Course Descriptions

The Course Descriptions catalog describes all undergraduate and graduate courses offered by Michigan State University. The searches below only return course versions Fall 2000 and forward. Please refer to the Archived Course Descriptions for versions prior to Fall 2000.

Course Numbers Policy
Definitions of Course Characteristics (pdf)
Course Descriptions Frequently Asked Questions

Course Descriptions: Search Results

PPL 801  Quantitative Methods in Public Policy

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
Mathematics through pre-calculus; statistics.
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Master of Public Policy or approval of department.
Description:
Logic and practice of public policy analysis. Basic research, measurement, design, and data collection issues. Specific skills and techniques for analyzing univariate data. Techniques for examining relationships among variables.
Effective Dates:
SPRING 2008 - Open


PPL 802  Quantitative Methods in Public Policy II

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
PPL 801
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Master of Public Policy or approval of department.
Description:
Intermediate understanding of the logic and practice of public policy analysis. Basic research, measurement, design, and data collection issues. Specific skills and techniques for analyzing multivariate data.
Effective Dates:
SPRING 2008 - Open


PPL 803  Quantitative Methods in Public Policy III

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
PPL 802
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Master of Public Policy or approval of department.
Description:
Advanced understanding of the logic and practice of public policy analysis. Continuation of PPL 802.
Effective Dates:
SPRING 2008 - Open


PPL 805  Microeconomic Theory

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(PPL 801 or concurrently)
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Master of Public Policy or approval of department.
Description:
Decision-making by consumers, firms, and governments, and the effect of these decisions on the allocation of market failure and possible government responses.
Effective Dates:
SPRING 2008 - Open


PPL 806  Policy Evaluation

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
PPL 805
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Master of Public Policy or approval of department.
Description:
Theoretical foundations for evaluation research and the practical aspects of conducting evaluations.
Effective Dates:
SPRING 2008 - SUMMER 2017


PPL 807  Public Policy

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(PPL 801 or concurrently)
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Master of Public Policy or approval of department.
Description:
Introduction to public policy and the policy-making process.
Effective Dates:
SPRING 2008 - Open


PPL 808  Policy Development and Administration

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
PPL 807
Recommended Background:
PPL 801 and PPL 802 and PPL 803 and PPL 805
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Master of Public Policy or approval of department.
Description:
Substance and dynamics of public policy-making in the United States. Conceptual foundations of and the practical constraints on governmental activity. Theories, models, and explanations of the policy process.
Effective Dates:
SPRING 2008 - SUMMER 2017


PPL 809  Cost-Benefit Analysis in Public Policy

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
PPL 803 and PPL 805
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Master of Public Policy or approval of department.
Description:
The conceptual foundations of cost-benefit analysis for setting policies to maximize economic efficiency.
Effective Dates:
SPRING 2008 - SUMMER 2015


PPL 813  Public Finance

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
PPL 805
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Master of Public Policy or approval of department.
Description:
Economics of the public sector: how governments tax and spend revenues and the effects of these decisions on the economy.
Effective Dates:
SPRING 2008 - SUMMER 2017


PPL 890  Policy Workshop

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
PPL 806 or PPL 810 or PPL 813
Recommended Background:
3 semesters in PPL program
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Master of Public Policy or approval of department.
Description:
Application of substantive and analytic skills to a concrete issue. Students act as a consulting firm to review some specific public policy and produce a summary report capable of informing future policy design.
Effective Dates:
SPRING 2008 - SPRING 2014


PPL 891  Issues in Public Policy

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 3
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 12 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Recommended Background:
3 semesters in PPL program
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Master of Public Policy or approval of department.
Description:
Practices and methods in diverse policy settings examined under the tutelage of policy professionals.
Effective Dates:
SUMMER 2010 - Open


PPL 892  Urban Public Policy

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
Courses in public policy and/or urban studies.
Description:
Politics and processes shaping urban public policy.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2010 - SUMMER 2014


PPL 894  Field Experience Practicum

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
2 semesters in PPL program
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Master of Public Policy or approval of department.
Description:
Experience in administrative settings in the student's field of application. Opportunities to evaluate theories of public policy and administration by engaging in participant observation of the management of public policy.
Effective Dates:
SPRING 2008 - Open