Science Policy to Action

Fall 2016 quarter

Taught by

science policy

Imagine sitting at “the table,” negotiating science policy with international leaders. Or, researching and drafting a new invasive species law at the governor’s request. This course provides an introduction to science policy, with the goal of translating concepts into implementable action. We will study the actors in the science policy arena; analyze how the United States and international political institutions and processes govern science policy; and experience the roles of scientists and policymakers in creating and implementing policies through case studies covering a wide range of policy areas (e.g., water, health, climate, energy, environment). We also will explore how agencies, legislatures, and courts resolve resource-use conflicts, and the role of scientific information and uncertainty in this process. Background readings and in-class case studies focused on reaching a policy objective will prepare students for authoring a policy memo, and applying these skills to professional experiences. Science policy will come alive!

Program Details


Fall Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered

Evening and Weekend

Advertised Schedule

Nov 4-6, 5-9p Fri, 9a-5p Sat/Sun

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning