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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
PU EN AF-102

Environment and Society

An examination of the relationship between humans and the biophysical environment at local, national, and global levels. Emphasis is given to the impact of personal attitudes, cultural beliefs, economics, politics, technology and available resources on environmental problems and solutions.

  • Gen Ed: Social Sciences 2
Credits3
Lecture
PU EN AF-198

First Year Seminar

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Prerequisites
Reserved for New Incoming Freshman
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    Fall
    PU EN AF-202

    Introduction to Public Policy

    Contemporary issues in American public policy. Substantive public policies such as those dealing with the American economy, energy, crime, environmental quality, the welfare state and social programs. Models of the policy process are also considered.

    • Gen Ed: Social Sciences 2
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Fall
    PU EN AF-215

    Introduction to Public Administration

    Using case studies, this course explores the principal tools and methods for conducting public affairs, the external and internal elements affecting public agencies, and the role of these elements and the human dimension in creating and implementing public policies and programs.

    Prerequisites
    P: Pol Sci 101 or 202 or Pu En Af 202.
    • Gen Ed: Social Sciences 2
    Credits1-4
    Field EXP
    PU EN AF-299

    Travel Course

    • Pre-Requisites
    • General Education
    • Travel Course
    • Repeatable

    Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

    Prerequisites
    P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
    • Gen Ed: World Culture
    • Travel Course
    • Course is repeatable for credit.
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    Fall
    PU EN AF-301

    Environmental Politics and Policy

    U.S. and global environmental problems and their political implications. Emphasizes U.S. environmental politics, issues and controversies in environmental protection policy, the performance of governmental institution in response to environmental challenges, and strategies for environmental improvement.

    Prerequisites
    P: Pol Sci 101 or 202 or Pu En Af 202.
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      PU EN AF-306

      Regulatory Policy and Administration

      The origins, purposes and operation of regulatory agencies and the programs in the U.S.: theories of regulation, issues and controversies in regulatory policy, and decision-making in such areas as economic regulation, public health, consumer protection workplace safety and environmental quality.

      Prerequisites
      P: Pol Sci 101 or 202 or Pu En Af 202.
        Credits3
        Lecture
        Fall
        PU EN AF-314

        Administrative Law

        Administrative law in the American federal (intergovernmental) system: connections between administrative law issues and issues of public policy; and legal dimensions of administrative problems.

        Prerequisites
        P: Pol Sci 101 or Pu En Af 215.
          Credits3
          Lecture
          Spring
          Fall
          PU EN AF-315

          Public and Non-Profit Management

          Using case studies and applied learning techniques, this course explores management in public and nonprofit organizations from the perspective of a manager. Management approaches, techniques and concepts and theoretical frameworks are covered.

          Prerequisites
          P: Pol Sci 101 or 202 or Pu En Af 202; REC: Pu En Af 215.
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Fall
            PU EN AF-321

            Coastal Resources Policy and Management

            The importance of coastal resources, with an emphasis on Wisconsin's coasts. With field trips to local lakes and Lake Superior, we will study issues of development, overuse, risk, and their consequent environmental, aesthetic and economic impacts.

              Credits3
              Lecture
              Spring
              Fall
              PU EN AF-322

              Environmental Planning

              History, processes, and impacts of environmental planning in the United States. Action forcing legislation and its effect on environmental issues and processes. Emphasizes environmental planning and implementation at the national, state, and local levels.

              Prerequisites
              P: Pol Sci 101 or 202 or Pu En Af 202; REC: Env Sci 102.
                Credits3
                Lecture
                Spring
                PU EN AF-323

                Land Use Controls

                Various forms of public land-use controls in planning and administration, addressing "what, why and how" aspects of land-use controls. Smart Growth, Environmental Impact Analysis, and other comprehensive planning models studied.

                Prerequisites
                P: jr st.
                  Credits3
                  Lecture
                  Fall
                  PU EN AF-324

                  Transitioning to Sustainable Communities

                  Creating resilient communities based on local inputs/outputs to support jobs, housing, transportation, schools, agriculture and city services.

                    Credits3
                    Lecture
                    PU EN AF-335

                    Principles and Practices of Emergency Management

                    The philosophy of comprehensive Emergency Management will be discussed with the four attendent steps, which include mitigation, preparedness, response and recover. In addition, legal issues involving state and Federal law effecting emergency operations will be studied.

                    Prerequisites
                    REC: Pu En Af 315.
                      Credits3
                      Lecture
                      PU EN AF-336

                      Strategic Emergency Preparedness, Planning and Implementation

                      Strategic planning and budgeting is a very important component in emergency planning and mitigation. Learn how to acquire and allocate resources, plan for crises with or without warning, and implement preparedness programs.

                        Credits3
                        Lecture
                        PU EN AF-337

                        Disaster Response Operations and Management

                        Examine the roles and responsibilities of the players in a crisis event. Explore the various problems associated with response operations such as: inadequate preparedness measurers, safety and site security, politics, and record keeping.

