Graduate Courses

Polit Science & Public Admin

CPO5535: Politics of South Asia


Description: Surrounded on the south by the Indian Ocean and on land by West, Central and Southeast Asia, the region of South Asia is composed of eight developing countries of which at least four are of great strategic importance to the international political community. It’s growing economic and political influence along with nuclear proliferation, rise of Islamic militancy, terrorism and wars make South Asia a focal point of growing international attention and concern. This course will provide students with a detailed overview to the political study of the eight nations of South Asia. It will be organized to facilitate cross-national comparison, with course sections on each nation addressing topics such as political culture, government structure and institutions, political parties and leaders, and social conflict and resolution.

INR5352: International Environmental Policy


Description: The vitality of the world’s ecosystems rests upon a constellation of inevitable and purposive forces acting in concert. To be sure, how humans decide to formalize interactions with their natural surroundings holds important consequences for both the environment and the people who inhabit it. By studying policy, we can better understand how politics translates competing interests, strategies, and values into environmental outcomes. This course will be a high-level introduction to the concept of international environmental policy and explore analytical tools designed to evaluate the merit of various approaches to solving environmental problems.

INR5449: International Law and Organization


Description: This course exams the role of international law and international organizations in the global political system. It explores the effects of international law and the activities of international organizations, including the United Nations and NGOs, against a backdrop of current issues of international importance. Such issues might include conflict, genocide, global health, human rights, or terrorism.

INR6330: Contemporary American Foreign and Security Policy


Description: Students in this course will first examine the principles that are the basis of contemporary American foreign and security policy. This examination will then lead to an analysis of recent successes and failures in the application of these policies. From this point, students will apply lessons learned to the articulation of American interests and goals in its relations with other countries, international organizations and actors on today’s global scene. Students will identify important challenges that America faces as it works to achieve its political and economic goals, and the threats against America and its allies that require attention.

INR6607: International Relations Theory


Description: There are no prerequisites for this course. In this course, students will learn the major theories and approaches to understanding international relations, including Realism, Liberalism, and Constructivism, among others. The course will consider the history of international relations as a field of study, including the scholarly debates that center upon international relations theory. Students will study how these theories and approaches apply to current global issues, events, and leaders.

INR6705: International Political Economy


Description: There are no prerequisites for this course. This is a graduate seminar designed to synthesize methods and insights derived from the social sciences to understand the complex issues faced in the international political economy today. It serves as a high-level introduction to current research in the subject area of economic globalization. It takes a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding complex issues such as world trade, the international monetary system, economic development, multinational corporations, international environmental policies, global security, and world financial crises.

INR6908: Directed Independent Study

v. 1-3
Prerequisite:  Consent of MAIA graduate director.
Description: Specialized study of an issue or topic in international relations, directed by a faculty member specializing in that topic.
Repeatability: This course may be repeated for up to 6 credits under different topics.

INR6938: Special Topics in International Affairs

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor.
Description: The course topic will vary.
Repeatability: This course may be repeated up to 6 credits under different topics.

INR6946: Field Experience in International Affairs

v. 0-3
Prerequisite:  Permission of the MAIA graduate director.
Description: Students choosing to undertake an internationally-oriented internship or study abroad program will successfully complete their field experience and submit an essay reflecting upon the experience to a faculty supervisor. For students who study abroad and earn at least 3 credits from an institution abroad, this required course may be taken for zero credits. All other students must take a minimum of 3 credits. Students who do not complete their field experience after the minimum 3 credits required, this course may be repeated in one-credit increments for a total of 6 credits. Continual enrollment in Field Experience (summer exempted) is required until the experience and essay have been approved.

INR6971: Thesis

v. 1-3
Prerequisite:  Permission of the MAIA graduate director.
Description: In this course, students will complete MA thesis research and writing under the supervision of a faculty advisor and committee. Students must complete a minimum of 3 credits of thesis research. For students who do not complete their thesis after the minimum 3 credits required, this course may be repeated in one-credit increments for a total of 6 hours. Continual enrollment in Thesis (summer exempted) is required until the thesis is completed.

PAD5384: Civic Groups and Public Policy


Description: Rather than a process taking place within government, public policy involves the interaction of government, business and nonprofit groups. The focus in this course is on the involvement of civic groups in public policy, especially the process of policy advocacy.

PAD5605: Administrative Law


Description: This course examines the broad topic of administrative law, with a particular focus on the role that state and local government plays in election administration. We will examine the origins and meanings of administrative law, the modern constitutional and statutory authority of government agencies, theories of informality and formality in administrative law and the role played by information, administrative hearings and rule-making procedures, the enforcement of administrative policy and the role of the courts through judicial review, and practical problems in administrative law.

PAD5700: Public Administration Research Methods

Examines research methods used by public administrators in the public sector work environment. Emphasis on basic research methods and quantitative techniques with special emphasis on public administrative problems.

PAD6060: Public Administration in Modern Society

Survey of study and practice of public administration emphasizing administrative theory, bureaucratic processes and politics, public versus private management and administrative responsibility.

PAD6066: Capstone Seminar

Prerequisite:  PAD 6060, PAD 5700, and completion of all but 12 credits in the MPA program
Description: This class provides a summary and integration of the MPA program, and of the knowledge, skills and values appropriate to a professional career in public administration.

PAD6106: Administrative Behavior in Public Organizations

The examination of administrative theory and practice, with a special emphasis on the unique attributes of public bureaucracies. Topics include organizational structure and behavior, accountability, leadership, responsiveness, and administrative ethics.

