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  • Locations: Washington, D. C., United States;
  • Program Terms: Spring
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

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. The course is subsidized by the Brown School, but students will be expected to pay for their transportation to DC, housing, and most meals.

Course Domain Statement:

Social science professions seek to promote social justice through the equitable provision of benefits and services to 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.” 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. This course will introduce a transdisciplinary perspective 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.
The course will be developed over three phases, with the first phase occurring in the classroom in St. Louis. The second phase will be located in Washington DC over spring break, and will use the opportunities provided by the nation’s capital to explore transdisciplinary 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. Students will also learn about the basics of government and the legislative process, research-based advocacy, and how social scientists affect social policy around the world. For the third phase, will return back to St. Louis for debriefing of the visit as well as processing of the student policy leadership projects.


This course is open to all Brown students. However, priority will be given to 1) MSP students, 2) policy specializers; 3) second year students.


Students are responsible for travel to DC, housing, meals, and public transportation.

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