Reading Journals

Each student will keep a journal of notes/short reflections on the assigned readings for the class. For each set of readings, the instructor will provide a short list of discussion questions to help students focus their reading and prepare for the next class session. Students can, but need not, also use these questions as the basis of their readings journal entries. Note that this should not be a summary of the readings, but some of the students' own thoughts about the themes and debates of the readings.

Reading Journal 1 (PDF)

Reading Journal 2 (PDF)

Reading Journal 3 (PDF)

Reading Journal 4 (PDF)

Reading Journal 5 (PDF)

Reading Journal 6 (PDF)

Reading Journal 7 (PDF)

Reading Journal 8 (PDF)

Reading Journal 9 (PDF)

Policy Memos

Policy memos are a unique written product that practitioners in the policy and planning fields should be able to produce. See the "Guide to Writing Effective Policy Memos" and the student examples below.

Policy Memo 1 (PDF)

Policy Memo 2 (PDF)

Policy Memo 2 Background File (PDF)

Policy Memo Survey (PDF)

Guide to Writing Effective Policy Memos (PDF)

Policy Memo 1: 2004 Student Examples

Here are some exemplary policy memos written by students in response to the first assignment in the class. Each memo is courtesy of the student named and used with permission.

Sarah Banas (PDF)

Anna Brown (PDF)

Jin Hooi Chan (PDF)

Amber Franz (PDF)

Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner (PDF)

Jennifer Usas (PDF)