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School of Public Service (SPS) Courses

Lower Division

SPS 150 RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE: SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE (1-0-1)(F/S). Examines leadership theories and concepts as well as leadership in practice through community service projects. May be repeated for credit. PREREQ: Admission to program.

SPS 200 PROBLEM SOLVING IN PUBLIC SERVICE (3-0-3)(F/S). Hands-on learning where students explore the fields of public service and examine the role of public service in solving problems by engaging with practitioners, researchers, and community partners.

SPS 240 DATA IN PUBLIC SERVICE (3-0-3)(F/S). Introduces essential concepts of applied research, data collection, data analysis, and communication of results. Develops familiarity with relevant public databases and community evaluation. Explores common research fallacies and their connection to ethics of public service.

Upper Division

SPS 301 ENGAGEMENT AND EMPATHY IN PUBLIC SERVICE (3-0-3)(F/S). Introduces current scholarship on public engagement methods, with a focus on effectively and empathetically working with people from different backgrounds and with diverse perspectives and goals. Offers opportunities to practice these methods, including designing, facilitating, and evaluating public engagement efforts, in applied contexts. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

SPS 331 ADVOCACY IN ACTION (3-0-3)(F/S). Engages students in designing and leading social impact advocacy campaigns, and developing relevant skills, while exploring various strategies, actions, personal attributes, external factors, bridge-building tactics, and local community elements that are involved in advocacy work. PREREQ: junior standing, and HIST 330 or declared human rights certificate, or PERM/INST.

SPS 340 POLICY ANALYSIS AND IMPLEMENTATION (3-0-3)(F/S). Concepts and methods applied in policy analysis and implementation. Exploration of current energy and environmental policy topics at the local community and urban scale, and common tools used to approach policy problems. Topics may include policy field mapping, program process flow analysis, target audience analysis, implementation improvement planning, policy question definition, and policy alternative construction and evaluation. PREREQ: SPS 240.

SPS 395 PUBLIC SERVICE STUDIO (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Immersive experience participating in interdisciplinary undergraduate research in a collaborative setting mentored by faculty with opportunities to bridge research in other courses and community outlets. Students may take studio up to three times for credit. PREREQ: SPS 200 and PERM/INST.

SPS 495 TOOLS AND STRATEGIES IN PUBLIC SERVICE (Variable 1-3)(F/S/SU). Engages students in applied practices common to work in public service and civic life. These practical workshops may include grant writing, public participation methods, surveys, data visualizations, environmental impact statements, public budgeting, policy writing, and more. Students may take these workshops more than once. PREREQ: SPS 240.