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Public Administration Graduate
Courses & Syllabi (Fall 2017)

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RPAD 500 Foundations of Public Administration (4)
This course is designed to provide students an introduction to the field of public administration, including its practice, themes and values, and contemporary challenges. Public administration is government in action, as broadly defined by Woodrow Wilson in 1887. Public administration includes activities taken directly by government, or indirectly by its partners, to meet the democratically expressed needs of the public. These activities include policy design, implementation, evaluation of outcomes, and re-design or re-direction.

RPAD 501 Financial Management (4)
This course focuses on teaching students how to use financial information to make decisions in public and not-for-profit organizations.  The first half of the course focuses on developing, implementing and controlling agency financial plans.  The course covers an introduction to financial management, the development of operating budgets, tools for short-term decision-making, capital-budgeting decisions, and the analysis of long-term financial options.  The second half of the course focuses on summarizing, reporting on and analyzing an organization's financial position, and the results of its operations.

RPAD 503 Principles of Public Economics (4)
How do markets allocate resources in an economy?  How do firms operate in both the sort run and the long run?  What effect do taxes have on markets?  What are the key rationales for governments to intervene in the economy?  This class surveys microeconomic theory, with particular emphasis on principles most relevant for government and applications to policy or management.  Prerequisites: PAD 501 and familiarity with algebra.
RPAD 504 Data, Models, and Decisions I (4)
This course introduces computer-based tools for planning, policy analysis, and decision making. Topics include evaluating the quality of data for decision making, database construction and information management, administrative and policy models in spreadsheets, making decisions with multiple criteria, an introduction to probability and decision trees, and the use of simulation models as testbeds for policy making. Emphasis is placed on summarizing information meaningfully for policy makers and different stakeholders, and using standard spreadsheet programs likely to be encountered in the workplace.

RPAD 505 (RPOS 505) Data, Models, and Decisions II (4)
Basic introduction to statistical methods and tests. Specific course topics include measurement, probability, distribution, tables and graphs, estimation and hypothesis testing, and linear models. Emphasis is placed on interpreting and presenting statistical outputs, including reports generated by computer programs. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

RPAD 506 Foundations of Public Management (4)
Foundations of Public Management, focuses on the ways that public managers and leaders mobilize resources to achieve important public purposes. We will discuss the roles and responsibilities of managers in the design, implementation and evaluation of public programs and policies. Since leaders try to anticipate and manage change strategically, they must have an appreciation of the integrative, interdependent nature of organizations, their environments, and their stakeholders.

RPAD 507 Professional Applications I (2)
The purpose of this course is to help prepare students to succeed in internships and your future careers by developing specific skills important to the public and nonprofit work environment. Over the semester we devote attention to four skill sets: writing professional memos, delivering presentations, building professional networks, and identifying and responding to ethical dilemmas. Students will demonstrate mastery of these skills through in-class exercises, homework assignments, peer feedback, and case studies. At the conclusion of the course students should be able to communicate key ideas, in writing and orally, in a well-organized, concise, and persuasive manner. Additionally, students will recognize the importance of building networks for the purposes of career advancement and professional effectiveness. Finally, students will be able to identify and respond to ethical dilemmas in a thoughtful manner for the purposes of building and maintaining public trust in government.

RPAD 512 Non-Profit Fundraising & Development Fundamentals (4)
This course examines excellent, ethical fundraising trends, strategies and techniques.  The course will explore topics, such as the history of philanthropy, making the case for support, annual funds, capital campaigns, planned giving, corporate and foundation giving, special events, and trends in donor behavior.  In addition, topics include uses of technology, successful leadership, organization and team-building, donor recruitment, retention and stewardship, accountability and budgeting, strategic planning, and the role of the development professional and volunteer, among others.

RPAD 529 (RPOS 529) Law and Public Policy (4)
This seminar introduces students to the inter-relationships of law and public policy. Law is obviously one of the major tools of public policy. As a positive policy instrument, it is usually directed at bringing about changes in individual or organizational behavior. The typical societal response to some form of problematic human behavior is either to make it illegal (through criminal law), provide for private action in court to recover for damages caused by the behavior (through the civil law of torts), pass a law and set up a governmental agency to regulate it (with administrative or regulatory law), or to structure incentives to encourage more socially valuable behavior (through tax policy,publicworksprograms,etc.). Beforeacting,policymakersneedtoexaminetheimplications to these various legal tools to achieve policy objectives. They also need to consider the ramifications of involving courts and judges in that process. There are thus two broad sets of issues to be examined in this course: First, the policy implications, the strengths and weaknesses, of the specific legal tools available to government — private law, criminal law, regulation — and, second, the special role of the legislature, executive agencies and judges and courts in making public policy in a democratic political order.

