Criminal Justice Courses
Environmental Science Courses
Health Administration Courses
Public Affairs Courses
The abbreviation ‘‘P’’ refers to course prerequisites, and the abbreviation ‘‘C’’ indicates courses that should be taken concurrently. The number of credit hours is indicated in parentheses following the course title.
J501 Evolution of Criminological Thought and Policy (3 cr.) This course provides an intensive introduction to the theoretical literature on crime and delinquency. Its purpose is to develop students’ ability to critically evaluate and compare th eories of crime as they apply to public policy and the criminal justice system.
J502 Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Public Affairs (3 cr.) This course examines research techniques necessary for systematic analysis of the criminal justice system, offenders’ behavior, crime trends, and program effectiveness. The co urse requires that students actively pursue such techniques as conducting interviews, coding data, and designing studies. Criminological research will be critically examined.
J550 Topics in Criminal Justice (1-3 cr.) Selected research and special topics in criminal justice such as violence; history of criminal prosecution; and alcohol, drugs, and crime.
J582 Criminal Justice Systems (3 cr.) Detailed examination of operations of police, courts, and correctional agencies. Study of management problems in system response to criminal activity. Development of understanding of interrelationships amon g system components. Examination of major policy issues in criminal justice, with emphasis on decision-making techniques.
J587 Criminal Violation: Problems and Characteristics (3 cr.) Commonalities in criminal behavior. The criminal act: circumstances leading to commission, subsequent perceptions of them. Family, community, and other environments affecting crimina l behavior. Behavioral consequences of processes of crime control.
J588 Law and Control in Society (3 cr.) The role of law versus other forms of social control. How social change and social institutions shape the law. Social factors influencing the administration of law.
J666 Criminal Justice Policy and Evaluation (3 cr.) An empirical assessment of the foundations of contemporary and historical attempts to control or prevent crime. Major policies, programs, and strategies are reviewed and critically analyzed. S pecific topics and policies will vary in this capstone seminar.
J682 Criminal Justice Planning and Management (3 cr.) Issues in criminal justice planning and management, in policing, courts, and corrections are addressed. The problems faced by administrators in the implementation and development of public p olicies are considered.
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The SPEA 400-level environmental science courses listed below, which are described in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs Undergraduate Programs Bulletin, may be taken for graduate credit if specifically listed within degree requirements or app roved by a graduate advisor.
E400 Topics in Environmental Studies (approved sections ) (3 cr.)
E410 Introduction to Environmental Toxicology (3 cr.)
E431 Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment (3 cr.)
E440 Wetlands: Biology and Regulation (3 cr.)
E451 Air Pollution and Control (3 cr.)
E452 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management (3 cr.)
E455 Limnology (4 cr.)
E460 Fisheries and Wildlife Management (3 cr.)
E461 Fisheries and Wildlife Management Laboratory (3 cr.)
E470 Elements of Fluid Mechanics (3 cr.)
E475 Techniques of Environmental Science (3 cr.)
E510 Hazardous Materials Regulation (3 cr.) The course provides an in-depth study of federal, state, and local regulations and requirements pertaining to the management of hazardous materials.
E512 Risk Communication (3 cr.) Risk communication is the means by which technical information is communicated to others (the public included), especially in the context of making decisions about environmental-related policy, such as siting of a landfill. The course emphasizes both theory (in lectures/practical experience through developing and acting in role-play scenarios.
E515 Fundamentals of Air Pollution (3 cr.) The purpose of the course is to provide the student with an understanding of the field of air pollution, including the behavior of the atmosphere and pollutants in the atmosphere, effects of air pollut ion, regulatory programs, engineering controls, and air quality management programs.
E518 Vector-based Geographic Information Systems (3 cr.) Geographic information systems using vector data structure. Vector GIS capabilities and uses. Data structure and file management of spatial data. Laboratory exercises using ARC/INFO softw are.
E519 Applied Remote Sensing of the Environment (3 cr.) Applications of remotely sensed data and raster geographic information systems in environmental research. Concepts of remote sensing. Image acquisition from different sensors ranging from a erial photography to various types of satellite imagery. Image processing and analysis. Raster geographic information systems. Raster-vector integration. Concepts of spatial analysis.
E520 Environmental Toxicology (3 cr.) An examination of the principles of toxicology and the toxicity resulting from environmental exposure to chemical substances.
E526 Applied Mathematics for Environmental Science (2-3 cr.) P: differential and integral calculus. Applications of mathematics to modeling environmental processes. Applied calculus, numerical analysis, differential equations.
E527 Applied Ecology (3 cr.) P: one introductory-level ecology course. Ecosystem concepts in natural resource management. Techniques of ecosystem analysis. Principles and practices of ecological natural resource management.
E528 Forest Ecology and Management (3 cr.) P or C: SPEA E538 or V506. Field and laboratory exercises in quantitative analysis of forest ecosystems. Sampling and data collection methodologies. Data analysis and interpretation. Concepts in forest ecology and forest management.
E529 Application of Geographic Information Systems (3 cr.) Conceptual and technical overview of geographic information systems (GIS). Applications in various fields of public affairs and environmental science.
E533 Environmental Management Systems: ISO 14001 Based (3 cr.) This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to establish or improve an environmental management system that is compatible with ISO (International Organizations for S tandardization) 14001, an international, voluntary standard that is emerging as a best-management practice for environment.
E535 International Environmental Policy (3 cr.) This course examines the forces in society alternately promoting and impeding cooperation in the environmental realm. Our inquiry is guided by four, interrelated course units: (1) international en vironmental law; (2) international political order; (3) the environment and global markets; and (4) sustainable development.
E536 Environmental Chemistry (3 cr.) P: one course in chemistry with lab. Gas law calculations, stoichiometry, steady and nonsteady state box models, stratospheric ozone, chemical kinetics, photochemical smog, greenhouse effect, CO2 equilibria, chemodynamics, pesticides, and toxic metals.
E537 Environmental Chemistry Laboratory (3 cr.) P or C: SPEA E536 or consent of instructor. Experimental work in environmental chemical analysis to demonstrate analytical methods and instrumentation used in environmental laboratories, having re ference to air, water, and soil quality.
E538 Statistics for Environmental Science (3 cr.) P: calculus and introductory statistics. Data analysis and statistics for environmental research and policy-making. Logic and illogic hypothesis testing with emphasis on power. Sampling and desi gn of experiments. Group comparisons, analysis of variance, regression.
E539 Aquatic Chemistry (3 cr.) The distribution and cycling of chemical components in natural and engineered systems. Emphasis is on practical aspects of aquatic chemistry. Graphical and computational methods, as well as chemical equilibrium mo deling, will be used to solve applied problems in water chemistry.
