College of Education and Public Policy

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

PPOL E162 Environment and People
PPOL E272 Introduction to Environmental Sciences
PPOL E400 Topics in Environmental Studies (variable topic)
PPOL H120 Contemporary Health Issues
PPOL H316 Environmental Health Science
PPOL H320 Health Systems Administration
PPOL H322 Principles of Epidemiology
PPOL H352 Healthcare Finance I
PPOL H371 Human Resources Management in Healthcare Facilities
PPOL H402 Hospital Administration
PPOL H411 Chronic and Long-Term Care Administration
PPOL H416 Environmental Health Policy
PPOL J101 The American Criminal Justice System
PPOL J201 Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Justice Policies
PPOL J202 Criminal Justice Data, Methods, and Resources
PPOL J301 Substantive Criminal Law
PPOL J302 Procedural Criminal Law
PPOL J305 Juvenile Justice
PPOL J306 The Criminal Courts
PPOL J321 American Policing
PPOL J322 Introduction to Criminalistics
PPOL J331 Corrections
PPOL J370 Seminar in Criminal Justice (variable title)
PPOL J439 Crime and Public Policy
PPOL K300 Statistical Techniques
PPOL V170 Introduction to Public Affairs
PPOL V263 Public Management
PPOL V264 Urban Structure and Policy
PPOL V348 Management Science
PPOL V366 Managing Behavior in Public Organizations
PPOL V371 Financing Public Affairs
PPOL V372 Government Finance and Budgets
PPOL V373 Human Resources Management in the Public Sector
PPOL V376 Law and Public Policy
PPOL V377 Legal Process and Contemporary Issues in America
PPOL V380 Internship in Public Affairs
PPOL V390 Readings in Public Affairs
PPOL V405 Public Law and the Legislative Process
PPOL V406 Public Law and the Electoral Process
PPOL V407 Public Law and Government Relations
PPOL V450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs (variable title)
PPOL V456 Topics in Public Law
PPOL V490 Directed Research in Public and Environmental Affairs

PPOL E162 Environment and People 3 cr.

An interdisciplinary examination of the problems of population, pollution, and natural resources and their implications for society.

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PPOL E272 Introduction to Environmental Sciences 3 cr.

Application of principles from the life and physical sciences to the understanding and management of the environment. Emphases will be placed on (1) the physical and biological restraints on resource availability and use, and (2) the technological and scientific options to solving environmental problems.

PPOL E400 Topics in Environmental Studies 3 cr. (variable topic)

An interdisciplinary consideration of specific environmental topics. May be repeated for credit.

PPOL H120 Contemporary Health Issues 3 cr.

An examination of current public health, environmental health, and health service delivery issues in the United States. Topics include the organization and costs of health systems, access to care, and the interrelationships between risk factors and health; also environmental challenges facing our society and their impact on health.

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PPOL H316 Environmental Health Science 3 cr.

A study of human interaction with the environment and potential impacts of environmental agents on health and safety. Hazards from natural sources and human activities that contaminate our air, land, water, food, homes, neighborhoods, and workplaces are examined. Environmental control activities, including pollution control technology and policy, are also examined.

PPOL H320 Health Systems Administration 3 cr.

An overview of the U.S. healthcare delivery system. Examines the organization, function, and role of the system; current system problems; and alternative systems or solutions.

PPOL H322 Principles of Epidemiology  3 cr.

A basic overview of epidemiologic methodology and techniques. Both communicable and chronic disease risk factors will be discussed, along with data acquisition, analysis techniques, and current published epidemiological studies.
Prequisite: MA 15300 or equivalent course.

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PPOL H352 Healthcare Finance I  3 cr.

First of a two-course sequence on the financial management of healthcare organizations; introduces financial environment of providers and concepts of financial accounting critical to decision-making.  Topics include financial statement analysis (specific emphasis on unique features of healthcare financial statements), accounting and managerial control of cash, accounts receivable, inventory, and budgeting.

PPOL H371 Human Resources Management in Healthcare Facilities  3 cr.

This course covers the function of management, which is concerned with the acquisition, development, and use of human resources in the field of healthcare delivery. Labor relations relating to healthcare delivery are also included.

PPOL H402 Hospital Administration  3 cr.