RPAD 532 Contracting and Performance Measurement in Government (4)
This course considers the practice of government's use of private (both for-profit and not-for- profit) service providers and how those contractual relationships are developed and managed. As most government services and goods are provided via arm's length transactions with non- or quasi-governmental organizations, a focus of the course is the financial, public policy, accountability, and management issues associated with contracting in the public sector, including the use of public/private partnerships. This course also addresses the importance of performance management and measurement in relation to services provided directly by governmental organizations and those provided by contractors. Prerequisites: Pad 501 (Financial Management) and Pad 503 (Public Economics), or their equivalent.

RPAD 534 Environmental Restoration and Brownfield Redevelopment (4)
Students will learn the fundamental issues that confront stakeholders engaged in redeveloping brownfields. Risk analysis and communication, economic aspects, political and social constraints, and the role of public participation are central themes. Students who successfully complete this course will also understand how brownfield redevelopment is linked to smart growth, sustainable development, urban revitalization, and quality of life concerns. The nexus of these fundamental planning concepts and environmental quality.

RPAD 539 (RINT 533) Global Non-Profit Management (4)
The course provides a comprehensive overview of the international development sector from the perspective of global non-profit management, and is taught by a senior practitioner. It examines international development work conducted by global non-profits from every aspect necessary for it to successfully achieve their mission.

RPAD 545 (RPAD 445) Principles and Practices of Cybersecurity (4)
This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of cybersecurity. Starting from the ground up, the class will examine cybersecurity from different angles to introduce students to and provide insight into the way cybersecurity can impact organizations and employees. Through lectures, discussions, and case studies students will be exposed to strategic cybersecurity concepts and gain a foundational understanding of how cybersecurity issues work within the business environment.

RPAD 550 Foundations of Government Information Strategy and Management
Information Strategy and Management (4)

This course focuses on the ways that information strategies and management approaches affect governmental functions, democratic processes, and public programs. It introduces students to the interaction of policy, management, data, and technology in the design, operation, and evaluation of government programs, citizen engagement, and public services, considering their specific context. The course draws from the literature and experiences of public, non-for-profit, and private sector management to explore organizational, government- wide, societal, and global topics. Case studies illustrate policy, management, data, and technology at work in single organizations and in different kinds of cross-boundary settings.

RPAD 554 (RINT 543) Terrorism & Political Violence (4)
This course will provide an overview of a wide range of topics and theories dealing with political violence, with a particular focus on terrorism. Students will explore multiple theories on political violence, what the various forms of political violence are, why terrorism constitutes a distinct form of political violence, and how nations (particularly the United States) respond to terrorism. Students will gain insight through the review of research on the causes of political violence, its consequences, and major terrorist organizations background and threat today. There are no required prerequisites for this course.

RPAD 555 (RPAD 455) Disaster, Crisis, and Emergency Management and Policy
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of material that is foundational and required for the practical application of work in the homeland security enterprise.

RPAD 556 (CEHC 456) Homeland Security Intelligence
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of material that is foundational and required for the practical application of work in the homeland security enterprise.

RPAD 557 (CEHC 457) Intelligence Analysis for Homeland Security
This course examines intelligence analysis at the Federal and State and local levels. We begin with an overview of the US foreign intelligence community, its mission, history, structure, and capabilities, with special emphasis on its analytic components. We examine how this community’s composition and structure have changed as its mission was fundamentally altered, first with the end 1 of the Cold War and then with the rise of terrorism and cyber. Next, we look at intelligence analysis as it is conducted by federal law enforcement and at the Department of Homeland Security. We will then look briefly at the various models used for conducting analysis by State-level and local homeland security and law enforcement. With this background, and based on the instructors career as an intelligence analyst at the CIA, the remainder of the course will be devoted to the intelligence analysis function.

