Course Overview

New for 2022! PST 101, Introduction to the Analysis of Public Policy, is an introductory course to public policy. It helps you learn how to do good as a citizen and to do well in your personal life. It develops the research skills that you will use throughout your college career and the rest of your life. Throughout the course, you will complete exercises and group work to enhance your understanding of how policies are created and implemented in the United States.

This course may consist of both Summer College – Online students and Syracuse University undergraduates.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University credit transcript.

Course Topics

  1. Describe how public policy is implemented.
  2. Collect primary and secondary sources on a case study project
  3. Demonstrate effective communication skills in both verbal and written forms.
  4. Model effective teamwork on projects.
  5. Explain the causes and policies on urban policy problems

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: PST 101

Format: Online

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school junior, or senior status – or a 2022 high school graduate. 

Credit: 3 Credits

Grading: A-F

Cost: $2,985
Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees. Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Information

Summer College – Online: Explore college life before stepping foot on campus! High school students can enroll in a college-level course, pursue their academic interests, and meet likeminded students in daily virtual events and activities.

“I loved Syracuse University Summer College because it challenged me.”

– Demeka A., Summer College – Online Student, 2021

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesSynchronous Class Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College – Online6-Week Session :
Tuesday, July 5 – Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022
6-7:30 p.m.
3 CreditsClosed
Class times subject to change.

Course Requirements

Technology Requirements

  • Laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and mouse
  • Reliable internet access
  • A space conducive to taking an online class (without distractions)

Required Supplies

Students should budget for required textbooks and supplies. A supply and textbook listing will be sent to students before the start of the program.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Students must attend live synchronous online sessions Thursdays, from 6-7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. This course is a flipped classroom experience. The students have pre-recorded lectures and guest speakers to watch during the week, and then we have group activities and Kahoot games in class to assist with assignments.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College virtual activities to meet and connect with other students across the world. Check out our Virtual Campus Experience page for more information!

Faculty Bios

Austin Zwick- Assistant Teaching Professor and Assistant Director of Policy Studies, Undergraduate, Maxwell School

Austin Zwick is an Assistant Teaching Professor and Assistant Director of the Policy Studies undergraduate program at the Maxwell School of Public Affairs and Citizenship at Syracuse University. He obtained a PhD from the University of Toronto in Planning and an MPA in Public Finance and Fiscal Policy from Cornell University. He previously worked as a Planner for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation on plans and regulations for autonomous vehicles and other mobility technologies. His research focuses on urban policy and governance challenges arising from emerging industries with an emphasis on transportation and economic development.

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