PAF 101
Module 1, Lecture 1
“Teachers open the door, but
you must enter yourself.”
-Ancient Chinese Proverb
Class Agenda
About Coplin
Course Goals
Skills WIN!
Public Policy Definition
About this Course
Assignment & Next Class
No Blackboard
Use PAF 101 website- Google it!
Meets Mondays 1:50pm-2:40pm in 105
Students in 101 and in Honors but not
in the Honors section are welcome to
attend the first meeting to decide if
they want to be in the section.
Bill Coplin
Director and Professor of Public Affairs
Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of
Teaching Excellence
Published more than 110 books and articles
in fields of:
International Relations
Political Risk Analysis
Public Policy
College and High School Education
Doing Good
Contributor to USA-Today
Intro to Policy Studies
Started the Program in 1977
“Undergraduates build professional skills through
community service and research”
Policy Studies Majors are Winners
10 of 11 SU Truman Winners
25% of all S.U. Teach for America Corps members
Check out the PAF web site prospective student
link testimonials
Mission of PAF 101 and the Policy
Studies Major
Skills to Do Good
Skills to Do Well
Key Concepts Used as Tools
Principles for Civic Thought and Action
Doing Good
Working to improve and maintain
society through service, meeting civic
responsibilities and shaping public
Meet Do-Gooders
Through Reading and discussing How You Can Help, learn about
Mother Theresa
Ralph Nader
Nelson Mandela
Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for America
Ben Franklin
Through class speakers
Policy Studies Alumni who HAVE JOBS
Frank Lazarski, Executive Director the United Way
Nick Pirro, former County Executive for 22 years
Renee Captor, Director, County Assigned Counsel Program
Teach for America Reps
Genuine Do-Gooders
People who work to improve the world
rather than pretend to improve the
Takes skills, character and a grasp of
Do Well
The Keys to Success
• Skills Win!
• Career Exploration
• Character
• PAF 101 will launch you
PAF 101 Introduces
You to the Skills
Employers Want
1. Taking Responsibility
Motivate Yourself
Be Ethical
Manage Your Time
Manage Your Money
2. Developing Physical Skills
Stay Well
Look Good
Type 35 WPM Error Free
Take Usable Notes
3. Communicating Verbally
Converse One-on-One
Present to Groups
Use Visual Displays
4. Communicating in Writing
Write Well
Edit and Proof
Use Word-Processing Tools
Communicate Electronically
5. Working Directly with People
Build Good Relationships
Work in Teams
Teach Others
6. Influencing People
Manage Efficiently
Sell Successfully
Politick Wisely
Lead Effectively
7. Gathering Information
Use Library Holdings
Use Commercial Databases
Search the Web
Conduct Interviews
Use Surveys
Keep and Use Records
8. Using Quantitative Data
Use Numbers
Use Graphs and Tables
Use Spreadsheet Programs
9. Asking & Answering the Right
Detect Nonsense
Pay Attention to Detail
Apply Knowledge
Evaluate Actions and Policies
10. Solving Problems
Identify Problems
Develop Solutions
Launch Solutions
Concepts: Tools for Public Policy Analysis
Concepts are words or phrases that
provide a lens to order and think about
public policy
Pay attention to definitions provided
and make sure you can apply them.
What is Public Policy?
Basic Diagram –First 3 Concepts
What is the Purpose of this Course?
Public Policy Analysis
38 Skills Employers
Do Good
Philosophy of PAF101
To hear is to forget
To see is to remember
To do is to learn
-Ancient Chinese Proverb
Learn by Doing
To learn by doing, you will be playing three
Doing Papers (Modules)
PAF 101 as society & government
Member of Syracuse Community
And Most Important of all
Develop the 10 skill sets
that guarantee success in
whatever you do!
Course Materials on Website
Website contains vital information for course
Printouts are mandatory for modules and
daily class participation
Newsletters are useful and also
Power Points from Lecture are on the Site
Take the Pre-Test
Go to Web Site
Click Module 1
Click Pre-Test
Complete the test and take the receipt to
Make sure you print out the
pretest confirmation!
Books Required
Maxwell Manual for Good Citizenship
My royalties for these books are assigned to
the Public Affairs Program to hire students for
community activities
Recommended but not required:
10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College
Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence
Deep Questions Raised by the Course
What is the proper balance between selfinterest and the public interest?
What is the source of the societal problems
we face?
How should freedom, order and equality be
What are you going to do about it?
Good News About PAF 101
Fun and Crazy Class meetings
Path to success in college and careers
More than 70% of Students who finished the
course got an A or B last semester
Exercises and Guest Lecturers from the Real
Best News of ALL
No Tests
No Exams
No Final
For Next Class
Read Syllabus
Do the pre-test and print out receipt. Hand in to
your TA on 1/16 in class or lose 5 points.
Go to the Module One link on the 101 website and
print Module 1 exercises for next class
Read Chapter 1 in The Maxwell Manual
Scan newspapers, print or on-line, to find discussions
of public policies