RPAD 561 (RPOS 523) Urban Community Development
This course examines community development as a comprehensive approach to reducing social and economic distress in U.S. cities. The field focuses on neighborhood-level interventions while acknowledging and working to overcome the impact a political economy that systemically creates disparities in communities’ access to resources. Consistent with a central tenant in planning, place matters, and geography consistently drives local planning and development efforts to build healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities. The field engages a wide range of stakeholders and seeks to engage and empower local residents in the development process. These efforts are diverse yet grounded in a core set of principles aimed at strengthening quality of life.

RPAD 568 (RPOS 568/RINT 512) Human Rights
This course examines the legal, political, and social dimensions of the modern human rights movement, its relationship to International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law and International Law as a whole and its implications for international affairs. It provides both an introduction to basic human rights philosophy, principles, instruments, and institutions, and an overview of several current issues and debates in the field. The course also seeks to analyze the ways in which allegations of human rights violations are dealt with and to expose some of the limitations in the architecture of the international system. Case studies will be used to illustrate contemporary debates regarding hierarchy among rights, conflicts between individual rights and societal priorities, human rights in single-party states, rights and transitions to democracy, amnesty for human rights violations, and the linkage between human rights and other national interests.

RPAD 570 (RPAD 470/RINT 531) Government Information Strategy and Management (GISM): Comparative and International Perspectives
This course focuses on the ways that information strategies and management approaches affect governmental functions, democratic processes, and public programs across different countries and cultures. It draws from literature and case studies to understand cultural differences in the conceptualization of digital government but, also, in the planning and implementation processes of digital government projects around the world. It introduces students to the interaction of policy, management, data, and technology in the design, operation, and evaluation of government programs, citizen engagement, and public services taking into account the role of context and culture.

RPAD 590 (RPOS 611) Seminar in College Teaching
This course will provide an overview of the college teaching challenge, using the scholarship of teaching and learning. We will consider the practical implications of a research-driven approach to pedagogy.

RPAD 592 (RPOS 613) Becoming a Reflective Teacher: The Teaching Portfolio
You will be spending a great deal of time in class giving and receiving feedback on materials in preparation for final portfolios. The course is designed around this process not only because it is important for you to have multiple readers of your own materials, but also because the process of giving feedback on others’ materials is essential to reflective practice. Keep in mind that you are learning from reading and responding to the work of your colleagues.

RPAD 610 Organizational Theory and Behavior (4)
This course uses social science theories and methods to understand human behavior in organizations.  It explores such important areas as decision-making, perception, communication, group dynamics, and such managerial issues as organizational politics, organizational culture, and organizational change.  Students employ case studies and exercises to develop skills in organizational analysis.

RPAD 613 Issues in Not-for-Profit Management (4)
Examination of a broad range of management issues relevant to not-for-profit organizations. Topics include: differences between public, private, and not-for-profit management; governance and boards of directors; strategic planning and human resource issues in not-for-profits; resource development; sector convergence and competition; and the government/voluntary sector relationship.

RPAD 616 Nonprofits and Social Transformation (4)
This course addresses the role of nonprofit organizations in creating social change in a democracy. The course will focus primarily on strategies and tactics that nonprofit organizations can and do use to make change at individual, policy, and societal levels. Theoretical and case study readings focus on the challenges, paradoxes and successes of a variety of social change initiatives. While this class will focus on nonprofit organizations, a central aim is to provide students who do/will work in nonprofits, government agencies or any other organization with a public purpose with the opportunity to learn tools of social change. Through class discussions and exercises, students will learn to apply these tools in diverse institutional settings and policy domains. 

RPAD 624 Simulation Modeling (4)
This effort covers two related areas – systems thinking (ST) and system dynamics (SD). Systems thinking is an analytic approach that looks for endogenous interactions among elements to explain outcomes. System dynamics uses computer simulation to turn systems thinking ideas into formal models supporting experimentation and hypothesis testing. Employing the techniques of these two areas, we will discover the important role of feedback and structure that drive business growth and failure. We will experiment with strategies that support economic vitality and efficient and effective governance (among other issues) in a time of increasingly scarce resources. The course includes in-class simulation as well as lectures. Simulation exercises provide group-driven interactive learning. Lectures will include the ideas of systems theory, problem structuring, model building and analysis, and techniques for using models for theory building and testing.