E541 Controversies in Environmental Health (3 cr.) Research, presentation, writing, and argumentation skills will be developed using a debate format. The course focuses on topics related to environmental health and the health of the environment .
E542 Hazardous Materials (3 cr.) Topics of discussion include properties and chemistry of hazardous materials; recognition of potential hazards associated with the use, storage, and transport of these materials; emergency and spill response; he alth effects of hazardous materials; hazard communication and personal protection; and case studies related to the management of hazardous materials.
E544 Subsurface Microbiology and Bioremediation (3 cr.) P: BIOL M310 or BIOL M350; CHEM C126. This course explores how microorganisms and microbial processes affect the degradation of organic and inorganic pollutants in the subsurface. Topics i nclude measurements of subsurface microbial activity, thermodynamics and biochemistry of degradation processes, degradation kinetics, and the control and enhancement of these processes in environmental matrices.
E545 Lake and Watershed Management (3 cr.) Students will learn to apply basic limnological principles to diagnose lake and watershed problems, to understand lake response to pollution, to identify appropriate management solutions, and to predic t lake response to management.
E546 Stream Ecology (3 cr.) P: SPEA E455. Advanced limnology course that explores patterns and processes characterizing stream ecosystems. Takes a holistic approach that includes: physical, chemical and biological stream characteristics; waters hed patterns; and stream processes (trophic dynamics, colonization and dispersal, community dynamics, and responses to change). A four-hour weekly lab and group project develop necessary analytical skills.
E547 Applied Earth Science (3 cr.) Principles of the earth sciences and their applications to environmental analysis and management. Identification, quantification, and analysis of critical components of watershed systems. Interaction of human activities with the physical environment.
E548 Applied Earth Science Laboratory (3 cr.) Principles and methods of sampling, collection, measurement, analysis, and interpretation of data concerning processes and features of the physical environment. Students will become familiar with fi eld and laboratory equipment within the context of research projects. Emphasis is placed on practical application of basic techniques to real problems.
E549 Environmental Planning (3 cr.) Concepts and methodologies in environmental planning. The planning process. Topics may include environmental impact assessment, economic approaches to environmental decision making, use of computer models in environmental planning, geographic information systems in environmental planning, environmental perception, and construction of environmental indices. Team projects with planning agencies.
E552 Environmental Engineering (3 cr.) Concerned with biological, chemical, physical, and engineering knowledge essential to the achievement of environmental quality objectives. Theory and design of unit operations and processes for air, water, and land pollution abatement. Emphasis on water quality control, industrial wastewater treatment, and solid waste management.
E553 Creation and Solution of Environmental Models (3 cr.) Description of the environmental system in terms of steady- state and nonsteady-state material and energy balances. Formulation of the balances as differential equations with appropriate boundary conditions, solution techniques.
E554 Groundwater Flow Modeling (3 cr.) Fundamentals of groundwater flow modeling demonstrated through exercises in one-dimensional and radial flow. Two-dimensional flow is treated by use of a semianalytic approach. Alternative modeling techniqu es, such as finite elements and finite differences, are discussed. Streamline tracing is discussed to study spreading of contaminants.
E555 Topics in Environmental Science (2-3 cr.) Selected research and discussion topics in environmental science. Usually organized in a seminar format.
E557 Conservation Biology (3 cr.) P: an ecology course. Ecological principles associated with rare species and with biodiversity, laws and statutes used to conserve biodiversity, and land and species management practices. Our aim is to understa nd scientific and political complexities of conservation biology, and to study different methods used to conserve living resources and resolve conflicts associated with conservation.
E560 Environmental Risk Analysis (3 cr.) P: SPEA E538 or V506, or consent of instructor. Methods of probabilistic risk analysis applied to environmental situations. Event trees, fault trees, toxicological estimation, ecological risk analysis. S ocial and psychological aspects of risk. Individual and group projects assessing some real environmental risk are an important part.
E562 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management (3 cr.) The purpose is to provide students with a technical foundation in areas of solid and hazardous waste management which can be applied to the examination of policy options. Topics include characte rization of the waste stream, regulations, health and environmental risks, liability issues, management technologies, and treatment and disposal options.
E570 Soil Mechanics and Science (3 cr.) A multidisciplinary approach to soils. Discussions on the properties and mechanics of soils is given from the perspective of the engineer, the agronomist, and the geologist. Topics include physical and ch emical properties, soil nutrients, stress analysis, slope failure, and soil erosion.
E579 Readings in Environmental Science (1-3 cr.) Readings on selected topics in environmental science to be arranged with the individual instructor.
E589 Practicum in Environmental Science (1-6 cr.) Professional experience in environmental science with public agencies or private sector firms or organizations. Usually arranged through the Placement and Internship Office.
E620 Environmental Analysis Workshop (3 cr.) Projects in environmental analysis.
E625 Research in Environmental Science (1-12 cr.) Research on selected topics in environmental science to be arranged with the individual instructor.
E680 Seminar in Environmental Science and Policy (1 cr.) P: Doctoral status or consent of the instructor. A seminar series on current topics in environmental science and policy. This course can be repeated for credit for a maximum of 8 credit h ours.
E710 Advanced Topics in Environmental Science (1-3 cr.) P: consent of instructor. For advanced students. Topics will vary and will cover subjects not available in other courses. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 12 credit h ours.
E890 Ph.D. Thesis: Environmental Science (cr. arr.) (S/F option available)
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The SPEA 400-level course listed below, which is described in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs Undergraduate Programs Bulletin, may be taken for graduate credit if specifically listed within degree requirements or approved by a graduate advisor.
H433 Industrial Hygiene and Radiological Health (3 cr.)
H501 U.S. Health Care: Systems, Policies, and Ethical Challenges (3 cr.) Study of health, illness, and disease trajectories and the systemic components that mold the health care system. Ideological paradigms predicting utilization and health be haviors are addressed as are guidelines or ethical decision making/problem analysis. Formulation and implementation of organizational and governmental policies and their associate theoretical assumptions are addressed.
H502 Developing Strategic Capability (3 cr.) An introduction to tools for strategic management and the complexities involved in determining long-term strategies in a health care environment. An examination of the dynamics of the competitive env ironment, how both the pace and direction of industry change are influenced by the resources, capabilities, and interactions of rival organizations.
