Fundamental to the success not only of Public Policy Department students, but any students in the university system, is the development of a range of skills allowing them to critically analyze and engage in the world around them. This involves thinking and reasoning rationally about a wide range of issues, both those particular to public policy and those in the wider world. Introducing to students the basic principles of critical reasoning, thinking, and analysis and teaching them how to apply these in their daily lives aids them in engaging in the world around them in a clear-minded fashion, with a deeper understanding of how the implications of their choices and decisions. This will also help develop student interest and attitude in analyzing a wide range of issues and questions critically. Upon completing this course, students will have developed the perspectives and skills of conducting critical analysis in the broad areas of public policy, public management, politics, philosophy, and ethics.