Learning Objectives

  1. Explore education policy and reform in the United States and the ways in which it is shaped by current debates over the proper role of government in domestic political life.
  2. Understand the factors that shape policy in the United States and the steps in the policymaking process.
  3. Examine the current educational reforms in the United States.
  4. Discuss the politics of American health care policy, including the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and recent attempts to roll it back.
  5. Identify other major social welfare areas and the important policies and issues they are meant to address.