H503 Principles of Health Systems Management and Policy Development (3 cr.) Explores management roles in public, nonprofit, and for-profit health system environments. Application of management theories, concepts and principles; development of e thical, professional values; and understanding managerial roles in organizational and public policy development emphasized. Managerial process, resource dependence, population ecology, contingency theory, corporate culture, ethics, and quality management processes examined.
H504 Quantitative Health Planning Methods (3 cr.) P: SPEA H501 and H503. An examination of health planning theory, methods, and techniques, including quantitative and subjective forecasting, determination of health service area, identifying nee d/demand for health services, health resource allocation decision models, and standards for the design of services and facilities.
H505 Health Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation (3 cr.) P: SPEA H501, H503, H504, and V595, or consent of instructor. Study and application of techniques to conduct, interpret, and present the design, implementation, and evaluation o f health services programs. Includes collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting information. Emphasis on computer utilization and statistical analysis as a management tool. Field project required.
H507 Management of Individual and Group Behavior (3 cr.) This course provides a conceptual framework for understanding behavior in the work environment by introducing concepts concerning effective management of people in organizations. Key theo ries and concepts in the field of organizational behavior will be introduced. The focus of this course is at the micro level of analysis, addressing topics such as individual theories of motivation, job design, diversity issues; management of work teams; group decision making; managing conflict; and leadership, influence, and power issues.
H508 Managing Health Care Accounting Information for Decision Making (3 cr.) P: undergraduate principles of accounting. Provides a user-oriented understanding of how accounting information should be managed to ensure its availability on a timel y and relevant basis for decision making. A focus on cost-benefit analysis for evaluating potential value-added results from planning, organizing, and controlling accounting information.
H509 Financial Management Principles of Health Care (3 cr.) P: SPEA H508. Provides knowledge of corporate finance practice in health care organizations. Establishes an understanding of the basic elements of financial theory used to address busi ness management problems and explores this interrelationship among corporate policies and decisions. Course work includes problem sets, preparation of summary memos, and use of spreadsheets.
H510 Health Services Financial Management (3 cr.) P: SPEA H509. An examination of cost accounting techniques used in health care organizations, with emphasis on measuring and using cost accounting information for planning, control, and nonrouti ne decision making. Conceptual and quantitative practice is provided using cases and computer spreadsheet programs.
H514 Health Economics (3 cr.) P: 3 credit hours of undergraduate economics. Examines the principles and application of economic analysis in the health field and the economist’s approach to health care issues. Provides insights offered by econom ic analysis of specific health issues and problems.
H515 Seminar in Health Policy: Special Topics (3 cr.) P: SPEA H501, H503, or consent of instructor. Exploration of health policy topics from economic, financial, sociological, political, and psychological perspectives. Analytical paradigms are applied to organizational or macro-policy making issues that vary in response to changing environments. May be repeated once with advisor’s approval.
H516 Health Services Delivery and the Law (3 cr.) Medical-legal concepts related to hospitals and other health services organizations. Course provides an in-depth understanding of the relationships of the law and the legal processes affecting t he health services system. Presentation of the elements of administrative and agency processes, torts, contracts, facilities, physicians, patients, and personnel.
H517 Managerial Epidemiology (3 cr.) Examines general epidemiologic methods such as population descriptive techniques, use of health indicators, and secondary health-related data sources. Includes design, administration, and analysis of observa tional and experimental studies. Emphasis will be on the use of epidemiologic techniques to assess community health, determine community risk factors, and evaluate community-based programs.
H518 Statistical Methods for Health Services (3 cr.) P: 3 credit hours of undergraduate statistics. Study of the quantitative techniques commonly used to examine health-related data. Includes univariate, bivariate, and multivariate techniques. Emphasis is on using statistical techniques to make policy and administrative decisions in a health services setting. Students use standard computer software to analyze data.
H519 Environmental Health (3 cr.) This course provides a broad yet in-depth investigation of human interaction with the environment, the major elements of environmental health, and the effects which uncontrolled environmental hazards may have o n people’s physical, mental, and social well-being.
H521 Management Science for Health Services Administration (3 cr.) Focus is on management science methods, as applied to health sciences administration. Includes treatment of decision theory, constrained optimization, and probability simulation .
H601 Hospital Organization and Management (3 cr.) P: SPEA H501, H503, or V504, or consent of instructor. Study of the organization and management of hospital clinical, support, and administrative functions. Examination of performance evaluation techniques for health managers. Analysis of special operational problems and administrative ethics. Requirements of the Joint Commission Accreditation of Hospitals emphasized.
H602 Mental Health Services Organization and Management (3 cr.) P: SPEA H501, H503, or V504, or consent of instructor. Study of the organizations and systems for delivery of mental health services; emphasis on the management and financing of ps ychiatric services.
H603 Nursing Home Organization and Management (3 cr.) P: SPEA H501, H503, or V504, or consent of instructor. Study of the purpose, organization, and management of nursing homes and residential care facilities involving long-term, specialty trea tment. Emphasis on personal and professional skills necessary to provide a wide range of services and quality care in these environments.
H604 Ambulatory Care and Managed Care Programs (3 cr.) P: SPEA H501, H503, or V504, or consent of instructor. Study of the organizational and managerial aspects of ambulatory health services delivery. Focus on delivery strategies and organizati onal models and on the operational issues of financial control, personnel, regulation, and evaluation.
H605 Multi-Institutional Systems and Arrangements (3 cr.) P: SPEA H501, H503, or V504, or consent of instructor. Students will be exposed to developing innovations in health services delivery structures in both the proprietary and nonprofit sec tors. Emphasis will be placed on the organization and management of multi-institutional arrangements such as sharing, mergers, management contracts, consortium, and so forth.
H606 Health Services Quality Improvement and Risk Management (3 cr.) P: SPEA H501, H503, and V504. Critically examines the concepts, strategies, and techniques related to the improvement of the quality of health service delivery. Addresses the increasing need to enhance productivity given the impact of external and other factors on the workplace. Principles and application of risk management concepts and techniques, including insurance, are emphasized.
H607 Public Health Organization and Management (3 cr.) The course provides a broad overview of the history of public health in the United States and an analysis of the structure and function of public health and voluntary health agencies.
H612 Marketing for Health Services Delivery (3 cr.) P: SPEA H501, H503, or H504, or consent of instructor. The course provides a working knowledge and the skills required to market health services. Health institution-based projects are emphasiz ed.
H615 Health Care Outcomes and Decision Making (3 cr.) P: SPEA H501, H502, H514, H518. Application of health outcomes measures in decision making and evaluation in various health service settings. Includes designing and implementing evaluation p lans of health and social programs. Emphasis on evaluation strategies, measurement of health outcomes, and management decision making.
