ミシガン大学公共政策大学院留学記: 秋学期の時間割

2009年6月3日水曜日

秋学期の時間割


今週月曜日から大学院の履修登録が始まったので、とりあえず必修科目と興味のある選択科目を登録しておいた。

実際は、大学の英語試験の結果に基づいて学期中も英語の補講も受講しないといけないので、秋学期が始まってからclass shoppingをして、Values, Ethics, and Public PolicyかInternational Trade Policyを履修取消しにする予定。

それにしても、履修登録開始日に登録したにもかかわらず、既にInternational Trade Policyがwaiting listになっている。おそらく2年生が先に登録を始めている関係なのだろうけど。

登録した授業の概要は以下のとおり。

○PUBPOL513 Calculus
This course is designed specifically to provide students in all degree programs at the Ford School with the fundamental mathematical tools necessary for their subsequent coursework. The course covers the algebra of functions (polynomial, exponential, logarithmic), differentiation, optimization, and indefinite and definite integrals. Additional topics include implicit function, partial and total differentiation, and constrained optimization. Applications to policy analysis are emphasized. During the week before fall classes start, the Ford School coordinates a mini-course on algebra to prepare students for PUBPOL 513.

○PUBPOL529 Statistics
This course covers descriptive statistics, probability theory, probability distributions (normal, binomial, Poisson, exponential), sampling distributions, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. It also includes an introduction to experimental design. The emphasis in the course is on preparing competent users and consumers of basic statistics. Some attention is paid to the mathematical underpinnings of statistical theory so that students will be prepared to go on to the Ford School econometrics course (PUBPOL 571). No previous course work in statistics is required, but a prior calculus course or concurrent enrollment in PUBPOL 513 is a prerequisite.

○PUBPOL541/ECON541 International Trade Policy
This course examines the policy issues of international trade, including trade in both goods and services and also international flows of direct investment and migration. It builds on microeconomic theory, first to examine the basic theories of international trade and factor movements, including the classic Ricardian theory of competitive advantages, the neoclassical factor proportions theory, and the New Trade Theories that incorporate increasing returns to scale, imperfect competition, and product differentiation. These models are then used to examine the major policies and institutions that constrain and influence international trade and factor movements. Special attention is given to the WTO, to various elements of U.S. trade policy, and to the growing number of regional arrangements such as the European Union and NAFTA. Emprical evidence and applications of the theories are addressed, including their applicability for less developed and emerging economies. Although the major emphasis of the course is on the microeconomics of international transactions, a portion of the course will also put this into macroeconomic context. Topics here include the role and determination of exchange rates in the world economy, as well as how international movements of financial capital interact with trade and exchange rates in determining the balance of trade and the vulnerability of a country\'s macroeconomic variables to events abroad. This course presumes a prior knowledge of intermediate economics.

○PUBPOL555 Microeconomics A
This course begins a two-term sequence designed to provide students with an understanding of the economic implications of public policies and with analytic tools useful in system design and policy planning. Major topics include production, costs, prices, resource allocation, governmental involvement in economic activity, and the operation of market systems.

○PUBPOL580 Values, Ethics, and Public Policy
This course seeks to make students sensitive to and articulate about the ways in which moral and political values come into play in the American policy process, particularly as they affect non-elected public officials who work in a world shaped by politics. Topics covered include the tensions between ethics and politics, an introduction to various moral theories that figure in contemporary policy debates, a consideration of the principal values that animate American politics, and issues and dilemmas in professional ethics. The course addresses issues that affect international as well as U.S. policy and politics.

○PUBPOL585 Political Environment of Policymaking
This course focuses on the political environment within which policy analysis takes place. In the United States, public policies are formulated and implemented in a political system of widely-shared power by participants with many different, and often conflicting, goals. To be effective, policy analysts and public managers must understand this political system. The goal of this course is to provide the student with some of the background necessary to develop strategies for dealing effectively with the political environment of policy and administration. Most years, two variants of this course are available.

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