The study of organization, structure, function, and fiscal operations within hospitals. The role of the hospital in the community, relationship to official and voluntary health agencies, coordination of hospital departments and managerial involvement will be examined.

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PPOL H411 Chronic and Long-Term Care Administration  3 cr.

Administering programs across the continuum of care including nursing homes, hospice, home health, and assisted living; Medicare and Medicaid financing; quality improvement; care management; and needs of special populations, particularly, vulnerable elders.

PPOL H416 Environmental Health Policy  3 cr.

Study of professional requirements and duties of the environmental health functions within health agencies; consideration of applicable laws and standards in each environmental health function; environmental evaluation, implementation, and personnel responsibilities.

PPOL J101 The American Criminal Justice System  3 cr.

Introduction to the criminal justice system of the United States and its function in contemporary society.
The American Criminal Justice System (J101) is a prerequisite for all other criminal justice courses. This course is an Indiana Core Transfer Library course.

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PPOL J201 Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Justice Policies   3 cr.

This course examines the impact of sociological, biological, and economic theories of crime and the practice of criminal justice. Focus is upon the nature and importance of theory, context of theoretical developments, methods for the critical analysis of theoretical developments, and policy implications of the varying perspectives considered.
Prerequisite: PPOL J101

PPOL J202 Criminal Justice Data, Methods, and Resources  3 cr.

Course examines basic concepts of criminal justice. Students become familiar with research techniques necessary for systematic analysis of the criminal justice system, offender behavior, crime trends, and program effectiveness. Students will learn to critically evaluate existing research. Students will become familiar with existing sources of criminal justice data and will learn to assess the quality of that data.
Prerequisite: PPOL J101

PPOL J301 Substantive Criminal Law  3 cr.

The development, limitations, and application of substantive criminal law utilizing the casestudy method.
Prerequisite:  PPOL J101

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PPOL J302 Procedural Criminal Law  3 cr.

Criminal law application and procedure from the initiation of police activity through the correctional process utilizing the case-study method.
Prerequisite:  PPOL J101

PPOL J305 Juvenile Justice   3 cr.

This course is designed to provide an overview of the justice system’s response to abused, neglected, and dependent children; juvenile misconduct; and delinquent behavior. An extensive review of the development of recent legal changes to the court, options for prevention, treatment of juvenile offenders, and possible system reforms.
Prerequisite:  PPOL J101

PPOL J306 The Criminal Courts  3 cr.

An analysis of the criminal justice process from prosecution through appeal. The organization and operation of felony and misdemeanor courts are examined. Topics include prosecutorial decision-making; plea-bargaining; judicial selection; and the conduct of trials, sentencing, and appeal.
Prerequisite:  PPOL J101

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PPOL J321 American Policing  3 cr.

This course will examine the history, evolution, and organization of policing in the United States. Emphasis is placed on such major contemporary issues as the police role, discretion, use of force, corruption, accountability, and community policing.
Prerequisite:  PPOL J101

PPOL J322 Introduction to Criminalistics  3 cr.

The broad range of physical evidence developed through the investigative process, and methods of identifying and establishing validity and relevance through forensic laboratory techniques.
Prerequisite:  PPOL J101

PPOL J331 Corrections  3 cr.

This course examines the historical development of the American correctional system; the study of administration of local, state, and federal corrections programs, including jail, probation, community corrections, and prisons. Includes the study of punishment rationales, current correctional policies, and possibilities for reform.
Prerequisite: PPOL J101

PPOL J370 Seminar in Criminal Justice  3 cr. (variable title)

Selected contemporary topics in criminal justice. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite:  PPOL J101

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PPOL J439 Crime and Public Policy  3 cr.

A detailed examination of the major efforts designed to control or reduce crime. A review of existing knowledge is followed by an investigation of current crime control theories, proposals, and programs.
Prerequisite: PPOL J101; senior standing or consent of instructor.

PPOL K300 Statistical Techniques  3 cr.

An introduction to statistics. Nature of statistical data. Ordering and manipulation of data. Measures of central tendency and dispersion. Elementary probability. Concepts of statistical inference decision. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Special topics discussed may include regression and correlation, analysis of variance, nonparametric methods. Credit given for only one of the following: K300, ECON E270, SOC S351, POLS Y395, PSY 20100, STAT 30100.
Prerequisite: MA 15300

PPOL V170 Introduction to Public Affairs  3 cr.