PAD6142: Management of Nonprofit Organizations


Description: This is the gateway course in the MPA nonprofit concentration and the graduate certificate of nonprofit management. Topics include the history, scope and significance of the nonprofit sector; theories of nonprofit provision; nonprofit management and leadership; strategic planning; and the future of the sector.

PAD6164: Nonprofit Stakeholder Relations


Description: Identification of, and relations with, major stakeholders of nonprofit organizations. Major topics include: human resources; volunteer management; board of directors; performance measurement; accountability and legitimacy; and administrative communication.

PAD6173: Global Civil Society


Description: There are no prerequisites for this course. There has been a substantial upsurge of privately organized, voluntary actions around the globe in recent times. This upsurge was due to an overall dissatisfaction with the operations of both the market and the state. A broad range of institutions that occupy the social space between the market and the state tackle most of our social, political and economic concerns these days. Known as “civil society”, “nonprofit sector” or the “third sector”, institutions within this sector combine private structures with public purposes to serve citizens. Due to their flexibility and potential to tap in extensive private support for public purposes they have become a powerful force that perform a number of critical functions, often in partnership with the state and the market. This course therefore explores the scope, structure, financing and the role of civil society globally and seeks evaluate its impact on global politics and policy making processes.

PAD6207: Economics and Municipal Finance

The purpose of this course is to examine urban fiscal management policies in the post industrial city. Specific emphasis will be given to public management tools utilized by cities facing potential fiscal stress.

PAD6208: Nonprofit Financial Management


Description: This course is an introduction to financial management techniques for nonprofit organizations. Major topics include sustainability, fiscal management and budgets; fund raising; fee for service; legal requirements; grant and contract management; and private ventures.

PAD6227: Government Budgeting and Finance

Exploration of the influence of interest groups on budget decisions, with special attention to the formation of the executive budget, congressional budgeting, and various political reactions to fiscal insufficiency.

PAD6239: e-Governance


Description: This course focuses on the intellectual concept of governance and its connection to transparency and accountability. Students will explore key policies in support of transparency as well as critically evaluate e-governance practices to identify some of the limitations and dangers involved with the rapidly changing role of information and information technology in today's society. Topics include current issues in e-governance, e-governance management and theories, and improving government accountability through technology. Permission of the department is required.

PAD6335: Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations

This course will consider any in-depth study of two forms of organizational planning in common use by nonprofit organizations: strategic planning and project planning. For strategic planning, several common approaches will be considered and students will be required to produce a strategic plan for an organization. Students will investigate various tools used in project planning that are appropriate for task management.

PAD6417: Human Resources for Public and Nonprofit Management

This course examines the processes and procedures of modern human resource management in public and nonprofit organizations. The course emphasizes the important role of public interest values as it examines various models of human resource management. Appropriate strategies for effective organizational use and development of human resources are presented.

PAD6436: Ethics, Leadership and Accountability in Public Service


Description: This course studies the centrality of, and interaction between ethics, leadership and accountability in public and nonprofit organizations.

PAD6706: Research Design for Public Administrators

Prerequisite:  PAD 5700 This course provides an introduction to the types of research designs commonly used in public administration research and practice in the preparation of a formal research prospectus. It is a prerequisite for the Capstone Seminar course.

PAD6807: Urban Administration

Problems and principles of municipal administration, including taxes, budgeting, planning, personnel, and the provisions of services; for example, police, fire, health, recreation, water and sewers, welfare, and education.

PAD6836: Comparative Public Administration


Description: A comparison of the systems and processes of governance in a diverse range of countries. Through this students will gain a better understanding of the global context of public administration, of the influence of this on state and local government in the United States, and develop the basic tools for learning from other experience.

PAD6900: Directed Independent Study

v. 1-4
Prerequisite:  Consent of MPA program coordinator. Specialized study of an issue or topic in public administration, directed by a faculty member specializing in that topic. May be repeated for up to 9 credits under different topics.

PAD6934: Special Topics in Public Administration

v. 2-6
Exploration of topics of enduring or emerging significance in public administration. May be repeated for up to 9 credits under different topics.

PAD6946: Internship in Public Administration

Supervised field work in public administration. Diary and/or research project and seminar attendance required. May be repeated up to 6 credits under different topics.

POS6095: Intergovernmental Relations

Course will focus on providing knowledge of intergovernmental administration and management. Topics of discussion will include intergovernmental policy making, program planning and implementation, development and improvement of the organization, and administration of government systems and management of governmental interactions.

POS6158: Politics and Policy in Local Government

The course examines the political power structures of local governments and the related policy outcomes in terms of resource allocation and service delivery. The material also focuses on the consequences of these issues for public administrators.

PUP6006: Program Evaluation for Public and Nonprofit Management

Program evaluation is the collective term for a set of methodological tools and approaches that enable observers to ascertain reliably whether or not social programs are achieving their expected results. This course examines management of the evaluation process, techniques of evaluation, and the application of evaluation results for improving program performance in both public and nonprofit organizations.

PUP6007: Policy Analysis

Prerequisite:  PAD 5700 The policy planning process, problems of implementing policy, evaluation of policy impacts, and techniques of policy forecasting.

URP6058: Urban and Regional Planning

Examination of urban planning processes, institutions, and techniques, with special attention to the physical, legal, and demographic limits of urban planning.