Policy Studies Course Archives


2018 - 2019 Schedule

Autumn Quarter 

Required Courses

BPOLST 510 Statistics Fundamentals for Policy Studies (5 credits)​
Early Fall Course, Shauna Carlisle
Meets 9/6, 9/13, 9/14, 5 pm-10 pm and 9/15, 10 am-3 pm

BPOLST 511 Policy Process and Analysis (5 credits)​
Bruce Kochis, T 5:45 - 10 pm

BPOLST 509 Pro-seminar (1 credit)
Bruce Kochis, 5:45 - 7:15 pm, Dates TBD


BPOLST 593A Topics in Policy Studies: Expedition Seattle (5 credits)
Christian Anderson, M 5:45-10 pm 

Expedition Seattle is an intellectual exploration of urban place, space, and practice—an exploration of urban dynamics that we are already a part of, rather than an exploration of others that are distant from us. The class runs like a workshop. Participants collectively research topics and “sites,” and do analysis through creative projects. This year the class will contribute to a larger collaborative project called "The People's Geography of Seattle," examining issues of (dis)placement, inequity, and environmental justice amidst the changes that are rapidly transforming Seattle and the region. The “Peoples Geography” involves collaborators engaged in place-based oral histories, arts activism, geo-visualization and mapping, and the curation of alt tours and tour books. The class will be a space to catalyze and reflect upon such efforts.

BPOLST 593B Topics in Policy Studies: Legal Intimacies: Violence, Humanity and the Archive (5 credits) Lee Ann Wang, W 5:45-10 pm

Legal meaning circulates through the letter of law and its practice, as one site from which the power of law is both produced and contested.   This course focuses on what is documented and archived in legal record and public policy, what purpose this documentation serves, and how write about it.  Reading practices are a component of what it means to do the work of public policy and law: they are also crucial components of how we can un-think, imagine, and create beyond the terms of the legal bind. This course focuses on the following themes: gender and sexual violence, policing, rescue and humanitarianism, and the non-profit industrial complex and service.  Graduate students who are committed to moving beyond binaries of "theory vs practice" and "activist vs scholar" will find such critiques raised throughout our discussions as we consider different ways of being with and among each other. 

Outside Electives

If you would like to take a policy-related course from another UW graduate program for your elective requirement, please submit a petition before the quarter begins.

Winter Quarter 

Required Courses

BPOLST 502 Policy Statistics (5 credits)​
Shauna Carlisle, Th 5:45-10:00 PM

BPOLST 513 Practicum (5 credits)​
Charlie Collins, T 5:45-10:00 pm

BPOLST 509 Proseminar  (1 credit)
Bruce Kochis
Meets 1/9, 1/23, 2/13, and 2/27, 5:45 pm-10:00 pm

Spring Quarter 

Required Courses

BPOLST 514 Management and Program Evaluation (5 credits)​ SLN 11650
Keith Nitta, Th 5:45-10:00 PM

BPOLST 594 Research Design  (5 credits) SLN 11653
Tate Twinam, T 5:45-10:00 pm

BPOLST 509 Proseminar  (1 credit) SLN 11649
Bruce Kochis, W 5:45-7:15 pm, meets 4/3, 4/17, 5/1 ,5/15, 5/29

Elective Courses

BIS 494D Grantwriting and Grantsmanship (2 credits)*
TTh 1:15-3:15 pm Andrea John-Smith

*This course was formerly offered as BPOLST 595; it can be taken for MAPS credit with an outside coursework petition, or simply as a skills-builder. 

 Do you wonder what it takes to fund a great idea or program? This course orients students to the sometimes opaque world and power dynamics of nonprofit philanthropy - focused in particular on grant seeking. Students learn the language of grant seeking, and the practice of translating an idea to a compelling case for support, and then articulating that idea to a funder. Students also have the opportunity to learn about public prospect databases for researching funders who interests match with their programs.

Summer Quarter 

Required Courses

BPOLST 515 Capstone (8 credits)
Indepedent Study, by arrangement.  See Capstone Proposal.

BPOLST 509 Proseminar  (2 credits)
Bruce Kochis, W 5:45-7:15 pm (SLN#10625)
Meets alternate Wednesdays, June 26, July 10 and 24; August 7                                    

Electives, Independent Study

Please see and submit the appropriate petitions for these courses.

BPOLST 598 Directed Research
Meetings and faculty to be arranged

BPOLST 520 Policy Internship
Prerequisites: Policy Process; Statistics for Policy Studies
Meetings and faculty to be arranged