I posted early last week about how the summer months flew by and how I found myself back in class without having posted much in the intervening time about where things stand or where I’m headed this semester. The first week of the semester is now complete and it’s (past) time to update you on what courses I’m taking.
So without further ado, here’s the list:
1) PUBP 705 – Advanced Statistical Methods for Policy Analysis
2) PUBP 820 – Technology, Science, and Innovation: Institutions and Governance
3) PUBP 880 – Doctoral Seminar in Global and International Public Policy
This is a great lineup of courses and I think they fit very well into my planned way forward. I need to spend a little more time on my Field of Study Plan to define the lenses through which I will be analyzing nuclear nonproliferation policy in both my fields and my dissertation. I think these courses will help me flesh out those areas in order to then define my fields.
While I am on the topic of fields, let me take a moment to provide a rough schedule for the next two years. As I was preparing this schedule, I took into account where I am in the program today and the fact that I must continue to take coursework until I have passed my field exam.
201209 – 201212 – Write Field Statement / Finalize Field Committee / Take Coursework
201301 – 201302 – Finish Field Statement / Obtain Final Concurrence from Committee
201303 – 201304 – Take Field Exam
201305 – 201306 – Propose Dissertation
201307 – 201402 – Write Dissertation
201403 – 201404 – Defend Dissertation
The schedule is in rough draft form right now. It will change some here and there, and I will add more detail as time progresses. I will also need to run my dissertation through a prepublication review by my employer, so I will need to build that in to the process. As I am writing and submitting chapters to my committee, I will be able to submit them for prepublication review at the same time. As the schedule is built right now, I will also need to take coursework next semester (as a result of not having completed my field exam before the semester begins). Because I will have met all the coursework requirements, however, I may be able to take only two courses instead of three.
Well, that’s all for this update – stay tuned for future updates (which should be more frequent now that the semester has begun).