In conjunction with the School of Continuing Education and Summer Session, Cornell in Washington offers an intensive, multifaceted summer experience designed to give participants a greater understanding of the workings of government and the processes by which public policy is developed. See About CIW for program cost, dates and deadlines.
Open to Cornell and non-Cornell students, students in this eight week program enroll in two of three courses, earning 6 or 8 credits, taught in the morning and in the evening.
An Introduction to Public Policy
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.
This course provides the tools and insights for understanding the forces that shape public policy and for evaluating the policies themselves. The first of the three course segments examines the institutions, interests, and ideologies operating in the policy arena. The second segment considers alternative approaches to evaluating policies. The third focuses on a number of major issues in contemporary American politics, including crime and punishment, the economy, and natural resources. The course structure combines lectures, discussions, and group activities.
HIST 3140/ AMST 3140
U.S. in the World (formerly known as History of American Foreign Policy, 1912 to the Present)
Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. - 9:40 p.m.
Students examine the emergence of the United States as a world power in the twentieth century. The course focuses on the domestic sources of foreign policy and the assumptions of the major policy makers (Wilson through Clinton). Important themes include the American response to a revolutionary world since 1912, the role of American racial views in the making of foreign policy, and the increasingly dominant role of the president in the making of U.S. foreign policy.
AMST 3128/ GOVT 3128
America's Changing Faces--A New Generation of Political, Economic, and Cultural Leadership
Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. - 9:20 p.m.
A new generation of leaders has emerged in America's political, economic, educational, and cultural institutions. Those leaders employ and explore in their work modern communications technologies such as the Internet. Thereby, they are changing both what is done and how things are done in the daily life. This course explores the resulting changes in the nature of American life and asks questions about the interactions among the different realms of life.
We will explore these questions largely through a series of conversations with distinguished agents of change from each of the four primary arenas. While guests will speak from their own perspective, in juxtaposing these views, we will begin to construct an understanding of the interactive impact of modern communications technologies on life in America. Students' analyses, based on the conversations and readings associated with each guest speaker, will reflect their past experiences as well as their expectations for the future.