University of Vermont

2011-12 Online Catalogue

Courses in Public Administration (PA)

PA 195 - Intermediate Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
PA 206 - Intro Cont Public Affairs
Contemporary policy issues including government and the economy, the role of leadership, ethical and moral issues in public policy, and other contemporary issues impacting society. Prerequisites: CDAE 100 level course.
Credits: 3.00
PA 295 - Advanced Special Topics
Current issues and new developments in public policy and public administration. Prerequisite: Permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
PA 296 - Advanced Special Topics
Current issues and new developments in public policy and public administration. Prerequisite: Permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
PA 301 - Foundations of Public Admin
Survey of major elements of management in the public and nonprofit sectors with special attention given to problems arising from political imperatives generated by a democratic society.
Credits: 3.00
PA 302 - Org Theory & Behavior
Examination of basic classical and contemporary theory, research on human relations, internal structures, environments, types, diverse workplaces, general properties of complex organizations and bureaucracies.
Credits: 3.00
PA 303 - Research & Evaluation Methods
Conceptualization, collection and analysis of primary and secondary data; interpretation, and communication of results of applied research and/or evaluation studies for decision makers. Separate lab required.
Credits: 0.00 or 3.00
PA 305 - Public and Nonprofit Budgeting
A focus on the budget as the primary policy and planning document in public and nonprofit organizations.
Credits: 3.00
PA 306 - Policy Systems
The study and application of system-level public policy frameworks, theories and models to contemporary policy problems and solutions.
Credits: 3.00
PA 307 - Administrative Ethics
Administrative behavior with a focus on ethical dilemmas that arise in the bureaucracy. An examination of a number of moral issues and ways to resolve them.
Credits: 0.00 or 3.00
PA 308 - Decision Making Models
Credits: 3.00
PA 311 - Policy Analysis&Program Eval
A seminar providing hands-on knowledge in policy analysis and program evaluation using case studies of current analysis projects and problems. Specific techniques include planning, survey administration, forecasting, cost benefit analysis, and impact assessment.
Credits: 3.00
PA 312 - Mgmt in Hlth Services&Med Care
Addresses major issues and challenges faced by health services managers relating to established and evolving social, economic, and professional policies in a context of practical problem assessment and appropriate resolution.
Credits: 3.00
PA 313 - Public Policy Implementation
A seminar considering aspects of the public policy implementation process from initiation to completion and evaluation with regards to system design, policy goals, communication, compliance, and political environment.
Credits: 3.00
PA 314 - Administrative Law
Examines legal foundations of public administration focusing on legal issues of most importance to present or future administrators.
Credits: 3.00
PA 315 - Hlth Srvc & Med Care in US
Defines the milieu of issues and challenges faced by managers in the health services setting.
Credits: 3.00
PA 317 - Systems Anly & Strategic Mgmt
Students will be introduced to systems thinking and network dynamics with a particular focus on managing across organizational and sectoral boundaries, including public-private partnerships, intergovernmental arrangements, and strategic alliances. Tools to undertake strategic analysis and planning will be explored.
Credits: 3.00
PA 318 - Admin Theory & Practice
Extensive examination of literature pertaining to the practice and theory of public administration. Explores public/private partnerships, intergovernmental management, ethics, and administrators as agents for organizational change.
Credits: 3.00
PA 319 - State Administration
Elements of public management at the state level i.e. the state/federal relationship regarding control; management within the force field of local conflict and cooperation; and management within the context of inter-agency conflict and cooperation. Cross-listed with: POLS 224.
Credits: 3.00
PA 320 - Local Government Admin
This course is a primer on local government administration in the US using the case method to experience the complexity of the challenges one confronts in the field.
Credits: 3.00
PA 321 - Negotiation & Mediation
Explores the principles of today's negotiations and mediations through readings, heavy emphasis on practical exercises between students, and case analyses of actual negotiations. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Credits: 3.00
PA 323 - Non-Profit Administration
Course reviews the history of, and managerial challenges inherent to, the non-profit sector in the United States and explores sector's relationship to the governmental and business sectors.
Credits: 3.00
PA 325 - Health Care Policy
This course addresses policy issues affecting the structure, performance and change in the U.S. health care system, with a specific focus on the role of health care managers. Pre/co-requisite: CDAE 102, CDAE 124, or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.00
PA 326 - Community Economic Development
Examines how rural and urban communities address poverty, unemployment and other economic problems through job creation and retention, workforce training and support, and other development strategies. Cross-listed with: CDAE 326.
Credits: 3.00
PA 334 - Organizational Behav&Cultures
Credits: 3.00
PA 342 - Sustainability & Transportatn
Introduction to the complex interconnection of engineering, policy, science and social science that characterize transportation systems, mobility problems and solutions. Interdisciplinary teams conduct case studies. Prerequisite: Instructor permission required. Cross-listed with: CE 312, TRC 312.
Credits: 3.00
PA 375 - Public Administration Capstone
The Capstone is designed to provide MPA students with a summative experience that ties learning competencies to evidence drawn from their course of study. Pre/co-requisites: Core MPA courses either prior to Spring semester or simultaneously.
Credits: 3.00
PA 380 - Internship
Supervised administrative experience culminating in a written report.
Credits: 3.00 to 6.00
PA 391 - Master's Thesis Research
Thesis topic must be approved by faculty advisor.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
PA 395 - Special Topics
For advanced students within areas of expertise of the faculty. Varied course offerings. Contemporary topics. Instructor Permission.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
PA 397 - Readings & Research
Readings, with conferences, term paper, to provide graduate students with specialized knowledge in an area in which an appropriate course is not offered.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
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