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Brown School - Field based course in Washington, DC
Washington DC, United States (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Spring
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Spring 2018 10/16/2017
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Tammy Orahood
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S55-5377 TPS: Policymaking, Advocacy, and Analysis in the U.S. Legislative System (Washington, DC) (3 credits)


This course will be held in St. Louis in the early spring semester and on-location in Washington, DC over spring break (March 11-16) and will be taught by Dr. Tim McBride. Around 25 students will be selected for the course. The course is subsidized by the Brown School, but students will be expected to pay for their airfare to DC and most meals.

Course Domain Statement:

Social science professions, historically and currently, seeks to promote social justice through the equitable provision of benefits and services to assist all individuals, families, and communities to develop and function to their fullest potential. Advanced policy analysis skills and the ability to advocate for policy change at the federal, state, and local level, has been an important professional activity and remains now as part of “policy practice.” In addition, all professions and occupations must work to advance their own interests in order to fulfill their social aims and ensure economic survival. Since many social and public health services are often funded through federal and other health and social welfare programs, it is critical for those working as social science professionals to understand the legislative process and how policies shape our world and impact people and communities in tangible and more subtle ways alike.   This course will re-enforce and strengthen student’s policy analysis skills while introducing students to specific social welfare and health policy issues with significance to social work, public health, and social policy and the people and communities typically served by these professions.  

Description of main course activities:  

The course will be developed over three phases, with the first phase occurring in the classroom here in St. Louis. The course begins with an understanding of policy analysis methods and practice, using a book authored by Eugene Bardach and Eric Patashnik titled, A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving (2016, fifth edition).  The second phase will be located in Washington DC, and will use the opportunities provided by the nation’s capital to explore policy practice in government, think tanks, and advocacy groups. Students will learn from policy and advocacy experts, as well as from social science leaders in Congress on topics including: veterans, behavioral health and health care reform, early childhood development and education, criminal justice reform, etc. Students will also learn about the basics of government and the legislative process, research-based advocacy using a non-oppressive community organizing focused lens, and how social scientists affect social policy around the world. The third phase will return back to St. Louis for debriefing of the visit as well as processing of the student policy leadership projects.


Double occupancy in a hotel in Washington, DC. to be arranged by the Brown School.


This course is open to all Brown students. However, priority will be given to 1) Policy specialization (MSW), Health Policy Analysis specialization (MPH), MSP students, 2) second year students; Students must apply via this website and the deadline is October 16, 2017. If chosen, you will be required to enroll in the course for the spring. In addition, students should pre-register for this course through the pre-registration process and if selected will be added to the course.


This course is subsidized by the Brown School, but students are required to pay for airfare to Washington, DC and most meals. Housing, some public transportation, and a few meals are covered by the Brown School.

Questions? Please email Tammy Orahood, Director of Global Programs at

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