Graduate Catalog 2008-09
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POLS: Political Science
5000. American Government and Politics (3)
May not count toward POLS major or minor or MPA degree. P: Consent of instructor. Introductory survey of readings in American national government and politics for students interested in graduate work, but who have no undergraduate background in political science or public administration.
6040. Problems in State Government (3)
Intensive study of significant problems confronting American state governments.
6080. American Foreign Relations (3)
Most important events and characteristics of American foreign policy since World War II.
6155. Changing Nature of National Security (3)
Overview of processes, forces, and influences involved in determining contemporary national security policy in United States. Explores historical and constitutional basis of common defense, evaluates national security policy making process, and explores forces and issues that define our national security infrastructure.
6310. Comparative Government I (3)
Theoretical and comparative study of major parliamentary governments of Western Europe.
6320. Comparative Government II (3)
Theoretical and comparative study of former USSR and East European Communist states.
6330. Political Modernization and the Non-Western World (3)
Theoretical analysis of developmental processes in politics of Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
6345. Comparative Public Policy (3)
Cross-national study of selected major policy issues, their development and implementation through analysis of policy substance, and its linkage to policy process.
6360. Causes of International War (3)
Aspects of international war, primarily between nation-states.
6382. Global Terrorism (3)
Introduces issues defining and characterizing terrorism. Primary emphasis given to issues in countering terrorism such as intelligence, international treaty issues, and use of military and criminal justice tools to respond to terrorism.
6425. War, Peace and Security in the Middle East (3)
Integrated study of international politics and security studies with a special focus on issues directly related to peace and security in the Middle East.
6430. Seminar in International Politics (3)
P: Consent of instructor. Concentrated study of major theories of international politics and/or selected case studies.
6440. Seminar in International Organization (3)
P: Consent of instructor. Advanced study of selected aspects.
6524. Readings in American Foreign Relations (3)
P: POLS 6080. Intensive study in selected area.
POLS Banked Courses
5030. Seminar in American Government (3)
5050. Seminar in Political Participation and Behavior (3)
5381. Seminar in Comparative Politics (3)
5410. Seminar in International Relations (3)
6010. President and Congress (3)
6020. Judicial Systems (3)
6060. Constitutional Law: Structure and Powers (3)
6070. Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties (3)
6230. Seminar in Political Theory (3)
6240. American Political Thought (3)
6250. Research in Political Science (3)
6260. Seminar in Behavioral Methodology (3)
6520. Readings in American National Government (3)
6522. Readings in State Government (3)
6523. Readings in Constitutional Law (3)
6529. Readings in American Political Thought (3)
PADM: Public Administration
6100. Politics and Management in Public Agencies (3)
P: Consent of instructor. Study, functions, structures, and processes of public administration at all levels of government. General management issues in public agencies. Emphasis on political institutions and their impact on policy process.
6110. Human Resource Management in Public Agencies (3)
P: Consent of instructor. Assessment skills for recruitment and maintenance of personnel in public sector. Comparative study of all phases of human resource management in federal, state, and local governments.
6111. Contemporary Problems in Public Personnel Administration (3)
Problems faced by public personnel administrators stemming from changes in social, political, and technological environment. Focus on merit system.
6112. Productivity in the Public Sector (3)
P: PADM 6110. Various approaches that increase efficiency with which resources (especially human resources) may be converted into products or services. Barriers to productivity. Emphasis on motivation of public employees.
6115. Readings in Public Personnel Administration (3)
P: PADM 6110, 6111. Intensive study of an area in the field.
6116. Women, Public Policy, and Administration (3)
Significant works, discussion of timely problems, and guided individual research on women, public policy, and administration.
6120. Public Budgeting and Finance (3)
P: Consent of instructor. Comparative study of US budgetary and revenue systems.
6121. Financial Management in State and Local Governments (3)
P: Consent of instructor. Introduction to financial and managerial accounting and reporting, the use of accounting and financial information in managing state and local governments, capital budgeting and the market for tax-exempt debt.
6122. Local Government Budgeting and Financing (3)
P: PADM 6120. Intensive study of theory and practice of government budgeting and finance at local level. Topics may include operating and capital budget making, revenue sources and forecasting, intergovernmental transfers, accounting and auditing systems, borrowing, and cash management.
6123. Economic Development (3)
Theory, practice, and history of local government economic development policies in US.
6124. State and Local Government Finance (3)
P: Consent of instructor. Expenditures and revenues of state and local governments plus fiscal aspects of intergovernmental relations. Determinants of state and urban economic development and local government fiscal behavior.
6125. Readings in Public Budgeting and Finance (3)
P: PADM 6120. Intensive study of an area in the field.
