Trees and Water: Mainstreaming Environment in the Graduate Policy Analysis Curriculum

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In this article, we describe and evaluate a teaching project embedded within a core policy analysis course that allows students to engage with a major public policy issue—in our case, environmental policy—without a corresponding cost in terms of reducing curricular space for developing general policy analysis skills. We think that a win-win arrangement is attainable: a fairly intense immersion into a key thematic area of public policy and a correspondingly more vivid, realistic, and integrated treatment of general policy analysis. The project has the potential to allow teachers and students to explore in depth and develop the skills and appreciation required for practice in any major policy area, even in tightly packed graduate policy programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-644
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Public Affairs Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010

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