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BUSH 631 Quantitative Methods in Public Management I
Introduction to the common methods for social and policy analysis with a focus on application of methods such as analysis of variance and regression, to tasks including policy analysis, evaluation and survey research; emphasis on the performance of social and policy analysis, although some statistical theory is introduced.

BUSH 632 Quantitative Methods in Public Management II
Continuation of BUSH 631. Numerous formal aspects and methods of decision-making useful in public management including benefit-cost analysis, program evaluation and survey sampling; emphasis on theoretical foundation and practical application; collection and analysis of information, formulation of results and presentation of conclusions.

BUSH 635 Quantitative Methods in Public Management II: Policy Analysis Emphasis
Continuation of BUSH 631. Advanced instruction in making useful policy recommendations based on regression analysis, survey design, data analysis, and techniques for interpreting statistical output from multiple disciplines; application of analysis software.

BUSH 636 Quantitative Methods II: Game Theory Emphasis
Continuation of BUSH 631; advanced instruction in quantitative social science research methods; designed to help understand influences and constraints on decision-makers, improve the ability to characterize and predict decisions and assess the validity of information presented, and analyze situations of relevance to making decisions as a public manager.

PSAA 601 Foundations of Public Service
Different perspectives on management and leadership in public service; provides overview of how public and nonprofit organizations work; discusses ethical dilemmas that occur in public service careers.

PSAA 602 Tools for Advancement and Leadership in Public Service
Focuses on techniques and practices that executives employ to accomplish their work through politicians, bureaucrats, the media, lobbyists, governing boards, and their supervisors and staff; explores issues that arise from conflict with policy makers, moral and ethical concerns, and professionalism in public service.

PSAA 603 Nongovernmental Organization Management in International Settings
Exploration of the management of nongovernmental organizations (NGO) in international setting with special attention to their niche alongside private and public sectors, revenue sources, impact on society and converse effects of society and its institutions.

PSAA 604 Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Provides an overview of emergency management and its connection with homeland security; topics include emergency management cycles, activities that fall into mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery phases of emergency management; other topics may include emergency management of terrorism, disaster communication, media relations, and performance assessment for emergency management organizations.

PSAA 605 Homeland Security Policies, Strategies, and Operations
In-depth examination of past, current, and emerging national and international homeland security policies, strategies, and selected strategic operations. Emphasis on national and global risks, the national security management system, risk and crisis management, longer-term community recovery, and the strategies of other countries applicable to the United States.

PSAA 606 Environmental Policy and Management
Covers environmental policy areas, including air and water pollution, toxic waste disposal, public land use, sustainable development, and resource conservation. Explores actions of governmental institutions and actors at all levels in their efforts to implement and manage environmental policy.

PSAA 607 Research Methods for Homeland Security Studies
Introduces fundamental social science research principles, concepts, and methods applied in designing and conducting research and communicating research findings and recommendations; conduct research and write a paper on a homeland security topic and develop expertise in assessing the validity of research done by others.

PSAA 608 Cyber Security for Managers
Introduces operations and security issues involving attacking, exploiting, and defending digitized data, knowledge, and communications and the security challenges arising from the globalization of the Internet, the sharing of networks, and the flow of strategic communications. Does not require significant skills or experience in information technology.

PSAA 609 Introduction to Homeland Security
Broad, multidisciplinary overview of homeland security as a contemporary subject and an evolving discipline; fundamental issues, strategies, challenges, and interdependencies related to preventing, mitigating, preparing for, responding to, recovering from, and building in resiliency to counter intentional and non-intentional threats to homeland security.

PSAA 610 Comparing Domestic and International Organizations in Public Administration
Overview of federal, state and international public organizations; public agencies under the cabinets of the executive branch; universal patterns in organizations that promote the most 'desirable' policy outcomes used national and internationally.

PSAA 611 Public Policy Formation
Examination of public policy formation processes in the United States, with an emphasis on national government.

PSAA 613 Immigration and Education Policy
Explores contemporary issues and debates in US education policy as it relates to immigrant children and children of immigrants; examines long-run and current issues that immigrant students face, such as educational assimilation, equity, and access to higher education; includes readings from the education, economics, and sociology disciplines.

