Policy Analysis and Statesmanship – PLCY 805

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

Course Description

This course evaluates various models of policy analysis and implementation in light of statesmanship principles. Students will evaluate policy initiatives, considering effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, constitutional principles, and statecraft.

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


Christian statesmanship can be described as one whose commitment to Christ and love of country compel them to stand for truth and righteousness in government. Individuals should have a strong understanding of servant leadership to evaluate policy initiatives from a manner that follows God’s teachings.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply a biblical model of statesmanship to the field of public policy.
  2. Describe the nature of public policy problems.
  3. Apply the models used to analyze and create public policy.
  4. Synthesize information to inform the assessment of policy options.
  5. Identify factors influencing formulation of public policy.
  6. Identify factors influencing successful implementation of public policy.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussions (8)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be 500–600 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 300–350 words.  Outside research may be used to answer the questions and should be properly cited using Turabian formatting.

Case Study Assignments (2)

The student will write a critique of 2 case studies in the course. Each Case Study Assignment must be 3–5 pages and discuss the major facts of the case, and the student should tell whether or not he/she believes the right decision(s) was/were made and why.  The paper must be written in proper Turabian format.

Research Paper Assignment

The student will write a 12-15-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a public policy issue. The paper must include at least 15 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Quizzes (2)

The Mid-term and Final Essay quizzes will require the student to respond to broad-based questions about public administration. In essence, the student will be asked to demonstrate critical thinking about a controversial policy problem in public administration and take a position on which course of action would be the best approach for public administrators. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and have a 1 hour time limit.