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Graduate Catalog 2012-13
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Graduate Degree Programs
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.
6101. Analysis for the Public Sector (3)
P: Consent of instructor. Introduction to communication and analytical skills used in the public sector.
6102. Quantitative Methods for Public Administration (3) Formerly PADM 6230
P: PADM 6101 or consent of instructor. Case-based approach to methods of data collection, statistical modeling, and empirical analysis applied to problems in public management and administration.
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 (3)
PADM 6101, 6102 or consent
of instructor. Public policy at all levels of government. Program charting, budget examination, management analysis, systems analysis, 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.
6165. Program Evaluation (3)
P: PADM 6101 or consent of instructor. Theory and practice of program evaluation with attention to the conceptualization and design of an evaluation, as well as the methods of measurement.
6170. Intergovernmental/Interagency Relations (3)
Patterns of relations between officials of various US governmental units and agencies.
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 and Ethics in the Public Sector (3)
Study of leadership and ethical issues facing policy makers and public administrators, including leadership and management skills, ethical dilemmas and challenges, conflicts of interest and values, and professionalism.
6240. Management of Non-Profit Organizations (3)
Analysis of nonprofit organizations in the US with attention to their purposes, organization, management, and roles in public policy development and implementation.
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.
6325. Transportation Policy (3)
Analysis of US public policy toward transportation issues at both the state and federal levels.
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.
6887, 6888, 6889. Internship in Public Administration (1,2,3) Formerly PADM 6187, 6188, 6189
Approximately 100 hours per semester per credit hour. P: Consent of instructor. Experiential learning in public agency setting under academic supervision.
6898, 6899. Independent Research (3,3) Formerly PADM 6189, 6199
P: Completion of 12 s.h. of degree requirements; consent of instructor. Individualized.
6900. MPA Professional Paper (3)
PADM 6161 or
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
research may only register for this course during the summer.
7004. Marine Policy, Governance, and Law (3) Formerly PADM 6300
P: Consent of instructor. Processes, politics, laws, and institutions as they affect marine, coastal, and climate policy in the United States.
7009. Coastal, Maritime, and Environmental Law (3)
P: Consent of instructor. Role of law and the judicial system as these affect coastal, marine, climate, and environmental policy.
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.
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.
6199. Independent Research (3)
P: Consent of instructor. Individualized instruction on selected topic.
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.
6400. The Foundation of Homeland Security and Defense (3)
Overview of essential ideas contributing to the concept of homeland security. Emphasis on improving student thinking, analytical skills and communications relevant to homeland security policy and practice.>
6420. Globalization and Security (3)
Impact of globalization on domestic and international security.
6430. Special Topics Seminar (3)
Selected topics and issues in contemporary security studies.
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.
6999. SECS Completion (1)
P: Consent of MSSS director. May be repeated. No credit may count toward the degree. Comprehensive exam completion.
7000. Thesis (1-6)
P: Consent of instructor. May be repeated. May count maximum of 6 s.h.
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