Course catalog

PAF 200 Public Service & Policy in the 21st Century Provides a broad introduction to the field of public service and leadership. Course topics include an overview of management, policy, urban studies and leadership in the public sector. Students learn the history and development of the public sector, as well as how it serves contemporary society.

PAF 201 Economics & Public Policy This course introduces students to the terminology and methods of analysis in micro-economics. In particular, it examines the behavior of individual consumers and firms, with a focus on market failures and the role of government policy in correcting those failures. The course applies micro-economic principles to the distribution of income, policies for eliminating poverty and discrimination, the problems of environmental pollution, and the impact of different market structures on economic activity.

PAF 300 Public Management & Administration Examines the context and development of the field of public administration and the role of the public manager, particularly in the management of strategic goals, human resources, budgets, finance, and delivery of services.

PAF 301 Applied Statistics Focuses on introductory statistical techniques used in social science research. Students will be introduced to concepts such as measures of central tendency and dispersion as well as statistical techniques, including the following: one-sample z and t tests, two-sample t tests, chi-square, and correlation. The overall goal of the course is not only to help students understand the mathematical/statistical concepts presented but also to assist them in using these concepts in everyday life and in the study of social sciences. Prerequisite: MAT 142 or higher.   

PAF 302 Public Service Research Methods Introduces the philosophy, scope, and methods of public sector research. Includes an overview of quantitative and qualitative methods and research design. Prerequisites with a grade of "C" or higher: MAT 142; PAF 301.

PAF 311 Leadership & Change The leader’s role in bringing about significant organizational and societal change with special attention to group and organizational behavior dynamics, establishing a vision, mobilizing and empowering individuals and groups, and assessing outcomes of the change process in a variety of settings.

PAF 340 Contemporary Policy Challenges Develops a conceptual, critical, and practical understanding of policy, the policy process, and policy analysis. Prerequisites: completed 30+ credits.

 PAF 360 Introduction to Emergency Management Emergency management theories. Comprehensive emergency management. Mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Post-disasters and policy formation. Current FEMA all-hazards approach. Prerequisites: completed 45+ credits.

 PAF 410 Building Leadership Skills Exploration, understanding and development of leadership skills including an examination of leadership theories and models from multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural points of view, an assessment of the student’s leadership capabilities, and practical applications to improve individual leadership capabilities.

 PAF 420 Public Leadership Examines key concepts, models, and strategies for leading public and nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on enhancing self-knowledge, skills, and abilities for effective leadership.

 PAF 424 Comprehensive Emergency Management Addresses theory and management techniques for emergency preparedness, including mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Prerequisites: completed 45+ hours.

 PAF 425 National Incident Management System (NIMS) Covers concepts, terminology, players, compliance requirements, including doctrine of National Incident Management System per HSPD-5. Discussion of National Response Plan. Prerequisites: completed 45+ credits.

 PAF 460 Public Service Ethics Examines the role, values, and issues of public management in the context of democratic governance, citizen participation, power structures, and professional codes of conduct, with an emphasis on developing skill in critical and ethical reasoning and decision making.

 PAF 461 Homeland Security In-depth analysis of policies, procedures, and organizational structure for effective homeland security program. Covers all hazard/all risk philosophy.Prerequisites: completed 45+ hours, credit is allowed for PAF 461 or PAF 554.

 PAF 468 Simulation & Exercising Requirements, planning, conduct, and critique of exercises related to emergency planning. Emphasizes realism using moulage and props. Prerequisites: completed 45+ hours.

PAF 469 Terrorism Defense Explores the background and evolution of terrorism. Presents specific tactics for preparation for and response to acts of terrorism. Prerequisites: completed 45+ hours, credit is allowed for ABS 598 or PAF 469.

 PAF 471 Public Policy Analysis This course provides an introduction to the concepts, models, and operational methods used in public policy decisions.  It aims to help students develop the skills needed for defining policy issues, identifying alternative solutions, and predicting the potential impact of policy alternatives. Prerequisites: PAF 301 and PAF 340.

 PAF 501 Public Service Research I Philosophy, scope, and methods; public service research design, values, and ethics. Prerequisite: an approved course in statistics.

