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Ch 17: Public & Social Policy: Political Science Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Public & Social Policy chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach these policy types in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Public & Social Policy chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday The public policy-making process Stages in the rational-comprehensive model of public policy formation
Tuesday Public policy types Types of domestic policy, including public health, environmental, social and economic policy; foreign policy tools, such as diplomacy, intelligence and trade relations
Wednesday Education policy Democratic and republican stances on education policy approaches, including school vouchers, affirmative action and Head Start programs
Thursday Social insurance programs Characteristics of the Social Security program, Medicare benefits and unemployment insurance
Friday Public assistance programs Federal cash assistance programs, such as Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and the Earned Income Credit; federal in-kind assistance programs, including Medicaid, housing assistance and food stamps

5 Lessons in Chapter 17: Public & Social Policy: Political Science Lesson Plans
The Public Policy Process: Problem Recognition, Policy Formation & Policy Implementation

1. The Public Policy Process: Problem Recognition, Policy Formation & Policy Implementation

Good public policy is grounded in a sound policy making process. In this lesson, you'll learn about the rational-comprehensive model of policy formation and the steps involved in using it. A short quiz follows the lesson.

Types of Public Policy in the United States

2. Types of Public Policy in the United States

'What should the government do about it?' This is a fundamental public policy question, and the scope of 'it' continues to expand in our modern society. In this lesson, you'll learn about different types of public policy in the United States.

Republican & Democratic Beliefs on Education in the United States: Similarities & Differences

3. Republican & Democratic Beliefs on Education in the United States: Similarities & Differences

Democrats and Republicans agree that the future success of the United States lies in an effective education system. However, while they agree on the overall goal, the two parties disagree about the best policies to accomplish it. In this lesson, we'll look at some of the education policy perspectives of each party.

Social Insurance Programs: Definition, Types & Examples

4. Social Insurance Programs: Definition, Types & Examples

Social insurance programs constitute the largest expenditure in the federal budget. In this lesson, you'll learn about social insurance, and we'll also take a look at the major federal social insurance programs. A short quiz follows the lesson.

Public Assistance Programs: Origins, Development, Types & Examples

5. Public Assistance Programs: Origins, Development, Types & Examples

Poverty is still a serious problem in the United States and would be even more so but for various federal and state public assistance programs. In this lesson, you'll learn about what a public assistance program is and types of programs.

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