Brookings Mountain West

Current and Planned Courses

Courses offered within the Brookings Public Policy Minor all include lectures from visiting Brookings scholars. Not all courses are offered each semester.

GSC 101
Brookings: Introduction to Public Policy
This introductory course on public policy and the role of think tanks in government and our society highlights global and national public policy highlights critical issues of concern to Brookings’ five major research programs: governance studies, economic studies, foreign policy, global economy and development, and metropolitan policy.
PSC 295x
Elections and Governance
Elections are the primary means through which public opinion is infused into the political system through the selection of the electorate’s preferred candidates. Governance is the process whereby policy goals (e.g., economic security, social welfare, or energy independence) are developed, refined, and implemented. This class investigates the causes and consequences of the growing chasm between contemporary electoral politics and the capacity for governance in the United States, and evaluates potential reforms that would improve these processes.
ECON 411x
Economic Analysis of Public Policy
Course addresses the role of government, which services should be provided by the government, and how these services should be financed. Topics include: externalities; the nature of public goods; the incidence of taxes; and issues associated with tax equity. Students will be asked to conduct analyses of a variety of public-policy issues, such as the environment, health care, energy, regulation of industry, education, as well as issues related to the federal debt and tax policy.
ECON 412x
Global Economy and Development
This course examines diverse international economic conditions and paths of development. Students will study and analyze policies fostering economic development, integration, and sustainable financial relations in the global economy.
PSC 405z
Special Issues in Foreign Policy
This course focuses on international politics and foreign policy. The course explores such concepts as revolution, economic and policy development, and nationalism. Students should gain knowledge of the theories, elements, and institutions of international political, security and economic relations and how these relate to current events and trends in international relations.
GSC 440
Issues in Metropolitan Policy (In Development)
This course focuses on urban development and regional growth issues. The course explores issues including employment, demographics, regional economic development, immigration, sustainability, manufacturing, exports, and other topics critical to metropolitan areas. Gain knowledge of the theories, elements, and institutions of international political, security and economic relations and how these relate to current events and trends in international relations.
Capstone Course Offered within Student's Major
Students will work under the supervision of a UNLV faculty member and Brookings scholar to complete a research paper based on the format of a Brookings Policy Brief. Selected papers may be published by the Brookings Institution.

The Brookings Public Policy Minor (18 credits) includes three credits of introductory level survey course, "Think Tank 101," 12 credits (s selection of four courses from the five 400-level course offered,(students must achieve a grade level of 3.0 or above for each of the courses), and three credits of a capstone course within the student’s college. Capstone course requirements include a research paper of roughly 3,000 words written under the supervision of a UNLV faculty member and one of the Brookings Scholars engaged in this program. Selected student papers may be published by the Brookings Institution.

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