The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the stages, participants, context, and some substantive issues and outcomes in the American public policy process. It will focus on past and present domestic public policy making at the (U.S.) national level. The course begins with an introduction to the stages, contexts, theories, institutions, and actors of the policy process. This is followed by an introduction to the concept of policy analysis and assessment. The second half of the course examines several substantive policy arenas. Formerly POSC 211 and SOCS 211. Not open to students who have received credit for POSC 211 or SOCS 211 for POSC 211 or SOCS 211.