ACE 203 FAP: Development of Food and Agricultural Policy
This course provides an introduction to public policymaking using the history and development of national food and agricultural policies as a case study on federal legislation.
Prerequisites (Must be complete BEFORE taking this course):
Must have sophomore standing
Instructors Teaching the Course:
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Additional Course Information
Read more about what Professor Coppess has to say about ACE 203 FAP!
Is this class discussion-based or lecture-based? How would you describe your teaching style?
The class is a combination of lecture and discussion, with an emphasis on applying the lecture material as part of in-class projects, debates and discussions. For example, past classes have made use of mock committee hearings, debates and legislative mark-ups to work through policymaking.
How are students evaluated (e.g. multiple choice or essay tests, papers, etc.)?
Evaluation for this class emphasizes participation in the class projects and debates or mock legislative efforts. I have also used multiple choice and short essay exam formats.
In what ways does this course prepare students to move through the program and/or into the work force?
For those interested in the public policy and law concentration, this class serves as an introduction to policymaking as well as a history of the farm bill programs. The class will also help students develop a better understanding of the policymaking process, information that will help them if they seek a career in policy but also help make them a better informed citizen and voter.
What is your background in Agricultural and Consumer Economics and/or microcomputer applications?
My background is in federal policy, including 8 years in Washington DC working in the U.S. Senate and at USDA. I have also practiced law. I am not an economist but economic analysis plays a key role in policy debate and development, so I incorporate it to the extent that I can. I also have little background in microcomputer applications.
What is your attendance policy?
I take attendance and consider it as part of the participation points students earn for their final grade.