Course catalog

PAF 112 Identity, Service and American Democracy Introduces the history of American democracy and civic engagement, while developing civic identity through hands-on democracy-in-action assignments. Examines the rich history of civic engagement as it applies to different races, sexes, genders and religions to unpack the what, why and how of getting involved and making a difference in public service. Examines cultural identity, including diversity of race, sex, gender and religion, as it contributes to social, civic, political and democratic life. Understanding how to participate in civic society culminates in the creation of a plan to contribute to the ongoing mission of sustaining a vibrant, healthy and unifying American democracy.

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 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.

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

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 305 Urban Governance Examines major shifts and trends in urban America. Concentrates on the changing approaches to governance and policies of urban areas. 

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 351 Urban & Metropolitan Studies Examination of the city using a multidisciplinary approach drawing from different historical, cultural, social, philosophical, and economic issues and concepts. 

PAF 352 Urban Theory Examines the sociological, economic and political theoretical positions underlying the development and evolution of metropolitan areas.

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 361 Hazards and Risk Management Overview of natural and technological hazards and disasters, including core concepts and evidence in the field. Introduces concepts of risk and risk management and how they are used in emergency and disaster preparedness, response and mitigation operations.

PAF 363 Tech in Emergency Management Explores latest apps, software and social media used in planning (e.g., GIS for hazard mitigation), public crisis communications (via apps or social media platforms) and incident response platforms (for resource and operations coordination). Emphasizes hands-on experience with such tools.

PAF 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. 

PAF 406 Public Administration & Community Development Critically examines 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.

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 Within the U.S. system of federalism, thousands of governments interact at different levels on issues ranging from taxation and education to zoning and water. Further, governments at all levels interact with nonprofit and industry sectors to provide public services and collaboratively address complex regional and, increasingly, global challenges. Finally, governments and other service providers interact across local, state, regional and national boundaries. Examines how to manage across boundaries (e.g., governmental, nongovernmental, stakeholders, communities, sectors). Emphasizes intergovernmental relations from the perspective of local and state governments; also exposes students to interstate and international forms of intergovernmental relations. Exposes contemporary public management frameworks and applies these frameworks to understand how leaders manage increasingly complex public challenges. Prerequisite(s): completed 45+ hours 

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

PAF 426 Security Analysis Covers the role of intelligence in the United States with an emphasis on its application across homeland security and related agencies in the public sector and parallel private-sector organizations. Prerequisites: completed 45+ hours.

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. 

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

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 Managing Public Money Management process in government and public agencies, with emphasis on the executive leadership within the public sector.

PAF 522 Advanced Governmental Financial Management: Capital Budgeting and Infrastructure Financing Focuses on capital budgeting and infrastructure financing. Covers information required to finance a capital improvement plan, specifically for infrastructure items such as streets, parks, public utilities, airports, highways, bridges and tunnels, and other public works. Combining strategy as well as process, examines financial management from different perspectives.

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 544 Urban Policy Understands major theoretical frameworks, methodological approaches and substantive issues emphasized in urban policy research. Hones skills in policy analysis.

PAF 545 Creating Sustainable Organizations Sustainability is a strategic concern for managers in all types of organizations: private, public and nonprofit. Forward-thinking managers are redefining their operational strategies to balance economic development, environmental quality and social justice needs. By drawing on practical cases and a real-time project with a local client, students explore these connections through multiple lenses. Topics covered include creating organization change, involving stakeholders, transformational vs. incremental sustainability, sustainability market strategies, strategic alliances, enhancing the organization value from sustainability initiatives, and assessing organization sustainability.

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 548 Women/Politics/Public Policy Explores how political philosophy, politics, and public policy affect and are affected by women.

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

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 561 Interoperability for Emergency Managers Enables understanding of the multiple technologies and skills utilized by emergency managers to enhance successful coordination and communication between all levels of emergency managers and responders during emergency mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery operations.

PAF 562 Higher Education Policy Broad overview of higher education policy. As used here, the term 'policy' in higher education refers to government-produced policies (e.g., federal grants policy, state policies for university budgets) but also university-produced policies (e.g., strategic alliances, policies for faculty or student conduct). Despite the breadth of coverage, there is one theme permeating the course: universities as 'public values-based institutions,' including social impact, social engagement, outreach and economic impact.

PAF 565 Theories and Practices of Democracy Critically explores the wide range of ideas, issues, challenges, and promises related to democracy in theory and practice. Intended for all students interested in democratic leadership, public service, civic engagement, and participatory governance.

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 601 Advanced Public Policy Seminar This advanced seminar in public policy has a single objective: to develop a critical thinking of theoretical perspectives developed to analyze several dimensions of public policy. Focuses on theories and perspectives across specific policy areas since the objective is to get used to analytical lenses, not a specific policy area. This objective is achieved by reading required books each week. This class requires the ability to critically analyze a body of literature as a prerequisite for advancing that literature. The general format of this course includes reviews of class material and discussion. Prior to each class, students are expected to read the required books listed in the syllabus. Students are responsible for contents included in the readings, even if it is not explicitly reviewed in class.

PAF 602 Advanced Research Design for Public Policy and Management The logic, design and conduct of applied social research for students interested in public management and policy. Traditional scientific explanatory research is a necessary prerequisite for any prescriptive research. The primary orientation of this course is to focus on development of social science explanations for public administrative phenomena and the development of research designs which permit testing of hypotheses derived from these explanations.

PAF 603 Advanced Economics for Public Administration and Public Policy Theory of utility and demand, theory of the producer, organization, operation of product and factor markets, market equilibrium, regulation, risk and uncertainty, general equilibrium and welfare policy, market failure, public goods and taxation, and game theory. Prerequisites: PAF 504.

PAF 604 Intellectual Foundations of Public Administration Explores significant developments and themes in the theory of public administration, especially American public administration. Major foci in this seminar include the historical development of public administration as a body of thought and as a theory of politics; the enduring theme of public administration and democracy; various possible unifying themes, theories, and criteria; and prospects for future theory and research. Aimed at encouraging advanced students to refine their abilities to identify, analyze, interpret, critique, evaluate, and contribute to the literature and intellectual developments of this field of scholarship, as well as to place current and emerging trends in broader context. Builds on more basic courses in public administration and is intended in part to assist students in preparation for doctoral preliminary examinations in public administration. Assumes that students have a solid understanding of American government and bureaucracy.

PAF 605  Organization Theory and Behavior Seminar Advanced survey of organization theory (OT) and organization behavior (OB) literatures for doctoral students. The seminar pursues multiple goals. It examines the intellectual foundations and historical progression of OT/OB research and explores the craft of conducting social science research related to OT/OB. Specifically analyzes how current literature in public management and administration applies organization theory for research. Develops a research-based understanding of main schools of organization theory so that students gain skills to enable them to engage OT/OB theories in their own research.

PAF 609 Advanced Quantitative Methods Seminar Provides opportunity to learn the tools necessary for carrying out empirical work through hands-on data work and analysis. Students learn how to specify and estimate linear regression models and test hypotheses about model parameters under different statistical assumptions. Students become proficient in programming statistical routines.

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 Public Administration Professional Development Workshop Teaching Prepares doctoral students to become productive and effective public administration scholars, teachers, and researchers.