ACE 341 CP: Contemporary Issues in Policy
Students study contemporary issues and career opportunities associated with various concentrations in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics. An in-depth dialogue with industry professionals helps develop an understanding of the skill sets needed to succeed in each of the different career paths discussed.
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Spring 2019 Restrictions
Restricted to students in ACE with concentrations in Environmental Economics and Policy; Policy, International Trade & Development; or Public Policy & Law
Additional Course Information
Read more about what Ann Finnegan has to say about ACE 341 CP!
Is this class discussion-based or lecture-based? How would you describe your teaching style?
This class works best when there are lively discussions, so it is definitely discussion-based, with a bit of lecture thrown in.
How are students evaluated (e.g. multiple choice or essay tests, papers, etc.)?
Students are evaluated on papers, quality and quantity of participation, and career development assignments such as mock interviews, Linked-In profile reviews, and career fair participation.
What careers does this course help prepare students to pursue?
This course helps students prepare for policy-related careers and provides rich networking opportunities and helpful advice from successful professional in the areas of law, international development, and environmental policy.
What courses can students take to prepare for this material?
There are no prerequisites for this course. Second semester freshmen and sophomores are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course despite it being a 300-level course. Any course which develops a student’s writing and interpersonal communication skills will be helpful as these are the qualities assessed in this class.
In what ways does this course prepare students to move through the program and/or into the work force?
The course helps students learn how to successfully launch their careers in the areas of law, environmental policy, and international development. Students gain understanding of the breadth of policy-related opportunities available to them. They learn the value of networking, how to interview successfully and develop their interpersonal skills in general. They learn how to use social media tools like LinkedIn to achieve maximum impact on job searches and career development.
What is your background in Agricultural and Consumer Economics?
I have been an academic advisor in the ACE Department for over 12 years and earned a Master’s degree in Applied Economics.
What is your attendance policy?
Attendance is mandatory and critical to being successful in this course.