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MPA Courses

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Undergraduate Courses:

The historical and political context of public administration; politics and economics of public bureaucracy; managing governmental organizations; public finance and the national economy; values, ethics, and the public interest; the interface between professional administrators and citizens. Prerequisite for Classified Graduate Standing in the MPA program.

Classical and emerging theoretical perspectives of human organizations; organizational design and tomorrow’s organizations; self and organization; environment and planned change; participative goal-setting and organizational effectiveness. Prerequisite for Classified Graduate Standing in the MPA program.

Fundamentals of information technology, information policy, and management in the public and nonprofit sectors; computerized applications for the collection, analysis and presentation of information; research using online databases.  Ten hrs/week in computer lab. Prerequisite for Classified Graduate Standing in the MPA program.

Critical analysis of emerging domestic and global ideas; issues shaping and being shaped by the public sector. Theoretical perspectives on understanding values, ethics, citizenship, public good and the search for democratic administration. Prerequisite for Classified Graduate Standing in the MPA program. Prerequisites: PUAD 4800, 4830.

Graduate Courses:

Focus on becoming a lifelong learner and change manager by developing self-awareness and critical reflection skills. Explore learning styles, managing oneself, interpersonal skills, systems and integrative thinking, group processes and managing change. Includes discussion, group activities, and case problems. Prerequisite: PUAD 6812 or HCA 4200.

Intervention strategies (e.g., systems-based, appreciative inquiry, dialogue conferences, action learning), O. D. methods, interview techniques, observation, surveys, and discussion. Course participants carry out an organizational diagnosis and assessment.

Models and methods of managing organizational change, data collection and interpretation, and stakeholder engagement; ethical practices. Course participants carry out an organizational diagnosis and intervention. May be repeated once for credit for a maximum of 8 units.

Critical analysis of public policy-making processes; interrelationships between policy formulation, execution, evaluation, and revision; models of policy choices; citizen participation in policy-making; administrative responsibility in policy development. Prerequisite: PUAD 4800.

New course in the Public Policy Development Option. Developing strategies and tactics for identifying and solving implementation problems; implementation as a design, evaluative, and learning process; emphasis on analyzing implementation case studies. Prerequisite: PUAD 6801.

New course in the Public Policy Development Option. Analytic approaches developing in response to hermeneutical, phenomenological, and other developments in the philosophy of science and social science: narrative policy analysis, policy design and framing, analysis of local knowledge. Prerequisites: PUAD 4800 and PUAD 6801.

Foundations for future studies. The future as paradox, learning, democratic process, and interpretation of reality. Forecasting, making policy recommendations, and exploring alternative actions for sustainable futures. Interpretive global transformations and creating the future. Prerequisite: PUAD 6801.

Different substantive areas of public policy, e.g., immigration policy; race-ethnic policies; science and technology policy, environmental policy; welfare, housing family, and other social policies; comparative public policy. May be repeated once for credit when a different policy area is treated. Prerequisite: PUAD 6801. May be repeated once for credit with consent of instructor and when content varies, for a maximum of 8 units.

Assessment of policy impact and effectiveness; analysis of program objectives; methods of evaluation; developing action oriented evaluation processes; administration of evaluation systems. Prerequisite: PUAD 6801.

Post-modernist approaches to the understanding of organizational realities, including phenomenological, critical, feminist, and other interpretive approaches; subjective, intersubjective, contextual, historical influences; organizational socialization and personality growth, personal and organizational value development and human effectiveness. Prerequisite: PUAD 4800 and PUAD 4830.

Application of interpretive, critical, and postmodern theories to changing organizations; uses of meaning-centered, experientially-grounded theories for understanding organizational cultures; personal praxis in changing organizations. Prerequisites: PUAD 6811.

Ethical dimensions of the public service; value dilemmas, administrative ethics and accountability, responsibility in making public choices, whistle-blowing, the public interest; equality and equity in democracy. Prerequisite: PUAD 6801 and 6811.

Critical examination of the significance of information management concepts, tools, and technologies for public organizations; their implications for policy formulation, analysis, evaluation, organizational change, budgeting, decision making, knowledge management, and client services. Prerequisite: PUAD 4800 and PUAD 4830.