                          Credits3
                          Lecture
                          PU EN AF-338

                          Disaster Recovery

                          Examine disaster recovery in isolation. Explore the short and long term effects of disasters, as well as, the process of putting families, businesses and communities back together. You will learn the importance of reconstruction and relocation.

                            Credits3
                            Lecture
                            PU EN AF-339

                            Political and Policy Dimensions of Emergency Management

                            This course considers the political and policy environment in which emergency management is practiced. It focuses on political processes and phenomena associated with mitigating the likely effects of extreme events, responding to them, and recovering from them. The course is intended to help emergency managers develop an understanding of local, state, federal, and intergovernmental politics affecting and affected by extreme events.

                              Credits3
                              Lecture
                              Fall
                              Odd Only
                              PU EN AF-344

                              Leadership in Organizations

                              Roles, functions and environments of organizational managers and leaders broadly defined, especially in public enterprises; issues of human resources management within these sectors.

                                Credits3
                                Lecture
                                Spring
                                Fall
                                PU EN AF-350

                                Geographic Information Systems

                                Uses state-of-the-art software to integrate digitized data maps, transfer data, manage relational data bases, overlay maps, display, query, edit interactive graphics, and geocode addresses. Applications are tailored to fit student interests and may include tax base analysis, property mapping, natural resources inventory, crime demography, transportation routing, and other tasks.

                                  Credits3
                                  Lecture
                                  Spring
                                  PU EN AF-351

                                  Water Resources Policy and Management

                                  This course will cover the basics of water management and planning, covering local to global examples of such things as surface water pollution, mining of fossil aquifers, water wars at regional, interstate, and international levels.

                                  Prerequisites
                                  P: Pu En Af 102 or Env Sci 102.
                                    Credits3
                                    Lecture
                                    Fall
                                    PU EN AF-378

                                    Environmental Law

                                    An overview of major environmental laws such as the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, with emphasis on how these laws are implemented by the federal and state governments.

                                    Prerequisites
                                    P: Pol Sci 101 or 202 or Pu En Af 202 or 215.
                                      Credits3
                                      Lecture
                                      Spring
                                      Even Only
                                      PU EN AF-379

                                      Natural Resources Policy, Law, and Administration

                                      This course examines public land and resources policy, law and administration from multiple perspectives. It covers environmental and administrative decision making and various contemporary resource management problems and conflicts.

                                      Prerequisites
                                      P: Pol Sci 01 or Pu En Af 201
                                        Credits3
                                        Lecture
                                        Spring
                                        PU EN AF-380

                                        Global Environmental Politics and Policy

                                        This course explores the transnational and international context of environmental politics and policy. Particular focus areas include the causes of environmental harm, the meaning of sustainability, and the relevance of new environmental actors on the global stage.

                                        Prerequisites
                                        P: jr st. REC: Pol Sci 100
                                          Credits1
                                          Lecture
                                          Spring
                                          Fall
                                          PU EN AF-390

                                          Colloquium in Environmental Sustainability & Business

                                          Required component of the Certificate in Environmental Sustainability and Business. Focus is placed be upon the nature of systems thinking systems dynamics, and problem solving. Will address systems dynamics in natural world policy creation, human creativity and the arts, and business decision making. Latter half of class is applications focussed.

                                          Prerequisites
                                          P: jr st & EMBI certificate enrollment
                                          • Course is repeatable to 4 credits.
                                          Credits3
                                          Lecture
                                          Spring
                                          PU EN AF-402

                                          Environmental and Resource Economics

                                          Applications of tools such as cost-benefit analysis and other economic concepts in current public decision making, with special emphasis upon common property resources management.

                                          Prerequisites
                                          P: Econ 303 or 305.
                                            Credits3
                                            Lecture
                                            Spring
                                            PU EN AF-406

                                            State and Local Government

                                            Policy and institutional comparisons across states and local governments through hands-on research, placing a special focus on Wisconsin's local governments.

                                            Prerequisites
                                            P: Pol Sci 101 or Pu En Af 215.
                                              Credits3
                                              Lecture
                                              Fall
                                              PU EN AF-407

                                              Service in the Public Sector

                                              This course explores what is meant by public service, with a special focus on service in local governmental settings. The course considers case studies from the International City/Council Management Association and what management and leadership in local government entails.

                                              Prerequisites
                                              REC: Pu En Af 215
                                              • Course is repeatable to 6 credits.
                                              Credits3
                                              Lecture
                                              Fall
                                              PU EN AF-408

                                              Public Policy Analysis

                                              An introduction to public policy analysis and to the policy-making process, primarily in American government. The course emphasizes the political aspects of policy analysis, models and methods for rational design of public policies, and applications of policy studies to particular public problems.

                                              Prerequisites
                                              P: Pol Sci 101 or 202 or Pu En Af 202.
                                                Credits3
                                                Lecture
                                                Fall
                                                Odd Only
                                                PU EN AF-409

                                                Public Finance and Fiscal Policy

                                                Effects of government spending and taxation on resource allocation, incomes, prices and employment. Includes consideration of the uses and effects of fiscal policy.

