Public Administration (PA)

Courses

PA 100. Individual Action and Democratic Citizenship. 3 hours.

Seeks to enhance understanding of the role of the individual as democratic citizen in shaping policy issues and outcomes in today?s world. Individual and Society course.

PA 210. Introduction to Policy Process. 3 hours.

Public policy and the policymaking process. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in ENGL 161. US Society course.

PA 211. Policy Analysis and Alternatives. 3 hours.

Policy analysis and approaches to assessing policy problems and alternatives in the U.S. context. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in ENGL 161. US Society course.

PA 230. Nonprofit Organizations in U.S. Society. 3 hours.

Provides a basic introduction to the U.S. nonprofit sector and examines the social, political, and economic impact of these organizations in American society. US Society course.

PA 231. The American Safety Net. 3 hours.

Provides a basic introduction to social welfare policy in the United States, examines the history of social welfare policies and programs in the US, and explores American cultural values and attitudes. US Society course.

PA 232. International Development Policy in a Globalized World. 3 hours.

Provides a basic introduction to globalization and international development, and how public policy can shape and address them. Individual and Society course, and World Cultures course.

PA 240. Environmental Policy. 3 hours.

Provides an introduction to political, economic and social dimensions of environmental policy and teaches methods needed to understand, evaluate, design and implement environment policies, especially in the United States. Course Information: Previously listed as PA 310. US Society course.

PA 300. Introduction to Urban Policy Processes. 3 hours.

Basic structure of the policy process within the urban context including the nature of urban policy, its formulation, evaluation, and implementation. Emphasis on state and local policy development as it relates to urban areas. Course Information: Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Public Policy or Urban Studies and college-level Microeconomics; or consent of the instructor.

PA 303. Urban Government I: Managing the Internal Environment. 3 hours.

Personnel management, organizing, budgeting, finance, leadership, motivation, economic development, accountability, ethics, legal and constitutional foundations. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Public Policy or Urban Studies; or consent of the instructor.

PA 305. Urban Government II: Managing the External Environment. 3 hours.

Intergovernmental finance, inter-jurisdictional competition, intergovernmental cooperation, intergovernmental cooperative agreements, and contractual and informal relations with non-profit organizations and governmental actors. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Public Policy or Urban Studies or consent of the instructor.

PA 309. Public Budgeting and Financial Management. 3 hours.

Government budgeting, financial, management and the reciprocal relationship between government and the economy. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Public Policy or Urban Studies or consent of the instructor.

PA 401. Public Administration Theory. 3 or 4 hours.

Theoretical developments; including bureaucracy, administrative state, politics and administration, market and bureaucratic alternatives, organizational decision making, organizational culture, ethics in public sector organizations. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Previously listed as PA 400. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MPA program or consent of the instructor.

PA 402. Principles of Data Analysis. 3 or 4 hours.

Topics and methods of analyzing information relevant to the administration and management of public programs and organizations. Includes causation, univariate statistics, significance testing, correlation, and regression. Course Information: 3 to 4 undergraduate hours; 4 to 5 graduate hours. Previously listed as PA 407. Prerequisite(s): Appropriate score on the department placement test; and graduate standing; or consent of the instructor. Admission to the MPA program or consent of the instructor.

PA 403. Economics for Management and Policy. 3 or 4 hours.

Basic economic tools and methods relevant to public admin and current policy: opportunity cost, supply and demand, rational choice, production costs, competition vs monopoly, and economic efficiency versus equity, market failure, and public goods. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Previously listed as PA 410. Prerequisite(s): Appropriate score on the department placement test and graduate standing and admission to the MPA program; or consent of the instructor.

PA 405. Evaluating Public Policies and Programs. 3 hours.

Designed to introduce students to research methods used in the social sciences to evaluate public programs. There is an overview of evaluation, understanding why we do evaluations and theories impacting evaluations and research design.

PA 421. Public Management. 3 or 4 hours.