PSAA 614 Governance and Institutional Reform: A Comparative Perspective
Examines approaches to broad public sector reform and focuses on reforms aiming to improve performance, accountability, and participation; explores issues of governance and development and the challenges of governance reform in developing countries.

PSAA 615 Policy Analysis
Provides solid working knowledge of the techniques involved in public policy analysis; gives both the theoretical frame work and practical experience necessary for a public manager to analyze public policy effectively.

PSAA 616 Managing Workplace Diversity in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Examination of how public policy issues are contested and shaped by the major cleavages in American society, such as race and ethnicity, economic and social class, and gender; strategies for building consensus across these divisions.

PSAA 617 U.S. State and Local Government: Institutions and Policy
A practical, working knowledge of the institutions and processes through which state and local policy is made and implemented; application of theoretical and empirical tools used to evaluate policy at the state and local levels.

PSAA 618 Education Policy
Examines the role of government in education and education policy issues, including equity, adequacy and accountability; final section of class will focus on current policy topics, emphasizing two strategies favored by the Obama administration--charter schools and pay for performance.

PSAA 619 Urban Policy and Management
Overview of U.S. urban policy, management and institutions; theory and research on governmental functions and policies; exposure to actual policymakers and jurisdictions; for careers in regional or local levels of U.S. government.

PSAA 620 Safeguarding the Nation’s Maritime Gateways
Thorough examination of the national policy, strategies and plans that direct maritime security and harbor safety and how they integrate into homeland security; historical overview, current national strategies, departments and agencies responsible for security, international cooperation efforts and U.S. efforts against piracy and vessel hijacking, future considerations.

PSAA 621 Economic Analysis
Microeconomic analysis of consumers, firms and markets; macroeconomic analysis of growth and stabilization policies; the government's role in the economy.

PSAA 622 Public Finance
Framework for positive and normative economic analysis of public sector spending and taxation; application of fundamental analytical principles of public finance to current issues in public policy.

PSAA 623 Budgeting in Public Service
Designed to introduce selected topics in public administration and political science literature on the politics of public finance and budgeting; introduce the practice of budgeting by learning language and issues common to budgeting in government.

PSAA 624 Water Policy and Management
Examines the role of governmental institutions, political parties, political processes and behavior, public policies, and the political history in water governance, policy, policymaking, and management. Focus is primarily on water policy in the U.S., but will address serious water issues in other parts of the world as well.

PSAA 625 Urban Sustainability Policies and Management
Studies the relationship between local political processes and the pursuit of sustainable development; focuses on theoretical underpinnings of sustainability and sustainable development as applied in the local city context of the United States and the ways that these concepts actually get defined through local political and policy making processes.

PSAA 626 Contract Management
Covers fundamentals of contracting and the procurement process, the authority of government agents to contract and potential problems; examines remedies in government contracting, including the Government Accountability Office’s protest system, and actions in federal courts; focuses on the federal level, but is applicable to state and local levels as well.

PSAA 630 Program Evaluation in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Organizations today are responding to increasing demands for accountability; demands come from an increasingly sophisticated public, clientele, and from funding sources including government, foundations, and corporations; designed to introduce theories, research, and practice for program evaluation and systems that support the organization's information needs.

PSAA 631 Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
Provides overviews and examines the underlying fundamental principles, concepts, and methods of strategic marketing as it is associated with the nonprofit sector.

PSAA 632 Fiscal Management for Nonprofits
Introduction to the underlying fundamental principles, concepts and methods of managerial finance in nonprofit organizations; interpretation and evaluation of the financial reports to inform strategic decision-making in planning and budgeting.

PSAA 633 Philanthropy: Fundraising in Nonprofit Organizations
Examines the theory and practice of fundraising in nonprofit organizations; overview of fundraising strategies and techniques and how they relate to the achievement of organizational goals; focuses on ways of integrating various fundraising activities into an effective fundraising program.