 PAF 502 Public Service Research II Quantitative techniques including multivariate analysis, data analysis, decision making, and computer applications in public affairs. Prerequisite: PAF 501.

 PAF 503 Public Affairs The development and context of American public administration and policy; the role of administration in governance; and values and ethics in administration.

 PAF 504 Public Affairs Economics The basics of public sector economics; microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts applied to public sector decisions and policies.

 PAF 505 Public Policy Analysis Institutional and formal analysis of policy processes, decision making, and problem solving; values, ethics, and the uses of policy analysis. Prerequisites: PAF 504.

PAF 506 Public Budgeting & Finance The legal, social, economic, political, institutional, and ethical foundations of government finance, budgets, and budgeting. Prerequisite: PAF 504.

PAF 507 Public Human Resource Management Personnel systems, behavior, and management of people in public organizations, collective behavior, unionism, conflict management, productivity, and ethics.

PAF 508 Organization Behavior Theory and application in the management of organizational behavior with emphasis on leadership and the public service. 

PAF 509 Public Service Capstone application of core course knowledge, skills, and abilities required for public service. Prerequisites: PAF 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, and 508.

PAF 520 Public Management The management process in government and public agencies, with emphasis on the executive leadership within the public sector.

PAF 521 Organization Theory Organization Theory and current research emphasis with application to public administrative organizations.

PAF 522 Public Labor Relations Rise of public unionism, managerial policy towards unionism, conflict resolution, impact of unionism budgets, personnel policies, and public policy.

PAF 523 The City & County Manager The manager's role and resources in the differing forms of administrative, legislative, and community sectors.

PAF 525 Public Entrepreneurship Explores entrepreneurship in the public sector from various angles, including small and large communities and nonprofits.

 PAF 530 Management of Urban Government Administrative practices and behavior within the urban political administrative environment. Functional areas such as citizen participation, urban planning, urban transportation, and the conflicts between urban politics and administrative efficiency.

 PAF 531 Community Conflict Resolution Interdisciplinary approach to understanding the dynamics of community conflict. Strategic considerations in policy design and advocacy; potential reaction to conflict. Relevant models and research findings generated by both case studies and comparative models. 

 PAF 534 Urban Services Infrastructure Course provides an overview of the network of services being provided in the urban environment by a variety of governmental and non-governmental agencies. Discussions include coordination, cooperation, and overlap of services by local, special district, county, regional and state levels, alternate delivery methods including non-profits, and the evolving relationship of these services.

 PAF 540 Advanced Policy Analysis Course emphasizes the structure of policy problems, forecasting policy alternatives, optimizing resources, and reducing uncertainty in policy making. Prerequisites: PAF 505.

 PAF 541 Program Evaluation Various methodologies available for the evaluation of public policies and programs. Cross listed as JUS 547. Prerequisites: PAF 501.

 PAF 545 Organizations, Sustainability & Public Policy Sustainability concerns are fast becoming a strategic issue for organizations in all sectors. In the last ten years, numerous organizations have completely redefined their business strategies in line with principles of sustainability by balancing the requirements for economic development, environmental quality and social justice, and governments worldwide are developing programs and policies that encourage these activities. Explores the connections between organization strategy--especially within the private sector, sustainability and public policy. Through a combination of practical cases, readings and lectures, class sessions engage students in discussions aimed at developing sustainability assessment models. Additionally, students apply new strategy tools that incorporate principles of proactive environmental management and social responsibility designed to enhance the public good.

 PAF 546 Environmental Policy & Management Analysis of environmental policy and planning issues and principles related to the analysis and management of natural and urban/regional resources.

 PAF 547 Science, Technology, & Public Affairs The influence of science and technology on governmental policy making, scientists as administrators and advisors, governmental policy making for science and technology, government as a sponsor of research and development.

 PAF 552 Integrated Emergency Management Theory and practice of comprehensive emergency management. Explores scope and function of Department of Homeland Security.

 PAF 553 Terrorism & Weapons of Mass Destruction Historical evolution of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Analyzes current theories and mitigation, preparedness, and response tactics.

 PAF 554 Homeland Security Presents skills necessary to develop policies, strategies, programs, and organizational structure of an all hazards/all risk homeland security program.

