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Graduate Catalog | 2005-2007
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

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Graduate Courses

The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2005-2006 and 2006-2007; 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.

P A | Public Affairs

682. Policy Research Project. Interdisciplinary research on a contemporary policy problem involving interaction with an agency of government. Three lecture hours a week for two semesters. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: For 682A, graduate standing and consent of instructor; for 682B, Public Affairs 682A.

882D. 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 882DA, graduate standing and consent of instructor; for 882DB, Public Affairs 882DA.

383C. Politics and Process. Introduction to how public policy develops and is adopted in government systems. Covers the role of politics and institutions in implementing and managing policy. Normally taken during the first year. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

383D. 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. Advanced Management. Development and implementation of policy within an organizational environment, including the role of political and institutional factors, organization and management concepts, and human and information resource issues. Normally taken during the first year. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

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

388D. Advanced Topics in Public Policy. Typical topics include issues in political values and ethics and issues in transportation, health, environmental, international, regulatory, urban, and labor and human resources policy. Taught with a videoconference component. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Topic 1: Perspectives on Public Policy. Covers the art and science of policy formulation in the areas of economics, national security, monetary policy, science, technology, and trade. Examines the relationships among policy development processes at the federal, state, and local levels of government.

Topic 2: Politics and Policies in an Aging Population.

Topic 3: Texas Health Policy.

388K. Advanced 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.

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

389. Conference Course in 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, governmental accounting analysis of financial statements, government revenues, 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.

391V. 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.

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.

693D. 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.

393K. Applied Microeconomics for Policy Analysis. The use of economic reasoning in the development and implementation of public policy. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

393L. Advanced Policy Economics. Advanced topics in the application of economic reasoning to the development and implementation of policy. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Public Affairs 393K.

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.

396K. Internship: Public Service Experience. Supervised 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 consent of the associate dean.

397. Introduction to Quantitative Analysis. 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. Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis. Research methods, specialized empirical techniques, and data analysis as used in policy analysis and management. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and Public Affairs 397.

397D. 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 and 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.

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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