Theory and methods of interpretive research in the public sector. Emphasis on meaning-centered and inductive modes of data gathering and analysis, including interviews, participant observation, ethnographic methods, and the development of grounded theory. Issues in case study presentation and field research narratives. Prerequisites: PUAD 4800, 4830, 5000.

Positivistic research methods; uses of quantitative and computer analysis; application of quantitative approaches to organizational improvement, policy research, and decision making; implementation of research design; examination of the logic underlying application of quantitative methods and statistical techniques. Prerequisites: PUAD 4800, 4830, 5000.

Budgetary process in public policy formation and administrative control; strategic principles of fiscal policy in attaining public goals; public revenues, sources, incident, and effect of principal taxes; inter-governmental aspects of revenue problems; grants-in-aid. Prerequisite: PUAD 6801.

Governmental budgeting as political and social processes; administrative control at federal, state, local levels; central budget agencies and budget offices in operating agencies; budgets as planning, policy-making and management instruments; executive-legislative relationships. Prerequisite: PUAD 6801.

Development of public service concepts and institutions; assessment of public personnel methods and organization; interaction with other management functions, and with the executive and legislative processes; influence of social and political values upon public service concepts. Prerequisite: PUAD 6811.

Critical assessment of the nature of work and traditional human resource practices in public organizations. Empowering and involving employees. Diversity, trust, and mutualism. Relationships among information technologies, the organization, employees, and citizens. Creating the organization of the future. Prerequisites: PUAD 6811.

History and present status of public labor relations; changing concepts and their implications for existing institutions, processes and values in public personnel systems, dispute resolution, cooperative labor management committees, and other current issues. Prerequisites: PUAD 6801.

The responsibilities of the public sector manager; differences between private and public sector management; short versus long-term management in the public sector. Critical examination of the public managers as strategic leaders. Prerequisites: PUAD 6801.

Urban and regional environments as a source of public problems, including such issues as employment, transportation, citizen participation. Comparative study of efforts to improve the quality urban and regional life. Prerequisite: PUAD 6801.

Specialized investigations of public management issues and problems selected by instructor. Repeatable once if the course content is different. Prerequisite: PUAD 6801. May be repeated once for credit when content varies, for a maximum of 8 units.

Emerging career plans in health care administration. The implications of decentralized health care and integrated health systems for health care workers. The future of health care delivery systems and the wider impact of these changes on the social order. Prerequisites: PUAD 6801 and 6811.

Health care administration issues and practices associated with coordinating care among complementary and conventional health care providers in a changing market. Emphasis on understanding and facilitating dynamics among different health paradigms as they converge to provide integrated care for the individual patient. Prerequisites: PUAD 6801 and 6811.

Academically challenging field placements in half-time or full-time positions with governmental agencies under the supervision of University faculty member. Examination of the relationship of theory to practice in the provisions of public service. Course is offered on a CR/NC basis only. Prerequisites: "Classified Graduate" status and consent of the Internship Coordinator. CR/NC grading only.

Practical experiences through field work with community agencies, emphasis on improving a student's ability to activate community resources and support sustainable wellness communities. Prerequisites: HCA 4200, and either PUAD 4830 or MGMT 3614.

Supervised work experience in which student completes academic assignments integrated with off-campus paid or volunteer activities. May be repeated for up to 4 units. A maximum of 4 units will be accepted toward the Public Administration major. CR/NC only. Prerequisites: at least a 3.0 GPA; the approval of the Internship Coordinator. CR/NC only.

A synthesis of public administration theories and concepts through a critique of major readings in the field. Prerequisite for Comprehensive Examination (except for Counseling Focus students in the organizational change option). Prerequisites: Advancement to Candidacy; completion of all core courses, option area requirements and electives; and consent of instructor.

Development and writing of a research paper for submission to the department, which specifies its format. Supervision by a member of the department faculty. Oral defense normally required. Prerequisites: Advancement to Candidacy and consent of thesis advisor. Maximum of 4 units per student.

Development and writing of a formal research paper for submission to the University in the specified bound format. Supervision by a departmental committee, at least one of whom must be a CSUEB faculty member. Oral defense normally required. Prerequisite: Advancement to Candidacy and consent of Thesis Committee. Maximum of 4 units per student. (See also "University Thesis Writing Guide".)

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