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Summer Courses

Open to Cornell and non-Cornell students, students in this eight week program enroll in two or three courses to earn Cornell credits.

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Summer Courses

Summer 2018


America's Changing Faces (REQUIRED)
GOVT 3128 / AMST 3128
Thursdays 7:00pm - 8:55pm
1 credit

This course aims to give students a chance to engage with issues of leadership and decision-making in the thematic areas of sustainability, justice, globalization, governance, and technology.  Given the importance of these issues for America’s future, students will broaden their understanding not only of the issues themselves but the cross-linkages between them, and undertake critical thinking and reflection about their own engagement and experiences with the issues both academically and professionally.  The course will consist of weekly class meetings, discussions, and field engagement activities.

Introduction to Public Policy
GOVT 3071
D. Silbey
Tuesdays 6:30- 9:15pm and Thursdays 9:00am - 11:45am
4 credits

This course aims to explore the creation of public policy in the United States. We will focus on the structures and issues that drive the American political sphere and discuss and analyze how policies are created and implemented.


The DC Environment: Environmental Challenges, Environmental Remaking, and Environmental Justice in the Nation's Capital
NTRES 4940
K. Crosley Beem
Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30pm - 9:15pm
4 credits

A crucial element of Washington, D.C. is often lost amid the onslaught of sensational headlines and politics – the environment. The underlying natural resources of the Nation's capital are more than just background; they have driven the course of environmental policy and represent a vibrant cross section of how our country has approached (or ignored) environmental issues. Using a variety of social and analytical lenses, this course will take you through the key environmental issues that face DC, from the controversy of fracking in the George Washington National Forest to the promise of urban agriculture to environmental gentrification of the Anacostia River. You will engage in class discussions, case study analyses, and field activities in and around the DC area to tackle how climate change, energy issues, and environmental justice intersect in the Nation’s capital.

Global and Public Health Policy and Politics (GPHS majors only)
NS 4997
D. Silbey and K. Beem
Tuesdays 6:30 - 9:30pm, Thursdays 9:00am - 11:45am and 7:00- 8:55pm
5 credits

This course analyzes the major theoretical ways in which domestic and foreign policy in the United States is understood and evaluated and the politics that influence such policymaking.  Students undertake a major empirical research project on a global and public health issue of their own choosing, using an appropriate social science methodology supplemented by statistical or qualitative analysis.  The course is designed to give students the larger theoretical context surrounding policy formulation and evaluation.