Florida State University

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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ISS Course Preps Way for New Concentrations

The Interdisciplinary Social Science program will roll out two new areas of concentration in Fall 2015: Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy. To support these new programs, we are introducing a new course, “Making Public Policy,” which will be offered for the first time in the Spring 2015 semester.

The course will develop the critical thinking and problem solving abilities valued by all employers. By offering an interdisciplinary perspective on public policy problems, this course will help students gain important perspectives into the nature of social problems and insights into how public policy can improve people’s lives.

The new course will focus on these four main skill areas essential to understanding social issues and working to solve them through public policy:
– An interdisciplinary approach to society and public policy
– Problem identification and analysis using data as evidence
– Social science research and data analysis
– Policy writing

The course is listed as ISS4931-0001 Special Topics: Contemporary Social Problems and Policy Solutions. It will be counted toward the ISS major in the Primary, Secondary, or Remainder course category.

For more info, please contact Lisa Turner DaVera.