Carnegie Mellon University

Money, Media, and the Power of Data in Decisionmaking

Course Number: 84-331

This course focuses on the impact of three critical influences on policy and decisionmaking in Washington DC: money, in the form of political campaign dollars in particular; media, from national to local; and data that can define the policy problem and solution. The course will dive into each topic through a series of case studies of policies whose successful adoption and implementation hinged upon money, media or data. Students will come away from the course with the background and context to critically consider tough questions about the right role of these powerful influences on national policy. (Is the media "broken?" What is the prospect for moderating the impact of money on policy? Is the influence of data and facts on the wane in a hyper partisan political context?)

Academic Year: 2022-2023
Semester(s): Fall
Required/Elective: Elective
Units: 6
Location(s): Washington, DC

Fall 2022
Mini 1
5:30-8:20 PM

This course is only open to students participating in the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program.

Elective course for the following IPS degrees:
BS International Relations and Politics
Additional Major in International Relations and Politics
BS Economics and Politics
Additional Major in Economics and Politics
Minor in Politics and Public Policy