Course: POLS 405. Policy Framing and Agenda Setting (3)
Preparatory: At least one upper division course in public administration or American government. The allocation of attention within government precedes actionable policy decisions, but this process is often overlooked in the study of public policy. This course examines how the images, ideas, and rhetoric attached to societal problems dictate whether government chooses to address these issues. Topics covered in the course include: biases in political agendas, the framing of societal problems, individual-level attention and decision making, and theories of agenda setting and agenda change. Available for graduate credit.