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Lecturer; PhD Student

Delegate Eric Luedtke is an adjunct lecturer in the School of Public Policy who focuses on teaching and building student capacity for leadership. He has had a long standing relationship with the University, earning his BA here in 2002 and an MEd in 2004, and is currently working on completing a PhD in the School of Public Policy. Prior to returning to the University to teach undergraduates, he taught for more than a decade in two high needs middle schools in Maryland. During this time he worked on a volunteer basis for a range of advocacy organizations, gaining a deep understand of advocacy and organizational development. Since 2011, he has served as an elected member of the Maryland House of Delegates, where he has been engaged in policymaking on a range of issues and serves as Chair of the Education Subcommittee. His research focuses on real world applications of leadership theory.

3 Credit(s)

A survey course, focusing on public policy institutions and analytical issues as well as on overview of key public policy problems. Students will be introduced to public policy as a discipline, with a brief overview of the actors and institutions involved in the process, and familiarize themselves with the kinds of problems typically requiring public action. The course will examine these problems from a multijurisdictional and multisectoral perspective. Specific policy areas examined include education policy, health policy, economic and budgetary policy, criminal justice policy, environmental policy, and national and homeland security policy. The course should permit students to have broad foundational exposure to the field that will give them a solid base for more advanced courses.
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3 Credit(s)

This course aims to inspire, teach and engage students in the theory and practice of public leadership from the local to the national to the global level. Students will learn and apply diverse approaches to leadership in a multicultural society while developing an understanding of key frameworks and practices necessary to foster collective action across private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Students will also explore and assess their own personal values, beliefs, and purpose as they develop their leadership potential. Finally, students will understand the leadership skills and challenges particular to their role as a future policymaker.
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3 Credit(s)

Understanding pluralism and how groups and individuals coexist in society is an essential part of the public policy process. This course will examine the ways in which the diverse experiences of race, gender, ethnicity, class, orientation, identity, and religion impact the understanding of and equitable delivery of public policy. The examination of how identity development shapes our understanding of society and influences the decision-making process is central to students’ shaping policy that is truly for the people. This course will equip students with the skills needed to analyze pluralism and draw conclusions about the application of various theories to public policy issues. Restricted to students in the Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program.
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