PSAA 634 Public Management
Addresses three critical aspects of public management; the role of management in the public sector, validity of the argument that government should be run like a business and the tools public managers need to be effective. Application of organizational theory concepts applied to case studies.

PSAA 635 Social Welfare and Health Policy
Explores the historical development and impact of US public welfare, child welfare, employment, and health social service programs; analyzes values and assumptions that formed the foundations of social welfare policy and explores the social, economic, political, and cultural context in which these policies developed and their potential future.

PSAA 636 Grant and Project Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
Examination of the use and provision of grants in the public and nonprofit sectors; exploration of the conceptual background of government and private grants; the management of grants and projects; application of skills and methods related to proposal writing needs statements, program budgets and evaluations.

PSAA 637 Decision Making in Government and Public Service
Introduction to the study and practice of judgment and decision making processes in government and administrative settings; content is firmly grounded in empirically-based theory and research with a practical slant designed to help develop and improve decision making skills.

PSAA 638 Health Economics and Policy
Examines health care and health care markets in U.S. and abroad; topics include production of and demand for health, moral hazard and adverse selection in insurance markets, information asymmetries in physician-patient relationships, regulation and payment systems for providers, Medicare, Medicaid and other programs, and comparisons to other countries.

PSAA 640 Energy Policy and Security
Policy and economic issues related to increasing global reliance on fossil fuels, including the resulting impact on security concerns and global warming; utilizes competitive and non-competitive market theories, non-renewable resource analysis, and cost-benefit analysis.

PSAA 641 Organization Theory for the Public Sector
Theories of bureaucracy and control, management, human relations, decision making and organizations and their environments; effects of organizations on individuals, the government and the policy formation process.

PSAA 642 Ethics and Public Policy
Theory and practice for analyzing and responding to the ethical responsibilities and dilemmas for professional conduct; ethical dimensions of analysis and decision making for policy makers and public administrators.

PSAA 643 Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector
Overview of the origins, size, scope and composition of the nonprofit and voluntary sector in American society today; introduction to the historical, political and religious foundations of the nonprofit sector; examines theoretical and conceptual framework.

PSAA 644 Management and Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations
Introduction and overview of nonprofit organizations and the environment they operate in; examination of the distinctiveness of these organizations and the special skills required for effective management of them; empirical and normative issues surrounding nonprofit management and leadership.

PSAA 645 Networks and Inter-organizational Collaboration
Introduction to the knowledge base pertaining to inter-organizational relationship and the management environment of network based organizations.

PSAA 646 Accountability in Public Service
Role of bureaucracy in American government; emphasis on mechanisms of institution accountability and control; readings and concepts from the fields of political science, public administration and administrative law; emphasis on broad theory-based knowledge for careers in public service.

PSAA 648 Performance Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
Drawing on readings, practical exercises and guest lectures; examine public sector performance management and measurement as tools for improving strategic planning, resource allocation, organizational learning, internal operational processes, and internal and external accountability; apply learning to the development of a particular organization's performance measurement system.

PSAA 649 Volunteer and Human Resources in Nonprofit Organizations
Introduces theories, research and practice for managing personnel and human resources for paid and volunteer staff in nonprofit settings; explores the behaviors and cognitions of participants in nonprofit organizations, the motivational and personnel programs required by the organization, and the managerial strategies for effective human resources management.

PSAA 650 Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Nonprofit Management
Nonprofit management practices and principles related to social entrepreneurship and innovation; research, theories, and practice examples utilized to teach principles of designing and implementing a social innovation which can be applied to domestic and international social problems.

PSAA 651 Homeland Security and Homeland Defense
Thoroughly examines the strategy for homeland defense and civil support, Department of Defense policy and doctrine, along with numerous scholarly articles focusing on homeland security; master's level course intended for individuals preparing for professional careers in the conduct of international affairs.

PSAA 652 Protection of the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure
Protection of the Nation's Critical Infrastructure. Survey an overview of the Nation's strategies for Critical Infrastructure Protection and securing cyberspace and the definition of critical infrastructures as it exists today; master's level course intended for individuals preparing for professional careers in the conduct of international affairs.

