CLOSUP in the Classroom
The "CLOSUP in the Classroom" initiative, launched in 2013, links the Center's research activities with teaching in the Ford School and elsewhere, to enhance and expand student learning opportunities. The initiative brings students into CLOSUP research projects as policy analysts, integrates the Center's research data and findings into the classroom to inform course presentations and student learning, and supports Ford School student internships with external policy organizations. See below for more information.
Courses & Related Resources
ENVIRON 312/POLISCI 380: Environmental Politics and Policy
PUBPOL 587.002: Public Management: American Bureaucratic Politics
- Meet the CLOSUP Policy Analysts
- Meet the CLOSUP Interns
In 2015, CLOSUP received a grant from the Office of the Provost at the University of Michigan to design and launch two new innovative undergraduate courses that will integrate the Center's research activities directly into the classroom, providing students with unique opportunities to conduct original research with the latest social science data. One course will focus on politics, policy, and governance in the state of Michigan, and the other on energy and environmental policy across the U.S. These courses will allow students to formulate and investigate their own research questions regarding current policy issues using new data sources that have been explored by very few other researchers. Students will be able to conduct original research with the opportunity to identify novel research findings. In the environmental policy course, students will prepare research papers that will be presented at an end-of-year class conference, with subsequent dissemination through the CLOSUP website.
The Center often brings in experts on a range of policy topics to make presentations to Ford School classes, usually opening the events to the wider campus community and the public as well. Students have opportunities to meet in small groups with these policy experts before and after the public events.
CLOSUP's Director, Prof. Barry Rabe, regularly includes data from CLOSUP projects in the courses he teaches at the Ford School. For example, in Academic Year 2013-2014, Prof. Rabe taught the following courses:
CLOSUP also maintains a list of classes available at the Ford School which are focused on state and local policy issues. Click the link below for classes available during the 2015-2016 academic year.
CLOSUP enhances the classroom experience by engaging students through independent study and employment as policy analysts on the Center's projects. These activities provide hands-on training in social science research methods and practices, as well as opportunities to work with original data that have not been analyzed previously, and to help drive the Center's research agenda and findings.
After their time at the Ford School, CLOSUP Policy Analysts take their experience and expertise to positions with leading policy organizations. For example, Kristy Hartman, a CLOSUP Policy Analyst for AY2012-2013, later joined the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) as an energy policy specialist and was quoted in the Wall Street Journal regarding new policies on hydraulic fracturing in Colorado.
CLOSUP also supports summer internships which are administered by the Ford School's Graduate Career Services Office. These internships place Master's students with state and local government offices and other external organizations working on state and local public policy issues, and are part of the School's Master's program which requires internships between the first and second years of study at the School.
For more information on CLOSUP in the Classroom, contact CLOSUP staff at 734-647-4091 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.