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Public Policy Analysis

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course will examine the manner in which various worldviews affect American Public Policy, with particular emphasis on the contrast between the Judeo-Christian worldview and secular humanism, Marxism/Leninism, and Islamic Fundamentalism.





Public Policy Analysis provides an introduction, foundation, and framework for the Public Administration program/concentration by introducing students to the policy and policy analysis considerations from a public administration perspective and by preparing students to approach these considerations from a Judeo-Christian worldview.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate how ideas affect and inform public policy and policy analysis
  2. Analyze the sources, characteristics, and influence of particular philosophies and ideas on American Public Policy and policy analysis.
  3. Evaluate the tangible implications of public policies and the ideas affecting them, as to their impacts on individuals, groups, and/or society.
  4. Analyze public policies from a practical and Judeo-Christian perspective.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

Kraft, M. E., & Furlong, S. R. (2018). Public policy: Politics, analysis, and alternatives (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Sage Publications. ISBN: 9781506358154.

Monsma, S. (2008). Healing for a broken world: Christian perspectives on public policy. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books. ISBN: 9781581349610.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

These assignments are meant to provide preparation for the policy briefs that are due later on in those assigned weeks. In addition to completing the two required posts for these discussion board assignments, students may reply to their classmates if they would like. Thus, each Discussion Board Forum allows for a more free-flowing discussion on key module/week topics and might allow students to assist one another in grasping the key ideas for the assigned module and the policy brief assignments. The student will be required to complete these according to the instructions and rubric in the course.

Activities (2)

The student will watch the assigned presentations and complete the interactive quizzes embedded within them. Each quiz can be completed as many times as necessary to move forward to the next part of the presentation.

Worldview Analysis Essay

The student will write a 1½–2-page overview of the key tenets associated with a piece of legislation of his or her choosing. The student must link goals and objectives to 1 of the three major worldviews discussed in the corresponding presentation. The essay must include 4–5 scholarly sources cited in current APA format.

Synthesis Paper

The student will write a 3–5-page Synthesis Paper in current APA format in which he or she will compare and contrast a biblical worldview learned from the course with different worldviews. The paper must include at least 3–5 references in addition to the course textbooks, presentations in Modules/Weeks 1–2, and the Bible.

Policy Brief Quiz

The student will complete the Policy Brief Quiz after watching the Discussion Board and Policy Brief Presentation and reading the instructions and grading rubric for the Policy Brief assignment. This quiz is designed to help the student understand the key requirements of the Policy Brief assignment. The quiz can be taken as many times as needed to obtain full credit. 

Policy Briefs (5)

The student will write five 1½–2-page Policy Briefs in current APA format in which the May-Can-Should model is applied in the context of the policy focus for the assigned module/week. The paper must include at least 3–5 references in addition to the course textbooks, presentations in Modules/Weeks 1–2, and the Bible.

Research Paper

The student will write a 10–12-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on the May-Can-Should model as applied to a policy issue of the student’s choice. The paper must include at least 20 references in addition to the course textbooks, presentations in Modules/Weeks 1–2, and the Bible.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (5 at 50 pts ea)


Activities (1 at 12 pts, 1 at 13 pts)


Worldview Analysis Essay


Synthesis Paper


Policy Brief Quiz


Policy Briefs (5 at 75 pts ea)


Research Paper






Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


PADM 550

Textbooks:  Kraft & Furlong, Public Policy: Politics, Analysis, and Alternatives (2018).

                    Monsma, Healing for a Broken World (2008).


Reading & Study




Kraft & Furlong: chs. 1–3

Monsma: chs. 1–2

3 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Activity 1

Activity 2

Worldview Analysis Essay







Kraft & Furlong: chs. 4–6

Monsma: chs. 3–5

2 presentations

2 articles

Synthesis Paper



Kraft & Furlong: ch. 7

3 presentations

1 article

1 website

May Analysis Exercise

DB Forum 1

Policy Brief Quiz

Policy Brief 1






Kraft & Furlong: chs. 8–9

Monsma: chs. 7–8

1 presentation

May Analysis Exercise

DB Forum 2

Policy Brief 2





Kraft & Furlong: ch. 10

Monsma: ch. 6

1 presentation

May Analysis Exercise

DB Forum 3

Policy Brief 3





Kraft & Furlong: ch. 11

Monsma: ch. 9

2 websites

May Analysis Exercise

DB Forum 4

Policy Brief 4





1 presentation

4 websites

DB Forum 5

Policy Brief 5




Kraft & Furlong: ch. 12

Monsma: chs. 10–12

4 presentations

Research Paper




DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.