PAI680.6 Frontier in Public Policy & Practice (Tsinghua U – grad)

Taught in English. The objective of the course is to provide practical concepts and background to analyze public policy in the context of country economic and social development. The course aims to equip students with knowledge and skills needed to examine, formulate and implement government policies across sectors. In addition, drawing lessons from the recent global financial crisis and economic slowdown, the course will explore the efficacy of public policy response and policy paradigm shifts for the future. The course introduces students to a wide range of issues of public policy and development. For each issue, the course addresses two main questions: How best to define the appropriate objectives for public policy? What makes public policy effective in achieving its objectives? The course builds on the existing body of public policy research and practice and involves discussions with leading policy thinkers as the visiting speakers in class. Specifically, it draws on recent studies by the World Bank and Chinese as well as foreign scholars. The course emphasizes conceptual and synthesizing studies, but also presents empirical and case studies from China and other countries.

Class taught by Tsinghua’s School of Public Policy & Management and may not be available every semester. Tsinghua’s exam schedule for this course may require students to stay beyond the regular SU Beijing program end date.

Department: Public Administration and International Affairs

Location: Tsinghua

Credits: 3