DC Policy Workshop

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The Science and Technology Policy Workshop in Washington, D.C. (HSD 505) is required of all students pursuing the Master of Science and Technology Policy degree.

This course involves travel to Washington, D.C. in late May and early June for an intensive short-course designed to expose students to high-level science and technology policy officials, current issues in science and technology policy, and the day-to-day practical workings involved in policymaking.

The course involves team-based policy exercises, and helps students apply the skills and knowledge mastered through the curriculum.


About the workshop

Prior to the DC workshop, students will spend one week in Arizona developing, researching and writing several different types of briefs often used within the federal policy making system.  In D.C., students get an intensive two-week immersion in the policy and culture of our nation’s capital exploring the relationships among science and technology, policy, and societal outcomes.

The course offers students the chance to meet and interact with the people who fund, regulate, shape, critique, publicize and study science and technology, including congressional staffers, funding agency officers, lobbyists, regulators, journalists, academics, museum curators and others.

With the intersections between science and technology, politics, and society making the headlines every day, it is more important than ever for policy employees, scientists and engineers to know how the decisions that affect them, their employers, their families, and their environments are made.

The course takes place at ASU’s Washington DC Center, and meetings take place in locations throughout the Washington, D.C. area, allowing students to experience many facets of the nation’s capital.

The course includes discussions, hands-on experiences, and on-location learning, as well as participation in a Mock Congressional Hearing.  Students develop and present policy analyses on controversial topics affecting Arizona and the nation.