 PAF 555 Information Technology in Emergency Management Provides theory and application of computer-based programs in emergency management and the use of various emergency modeling programs.

 PAF 560 Community Resilience Examines community resilience from a systems perspective, embracing governments, private, nonprofit, and civic roles. Presents research, case studies, and strategies for policy planning and implementation. The course also provides an understanding of how community members respond to the need to prepare for, endure, and recover from disasters; and the ability to utilize multiple communication methods to help community members before, during, and after these emergencies.

 PAF 566 Participatory Governance & Civic Engagement Examination of classic and current theoretical debates on participatory governance and civic engagement, discussion of theoretical and practical implications, and analysis of different models of participatory governance.

PAF 570 Microeconomics of the Public Sector II Examines microeconomics at the intermediate level, along with topics in urban microeconomics focusing on issues of urban finance and taxation. Prerequisite: PAF 504 or equivalent.

 PAF 571 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Analysis Provides foundational information related to application of GIS technology to meet various needs within governmental operations, administration, and public policy.

 PAF 573 Applied Econometrics Examines more advanced regression topics such as limited dependent variable analysis, time-series analysis and forecasting techniques, and simultaneity. This course also meets the doctoral requirement in quantitative methods. Prerequisite: PAF 502 or equivalent.

 PAF 574 Diversity, Ethics, & Leading Public Change Focuses on leadership, ethics, and benefits and tensions of the multicultural city to develop leadership and multicultural competence.

 PAF 591 Seminar Topics may include but are not limited to the following: general public administration, public leadership, public finance administration, public management, comparative public policy, urban affairs and urban planning, public policy analysis, information management, geographic information systems, advanced research methods, business and government, emergency management. Maybe repeated for credit but must have different course title.

 PAF 601 Policy Analysis & Evaluation Normative and conceptual issues of policy formation, implementation, and evaluation; methods of policy analysis and evaluation.

 PAF 602 Foundations of Public Administration I Ethical, social. legal, and philosophical foundations of public administration.

 PAF 603 Organization & Behavior in the Public Sector Structure, organization, conduct, and performance of public sector institutions in the administration of public policy. Prerequisites: PAF 602.

 PAF 604 Foundations of Public Administration II Philosophy of science (including research design issues and alternative approaches) and contemporary public administration including political, social, technological, and economic institutions involved in governance, exposure to research being conducted within department.

PAF 610 Advanced Qualitative Methods Explores a number of qualitative research approaches and methods, including ethnography, ethnomethodology, participant observation, interviews, focus groups, content analysis, discourse analysis, and some comparative/historical methods. Also explores the important theoretical and ethical issues that bear on these approaches.

PAF 620 Current Issues in Theory & Methods in Public Administration Research & TeachingThe purpose of this course is to prepare doctoral students to become productive and effective public administration scholars, teachers, and researchers.

URB 220 Introduction to Urban America Investigates traditional and evolving forms of civic engagement and management. Examines leadership and organizational models to urban development and decision-making.

 URB 240 Urban Policy Examines major theories about the purposes and processes of urban policy formulation, adoption, and implementation.

 URB 300 Urban & Metropolitan Studies Examination of the city using a multidisciplinary approach drawing from different historical, cultural, social, philosophical, and economic issues and concepts. Credit is allowed for only URB 100 or 300.

URB 302 Urban Theory Examines the sociological, economic and political theoretical positions underlying the development and evolution of metropolitan areas.

 URB 305 Urban Governance Examines major shifts and trends in urban America. Concentrates on the changing approaches to governance and policies of urban areas. Credit is allowed for only URB 105 or 305.

URB 405 Citizen Engagement & Community Building Develops a conceptual, critical, and practical understanding of urban dwellers involvement in community affairs as citizens and as builders of vital neighborhoods and vibrant cities. Prerequisite: Completion of URB 220 and 240 with a grade of C or better.

 URB 406 Public Administration & Community Development Examines critically the concepts “community” and “development” and considers how important forces, such as diversity, civic life, changes in social space, and globalization, affect our understandings about these concepts and influence our actions. Prerequisite: URB 220 or 240 with a grade of C or better.