PAD 626 Evaluation of Public Sector Programs (4)
The practice of program evaluation in the public sector is the focus of this course. Topics covered include both quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods, data collection, conduct of evaluation in an organizational setting, and utilization of evaluation results. Prerequisite(s): PAD 504 and PAD 505 or permission of instructor.

RPAD 641 Basic Governmental Accounting (4)
The course objective is to develop each student's understanding of basic governmental accounting. The skills acquired by all students will allow them to understand the development of governmental accounting, and to work with various transactions in a variety of fund structures used by governments.

PAD 645 Psychological Economics and Policy (4)
This course explores the ways that economists have drawn on psychology to build richer frameworks for human motivation and information processing in markets. We will analyze the actual choices of economic decision‐makers in the lab and in the field. What motivates people to act for the good of the group? How do people form and change their beliefs? How can firms exploit people for fun and profits? How can government protect human brains from such exploitation? How can government agencies steer people into desired behavior?

RPAD 650 Information Technology Innovation in the Public Sector (4)
This course introduces students to the complexities of public sector information technology decision making and to a set of analytical tools and techniques for identifying and managing those complexities. The course provides an overview of the management, policy and technology challenges faced by organizations engaging in information technology innovation and it introduces a formal methodology for making IT investment decisions. The methodology includes tools and techniques for problem definition, stakeholder analysis, process analysis, best and current practices research, technology awareness, and business case development. Students will also be exposed to current relevant digital government research. Students will engage in a field project with a government partner and produce a business analysis of a selected information or information technology problem.

RPAD 683 The Management of Local Government 
A study of the history, forms and management of local governments, focussing on the research and administrative systems used in recommending and executing public policy at the local government level. This class will serve as a vehicle for administrative systems analysis and practical application, as well as laboratory for research and development.

RPAD 688 Statistical Programming Workshop (1)
This workshop introduces students to statistical computer programming skills useful for doctoral research, with special emphasis on how to write code that is automated, easily modified, and readable.  Time permitting, the class may also discuss other programs useful for research, such as EndNote.

PAD 702 Politics and Administration (4)
Comprehensive perspective on the political dimension of public administration in industrial democracies, especially the United States. Relationships between administrative agencies and chief executives, legislative bodies, courts, media, and interest groups examined. Issues raised by federalism and privatization probed. Focus on whether bureaucracy can be kept safe for democracy. Prerequisite: PAD 500 or the equivalent recommended.

PAD 705 Advanced Quantitative Analysis (4)
This course introduces students to multiple regression analysis for analyzing data in the social sciences. Students will learn how to read and critique empirical analyses used in academic publications, what empirical techniques should be utilized given different situations, and how to perform empirical analyses and interpret the results. Topics ordinary least squares, heteroskedasticity, time series, panel data, instrumental variables, logit and probit models, and model building techniques.
PAD 708 Organizational Behavior and Theory (4)
A survey of the major issues and theoretical perspectives in organization theory. Examination of evolution of the field of organization theory, and discussion of the contemporary research on behavior and structure within organizations, and on environmental factors in organization behavior.

RPAD 720 Theory and Research on Non-Profit Organizations and the Non-Profit Sector (4)
This course is required for the sub-concentration of Nonprofit Management and Policy in the Public Management Concentration in the Public Management and Policy Ph.D. program. As such, it provides an overview of the diverse theoretical perspectives – and related empirical research – that have been applied to nonprofit organizations and the nonprofit sector. Drawing on foundational economic, sociological, political science and inter-disciplinary theories and frameworks, the course offers a “map” of the field to doctoral level students to help them prepare for academic careers in nonprofit studies within public administration and related fields. Specifically, we will examine the theoretical assumptions, claims, values and definitions of the various perspectives in the field and how they compare with each other. We will also assess the limits, advantages, and usefulness of these approaches for answering specific research questions about nonprofit organizations and the nonprofit sector

RPAD 881 (RPAD 883) Seminar on PhD Research and Professional Development (4)
RPAD 881 is the first term and RPAD 883 is the third term of a two-year-long seminar for first and second year Ph.D. students in Public Administration and Policy that introduces them to doctoral research and the academic profession.