H620 Health Services Seminar (3 cr.) Characterized as the program’s capstone course, this seminar is designed to assist the student in synthesizing and summarizing all previous course work. Course emphasizes ‘‘real-world’’ situations and requir es active participation by the students.
H621 Management Applications Skills I (3 cr.) P: all required SPEA H500-level courses except H510. A study of the complexities of multi-institutional arrangements and integrated services in the health industry. Topics include the shift to regio nal alliances, multiprovider networks, integrated physician-hospital relationships, shared risk contracting, and capitated insurance products. This course focuses on understanding the forces driving shifts in the roles of different settings in the health care environment.
H622 Management Applications Skills II (3 cr.) P: SPEA H621. This second of three courses in the management application skills sequence focuses on applying skills to and making comparisons among specific health care settings. Topics include qua lity assurance, quality improvement, and risk management; cost finding, rate setting, financing, payment, and reimbursement; and human resource management, recruiting, and labor relations.
H623 Health Care Applications of Strategic Management (3 cr.) P: SPEA H501, H502, H510, H521. Students will synthesize the previous course work into their capstone experience. Includes strategic management analytical models and their use in eva luative decision making. Students will gain competencies in strategic and managerial analytical skills through class discussion and practical application through a required interactive group project.
H626 Health Services Human Resources Management (3 cr.) This course provides the knowledge and skills needed to understand the application of personnel and labor relations techniques to the health services sector, with particular emphasis on hu man resources management, employees’ benefit programs, and labor relations as applied to the health services delivery organization.
H627 Seminar in Advanced Health Finance (3 cr.) P: SPEA H509 and H510. An advanced seminar in health services management dealing with cases, problems, and contemporary health finance issues. Student presentations emphasized.
H628 Health Care Information Systems (3 cr.) A study of the terminology, technology, and application of information systems in various health care settings. Topics include the gathering, organization, storage, and retrieval of complex data bank s, as well as assessment of health service data needs and considerations in developing information systems. Includes many computer-based exercises.
H630 Readings in Health Services Administration (1-3 cr.) Supervised readings in selected areas of health services management and policy and planning. For advanced students, open to others by arrangement.
H640 Topics in Health Services Administration (1-3 cr.) Selected research and discussions emerging in health services administration. Topics, organized in a semester-by-semester seminar format, will not cover topics available in other courses.
H650 Strategies for Career Preparation (1.5 cr.) P: SPEA H501, H502, H508, H514. This course will provide guidance in finding and preparing for a summer health care internship. Covers skills necessary to successfully obtain and have a health ca re summer internship. Skills include interviewing, presentation, resume development, and other work-related skills.
H700 Residency (1-6 cr.) Requires the equivalent of 6 credit hours of on-site experience under the supervision of a qualified preceptor and program faculty; students who opt for longer residencies may continue to register for this course each s emester. Grading is on an S/F basis.
H702 Internship in Health Services Management (3 cr.) P: SPEA H501, H509, H514, H650. Requires the equivalent of a minimum of 3 credit hours of on-site experience under the supervision of a qualified preceptor and program faculty. Grading is on an S/F basis.
H735 Research in Health Administration (3-6 cr.) P: all core courses or consent of instructor. Field research conducted under the direction of a faculty member. Designed for advanced students and those who elected not to take the residency or i nternship. Grading is on an S/F basis.
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P500 Foundations of Planning (3 cr.) Overview of planning theory and practice. Course considers planning history, normative and applied theories of planning, approaches to planning and ethics in planning. Course presents a critical perspective on s tate, regional, and local planning processes, how organizational structure and group processes affect the planning process, and general approaches to conflict negotiation and resolution.
P510 Social and Economic Aspects of Human Settlement (2 cr.) Examination of the development and growth of human settlement and social and economic aspects of regional policy. Topics include location theory, land use and zoning, economic develop ment, population and employment, social service delivery and use, and planning for diversity.
P515 Physical Systems Development and Infrastructure (3 cr.) Examination of the physical environment and its role in development, environmental problems and policies, and the man-made physical infrastructure. Topics include soils, hydrology, so lid waste management, transportation, air pollution, urban ecology, and recreation.
P520 Methods for Planning and Policy Analysis (2 cr.) P: SPEA V506. Application of analytical methods in the planning process. Topics include collection of information for planning, evaluation methods, forecasting techniques, and spatial analys is methods.
P530 Land Use Law (3 cr.) Public and private control of land use. Legal basis for public planning and regulation, zoning, subdivision regulations, and other forms of public regulation.
P532 Site Planning and Urban Design (3 cr.) Examination of prerequisites for site planning, including environmental, legal, and infrastructure consideration. Development of basic graphic design skills. Application to development of site plans a t various scales. Introduction to urban design principles.
P540 Community and Neighborhood Development Planning (3 cr.) Examination of the role of neighborhoods in planning; methods of neighborhood analysis; government intervention; issues in community development; planning for neighborhood and communi ty development, including citizen participation and institutional mechanisms; and implementation.
P550 Topics in Planning (3 cr.) Selected research and discussion topics vary by semester. May be repeated for credit.
P580 Readings in Planning (1-3 cr.) P: written consent of instructor. Readings on selected topics in planning.
P585 Practicum in Planning (1-6 cr.) P: prior approval of the director of the Graduate Program in Planning. Students hold work assignments with planning agencies. Requires written evaluations by supervisor and submission of written reports by s tudent. Grading is on an S/F basis.
P590 Research in Planning (1-3 cr.) P: written consent of instructor. Research on selected topics in planning.
P600 Portfolio Assessment (1 cr.) Capstone seminar addresses professional ethics in planning and requires assembly, evaluation, and presentation of portfolio of work completed while in Master of Planning program. Written consent of program dire ctor required. Graded satisfactory/not satisfactory.
P610 Planning Workshop (3 cr.) P: written consent of instructor. Students work as a group on a complex planning problem for a public-sector client. Presentation of findings made to client.
P630 Strategic Planning (3 cr.) Strategic planning and strategic management are processes used by organizations to align their actions with their mission, goals, and objectives. This course describes the theory and practice of strategic plannin g and management in public and nonprofit organizations, focusing on methods planners and managers use to ensure such alignments.
P650 Planning Seminar (3 cr.) P: written consent of instructor. Student research and presentation on selected topics intended to integrate the educational experience. Preparation of final professional report.
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V500 Quantitative Tools for Public Affairs (1-3 cr.) A modular presentation of mathematical and statistical concepts designed to prepare students for V506 Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making. Representative module topics include basi c algebraic concepts, probability, computer use, and matrix algebra.
