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Jennifer Littlefield

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Lecturer; Director, Undergraduate Studies

Jennifer Littlefield is the director of undergraduate studies in the School of Public Policy.  She previously served as the director of the College Park Scholars Public Leadership Program and associate director of the Do Good Institute. Littlefield was involved with the Public Leadership Program from 2007 - 2017, serving as both assistant and associate directors prior to her appointment as Director. Her career began in the area of fundraising and program development for nonprofits and universities. Prior to coming to the University of Maryland, she served as the assistant director of the Institute for Leadership Advancement (ILA) in the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. In this role, Littlefield assisted with all areas of the Institute, including working with their two undergraduate leadership programs, planning and coordinating a study abroad program to Tanzania, Africa and working with various corporate and community partners of the ILA.  She assisted in the planning and implementation of the Georgia Leadership Institute, a leadership development program for high-level executives in state government. Littlefield has also been heavily involved in civic engagement and service-learning initiatives at both the University of Maryland and the University of Georgia. Littlefield has taught numerous courses in the area of public policy, ethics, leadership, philanthropy and career development. For four years Littlefield served as a research consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She has also conducted extensive research in the area of cross-sector collaboration and effective grant making. She has authored numerous articles and presented in various conferences on this topic.  Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Georgia, as well as a PhD from the School of Public Policy.

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 will broaden students’ understanding of the moral dimensions of public policy as well as their own individual moral perspective. Discussions will include the ideal of a just society, and the place of liberty and equality in it, while focusing on contemporary theories of ethics and justice.  It will develop students’ appreciation of the ethical challenges unique to the public service sector while building their skills in ethical analysis and decision-making. We will explore the increasing ethical challenges in a world in which technology, global risks, and societal developments are accelerating faster than our understanding can keep pace. A framework for ethical decision making underpins the course.
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