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PUP 3002   INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC POLICY & ADMINISTRATION

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to the BS Public Policy and Administration program. This course will provide a basic foundation in the conceptual frameworks, research perspectives and practical considerations of policy origination, interpretation/implementation and organizational behavior management within public organizations. The emphasis will be on critical thinking and a problem solving approach to improving organizational performance. Course content is guided by the practical aspects of theory, research, best practices, and the past and current real world experience of managers. 47 contact hours.

PUP 3023   PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION LEGAL RESEARCH

credits: 3  

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Public Policy and Administration BS Program. Pre- or corequisite(s): PUP 3002. This course will provide the student with a working knowledge of the major techniques utilized in legal research, analysis, and writing. It will introduce the student to a broad practical approach to the use of legal publications in addressing public policy and administration issues. This course familiarizes the student with computerized legal research databases and enhances previously learned research skills to include a focus on policy development/ implementation, programs and projects. The student will build upon the essential building blocks of how government works. The student will complete assigned problems and scenarios in legal research. 47 contact hours.

PUP 3033   POLICY LEADERSHIP

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Public Policy and Administration BS Program. Prerequisite: PUP 3002 with a minimum grade of C and PUP 3040 with a minimum grade of C. This course introduces students to the relationship between leadership and policy and the organizational dynamics that influence the implementation of public policy. Students will experience all phases of developing policy, from identifying stakeholders and their competing perspectives, to determining factors that impact the sustainability of public policy. Emphasis will be placed on the varying leadership styles used to work with diverse groups and in one-on-one interactions for the purpose on influencing policy development, analysis, decision making, implementation, and improvement. 47 contact hours.

PUP 3040   STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission into the Bachelor of Science Public Policy and Administration program and PUP 3002. This course will provide a basic foundation in the conceptual frameworks, research perspectives, practical and political considerations of state and local government and its relationship to public policy to include its origin, interpretation and implementation. The emphasis will be on critical thinking, “the art of negotiation”, diplomacy, problem solving and decision making. Course content is guided by the practical aspects of theory, research, best practices, and past and current real world experience of public managers. 47 contact hours.

PUP 3043   EVALUATING PUBLIC POLICY (RESEARCH METHODS I)

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to Public Policy and Administration BS. Pre- or corequisite: PUP 3040. This course will provide an introduction to research methods used in public policy and administration. The student will be introduced to several concepts including initiating and organizing a research study, appropriate study designs, measurement of variables, sampling techniques, use of surveys and protection of human subjects and other ethical issues. 47 contact hours.

PUP 3046   POLICY DATA ANALYSIS (RESEARCH METHODS II)

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to Public Policy and Administration BS and PUP3043 Research Methods I. This course will provide an introduction to statistical research methods used in public policy and administration. The student will be introduced to strategies for data analysis including correlation, simple linear regression, hypothesis testing, use of indices and effective communication of research findings in public policy and administration. 47 contact hours.

PUP 3052   ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL POLICY

credits: 3  

Prerequisite(s): Admission into the Public Policy and Administration BS program. This course provides students with an overview of contemporary international issues and the knowledge necessary to engage in a detailed examination and constructive discussion of these issues. Focus is placed on three broad categories: conflict, security and terrorism; globalization and the international economy; and, international human rights and justice. Students will craft solutions to these issues and present them in a peer group setting. Students will learn about important geographical and geostrategic factors contributing to the menu of political crises examined. The class is debate-driven, meaning issues are examined based on differing viewpoints and the merits of each. Students will engage in a substantive case study of international diplomacy through the use of a Model UN Module, where students will represent nations, draft written submissions, and engage in debate about a current issue in the international arena. 47 contact hours.

PUP 3054   POLICY AND ETHICS

credits: 3  

Prerequisite(s): Admission to Public Policy and Administration BS program. This course will introduce students to policy and ethics as a process of reasonable, rational and responsible decision making in the workplace. The student will analyze policy, political and ethical issues that managers and public organizations face in today’s environment. 47 contact hours.

PUP 3055   PUBLIC POLICY AND NEGOTIATION

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Admission to the Public Policy and Administration BS Program. This course provides a basic foundation into the principles of dispute resolution and consensus-building on public disputes, policy development and program implementation. Emphasis will be placed on combining theoretical and practical applications addressing government, business and citizen groups in managing public disputes and policy making development. Federal, state and local case studies and exercises are employed to help students develop skills in multi-party conflict analysis, assessment for dispute resolution intervention, and negotiation and facilitation processes. Course content is guided by an understanding that social and economic growth has a direct impact on the timing, tolerance, politics and power involved in the dynamics of conflict resolution and consensus building. 47 contact hours

PUP 3823   EMERGENCY AND CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS

credits: 3  

Prerequisite(s): Admission to PPA-BS program and COM 3120 with a minimum grade of "C".  This course introduces the student to the principles of crisis communications from both an internal and external perspective on international, national, state and local levels. This course will combine theoretical and practical applications addressing governments, businesses and citizen groups in the development of communication techniques and the basic principles of crisis management. Case studies and class exercises are employed to help students develop skills in multi-party negotiations, conflict resolution, crisis and resource allocation and decision making. Emphasis will be placed on introducing students on how to prepare senior leadership to respond to the dynamic nature of media perception and public opinion during crisis situations which affect the usual and customary operations of a business or government. 47 contact hours.

PUP 4941   PUBLIC POLICY CAPSTONE

credits: 3  

Prerequisite(s): Completion of all core courses in the Public Policy and Administration BS program or permission of the dean. This is the capstone course for the Public Policy and Administration program and will provide the opportunity for the student to demonstrate that he/she has learned both the theoretical material and practical skills from the program and can apply them in the real world. It must be taken during the student’s last semester in the program. This course focuses on giving the student the opportunity to develop and present a policy to address a current issue in public policy and administration. The student will choose a topic for a project consistent with the goals of this program and submit it to the course instructor for approval. 47 contact hours.

PUP 4949   PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION CO-OP WORK EXPERIENCE

credits: 3  

Prerequisite(s): Admission into the Public Policy and Administration BS program, and Faculty Advisor/Co-op Coordinator or Program Director Approval. This course is designed to provide students with major-related, supervised, evaluated practical training work experiences which may be paid or voluntary. Students are graded on the basis of documented learning acquired through hands-on experiences in an actual work setting. Variable credits are available, one to three per course. The student must fulfill the requirement of 180 on-the-job hours in addition to written assignments.


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