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Department of Public & Environmental Affairs

Courses Offered

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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Global Culture,Social Sciences,Sustainability Perspective
Credits 3
Lecture
PU EN AF-198

First Year Seminar

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis

Prerequisites
Reserved for New Incoming Freshman
  • Gen Ed: First Year Seminar
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Social Sciences
Credits 3
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
Credits 2
Lecture
Spring
Fall
PU EN AF-250

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Computerized Geographic Information Systems (GIS) represent revolutionary software advancement that allow sophisticated information management, analysis and mapping with computer systems. In this class you will learn basic principles for creation and analysis of digital maps, cartographic concepts, and experience an intensive introduction to GIS software (e.g., ArcGIS).

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 1-4
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: Global Culture
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
PU EN AF-301

Environmental Politics and Policy

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis

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.
  • Gen Ed: Social Sciences
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
PU EN AF-305

Natural Resources Economic Policy

  • Pre-Requisites

Acquaints the student with policies leading to arrangements for the development, management, and use of natural resources. Emphasizes the longer time horizon required for the conservation of resources and a general concern for the quality of ecosystems.

Prerequisites
P: Econ 203.
Credits 3
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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
PU EN AF-314

Administrative Law

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
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.
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
PU EN AF-323

Sustainable Land Use

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis

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.
  • Gen Ed: Sustainability Perspective
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Sustainability Perspective
Credits 3
Lecture
PU EN AF-335

Principles and Practices of Emergency Management

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 2
Lecture
Spring
Fall
PU EN AF-350

GIS in Public and Environmental Policy

  • Pre-Requisites

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. Focus is upon GIS applications tailored to public and environmental policy, e.g., tax base analysis, property mapping, natural resources inventory, crime demography, transportation routing, natural hazards, and emergency management.

Prerequisites
P: Pu En Af 250
Credits 3
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.
Credits 3
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.
Credits 3
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 101 or Pu En Af 201
Credits 3
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
  • Gen Ed: Social Sciences,Sustainability Perspective
Credits 1
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.
Credits 3
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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
PU EN AF-406

State and Local Government

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
Odd Only
PU EN AF-409

Public Finance and Fiscal Policy

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
PU EN AF-415

Public and Nonprofit Budgeting

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
PU EN AF-425

Fundraising and Marketing for Nonprofits

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
PU EN AF-426

Strategic Philanthropy: Civic Engagement Through Giving

  • Pre-Requisites

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 REC: One or more of Pu En Af 315, 425 or 428
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
PU EN AF-428

Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
PU EN AF-430

Seminar in Ethics and Public Action

  • Pre-Requisites

A capstone course 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: Senior standing
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Even Only
PU EN AF-450

Advanced Geographic Information Systems

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
Even Only
PU EN AF-452

Planning Theory and Methods

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
Ind Study
Spring
Fall
PU EN AF-478

Honors in the Major

  • Pre-Requisites

Prerequisites
P: min 3.50 all cses req for major and min gpa 3.75 all UL cses req for major.
Credits 3
Lecture
PU EN AF-483S

First Year Law School

  • Pre-Requisites

This seminar is intended as an intensive introduction to the basic institutions and principles of the American legal system including civil procedure, rules of evidence, torts, and criminal law —those courses which are required in the first year of law school. Attention will be given to the social policies underlying American law. The seminar will be taught as similar courses would be taught in law school.

Prerequisites
P: Junior status
Credits 3
Lecture
PU EN AF-483T

Social Controversies: Nature and Purpose of Law

  • Pre-Requisites

This course will focus on the nature and purpose of law with special attention to controversial social issues such as the right of privacy, religious liberty, same-sex marriage, stem cell ethics, abortion, the right to die, the death penalty, and immigration.

Prerequisites
P: Junior standing
Credits 3
Ind Study
PU EN AF-490

EMBI Co-Op/Experience

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 1-12
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.
Credits 1-4
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.
Credits 1-6
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: Global Culture
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.