Theories, concepts, and applications of management in public organizations. Topics include bureaucracy, public versus private organizations, leadership, motivation, and managing organization change, discretion, and networks. Course Information: Previously listed as PA 415. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MPA program or consent of the instructor.

PA 422. Project Management. 4 hours.

A comprehensive review of project management practices and techniques necessary to successfully manage projects in government and non-profit organizations which is rooted largely in Project Management Institute (PMI) standards and practices. Course Information: Previously listed as PA 462.

PA 431. Civic Technology. 2 hours.

Application of the Internet and related technologies for public management. Topics include, Web-based service delivery, online governance, the technological divide, the use of social media, and the changing role of public managers. Course Information: Previously listed as PA 463. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MPA program or consent of the instructor.

PA 432. Management of Information Technology. 2 hours.

The management of technology in government and nonprofit organizations, including typical organizational models; technology roles, skills, and leadership; integration of technology with business operations; and common technology challenges.Course Information: Previously listed as PA 461.Prerequisite(s): Graduate or professional standing; or Admission to the MPA program or consent of the instructor.

PA 433. Data Management. 2 hours.

An overview of the use and leveraging of data in order to allow government and nonprofit organizations to make better decisions and improve operations. Topics to be covered will include the concepts of data management and governance. Course Information: Previously listed as PA 460. Prerequisite(s): Graduate or professional standing; or admission to the MPA program or consent of the instructor.

PA 434. Data Analytics. 2 hours.

An introduction to data analytics concepts, including the latest practices for gaining better value from data. An emphasis will be placed upon hands-on use and application of data analytics techniques. Course Information: Extensive computer use required. Meets eight weeks of the semester. Prerequisite(s): PA 433; and admission to the MPA program or consent of instructor.

PA 435. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Public Managers. 4 hours.

Fundamental GIS tools and applications as well as the challenges in implementing and sustaining a GIS function in the public setting.

PA 447. Survey Planning and Design. 3 hours.

Theory and applications of sample survey planning and design for conducting research in health sciences and related fields. Addresses three major topics: survey design and planning, sampling, and data collection procedures. Course Information: Same as CHSC 447. Prerequisite(s): Graduate or professional standing and BSTT 400 and CHSC 446; or approval of the department.Recommended background: Credit in CHSC 446 or the equivalent.

PA 463. Civic Technology. 2 hours.

Application of the Internet and related technologies for public management. Topics include, Web-based service delivery, online governance, the technological divide, the use of social media, and the changing role of public managers. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MPA program or consent of the instructor.

PA 464. Technology and Innovation Theory. 4 hours.

The course focuses on theories surrounding the creation, development, transfer, and use of technology. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Ph.D. in Public Administration program or consent of the instructor.

PA 466. Science, Technology and Public Policy. 4 hours.

This course addresses the relationships between public policy and science and technology in the United States. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Ph.D. in Public Administration program or consent of the instructor.

PA 468. Topics in Management and Leadership of Public Organizations. 3 or 4 hours.

Examines management and leadership issues through experiences of current and former public managers, political appointees, elected officials, and other key public leaders. Emphasis on topics from Illinois and Chicago metropolitan region. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MPA program or consent of instructor .

PA 490. Field Experience in Public Administration. 4 hours.

Students work in an organization such as a government agency, community group, or nonprofit organization. Students are required to submit written work and meet with professor on periodic basis to review work experience. Course Information: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. A maximum of 4 hours of credit may be applied to the Master of Public Administration program. Field work required. Students who have no prior work experience in the public or non-profit sectors are strongly recommended to register for this course. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing required; and admission to the MPA program or consent of the instructor.

PA 494. Special Topics in Public Administration. 3 or 4 hours.

Consideration of timely or enduring issues in public administration not available in regularly offered courses. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MPA program or consent of the instructor.

PA 499. Independent Study in Public Policy. 1-3 hours.

Provides an opportunity for students to pursue an independent project that is not available through the required Public Policy coursework. Course Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Urban and Public Affairs Program or consent of the instructor.