V501 Professional Development Practicum: Information Technology (1 cr.) Provides an introduction to information technology and computing software skills in a problem-solving context.
V502 Public Management (1-3 cr.) Analysis of concepts, methods, and procedures involved in managing public organizations. Problems of organization, planning, decision making, performance evaluation, and management of human resources are conside red. Cases are drawn from a variety of public services found at federal, state, and local levels of government.
V503 Professional Development Practicum: Writing and Presentation (1 cr.) Students use practical methods to develop professional-level writing and oral communication skills to engender an appreciation for the value of effective communication sk ills: learn to analyze a case study effectively; write policy memos, executive summaries, news releases, professional letters; critique presentations of outside professionals; and assess personal and peer presentations.
V504 Public Organizations (1-3 cr.) This course focuses on the behavior and theory of public organizations in four areas: (1) individuals and groups in public organizations, (2) the design of public organizations, (3) organization-environment r elations, and (4) interorganizational relations.
V505 Professional Development Practicum: Teamwork and Integrated Policy Project (1-3 cr.) Students integrate courses and knowledge through team-based case analysis of complex policy problems. Teamwork is practiced using structured team-building exercises and discussions.
V506 Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making (3 cr.) Noncalculus survey of concepts in probability, estimation, and hypothesis testing. Applications of contingency table analysis and analysis of variance, regression, and other statis tical techniques. Computer processing of data emphasized.
V507 Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Affairs (3 cr.) P: SPEA E538 or V506. Focus on analytical models and their use in solving problems and making decisions in the public sector. Discussion of standard approaches to modeling and estimatio n of parameters.
V508 Topics in Quantitative Analysis (1-3 cr.) P: consent of instructor. Study and application of selected quantitative methods of analysis. Additional topics that are not included in V506 and V507 may be presented, or more advanced examination of topics that are introduced in V506 or V507 may be presented.
V509 Administrative Ethics in the Public Sector (3 cr.) Ethical conduct in the public sector is examined. Topics covered could include personal ethical responsibility, deception, corruption, codes of ethics, policy-making, morality, politics, a nd whistle blowing. Case studies and media material will be used to illustrate these and other such issues affecting the workplace.
V510 Government Regulation in Market Economies (3 cr.) P: SPEA V517 or consent of instructor. An overview of government regulation and involvement in the private sector and of public policy consequences of government action in market economies. Analysis of case studies in business-government relations.
V512 Public Policy Process (1-3 cr.) An examination of the role of public affairs professionals in policy processes. Focuses on relationships with political actors in various policy areas.
V516 Public Management Information Systems (3 cr.) This course focuses on the application of information systems concepts and tools to challenges and opportunities in the public sector. Topics covered will include current trends in information systems; managerial use of information systems; hardware, software, and telecommunications; systems development processes and practices; and strategic and policy issues in IS.
V517 Public Management Economics (3 cr.) This course focuses on applications of the principles and concepts of intermediate microeconomic theory and managerial economics to public-sector management decisions and policy analysis. The course util izes case studies with the goal of giving students opportunities to recognize the economic dimensions inherent in the public policy problems and to develop an analytical problem-solving orientation.
V518 Intergovernmental Systems Management (1-3 cr.) Discussion of theories and approaches to systems management, including responsibilities and tasks of public systems. Examination of intergovernmental relationships and intralocal governmental relationships, treatment of organizational and systems design, as well as planning, decision making, and control of public systems. Discussion of applications to services such as environment, health, and human services.
V519 Database Management Systems (3 cr.) This course provides students an in-depth knowledge of database design and management in public organizations. The students create a conceptual, logical, and physical design of databases; build models of data required by users with modeling formalisms and computer-aided software engineering tools; and design queries using leading database software packages.
V520 Environmental Policy Analysis (3 cr.) The interrelationships among social, technical, and natural systems. Theories of growth. Causes and implications of environmental problems. Alternative policies and mechanisms for environmental control and bases for choice.
V521 The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (3 cr.) Same as PHST P521. The theory, size, scope, and functions of the nonprofit and voluntary sector are covered from multiple disciplinary perspectives including historical, political, economic, and s ocial.
V522 Human Resource Management in Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.) This course provides an overview of the human resource management areas necessary for the productive functioning of nonprofit organizations. Theories of motivation applicable to the management of staff and volunteers, and personnel topics of recruitment, selection, board-staff relations, compensation, training, and development are covered.
V523 Civil Society and Public Policy (3 cr.) Exploration of interaction of public policy and nonprofit organizations, drawing on history, political theory, and social science. Includes examination of regulations and taxation. Depending on instr uctor’s interests, course covers nonprofit role in selected policy arenas (such as environment and poverty) and industries (such as international development and health care).
V524 Civil Society in Comparative Perspective (3 cr.) An exploration of state-society relationship in a variety of regimes and time periods. Focus on ways regimes’ policies affect the existence and contribution of those nongovernmental and nonp rofit organizations that stand between the individual and the state; how nonprofit organizations shape the policy agenda of a regime.
V525 Management in the Nonprofit Sector (3 cr.) P: SPEA V521 or PHST P521. An examination of nonprofit organizations and their role in society. Management issues and public policy affecting these organizations are discussed. Primary emphasis is upon U.S. organizations, but attention is given to the global nature of the sector.
V526 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.) This course emphasizes a thorough understanding of the language and key concepts of nonprofit financial management. A working knowledge of the basic analytical tools used in financia l decision making for nonprofit organizations will be examined through the use of computer software.
V529 Seminar in Career and Professional Development (1 cr.) Introduction to career development in public and environmental affairs. Orientation to career development approaches and resources. Discussion and practice of professional skills and t echniques. Orientation to career development opportunities. Grading is on an S/F basis.
V539 Management Science for Public Affairs (3 cr.) P: SPEA V506. Focuses on management science methods as applied to public affairs. Includes treatment of decision theory, constrained optimization, and probability simulation.
V540 Law and Public Affairs (1-3 cr.) Explanation of law in society and its influence on public-sector operations. Examination of some of the central substantive areas of the study of law, including regulatory processes, administrative adjudica tion, the Administrative Procedures Act, ombudsmen, and citizen rights, among others.
V541 Benefit-Cost Analysis of Public and Environmental Policies (3 cr.) P: SPEA V517 or consent of instructor. A course applying benefit-cost analysis to public and environmental policies. The first part of the course develops the foundation of benefit-cost analysis. The second part of the course consists of case studies applying benefit-cost analysis to actual policy decisions.
