• Public Policy Unit

    Basic Level: Be able to . . .

    1. Define what public policy is and describe several examples.
    2. Define domestic, economic, and foreign policies and describe examples of each.
    3. Identify and explain the various forces that shape public policy.

    Advanced Understanding: Be able to . . .

    1. Analyze the pros and cons of a current policy and determine the reasons to support one side or the other while identifying a logical reason for one or more interest or lobby groups to support the same side of the issue.
    2. Analyze the effects of one or more policy issue and how it has made an impact on United States.
    3. Determine whether public policy is shaped more as a result of a pluralist environment or an elite environment in the United States using persuasive points to support your argument.
    4. Analyze previous U.S. foreign policy decisions and persuasively argue the positive or negative consequences that have resulted.


    Unit Test Make-up:

    Part I-Answer all basic level questions with details

    Part II-Answer two advanced understanding questions in MLA or APA format, with citations for two sources for each answer, and up-load to turnitin.com to verify original work.


    Chapter Learning Goals

    Chapter 16:   Domestic Policy

    1. Explain the stages of the policy-making process in US. Government (16.1)
    2. Explain the history of health care policy in the U.S. (16.2)
    3. Explain the history of environmental policy in the U.S. (16.2)
    4. Explain the history of education policy in the U.S. (16.3)
    5. Explain current energy and environmental policy in the U.S. (16.4)
    6. Explain challenges facing the future of domestic policy in the U.S. (16.5)


    Chapter 17:  Economic Policy

    1. Develop a time-line tracing historical eras of U. S. economic policy. (17.1)
    2. Identify and understand important terms and concepts that shape U.S. fiscal policy. (17.2)
    3. Identify and understand important terms and concepts that shape U.S. monetary policy. (17.3)
    4. Identify and understand important terms and concepts that shape U.S. income security policy. (17.4)
    5. Explain the role of fiscal, monetary, and income security policy as they are applied to economic recession and recovery. (7.5)


    Chapter 18: Foreign & Defense Policy

    1. Summarize different periods of defense policy over the history of the U.S.   (18.1)
    2. Explain foreign policy as the U.S. became a world power. (18.2)
    3. Explain the factors that are considered in shaping foreign and defense policy. (18.3)
    4. Explain and rate the defense and foreign policy challenges facing the United States. (18.4 & 18.5)


    Vocabulary Terms & Concepts

    Chapter 16
    Agenda setting
    Charter schools
    Clean Air Act of 1970
    Clean Water Act of 1972
    Domestic policy
    Global warming
    Governmental agenda
    Greenhouse gases
    No Child Left Behind
    Policy adoption
    policy evaluation
    Policy formulation
    Policy implementation
    Public policy
    Systemic agenda

    Chapter 17
    Board of Governors (Fed Reserve)
    Budget deficit
    Business cycles
    Discount rate
    Economic regulation
    Economic stability
    Entitlement programs
    Fiscal policy
    Gross domestic product
    Interventionist state
    Means-tested programs
    Monetary policy
    Non-means tested program
    Open market operations
    Reserve requirements
    Social Security Act

    Chapter 18
    Berlin Wall
    Collective security
    Cuban Missile Crisis
    Defense policy
    Democratic enlargement
    European Union
    Foreign policy
    free trade system
    General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade (GATT)
    International Monetary Fund (IMF)
    manifest destiny
    Marshal Plan
    Monroe Doctrine
    North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
    North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
    Reagan Doctrine
    Roosevelt Corollary
    Truman Doctrine
    UN Security Council
    World Trade Organization (WTO)