Decisions made by government affect all of our lives on a daily basis. This course will focus on the public policy process in the United States and how potential ideas for government action are translated from concepts into reality. Students will be introduced to policy issues and the models political scientists use to describe and explain political life. Additionally, students will learn to analyze public policy by identifying problems and policy alternatives. Specific policy areas will include the following: Economic and budgetary policy, health care policy, welfare and social security policy, education policy, environmental and energy policy, and foreign affairs and national security policy.