V542 Governmental Financial Accounting and Reporting (3 cr.) P or C: SPEA V560. An introduction to the fundamentals of accounting in business, nonprofit, and public sectors. Intended only for students without previous accounting courses. Primar y emphasis is on municipal entity fund accounting, including the development and use of financial statements.
V543 Health Services Management (3 cr.) A course that integrates theory and application with respect to management of health service organizations. Emphasis on the role of managers and management within formal health service organizations. Curr ent management and organization theories are applied to an understanding of health care delivery settings.
V545 The U.S. Health Care System (3 cr.) An analysis of the delivery of health care in the United States from 1900 to the present. Major system components are defined and studied with emphasis on current health care policy. Topics include the o rganization of health care delivery on federal, state, and local levels, in both public and private sectors.
V546 Health Services Utilization (3 cr.) An examination of problems of access to health care and the utilization of health services. The social, political, and individual factors associated with utilization are studied, along with social change and control strategies. Special emphasis is given to power and the definition of power in the system.
V547 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution for Public Affairs (3 cr.) Students will learn the skill of interest-based negotiation through role play and simulation. Students will learn about dispute resolution techniques such as mediation, arbitrat ion, fact finding, early neutral evaluation, ombudsmanship, and facilitation. The course covers dispute resolution in federal government and in the context of public, environmental, labor, and business disputes.
V550 Topics in Public Affairs (1-4 cr.) Selected research and discussion topics organized on a semester-by-semester basis, usually with significant student input in the course design.
V551 Topics in Comparative Public Policy (3 cr.) The role of administrative and political systems in an international setting that focuses on industrial policy as developed between collaborative governments and their links to the key countries of Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Africa will be examined in topic settings. Related readings and published research will also be used.
V554 Human Services Administration (3 cr.) Focus is on policy, management, and organization relating to a variety of human service systems. Special attention is given to the management of social programs in the environmental system.
V556 Topics in Human Services Administration (3 cr.) Readings and research on selected topics in the field of the management of human services. Topics selected for study will vary.
V557 Proposal Development and Grant Administration (3 cr.) This course provides the opportunity for each student to develop a complete proposal through participation in the entire grant application process. The integration of case studies, visu al media, printed materials, and class discussions provide students with practical knowledge for writing successful proposals.
V558 Fund Development for Nonprofits (3 cr.) Important aspects of the fund raising process in nonprofit organizations are covered, including techniques and strategies for assessing potential sources of support; effective use of human resources; process management; theory to underlay practice; analysis of current practice; practice standards; and discussion of ethical problems.
V560 Public Finance and Budgeting (1-3 cr.) The fiscal role of government in a mixed economy; sources of public revenue and credit; administrative, political, and institutional aspects of the budget and the budgetary process; problems and trend s in intergovernmental fiscal relations.
V561 Public Human Resources Management (3 cr.) Analysis of the structure, operations, and design of public personnel systems, including government agencies and public enterprise. Relationships between public policy and personnel concepts, value s, and operations considered.
V562 Public Program Evaluation (1-3 cr.) Examination of how the programs of public agencies are proposed, established, operated, and evaluated. Discussion of the role and conduct of research in the program evaluation process. In addition, techn iques of effective evaluation and analysis are discussed.
V563 The Planning Process (1-3 cr.) Seminar designed to familiarize students with planning ramifications of policy issues faced by governments. The focal topics selected for study will vary. Emphasis placed on identification and analysis of sub stantive issues, methods employed for resolution, and application of planning techniques for achieving goals.
V564 Urban Management (3 cr.) This course deals with the management of public policy in American urban government, with special attention to the relationship of structure, process, and policy. Readings and case studies will focus on urban manag ement problems relating to leadership, planning, and operations.
V565 Environmental Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice (3 cr.) Theories of environmental conflict resolution are examined. Students will ‘‘practice by doing’’ through participation in a series of environmental conflict resolution simulatio ns.
V566 Executive Leadership (3 cr.) The course offers an in-depth examination of factors that contribute to successful executive leadership practice in a wide variety of organizational settings. Topics include what leadership is, what impact lead ership has, and how leaders use various approaches and powers to achieve their goals.
V567 Public Financial Administration (3 cr.) Problems of financial management in governmental units; alternative revenue sources, financial planning, and control; cash debt management; and survey of modern expenditure management, control, and p lanning.
V568 Management of Urban Government Services (1-3 cr.) The course deals with selected topics in urban services. The course may focus on a specific urban service or provide an overview for several urban services.
V569 Managing Interpersonal Relations (3 cr.) P: SPEA V502. This course will teach students the theory and application of individual and group human behavior. Key interpersonal skills will be modeled expertly on videotape. Students will be expe cted to practice these key skills and receive feedback on their performance.
V570 Public Sector Labor Relations (1-3 cr.) An introductory overview of labor relations concepts within the framework of the public sector. The development, practice, and extent of the collective bargaining process, as well as the administrati on of the labor agreement, will be examined for state agencies, local municipalities, and school districts.
V571 State and Local Environmental Management (3 cr.) This course examines a mix of management and policy issues. Included are civic environmentalism, alternatives to environmental regulation, unfunded mandates, environmental justice, public re lations, outsourcing, ethical challenges, and managing scientific and technical personnel.
V572 Urban Topics (3 cr.) Selected topics in urban policy and administration. The course is sometimes restricted to a special group of students focusing on a particular research interest.
V574 Environmental Management in the Tropics (3 cr.) This course provides an interface between ecology, economics, and policy in the context of non-Western cultures and environments. Students will explore resource use in unfamiliar physical and cultural settings. This examination will highlight common processes that in turn will help the student to understand better the cultural/social underpinnings necessary for analysis.
V575 Comparative Public Management and Administration (3 cr.) Reading and discussion of case studies and comparative analyses of formal organizations, with emphasis on governmental bureaucracies, public corporations, and international organizat ions. Topics include bureaucratic environment and culture, technology and organizations, program evaluation, communication and decision making, and administrative structure and process.
V576 Approaches to Development (3 cr.) Examination of the application of development theory to the public sector. Topics include modernization theory, urbanization, development administration, community development, ethnicity, ideology, and nat ional planning. Area case study project to include problems of policy implementation in developing areas.
V577 International Economic Strategies and Trade Policy (3 cr.) Examination of topics in international economics as related to problems of economic development policy. Topics include international trade, comparative economic policy, economic in tegration, foreign aid investment, exchange rates, and international economic organizations.
V578 Introduction to Comparative and International Affairs (3 cr.) The purposes of this course are to enlighten future public professionals about the promises and challenges posed by globalization, and to introduce and examine major concepts an d case material from the world of comparative and international affairs.
