Departments of Economics and Public Policy are offering this cross-listed 400-600 level course as an elective for advanced undergraduates in Economics (as ECON 412), Financial Economics (as ECON 410), and will offer academic credit for graduate students (as PUBL 610A) in Public Policy, Gerontology, Applied Sociology or Economic Policy Analysis. For more information contact gribbin@umbc.edu.
          Grade  Method: REG THIS  IS A CROSS-LISTED
          COURSE WITH ECON 410B.
[0433] 7060 Meets 07/11/2005 - 08/19/2005             GRIBBIN, J
            MW.........6:00pm- 9:10pm (PUP 208)


PUBL 610B Special Topics in Public Policy An                      3 credits
          International Perspective on Governance           
          and Policy: Ghana's Dynamic Democratic            
          Culture                                           
TRAVEL STUDY COURSE (July 18-August 16, 2005): This intensive seminar examines the impact of democratization on the contemporary public policy process in Ghana, with a particular emphasis paid to the relationship between civic participation, political culture and the country’s constitutional fusion of executive-legislative functions. Participants travel to Ghana for four weeks of experiential learning about its cultural, political, and economic heritage and for examining the consequent impact of this heritage on policy design, bureaucratic politics, and on democratic governance. The seminar includes supervised reading and data gathering programs, lectures by Ghanaian social scientists, visits to institutions involved in the public policy and democratization processes, and includes supervised excursions to select historical sites throughout the country. Note: Also listed as POLI 459. For more information contact tkingmea@umbc.edu or cmiller@umbc.edu.
(PermReq) Grade   Method:   REG/P-F/AUD  THIS  IS  A
          CROSS-LISTED  COURSE  WITH POLI  459. THIS
          COURSE  WILL MEET IN ROOM  PUP 208 ON JULY
          11 & JULY 13 ONLY. ACTUAL DATES OF TRAVEL:
          JULY 18-AUGUST 16, 2005.
[0434] 7060 Meets 07/11/2005 - 08/19/2005             KING-MEADOWS,
            MW.........9:00am-12:10pm (TBA)


PUBL 617  The Economics of Law                                    3 credits
Applies economic theory and reasoning to the classification and evaluation of legal doctrines and practices. Primary areas include property, torts, liability and contracts. Students will look at the economics of the legal process, including selection of cases for trial, rules of evidence, criminal procedure and plea bargaining. Assessment of the role of economics in jurisprudence. Applications of economic theory to analyze and evaluate the doctrines of the main types of common law-property, liability, contract and criminal law - as means to promote efficiency. Other topics may include copyright and First Amendment issues. Critical appraisal of efficiency as a legal standard is emphasized. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in policy sciences, admission to the University of Maryland School of Law or consent of the instructor. Prior exposure to micro-economics is helpful, but not necessary. Note: Also listed as ECON 416. For more information contact brennan@umbc.edu.
          Grade  Method: REG THIS  IS A CROSS-LISTED
          COURSE WITH ECON 416.
[0435] 6060 Meets 05/31/2005 - 07/08/2005             BRENNAN, T
            MW.........1:00pm- 4:10pm (SOND205)


PUBL 701  Independent Study In Public Policy                    1-3 credits

(PermReq) Grade     Method:    REG/P-F    Individual
          Instruction  course: contact department or
          instructor to obtain section number.


PUBL 799  Master's Thesis Research                              1-6 credits

(PermReq) Grade  Method: P-F  Individual Instruction
          course:  contact department  or instructor
          to obtain section number.


PUBL 801  Independent Study In Public Policy                    1-3 credits

(PermReq) Grade     Method:    REG/P-F    Individual
          Instruction  course: contact department or
          instructor to obtain section number.


PUBL 899  Doctoral Dissertation Research                        1-6 credits

(PermReq) Grade  Method: P-F  Individual Instruction
          course:  contact department  or instructor
          to obtain section number.


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