6130. Urban Policy and Administration (3)
Policy-oriented study of urban government, leadership styles, and problems.
6140. Administrative Law and Ethics (3)
P: Consent of instructor. Structure and processes of administrative agency rule making and adjudication in US. Emphasis on administrative ethics and role of values in practice of public administration.
6150. Seminar in Public Administration (3)
May be repeated. May count maximum of 6 s.h. toward MPA degree with change of topic. Intensive study of various topics.
6160. Public Policy Formulation and Implementation (3)
P: Consent of instructor. Formulation and implementation of public policy at federal, state, and local levels of government. Application of various models and theories of policy formation and implementation to substantive policy areas.
6161. Applied Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (3)
P: Consent of instructor. Public policy at all levels of government. Program charting, budget examination, management analysis, systems analysis, program evaluation, implementation analysis, and cost-benefit analysis.
6162. Environmental Administration (3)
P: Course or other background in public policy. Political and bureaucratic constraints reflecting conflicting objectives of energy independence and pollution-free environment.
6163. Environmental Policy Analysis (3)
P: Consent of instructor. Political, economic, and regulatory issues associated with protection and enhancement of quality of physical environment. Formation, implementation, and evaluation of environmental and natural resource policies. Emphasis on development of research skills to facilitate reasonable knowledgeable about formulation and termination of environmental policies.
6164. State and Local Environmental Policy (3)
P: PADM 6162 or consent of instructor. Comparative study of state and local government structures and processes related to environmental laws, regulations, organizational structures, and implementation results.
6170. Intergovernmental/Interagency Relations (3)
Patterns of relations between officials of various US governmental units and agencies.
6187, 6188, 6189. Internship in Public Administration (1,2,3)
Approximately 100 hours per semester per credit hour. P: Consent of instructor. Experiential learning in public agency setting under academic supervision.
6198, 6199. Independent Research (3,3)
P: Completion of 12 s.h. of degree requirements; consent of instructor. Individualized.
6210. Organization Theory in the Public Context (3)
Behavior and interaction of individuals and groups in complex organizations in public context. Analysis of processes, conditions, and constraints in formulation and implementation of public policy.
6220. Leadership in the Public Sector (3)
Techniques involved in leadership of public sector organizations. Focus on direct supervision of employees. Emphasis on use of power and authority to accomplish publicly determined goals and objectives.
6230. Quantitative Methods for Public Administration (3)
Familiarity with algebra and descriptive statistics presumed. P: Undergraduate course in statistics or consent of instructor. Basic statistical methods and their applications in public administration and policy analysis.
6260. Management of Public Information Technology (3)
Fundamental concepts of information management in the public sector. Examination of planning and implementation of information technology and e-government projects.
6300. Marine and Coastal Policy (3)
P: PADM 6162 or consent of instructor. Contemporary marine and coastal resource issues and conflicts. Mechanisms used to manage resource use in coastal zone.
6900. MPA Professional Paper (3)
P: Admission to MPA degree program; consent of MPA program director. Identification of public management or policy issue and development of problem-resolution strategy. Completed paper defended before MPA faculty.
6901. Professional Paper: Summer Research (1)
May be repeated. No credit may count toward degree. Students conducting thesis research may only register for this course during the summer.
6400. Health Policy (3) Same as COHE 6971 and NURS 6971
Overview of health policy, law and regulation that relate to the delivery of health care in the United States.
6410. Health Policy Analysis (3)
Development of policy analysis and assessment skills needed in the health policy field.
PADM Banked Courses
6175. Public Policy and Management in Rural Areas (3)
SECS: Security Studies
6000. Security Studies Foundations (3)
Theoretical foundations of domestic and international security.
6155. Changing Nature of National Security Policy (3)
Overview of process, forces, and influences involved in determining contemporary national security policy in the United States. Explores historical and constitutional basis of common defense, evaluates national security policy making process, and explores forces and issues that define our national security infrastructure.
6250. Policy and Practice of Security (3)
Theories and practices of domestic and international security since World War II.
6300. Research Methods for Security Studies (3)
Quantitative methods for security studies.
6350. Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) (3)
Characteristics of WMD and challenges posed domestically and internationally from an emergency response perspective.
6380. The Art of Statecraft and International Security (3)
Examination and application of violent and non-violent foreign policy tools in achieving global peace and security.
6390. Human Security (3)
Intensive study of human security issues such as economic development, gender inequality, human rights, and public health.
6420. Globalization and Security (3)
Impact of globalization on domestic and international security.
6450. Internship (3) P: Consent of instructor.
Experiential learning in a setting relevant to security studies under academic supervision for a minimum of 150 hours per semester.
7000. Thesis (3)
P: Consent of instructor. May be repeated. May count maximum of 6 s.h.
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