V580 Readings in Public Affairs (1-3 cr.) P: written consent of instructor. Readings on selected topics in public affairs.
V581 Public Safety Law (1-3 cr.) Survey of historical development of Anglo-American law of public safety, including criminal law, civil remedies, administrative regulation of risk, and recent developments in employee and consumer safety. Emphas is on understanding legal theory and practice as basis for management decisions. Comparison of jurisprudential viewpoints and other disciplinary approaches to causation, prevention, and correction of public safety problems.
V585 Practicum in Public Affairs (1-6 cr.) Students hold work assignments with public agencies. Grading is on an S/F basis.
V586 Public Safety in the U.S. (2-3 cr.) Overview of criminal justice and public safety. Definitions of public safety and identification of major components. Functional description of major public safety agencies. Discussion of basic issues in public safety. Management in public safety system.
V589 Democratization and Transition in Eastern Europe and the Newly Independent States (3 cr.) This seminar focuses on how the governments of Eastern Europe and the newly independent states have responded to changes in their political, economic , and social environments. Discussion of constitutional development, legislative-executive relations, the development of intergovernmental relations, bureaucratic development, economic reform, budgetary systems, legislatures, and executive branches is inc luded.
V590 Research in Public Affairs (1-3 cr.) P: written consent of instructor. Research on selected topics in public affairs.
V593 Analytical Methods in Planning and Policy Analysis (3 cr.) P or C: SPEA V507. Topics relate to goal setting and forecasting. Analytical methods include time series analysis, demographic projections, economic development and employment fore casting, and land use and transportation planning analysis. Optimization methods are applied to transportation and project management.
V594 Principles of Urban and Regional Science (3 cr.) Discussion of the basic processes of change and development in regional systems, with emphasis on metropolitan regions. Includes economic, demographic, and environmental aspects of their int eractions.
V595 Managerial Decision Making (1-3 cr.) P: SPEA V504 and V539. Applications of decision-making tools to substantive public management problems. A variety of managerial cases and issues are selected for intensive discussion and analysis.
V597 Land Use Planning (3 cr.) The course examines the theoretical basis and practical need for land use planning. Emphasis is placed on the institutional context in which land use planning occurs. The course provides an in-depth analysis and e xercise in plan preparations.
V600 Capstone in Public and Environmental Affairs (3 cr.) Interdisciplinary course designed to give students exposure to the realities of the policy process through detailed analyses of case studies and projects. Course integrates science, tech nology, policy, and management.
V601 Workshop in Public Affairs (1-6 cr.) Projects in public affairs. The students work on a research and resource team to complete a project for a public-sector client. Faculty act as project managers and resource personnel.
V602 Strategic Management of Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.) P: SPEA V502. Concepts, cases, and problem solving associated with the structure and process of strategic management in the public sector, broadly defined to include govern mental and nongovernmental organizations.
V606 Statistics for Research in Public Affairs I (3 cr.) P: Graduate-level introductory statistics. Focus is on estimation of model parameters using least square methods. Topics include properties of estimators, ordinary least square, instrumen tal variables, two- and three-stage least squares, assumptions, consequences when assumptions are false, and alternate methods when assumptions are false. Emphasis on matrix representations and simulation methods.
V607 Statistics for Research in Public Affairs II (3 cr.) P: SPEA V606. The second part of a sequence introducing statistical techniques used in modern public policy research. It extends the single and multiple equation least squares models to include non-linear moments, bayesian, maximum likelihood, and simulation-based techniques. Applications to a number of situations that cannot be estimated using standard regression methods.
V609 Seminar in Revenue Theory and Administration (3 cr.) P or C: SPEA V560. This seminar examines the basic objectives and the political and economic aspects of tax administration. In the course of an examination of the interrelationships of t ax policy, tax laws, and tax administration, the course reviews the major economic issues raised by types of taxes and user charges. The seminar also examines the fundamentals of tax legislation. Major emphasis is on state and local administration, althou gh some federal problems will be covered.
V610 Seminar in Government Budget and Program Analysis (3 cr.) P or C: SPEA V560. Advanced study of management aspects of budgetary process. Special cases are analyzed and budget problem-solving exercises are utilized.
V611 Design of Information Systems (3 cr.) P: SPEA V516 and V519. Students in this course will learn the concepts, skills, methodologies, techniques, tools, and perspectives essential to successfully develop information systems for the public s ector. To achieve this, students will learn how to conduct systems requirements analysis, translate them to process and logical models, and design the systems.
V613 Implementation of Information Systems (3 cr.) P: SPEA V516, V519, and V611. This course is intended to build on prior courses in information systems management. The course covers advanced topics in systems implementation and evaluation. Sp ecial emphasis is placed on evaluation of alternative systems designs and their implementation in operational settings of public agencies.
V620 Seminar in Professional Ethics (3 cr.) This seminar explores issues of personal and official ethics in public affairs. Various frameworks for professional ethics will be covered.
V621 Seminar in Teaching Public and Environmental Affairs (2 cr.) This course is designed for Ph.D. students in SPEA’s public policy, public affairs, and environmental science programs. Course will focus on a number of topics equally relevant t o those students currently teaching and to students who expect future teaching assignments. Emphasis on student/teacher interaction, interest, and ethics.
V622 Seminar in Urban Economic Development (3 cr.) P: SPEA V517 or course in urban economics or instructor’s consent. Reading, discussion, and research into problems of urban economic development in the United States. Case study approach used t o investigate job creation, financial incentives, development corporation, and other factors which have led to successful economic development plans and projects.
V623 Seminar in Urban Management (3 cr.) P: SPEA V561, V564, V567. This course is the required capstone course for all graduate students with a concentration in urban management. Course is combined with student’s required internship. Students a re assigned selected reading in current urban management issues as well as research projects and case studies on/in the communities they are serving.
V625 Environmental Economics and Policy (3 cr.) P: SPEA V517. The course develops the microeconomics-based environmental policy paradigm and uses the paradigm to evaluate the efficiency of current environmental regulations. The course also expl ores the incentive issues associated with the design of international environmental agreements and develops techniques (contingent valuation, hedonic pricing, travel cost method) for valuing environmental resources.
V630 Advanced Management Topics (3 cr.) P: SPEA V502 or permission of instructor. Selected readings, research, and problems covering advanced public management applications and practices. Topics will vary. Course will not cover topics available in other courses. Course may be repeated.
V631 Health Planning (3 cr.) A workshop in analysis and use of health data in a planning context. Course deals with the planning process and planning methods with an emphasis on systems theory. Class project or plan is developed, and presented and defended in a simulated public hearing format.
