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Grad Catalog 01-03

CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1
Graduate Study

CHAPTER 2
Admission and
Registration

CHAPTER 3
Degree
Requirements

CHAPTER 4
Fields
of Study

CHAPTER 5
Members of
Graduate Studies
Committees

APPENDIX
Course
Abbreviations

 

    

Public Affairs

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Graduate Courses

The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2001-2002 and 2002-2003; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.

Unless otherwise stated below, each course meets for three lecture hours a week for one semester.

Public Affairs: P A

882. Policy Research Project.
Interdisciplinary research on a contemporary policy problem involving interaction with an agency of government. Four lecture hours a week for two semesters. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: For 882A, graduate standing and consent of instructor; for 882B, Public Affairs 882A.

383C. Policy Development.
Introduction to how public policy develops and is adopted in the American government system. Normally taken during the first year. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

384C. Public Administration and Management.
A substantive introduction to administrative policy making and implementation. Normally taken during the first year. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

388K. Seminar on Topics in Public Policy.
Typical topics include issues in political values and ethics and in natural resources, transportation, health, environmental, international, regulatory, urban, and labor and human resources policy. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: National Policy.

Topic 2: International Policy.

Topic 3: Economic Policy.

Topic 4: Health and Science Policy.

Topic 5: State and Local Governance.

Topic 6: Perspectives on Public Policy.
The relationship between policy development and policy implementation at the global, national, state, and local levels. Topics include national security policy and policy making in the intelligence community.

388L. Seminar on Topics in Public Management.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: Public Organization and Administration.

Topic 2: Human Resource Management.

Topic 3: Public Financial Management.

Topic 4: Strategic Management and Governance Studies.

Topic 5: Information and Communication.

389. Conference Course in Public Policy Analysis.
Individual instruction related to selected aspects of professional theory and practice. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

390C. Advanced Research Methods.
Designed to develop the skills students need to use policy research techniques, the understanding of empirical requirements they need to support those techniques, and the ability to manage software and databases they need to conduct policy research. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser.

390D, 690D, 990D. Dissertation Proposal Preparation.
Development and preparation of the dissertation proposal. Individual instruction. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, completion of all coursework, and consent of instructor.

391. Public Financial Management.
The budget process, budgetary methods, fund accounting, debt management, and other financial management techniques for public and nonprofit programs. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

391C. Policy Research Paradigms.
The philosophy, historical development, special methods, and research strategies of the major policy-related social sciences, including economics, political science, sociology, demography, cognitive and social psychology, and management and information sciences. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser.

391D. Public Management.
An integrated introduction to the management skills used in public and nonprofit organizations. Covers concepts in financial management, human resource management, and information management. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

392C. Theories of Public Policy.
Theories of public policy, emphasizing both the historical intellectual development of the discipline and the role that theory may be expected to play in public policy making. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser.

693. Political Economy.
The use of economic reasoning in the development and implementation of public policy. Three lecture hours a week for two semesters. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

095. Public Affairs Colloquium.
Guest lectures on topics to be announced. One lecture hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

195C. Supervised Policy Research.
Supervised, individual policy research experience on a topic chosen by the supervising faculty member. Conference course. May not be counted toward the Master of Public Affairs degree. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in public affairs and approval of the research proposal by the supervising faculty member and the graduate adviser.

196C. Supervised Public Service.
Supervised, individual practical public service experience in an area chosen by the supervising faculty member. Conference course. May not be counted toward the Master of Public Affairs degree. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in public affairs and approval of proposal by the supervising faculty member and the graduate adviser.

496K. Internship: General Program.
Participation and observation as a working member of the staff in an agency of government, a nonprofit organization, or a public policy-related unit in the private sector. Students work full-time for one summer session or long-session semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Completion of one year in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and selection by the school's Internship Committee.

397. Applied Quantitative Analysis I.
Survey of the application of a broad range of quantitative models to policy analysis and managerial decision-making: optimization techniques based on calculus and linear programming, probability theory and decision analysis, sampling theory and hypothesis testing, regression analysis, and forecasting. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; and either one semester each of college algebra, calculus, and statistics or a passing score on the validation exam offered before the beginning of the semester.

397C. Applied Quantitative Analysis II.
Specialized quantitative techniques that are useful in policy analysis and public management. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Public Affairs 397.

Topic 1: Applied Econometrics.

Topic 2: Forecasting.

Topic 3: Policy Indicator Analysis.

Topic 4: Policy Simulation.

Topic 5: Topics in Applied Statistics.

Topic 6: Topics in Demographic and Spatial Analysis.

Topic 7: Topics in Linear Inference.

Topic 8: Topics in Research Design and Data Analysis.

Topic 9: Topics in Systems Analysis.

398R. Master's Report.
Preparation of a report to fulfill the requirement for the master's degree under the report option. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in public affairs and consent of the graduate adviser.

398T. Supervised Teaching in Public Affairs.
Group meetings with the instructor, individual consultations, and reports. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser.

399R, 699R, 999R. Dissertation.
Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree and consent of the graduate adviser in public affairs.

399W, 699W, 999W. Dissertation.
Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Public Affairs 399R, 699R, or 999R.


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Graduate Catalog
Contents
Chapter 1 - Graduate Study
Chapter 2 - Admission and Registration
Chapter 3 - Degree Requirements
Chapter 4 - Fields of Study
Chapter 5 - Members of Graduate Studies Committees
Appendix - Course Abbreviations

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