International Public Policy

Discipline: Public Policy
Instructor: Mayes
Credits: 3

Field Work: Day 6 - Thursday, 3 March | India Download Syllabus

This course examines how public problems are defined, how different policy solutions are crafted, and the ways in which we judge their effec­tiveness in the U.S. and around the world.  As the art of political decision-making, this course how public policy reflect the reality that: (1) penalties and incentives (“sticks and carrots”) are what primarily drive modern life; (2) information, who has how much of it and when, is key to structuring effective penalties and incentives; and that (3) thinking analytically and empirically, knowing what to measure and how to measure it, is as important as thinking normatively.  This course uses the countries we visit to illustrate the different ways that countries craft public policies, why they do so, and what the tradeoffs and consequences are.

Field Work

Country: India
Day: 6 - Thursday, 3 March

TBA. Students will visit a hospital specializing in medical tourism, in particular In-virto fertilization and surrogacy. This facility provides services for couples from other countries travel to India to have their embryos created and implanted into India women who will serve as gestational carriers for these couples at a cost significantly less than they would have paid in their countries of origin. We will also explore contraceptive and abortion services in India with practitioners, as a means of managing Indian population growth and reducing infant and maternal mortality in India.

Academic Objectives:
1. To understand medical tourism, in particular in-vitro fertilization and international surrogacy in India
2. To identify the issues related to family planning in India
3. To explore the facilities and services involved in medical tourism and their implications for tourists & natives