V639 Managing Government Operations (3 cr.) P: SPEA V502. This is an introductory survey of operations management. Emphasis is placed on the analysis, design, and management of operation systems using models from operations management. Readings , lectures, and structured exercises are used to present the models and demonstrate their application.
V640 Law, Public Management, and Public Policy (3 cr.) This is a capstone seminar that examines how courts and public actors interact to produce public policy. The nature of public policy and the capacity of judicial decisions to effect public policy will be examined and analyzed.
V643 Natural Resource Management and Policy (3 cr.) P: SPEA V517. This course evaluates a broad range of contemporary resource policies, cases, and controversies, using bioeconomic resource management models as an intuitive aid, wherever possib le. Topics include fishery management, forestry policy, tropical deforestation, water management policy, nature preservation/endangered species, sustainable development, and national income accounting.
V645 Environmental Law (3 cr.) An overview of U.S. environmental law. Key environmental statutes are examined, as are court decisions interpreting those statutes. Topics include water and air pollution, hazardous waste, toxins, pesticides, and environmental impact statements.
V650 Topics in Public Personnel Management (1-3 cr.) P: SPEA V561. Readings and research on selected topics in the public personnel field. Topics may include such subjects as affirmative action, occupational health and safety, workforce forecas ting and planning, and personnel approaches to position classification.
V651 Introduction to Public Affairs (3 cr.) Covers the central organizing concepts in public affairs study, specialized areas of research in the field, and problems of knowledge and method in public affairs.
V660 Cases and Problems in Fiscal Administration (3 cr.) P or C: SPEA V560 or consent of instructor. An advanced seminar in the management aspects of public finance. Focuses on the budgetary process. Special cases are analyzed and budget proble m-solving exercises are utilized.
V662 Seminar in Productivity and Program Evaluation (3 cr.) Examines the problem of rigorously determining the productivity of governmental services, including problems of defining and measuring public products, specifying public service inputs , and statistically estimating public service production functions. Concepts are given concrete application through careful investigation of attempts to measure productivity of governmental services.
V663 Policy Analysis (3 cr.) An introduction to the field of policy analysis. Includes discussion of different models, approaches, conceptual foundations of the field, and the basic issues surrounding application. Students without appropriate p revious course work are expected to do extra reading under the guidance of their instructor or to audit existing master courses.
V664 Seminar in Policy Analysis (3 cr.) This course focuses on applications of such policy tools as the general linear model (GLM), optimization techniques, probability models, and management science techniques. Students complete a policy analy sis project using one of these approaches.
V665 Seminar in Policy and Administration (3 cr.) Politics of program development and management. Translation of plans into viable, administrable programs. Marshaling support, political processes, strategies, constraints, tradeoffs, etc.
V666 Public Revenue (3 cr.) This course is designed to provide a foundation for policy-directed research into government revenue systems and the individual revenue sources entering into those systems. It includes both the nature of those source s and their administration.
V667 Seminar in Public Capital and Debt Theory (3 cr.) P or C: SPEA V560. This seminar examines the options open to governments, especially state and local, and why they resort to debt finance. The issues raised by the alternatives are examined in detail. Among the topics are public authority debt, revenue bonds, methods of placement, lease-purchase finance, and maturity choice. In addition, management of idle cash balances will be considered.
V668 Seminar in Public Budgeting (3 cr.) This seminar will examine a body of literature dealing with public-sector resource allocation in the United States. Primary emphasis will be on the budgetary process, the emergence of competing theories of budgeting, and contemporary budgeting research. Budgetary systems will be explored at the national, state, and local levels.
V669 Economic Development, Globalization, and Entrepreneurship (3 cr.) This seminar examines the link between globalization, entrepreneurship, and regional economic development. It utilizes state-of-the art methodologies and theories to focus a dvanced graduate students on research topics in economic development policies.
V670 Topics in Public-Sector Labor Relations (1-3 cr.) P: SPEA V570 or consent of instructor. Selected research and discussion topics in the field of public-sector labor relations arranged on a semester-by-semester basis. Possible topics are co llective bargaining in the public sector and dispute settlement in public-sector labor relations.
V671 Public Organization and Management I (3 cr.) This seminar focuses on management theory in the public sector. Subjects include historical development, major questions in theory and practice, managerial decision making, and managerial effect iveness.
V672 Public Organization and Management II (3 cr.) This seminar focuses on public organization theory. Subjects include organizational theory, design, and change.
V673 Public Policy Analysis and Management Science/Operations Research (3 cr.) P: SPEA V539 or consent of instructor. Applications of management science and operations research (MS/OR) techniques such as linear programming, goal programming, da ta envelopment analysis, stochastic processes, networks, decision analysis, and nonlinear programming to public policy problems analysis.
V675 Issues and Problems in Public-Sector Personnel and Labor Relations (3 cr.) P: SPEA V561 and V570. A capstone seminar providing a practical and integrated examination of significant current cases and problems confronting public-sector emplo yees and employers.
V680 Research Design and Methods in Public Affairs (3 cr.) Three major areas will be covered: philosophy of science, theory and design of research, and applied research methodologies. Topics play a major role in providing insights into how usab le knowledge is created, defended, and replaced.
V681 Seminar in Development Policy and Management (3 cr.) P: SPEA V575 and V576, or consent of instructor. To explore linkages among policy analysis, management models, programs, and outcomes in a variety of development efforts in the less-deve loped countries. The primary focus is on empirical analysis of developing countries, with some attention to U.S. domestic ventures.
V685 Research Seminar in Public Affairs (3 cr.) P: SPEA V680. Course will focus upon completion, revision, and presentation of completed original research. Class meetings will focus on progress reports by each participant and the critique and r evision of draft papers. Students will present revised research papers to the faculty and students of the school in a series of research colloquia.
V690 Seminar in the Public Policy Process (3 cr.) An evaluation of the theoretical and empirical literature on public policy processes. The findings of policy research are evaluated. An integrative paper is required.
V691 Workshop in Public Policy (1 cr.) This workshop focuses on theory and research about public policy. Students are given opportunities to present and critique public policy research and to lead and participate in discussions of selected book s and articles.
V710 Topics in Public Policy (3 cr.) Doctoral seminar focusing upon various topics in public policy. Illustrative topics include public management, environmental policy, public finance, and urban affairs.
V800 Public Affairs Tutorial (3 cr.) Readings in a substantive area of public affairs (e.g., health, criminal justice, human services, transportation) in preparation for development of a dissertation proposal.
V890 Thesis (Ph.D.) (cr. arr.) (S/F only)
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