Descriptions of the courses offered by the ISSP as part of the graduate program are provided below.
ISP 5101: Decision-making at the interface of science and policy (3 cr)
Syllabus (PDF, 273KB)
This course explores a number of critical issues in the design and implementation of science (or, more generally, evidence)-based policy. Topics will include: the nature of scientific evidence; who has standing in the provisioning of scientific evidence; the science and non-science of risk assessment; ethical dimensions of policy design and implementation; the role of science in policy design and implementation; the policy making process; and science policy performance evaluation.
ISP 5903: Science, Society and Technology Capstone Practicum (3 cr)
This practicum is designed to partner students with external public, non-governmental or private institutions engaged in activities relating to science and technology policy, regulation, governance or communication. Students will undertake, either singly in groups, a research project co-directed by both an internal supervisor from ISSP, as well as an external supervisor from the sponsoring institution.