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PAA 505 Intergovernmental Relations

Study of federalism in the United States, including federal-state, federal-local, state-local and interstate relationships. Emphasis on politics of present-day intergovernmental administrative arrangements. Prerequisite: Graduate student or permission. Cr. 3

PAA 516 Information Technology and Public Policy

Impact and design of information systems in public and nonprofit organizations. Prerequisite: Graduate student or permission Cr. 3

PAA 520 Policy Studies

Examines approaches to the study of public policy such as public choice theory, implementation analysis, systems analysis, and impact analysis as they are applied to policy areas such as health, welfare, education, and criminal justice. Students participate in seminar discussions and complete a research project. (Not offered every year.) Prerequisite: Graduate Student or permission. Cr. 3

PAA 540 Seminar in Public Financial Management I

Covers literature on budgeting, both operating and capital, in federal, state and local governments. Attention to the individual and the organizational factors which influence budget making in a political environment. Explores financial, analytical, and management techniques such as cash and debt management, accounting, and auditing. Prerequisite: Graduate student or permission. Cr. 3

PAA 550 Seminar in Public Personnel Management

Consideration of selected problems in the public personnel management process. Emphasis on empirical theories of motivation, satisfaction, productivity, supervisory patterns, and organizational conditions. Prerequisite: Graduate students or permission. Cr. 3

PAA 560 State Administration

Analysis of the place of the state executive in the politics of the American states. Emphasis on the role of the governor and administration in policy formulation. (Not offered every year) Prerequisite: Graduate student or permission. Cr. 3

PAA 580 City and Regional Planning

Principles and practices of city and regional planning; including origins, community design, comprehensive plans, zoning and land use controls; court decisions, administrative organization, and political concerns; sprawl, sustainable growth, and economic development. Prerequisite: Graduate student or permission. Cr. 3

PAA 585 Comparative Administrative Systems

Comparative study of administration systems across different cultures, with emphasis on administrative practices, structures, and processes. (Not offered every year) Prerequisite: Graduate student or permission. Cr. 3

PAA 600 Accountability in Public Policy and Administration

Presents an integrating perspective for understanding accountability in public service organizations and issues confronting professionals.  Analytical examination of political/democratic, legal, socio-economic and ethical theories of accountability.  Prerequisite:  Graduate student or permission. Cr. 3

PAA 605 Community Power, Leadership and Administration

Examination of the location of public and private sources of power and influence in large and small U.S. communities; professional and amateur leadership patterns, uses and abuses of bureaucratic authority, administrative opportunities and concerns; cases of development and service delivery decisions. (Not offered every year). Graduate student or permission. Cr. 3

PAA 620 Program Analysis and Evaluation

Examines design and implementation of evaluation methods to assess and improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and impact of programs. Quantitative and qualitative approaches. Political constraints to effective evaluations. Provides basic knowledge required for writing evaluation. (Not offered every year) Prerequisite: Graduate student or permission. Cr 3

PAA 625 Health Care and Human Services Policy and Administration

History and analysis of health and human services policy in the U.S. Structures and dynamics, roles of government and citizen groups in policy formation and implementation, ethical issues, and topics of current health and human services policy interests. (Not offered every year.) Prerequisite: Graduate student or permission. Cr. 3

PAA 627 Environmental Policy and Management

This course covers the policy, management, and administrative questions associated with public sector involvement in environmental control. Key questions include the relative responsibilities of the public and private sectors; the appropriate degree of federal, state, and local responsibility; regulatory efficiency and equity; and appropriate policy mechanisms to improve environmental quality in the next decade. (Not offered every year.) Prerequisite: Graduate student or permission. Cr. 3

PAA 630 Organization and Leadership Theory for Public and Nonprofits

Theories of organizational management and behavior including leadership, culture, structure, and communication.  Organizational theories of learning, growth, and change.  Prerequisite:  Graduate standing or permission.  Cr. 3

PAA 640 Seminar in Public Financial Management II

Students prepare and analyze expenditure and revenue trends; examine the costs and benefits of instituting new programs or expanding existing ones; present revenue projections; explain expenditure proposals; and propose a budget document. Practical budgeting experience by creating a local government budget from scratch to gain insight into the process and tools of budgeting. (Not offered every year.) Prerequisite: Graduate student or permission. Cr. 3

PAA 645 Financial Management in Health Care

Financial management skills for health care administration, including budget preparation and execution, budgetary techniques, accounting principles, working capital management and reimbursement. (Not offered every year.) Prerequisite: Graduate student or permission. Cr. 3

PAA 655 Nonprofit Organization Management

Surveys the nonprofit sector in the U.S., its structure, history and values, role in the economic system, and selected public policy issues. (Not offered every year) Prerequisite: Graduate student or permission. Cr. 3

PAA 670 Regional Governance

Examines the development and administration of sub-state regional governance, including metropolitan governments and area wide intergovernmental responses such as interlocal agreements, privatization and special districts and authorities. (Not offered every year.) Prerequisite: Graduate student or permission. Cr. 3

PAA 680 Sustainable Economic and Community Development

Analysis of institutions, procedures and problems associated with achieving sustainable economic and community development both domestically and international. Focuses on administrative and political implications. (Not offered every year.) Prerequisite: Graduate student or permission. Cr. 3

PAA 683 Methods of Analysis in Public Administration and Public Policy

Review of research process, literature, qualitative and quantitative methods of data analysis, writing reports for different audiences, displaying data related to a project.  Prerequisites:  PAA 600 or permission.  Undergraduate courses in American Government, Economics, Statistics; familiarity with Excel. (Formerly PAA 610) Cr. 3

PAA 685 Advanced Methods of Analysis in Public Administration and Public Policy

Project development from theory development, research hypotheses, methodology development, data analysis methods, human subject review.  Project results presented to an audience. PAA 683 or permission. (Formerly PAA 615) Cr. 3

PAA 691 Topics in Public Administration

Major topics have included collective bargaining in the public sector, current issues in health policy, human services policy, or growth management. Cr. 3

PAA 696 Public Administration Internship

Professional experience in state government, nonprofit agency, health care agency, etc. Reports and readings required. Prerequisite: Graduate students with a minimum of 15 credit hours of MPA coursework. Cr. 1-6

PAA 697 Directed Research

Individualized research course for graduate students in public administration, which involves an advanced, specialized research topic that explores in greater depth a sub-topic raised in a previous course. Prerequisite: Graduate students with a minimum of 15 credit hours of MPA coursework. Cr. 1-6

PAA 698 Independent Readings

Individualized readings course for graduate students in public administration. Approved proposals are either (1) a readings list and review of the literature for a topic not covered in the program, or (2) an advanced, specialized research topic that explores in greater depth a sub-topic raised in a previous course. Credit arranged.

PAA 699 Graduate Thesis

Credit arranged for Ph.D. Candidates.

One 400 level course may be appropriate in choosing electives. See list of undergraduate courses in Public Administration.

 


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