PSAA 653 Weapons of Mass Destruction
Comprehensive study of weapons of mass destruction and their potential use by a terrorist group; considers both political and technological issues associated with WMD terrorism; focus will be on prevention, protection, response and recovery to WMD terrorism events; intended for individuals preparing for professional careers in the conduct of international affairs.

PSAA 654 U.S. Border Security: Policies, Strategies and Issues
U.S. border security policies, strategies and issues; policies and strategies for homeland defense and security; Mexican and Canadian governments' border policies; southern U.S. border situation and issues; considerations when border land is privately versus federally owned; impact of criminal elements on border security; efforts to secure the U.S. coasts.

PSAA 655 Domestic Intelligence Operations: Legalities, Policies, and Procedures
Examination of laws and national policies and operations surrounding domestic intelligence within the United States; departments and agencies with domestic intelligence responsibilities, their missions, operations and resources; selected readings, government documents and case studies.

PSAA 656 Fundamentals of Homeland Security
An introduction to the theory, practice, challenge and prospects for securing the "American Homeland" against terrorist attack, with special emphasis on how American policy makers are resolving this dilemma, and their prospects for the future; draws heavily on current events and emerging policy solutions as examples.

PSAA 657/INTA 657 Terrorism in Today’s World
Comprehensive survey of international terrorism from its origins to the present; emphasis on how the U.S. government has responded and how it has organized to counter the threat; all major terrorist groups studied; understanding the nature of the terrorist threat and the implications for the U.S. government.

PSAA 660 Domestic Terrorism: The Internal Threat to America
Survey of domestic terrorism from the first manifestation of terror tactics in the United States to the anarchist movement of the 1880s to the present; study of domestic terrorist threats, the growing threats from weapons of mass destruction, and the implications WMDs have for all levels of government.

PSAA 661 Human Resources Management in Government and Public Service
Organization and operation of civil service personnel systems in American governments.

PSAA 663/AGEC 604 Natural Resource Economics
Critical evaluation of policies and procedures in natural resource development and use; identification of problems in resource development, the political-economic decision-making process and analytical tools which can contribute to economic decisions.

PSAA 667/INTA 609 Principles of International Law
Introduction to the nature and sources of international law, including jurisdiction of states; law governing the making, interpretation, application and termination of treaties and agreements; recognition of states and government; nationality of persons and corporations; state immunities from jurisdiction and control; and human rights.

PSAA 668/INTA 612 U.S. Law and Homeland Security
Analyze the threat to the homeland as reflected in a number of pre and post 9/11 commission reports; master’s level course intended for individuals preparing for professional careers in the conduct of international affairs.

PSAA 669 Legal Environment of Nonprofit Management
Laws, policies, and ideals affecting the creation and governance of nonprofit organizations; includes medical, education, cultural, social, religious, and advocacy organizations; considers these organizations' contributions to society, how they cooperate with or rival for-profit entities, and how they should be governed.

PSAA 670 Public Information Systems Management
Introduction to information systems for future public managers, management and public policy issues regarding information systems, and current policy issues related to information and communications technology.

PSAA 671 Science and Technology Policy
An overview of the role of science and technology in the public policy process; explores the impact of public policy on science and technology. These two perspectives are radically distinct, yet intertwined in the broader process of public policy making in the United States.

PSAA 674 Political Economy of International Development
Examines aspects of international development and underdevelopment, including lack of sustained economic growth and the prevalence of income inequality; designed to provide leaders in public service areas with basic knowledge of development and development assistance in cross-national and regional perspectives and the tools to analyze information in the future.

PSAA 675 Public Service and Administration Capstone Seminar
Provides a capstone experience for students as they operate in teams to address an important policy and administrative issue; draws on the coursework and experiences of their Bush School education to develop specific recommendations for design, implementation and evaluation of this project task.

PSAA 676 Public Service and Administration Capstone Seminar II
Continuation of PSAA 675. Provides a capstone experience as they operate in teams to address an important policy and administrative issue; draws on the coursework and experiences of their Bush School education to develop specific recommendations for design, implementation and evaluation of this project task.


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