PUBPOL 750 - Special Topics
Fall 2019, Section 006 - Cybersecurity for Future Lead
Instruction Mode: Section 006 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Public Policy (PUBPOL)
Department: SPP: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
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3 (Non-LSA credit).
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Permission of Instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s).
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Course description will vary depending on instructor. Subtitles will change from term to term. Different topics might be offered by different faculty in the same term.


PUBPOL 750 - Special Topics
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002 (LEC)
 In Person
4Graduate Standing
F 9:00AM - 11:50AM
Note: This course will explore the legal enforcement of those human rights that are fundamental and are the birthright of all human beings. We will review the international political and legal framework established over the past fifty years to protect human rights. We will home in on how effectively those universally-accepted legal norms are enforced. Conventional legal wisdom holds that where there is a right, there is a remedy. We will explore whether this is, indeed, true in the international human rights context. Specifically, the central inquiry of this course is what needs to be done to give legal effect to the moral norms that embody human rights and fundamental freedoms? Of those institutions of government charged with the responsibility of enforcing these moral norms, we will explore the particular role of the courts?international and certain domestic ones. In the area of human rights and liberties, the United States has traditionally been a beacon of hope. And so, we will be particularly attentive to the special role of the Supreme Court of the United States in giving meaning to the words of the Constitution and laws that guarantee basic rights.
003 (LEC)
 In Person
Tu 10:00AM - 11:20AM
Note: In the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, counterterrorism quickly became the most important national priority for the United States and dominated the security landscape for the rest of the decade. Even after the death of al-Qaida leader Usama bin Laden in 2011, which some experts thought might have signaled the potential demise of that group and the threat it posed to the United States, al-Qaida and other groups remained resilient even when faced with significant counterterrorism pressure. By the middle part of the 2010s, events such as the Arab Spring, the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), competition from China and Russia, and security threats from regimes like North Korea and Iran combined to force hard choices regarding the prioritization of counterterrorism and the U.S. focus on it. Over the last twenty years, key decisions in the National Security Council (NSC) drove U.S. policy on counterterrorism, with different approaches adopted by different administrations. This class will explore U.S. policy on counterterrorism before and after the September 11, 2001 attacks through the lens of NSC decision-making and some of the key personalities involved. It will first look at the NSC from a historical context and identify its key roles and functions, before transitioning into an examination of terrorist threats, and then the more specific aspects of NSC decisions and policy choices on counterterrorism. The course will also involve guest speakers, writing assignments geared toward NSC style and format, and simulated NSC meetings where students assume different interagency roles and examine potential courses of action on various counterterrorism issues. The objectives of the course include: 1. Learning key NSC functions, the organization's evolution since its creation in 1947, and how counterterrorism functions within it. 2. Identifying different terrorist threats the United States has confronted over the last three decades. 3. Evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of counterterrorism policy choices across different administrations. 4. Developing practical analytic, writing, and oral presentation skills relevant to national security career fields.
004 (LEC)
 In Person
12Graduate Standing
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:20PM
Note: More than 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, significant gender and ethno-racial inequality in the labor market remains. Why? This course relies on a multidisciplinary literature from sociology, economics, psychology, and socio-legal studies to examine ethno-racial and gender inequality in the labor market. We will first review and evaluate major explanations of inequality in the labor market, including employer discrimination, human capital differences, sexual harassment, occupational sex segregation, mass incarceration, inflexible workplaces, and segregated social networks. Then, we will discuss public policies and organizational efforts that seek to directly or indirectly ameliorate ethno-racial and/or gender inequality, such as paid family leave, "ban the box," unconscious bias and sexual harassment trainings, and increases to the minimum wage.
005 (LEC)
 In Person
9Graduate Standing
TuTh 2:30PM - 3:50PM
Note: In this seminar, students will confront major challenges in moving policy initiatives forward. The course will focus on two important policy arenas: U.S. Unemployment Insurance (70+ years of failure to reform), and US-China trade relations (evolving challenges). Drawing in depth from vital experiences on these topics, students will learn about the panoply of efforts involved in designing and implementing policy, including interactions among the clash of policy perspectives, the role of personal relationships, the importance of obstacles to coalition building, and the impact of messaging and public opinion. The course will be co-taught by an applied economist and a legislator centrally involved in the dynamics of policymaking, enabling students to gain insights about the realities of policy-making, and the role of leadership in complex policy arenas. Students will have opportunities to hone their written and oral presentation skills, and to apply the tools developed in new contexts.
006 (LEC)
 In Person
M 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: Location: 1010 Dow Engineering Building (North Campus). Co-taught with Dr. Carl Landwehr, Lead Research Scientist, Cyber Security Policy & Research Institute, George Washington University. Future leaders will need to understand the science, technology, and human considerations behind cybersecurity well enough to make informed decisions when provided advice and options for action. Over the last decade cybersecurity issues have risen in prominence from a U.S. national security perspective, as well as from the perspective of individuals and organizations. There have been near daily reports regarding cyber operations launched by nation states, hacking groups, criminal organizations, and individuals against a variety of targets, using different tools and methods, and with different effects. Technology has accelerated the rate of cyber operations, enabling those intent on using cyber tools for a variety of malign purposes. The U.S. government has also attempted to reorganize and reorient towards this multi-dimensional threat, in addition to private industry, state and local governments, and academia?but there are still a number of gaps and vulnerabilities that deserve technical and policy attention and solutions. This class will examine the broad landscape of cybersecurity from both a technical and policy perspective. It will introduce fundamental concepts of computing and cyber security, including information theory, computability, cryptography, networking fundamentals, how vulnerabilities arise, and how attacks work. In addition, it will explore foundational ideas including definitions, cyber norms, and ethics; identify existing U.S. laws, authorities and governmental constructs; and frame classic security concepts like deterrence, attribution, offense, defense, and retaliation. The course will also involve guest speakers, short writing assignments designed to capture technical or policy insights, policy papers designed to explore alternative views on different cybersecurity topics, and simulated National Security Council policy meetings where students assume different interagency roles and examine potential courses of action. The objectives of the course include: 1. Enhancing knowledge on technical and policy aspects of cybersecurity. 2. Sharpening critical thinking, executive briefing, and team collaboration skills. 3. Understanding real-world implications of cyber operations. 4. Identifying possible solutions or opportunities to address existing cybersecurity challenges.

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