                                                Prerequisites
                                                P: Econ 203.
                                                  Credits3
                                                  Lecture
                                                  Spring
                                                  PU EN AF-415

                                                  Public and Nonprofit Budgeting

                                                  The purposes and attributes of major public budgetary systems: principles and methods in designing and managing relationships among program planning, policy planning and budgetary operation; applications of analytical and decision-assisting tools in public budgetary operations.

                                                  Prerequisites
                                                  P: Pol Sci 101 or 202 or Pu En Af 202 or 215.
                                                    Credits3
                                                    Lecture
                                                    Fall
                                                    PU EN AF-425

                                                    Fundraising and Marketing for Nonprofits

                                                    The course is designed for students aspiring to manage a nonprofit or serve on a Board of Directors. Students learn about creating a sustainable nonprofit by developing broad based fundraising strategies and by marketing the organization to create a positive community immage.

                                                    Prerequisites
                                                    P: Pu En Af 215; REC Pu En Af 315.
                                                      Credits3
                                                      Lecture
                                                      Spring
                                                      PU EN AF-428

                                                      Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation

                                                      Develops a working understanding and selected skills relating to the conduct of program evaluations. Evaluation design, data collection, data analysis, and utilization of findings are discussed using the political and social context of "real" organizations.

                                                      Prerequisites
                                                      P: Pol Sci 101 or 202 or Pu En Af 202; REC: Comm Sci 301; Pu En Af 408.
                                                        Credits3
                                                        Lecture
                                                        Spring
                                                        PU EN AF-430

                                                        Seminar in Ethics and Public Action

                                                        A capstone course for all students in Urban and Public Affairs intended to introduce a range of ethical concerns in public affairs. Through theoretical and case study readings and applied projects, students deal with ethical issues and varied responses to them.

                                                        Prerequisites
                                                        P: Ur Re St maj/min; min 100 completed cr.
                                                          Credits3
                                                          Lecture
                                                          Spring
                                                          Even Only
                                                          PU EN AF-450

                                                          Advanced Geographic Information Systems

                                                          Project-based course using ArcGIS. Students define a project, develop a database, analyze spatial data, and develop GIS maps displaying results of their analysis.

                                                          Prerequisites
                                                          P: Geog 350 or Pu En Af 350.
                                                            Credits3
                                                            Lecture
                                                            Fall
                                                            Even Only
                                                            PU EN AF-452

                                                            Planning Theory and Methods

                                                            Planning for public and not-for-profit agencies: theory and practical significance of planning; the political and administrative setting of planning operations; and methods of planning analysis such as strategic planning.

                                                            Prerequisites
                                                            P: Bus Adm 215 or Comm Sci 205 or Math 260.
                                                              Credits3
                                                              Lecture
                                                              PU EN AF-453

                                                              Cost Benefit Analysis

                                                              Application of tools and concepts in current economic decision making, with special emphasis upon Natural Resource management, environmental problems, market failure, and public policy approaches.

                                                                Credits3
                                                                Lecture
                                                                PU EN AF-461

                                                                Special Topics in Public and Environmental Affairs

                                                                An interdisciplinary study of public policy issues selected from public administration and environmental policy and planning. Includes issues such as health care reform, environmental policy analysis, policy planning.

                                                                  Credits3
                                                                  Lecture
                                                                  PU EN AF-483R

                                                                  Strategic Philanthropy: Civic Engagement Through Giving

                                                                  A hands-on course where students learn the motives, methods, and values of philanthropy by studying local data, working woith nonprofits and donors, and allocating funds (provided by community partners) to organizations in the community. Appropriate for all majors.

                                                                  Prerequisites
                                                                  P: Junior status
                                                                    Credits3
                                                                    IND Study
                                                                    PU EN AF-490

                                                                    EMBI Co-Op/Experience

                                                                    Required component of the Certificate in Environmental Sustainability and Business. Enrolled students will be placed by EMBI in a business, nonprofit, or governmental setting that involves interdisciplinary problem solving within an environmental sustainability context. This will be a special co-op/internship/project experience.

                                                                    Prerequisites
                                                                    P: Junior standing and enrollment in Environmental Sustainability and Business certificate program.
                                                                      Credits1-12
                                                                      Field EXP
                                                                      Spring
                                                                      Fall
                                                                      PU EN AF-497

                                                                      Internship

                                                                      Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career and educational interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings.

                                                                      Prerequisites
                                                                      P: jr st.
                                                                      • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                                                      Credits1-4
                                                                      IND Study
                                                                      Spring
                                                                      Fall
                                                                      PU EN AF-498

                                                                      Independent Study

                                                                      Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

                                                                      Prerequisites
                                                                      P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
                                                                      • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                                                      Credits1-6
                                                                      Field EXP
                                                                      PU EN AF-499

                                                                      Travel Course

                                                                      • Pre-Requisites
                                                                      • General Education
                                                                      • Travel Course
                                                                      • Repeatable

                                                                      Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

                                                                      Prerequisites
                                                                      P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
                                                                      • Gen Ed: World Culture
                                                                      • Travel Course
                                                                      • Course is repeatable for credit.