Public Policymaking: A Primer Summer Scholars Session I

This course will provide students with a basic overview of the public policy process and introduce students to writing policy memos. In our exploration of the policymaking process, we will examine how government structure shapes that process, as well as the role and influence of various actors, including parties and special interests as well as public-private partnerships for achieving policy goals. Examples will be drawn from substantive policy areas such as healthcare, immigration, economic and social policy.

Students will have a group project to research a specific policy and provide students an opportunity to learn and practice policy writing. The format of the course will be a mix of lecture, small group discussion and in-class activities.

Course Schedule

This course will be offered during Summer Scholars Session I (June 8 - June 22, 2024) on campus.

Academic Director

Claudia Francis

Claudia Francis

Claudia Francis is the Associate Director of Undergraduate Programming for the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy. She oversees experiential learning for the Political Science department including the ND Washington Program, summer and semester internships, as well as the Hesburgh Program in Public Service, an academic minor in public policy. Professor Francis received her Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in 2013. She received the Dockweiler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising in 2021