Popularity Contest: Policy Classes

by Alex Atallah on January 6, 2012

The first in a series of posts collecting pitches from satisfied seniors about their favorite classes at Stanford. Classes are ranked by their “popularity,” or the number of pitches we have for each class. Relevant classes from different departments are mixed in, and bios are at the bottom.

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Technology Policy (PublPol 194)

Teryn Norris: “taught by Patrick Windham, who spent decades working on science and technology policy as a professional staffer in the U.S. Senate.  You’ll learn more about innovation policy than in any other course at the university, and it may challenge some of your basic assumptions about the role of the state in driving technological innovation.  The course is valuable for students in public policy, science, and engineering majors alike.”

Technology & National Security (MS&E 193)

Teryn Norris: “taught by the former Secretary of Defense and the former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory, this course offers critical insight into the history of defense-related technologies and how this has changed the nature of warfare, international relations, and modern security issues.”

Organizations, Theory & Management (MS&E 180)

Teryn Norris: “this course may substantially improve your understanding of organizational management and psychology, particularly in corporate settings but also more broadly.  Anyone who wants to succeed in an organizational setting can benefit from this course, whether or not you plan to be a manager.”

A Post American Century? (PoliSci 213S)

Teryn Norris: “this is a terrific seminar with one of the leading experts in U.S. grand strategy and international relations.  If you want to understand the nature, origins, and future of American power, as well as the broader implications for the world, take this course.”

Economics of Legal Institutions (Econ 154)

Teryn Norris: “this is a very accessible economics course that will change the way you think about legal systems, the advancement of human welfare, and the role of law in shaping economic incentives and outcomes.  You cannot understand modern law without taking a course like this, and Professor Owen does a terrific job.”

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Teryn Norris ’12 is a Truman Scholar, with a BA in Public Policy.

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