MPA Graduate Courses
PA/AG401G COMMUNITY PLANNING (3) Fall/Odd Years
This course is an introduction to
community planning; relationships of physical form to environment, function,
aesthetic principles, cultural values, planning as a synthesis of a frame of
reference based on economic, political, social, cultural, physical, and
PA501 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH (3) Fall/Spring
Concentrated study of research
methodology, including planning, organizing and executing research projects;
techniques of gathering data; use of library facilities and other sources of
information; analysis and interpretation of data; the art and strategy of
presenting oral and written findings.
PA510 ADMINISTRATIVE THOUGHT (3) Fall
This course offers an overview of
classic and contemporary theories of public administration and bureaucracy. The
role and process of American public administration are studies in the social
and political context of legislatures, executives, legal and judicial
structures, and in relationship to political parties and clientele groups. The
modern administrative state and its illustrations of democratic theory and
practice, are examined.
PA525 PUBLIC BUDGETING (3) Fall
Budgetary practices of federal, state,
territorial, and local governments. The budget cycle, budget preparation, and
execution. Includes techniques such as PPB (Planning, Programming, Budgeting)
in the Federal government and zero-base in GovGuam budgeting.
PA526 PRIVATE ENTERPRISE AND PUBLIC POLICY (3) Spring
Governmental process in the formulation
of policy in relation to the private enterprise sector. Framework and organization
of administrative agencies in the regulation and supervision of private industry.
Nature of the "public interest" and the interrelationship of interests
affecting governmental policy toward business enterprise.
PA530 PUBLIC MANAGEMENT (3) Fall
The study of government organization
management practices and problems; the general effectiveness of major agencies
including their relationships with U.S., local legislative bodies, clientele
and other governmental units and public bodies. This course establishes the
broad parameters of what constitutes the major roles, responsibilities and
activities of public managers. This course is particularly suited for students
with limited background in public management. Stress is placed on the development
of analytical techniques that are useful in the identification and resolution
of commonly occurring problems in public management.
PA535 INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS (3) Spring
Study of the dynamics of relations
among governmental units, including the movement towards regionalization and
councils of government. Study of the impact of "new federalism"
concepts and revenue sharing upon states, territories and of local issues and
PA540 ADMINISTRATIVE LAW (3) Spring
Study of administrative law, including
issues of separation of powers; regulatory commissions; processes of
administrative adjudication; and judicial review.
PA545 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND THEORY (3) Fall/Spring
Readings and discussion of advanced
organization and management theory including organization, systems design and
analysis, decision theory, power, politics, and authority. Prerequisite: BA240.
PA550 COMPARATIVE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (3) Fall/Even Years Administrative structures and processes of industrialized
and developing areas of the world. Distribution
of government services in the various bureaucratic organizations.
PA560 MORAL AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OF ORGANIZATIONS (3) Spring
An examination of the meaning of
business ethics and its significance in business decision making. By thoughtful
analysis of the moral issues raised by business practices, graduate students
will raise their comprehension of the moral decisions of business. Students will
apply ethical theories and concepts to social issues. In addition, students will
gain practice during examinations and interpretations of positions taken by
various stakeholder groups affected by business and vice-versa.
PA561 PUBLIC PLANNING (3) Spring/Even Years
This course deals with methods of
social, economic, and physical planning. The concept of planning is approached from
the theoretical, methodological and philosophical perspectives. It focuses on problem
analysis to the final stages of program implementation and evaluation.
PA565 PUBLIC CONTRACTING POLICY AND PRACTICES (3) Spring/Odd Years
An examination of the legal and
regulatory framework governing public contracting within the dimensions of past
and present national and local objectives. A particular emphasis is placed on
its contribution to government efficiency and effectiveness.
PA570 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PUBLIC PERSONNEL Summer a,b,c,d,e
a) Policy; b) Sanctions; c) Employment
Law; d) Organizations; e) Systems Current problems and issues in the management
of government programs. The changing character of public management as affected
by citizen participation and representation, community action groups, minority
employment, environmental concerns, upward mobility, development crises and
problems, labor-management relations, public interest advocacy, decentralization
and devaluation of administrative activities, and management information
PA598 INTERNSHIP: Public
Administration (3) Fall/Spring
PA690 SPECIAL PROJECT (in lieu of Thesis only) (3) Fall/Spring
Course is open to students admitted to
degree candidacy and qualified to do independent study in business, economics
or public administration under the direction of a professor in the field.
PA692 PRACTICUM (3) Fall/Spring
Applied research in the field under the
guidance of a major professor. Prerequisite:
Consent of MPA Chair.
PA695 THESIS (6) Fall/Spring