Broad coverage of public affairs through critical and analytical inquiry into policy-making at all levels of government. Particular emphasis on intergovernmental relations as they affect policy in the federal system.

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PPOL V263 Public Management  3 cr.

This course is an examination of the management process in public organizations in the United States. Special attention will be given to external influences on public managers, the effects of the intergovernmental environment, and in particular, problems of management in a democratic, limited government system.

PPOL V264 Urban Structure and Policy  3 cr.

An introduction to urban government and public policy issues. Topics include urban government structure and policy making, the economic foundations and development of cities, demography of cities and suburbs, land-use planning, and other selected urban policy problems.

PPOL V348 Management Science  3 cr.

Introduction to management-science models and methods for policy analysis and public management. Methods include decision analysis, linear programming queuing analysis, and simulation. Computer-based applications are included.
Prerequisites:  PPOL K300 or STAT 30100, MA 15300 or 21300.

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PPOL V366 Managing Behavior in Public Organizations  3 cr.

This course provides an introduction to the management of people in public organizations. Focus is on behavioral science in management and related analytical and experiential applications.

PPOL V371 Financing Public Affairs  3 cr.

A survey of economic and political theories of market failures, public expenditure evaluation, economic stabilization, systems of redistribution and fiscal federalism. Examples and applications to contemporary government decisions.
Prerequisites: PPOL V170, ECON E201.

PPOL V372 Government Finance and Budgets  3 cr.

Study of fiscal management in public agencies, including revenue administration, debt management, and public budgeting.

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PPOL V373 Human Resources Management in the Public Sector  3 cr.

The organization and operation of public personnel-management system, with emphasis on concepts and techniques of job analysis, position classification, training, affirmative action, and motivation.

PPOL V376 Law and Public Policy  3 cr.

The purpose of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the origins, process, and impact of law in the making and implementing of public policy. The course's major objective is to provide students with the substantive concepts necessary to understand the judicial system and law in its various forms.

PPOL V377 Legal Process and Contemporary Issues in America  3 cr.

An introduction to the American legal system, including the Constitution, courts system, and administrative law in federal and state agencies. Readings and discussion center around current issues affected by the legal process.
Prerequisite: PPOL V376.

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PPOL V380 Internship in Public Affairs  1-6 cr.

Open to interested students upon approval of the faculty. Students are placed with public agencies or governmental units for assignment to a defined task relevant to their educational interests in public affairs. Tasks may involve staff work or research. Full-time participants may earn up to 6 credits.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Course is graded S/U (satisfactory/unsatisfactory).

PPOL V390 Readings in Public Affairs  1-3 cr.

Independent readings and research related to a topic of special interest to the student. Written report required. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

PPOL V405 Public Law and the Legislative Process  3 cr.

This course focuses on Congress as a policy-making body in the U.S. public law system. It covers the constitutional framework for congressional operations as well as technical aspects of the legislative process such as bill drafting and analysis, the role of leadership, and the prerogatives of individual members.

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PPOL V406 Public Law and the Electoral Process  3 cr.

The purpose of this course is to facilitate understanding of the interaction of electoral politics and policy. It covers the legal framework of the evolution of the "right" to vote, the impact of the judiciary on the structure of elections, limitation on campaign practices, and the importance of legislative districting and its control.

PPOL V407 Public Law and Government Relations  3 cr.

The purpose of this course is to build understanding of government relations work as applied to careers in the field. It covers the historical evolution of the constitutional right to petition the government with an understanding of the limitations imposed on the process. The interaction of public and private sectors is included.

PPOL V450 Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs  1-3 cr. (variable title)

Extensive analysis of selected contemporary issues in public affairs. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit.

PPOL V456 Topics in Public Law  3 cr.

Extensive analysis of selected contrmporary issues in public law. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit.

PPOL V490 Directed Research in Public and Environmental Affairs  1-3 cr.

To be arranged with the individual instructor and approved by the chairperson of the undergraduate program. May be repeated for credit up to 9 hours.
Prerequisite: Instructor permission required.

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