Economics and Public Policy – PLCY 704

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course covers the application of a Biblical model of statesmanship and statecraft to economic and fiscal policy. Students will compare and contrast various approaches to economic policy with specific attention to key legislation and policies enacted at the federal level.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Rather than focusing merely on economic theory, this course introduces students to economic outcomes in the policy arena, as impacted by key political leaders throughout the modern economic era in U.S. Government. The theme of statesmanship will be contrasted with economic decisions and their impacts, and students will be provided a chronological overview of economic policy in order to understand the full historical context of how one policy situation led to another. In turn, this course will help students better understand other facets of public policy, since all policy decisions have economic impacts and influences.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Synthesize Biblical principles of government and history with the current public policy arena.
    2. Synthesize a Biblical model of statesmanship to the policy arena.
    3. Examine policy issues in light of Biblical, constitutional, and political lenses.
    4. Create a comprehensive paradigm for addressing policy issues.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, articles, and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be 750-800 words and incorporate ideas and citations from all of the required readings and presentations for the assigned Module: Week in addition to 2 scholarly sources. In addition to the thread, the student must reply to at least 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words and include citations from the required reading and presentations and at least 2 scholarly sources. Each thread and reply must follow current Turabian format.

Research Paper Assignments (4)

The student will discuss assigned questions. Each paper must be 12-14 pages of content, double-spaced, and must include citations in Turabian format from relevant readings, presentations, and at least 20 scholarly sources.