Adam Mosa with red bicycle

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T-31 days

July 22, 2014

in Daily updates

My public policy comprehensive exam is in 31 days.

Levels of dread and terror are spiking.

According to the examiners, the basic requirements for students are:

  1. being familiar with the major approaches (and their authors) advanced to explain the policy process and policy outcomes;
  2. understanding how these approaches differ in terms of their ontological assumptions about what units of analysis (individuals, collective entities of social action, institutions / social and economic structure, norms, etc) best explain policy-making;
  3. understanding the strengths and weaknesses of different epistemological approaches (qualitative / quantitative) to explaining the policy process and its outcomes.

Between the core course and study group sessions, I have read a lot of the required material. The trouble is how it doesn’t really ‘stick’. I need to find ways to keep enough ideas, authors, and references in my head to satisfy the examiners on August 22nd.

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Busker and hot dog stand

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Nightlife

July 21, 2014

in Photo of the day, Toronto

Toronto nightlife

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Fringe Fest party 4/4

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Fringe Fest party 3/4

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Fringe Fest party 2/4

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Fringe Fest party 1/4

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Budgeting

July 16, 2014

in Economics, Rants

Civil servant: which L-series lens should I buy next?

PhD student: what’s the minimum number of pairs of socks I can function with?

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Outside Honest Ed's

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