Course Descriptions PUAD 5100   Organizational Designs for Governance and Public Management
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course examines the organizational designs of government for the purposes of governance and public management. It encompasses the basic constitutional and political designs of government; the structures and principles governing the relationship between the partisan-political and non-partisan public-service institutions of government; the organization and roles of the central executive and corporate policy and management agencies; the organization of portfolios, departments and agencies for the management of policy and operational functions; and, the structures and processes of accountability for governance and public management. The course is focused on the Canadian system of government but addresses basic questions of organizational theory and design in a comparative context.

PUAD 5120   Introduction to Public Policy
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course covers the process of designing, implementing and monitoring public policies from a perspective that is endogenous to a political or administrative organization. This is a practical course, oriented towards developing the skills required by agents who contribute to the design and implementation of public policy. The course begins by introducing the vocabulary and concepts essential for thinking about public policy in a contemporary world. It then outlines the skills needed to develop and monitor public policy. Finally, it proposed putting into practice the skills acquired in the course and encouraging critical reflection on the limits of government intervention. This course aims to prepare students to intervene more effectively in the design, implementation and monitoring of public policy within an administrative apparatus or organization
FORMAT: Lecture
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 3
EXCLUSIONS: POLI 4240.03 POLI 5240.03, BUSI 5120

PUAD 5130   Managerial Economics
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This class introduces the fundamental concepts of economics and helps to develop the analytical skills of students appropriate for practitioners in the public sector. It provides an understanding of basic microeconomic theories and principles in considerable depth, consistent with a graduate-level course in an interdisciplinary program. The course focuses on the theories of consumer and producer behaviour and their interaction in the market, of particular interest are situations of market failure and the resultant need for policy intervention.

PUAD 5131   Public Economics
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course introduces the basic principles macroeconomics, appropriate to a graduate-level course in an inter-disciplinary program. It is also concerned with the use and application of macroeconomic theory and the relevance of this theory in economic decision-making in a market economy with a large public sector. In particular, this course places a special emphasis on the role of government in the economy and on the application of economic theory in policy analysis within the framework of the Canadian federation. Together with Managerial Economics, these two courses provide a unique blend of theoretical rigor, empirical relevance and sound policy applications.

PUAD 5140   Quantitative Methods
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course is designed to enable students to understand existing statistical analyses, as well as to conduct their own. Statistical analyses are presented with focus on application in the public sector, emphasizing the importance of statistical analysis in social research and policy making. Specific topics include descriptive and inferential statistics, measures of association for nominal and ordinal variables, analysis of variance techniques, as well as linear regression. In addition to the course, students are also offered tutorials in working with SPSS and MS Excel. Student assignments require work with large data sets.
EXCLUSIONS: MGMT 5140

PUAD 5170   Public Sector Human Resources
CREDIT HOURS: 3
A major part of most public administration positions is human resource management. Therefore, it is important that public administrators understand the components of human resource management and their effect on an organization. In this course, human resource management is defined in a very broad sense, touching on all the major components of human resource management in order to give an overall concept or paradigm. The components are: 1) planning the need for public servants, 2) attracting the right people to be public servants, 3) placing the public servants in well matched jobs, 4) assisting public servants with their career development, 5) maintaining high performance with public servants and 6) evaluating public servants.

PUAD 5180   Research Methods and Policy Analysis
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course is designed to equip students with tools needed for the collection of quantitative and qualitative data in the context of an applied research project. Students learn how to combine qualitative analysis with quantitative techniques they acquired in PUAD 5140. Specifically, students learn to write literature reviews, to conduct personal interviews, to run focus groups, and to design survey questionnaires. All techniques discussed are applied to the analysis of public policy issues. Policy is analyzed with respect to its strengths and weaknesses from various stakeholders perspectives. Students are required to present their work in class.

PUAD 5201   Professional Development 1
CREDIT HOURS: 0
This non-credit course is the first course in the MPA Professional Development (PD) Certificate program. Over four courses and in partnership with the MPA Internship experience, the certificate program focuses on preparing MPA candidates with professional competencies expected by public sector employers, while promoting competency development in skills areas related to self-management, engagement, communication, leadership, innovation and integrity. The courses are designed to mirror the way public sector organizations operate with respect to behavioral and technical competency and skill development. This course is a prerequisite for the Internship (PUAD 6855).
FORMAT: Experiential Learning
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 3
EXCLUSIONS: PUAD 5200 xy

PUAD 5202   Professional Development - Self and Teams in the Workplace
CREDIT HOURS: 0
This non-credit course is the second course in the MPA Professional Development (PD) Certificate program. Over four courses and in partnership with the MPA Internship experience, the certificate program focuses on preparing MPA candidates with professional competencies expected by public sector employers, while promoting competency development in skills areas related to self-management, engagement, communication, leadership, innovation and integrity. The courses are designed to mirror the way public sector organizations operate with respect to behavioral and technical competency and skill development.
NOTES: Students must complete PUAD 5201 prior to registering in PUAD 5202. This course is a prerequisite for the Internship (PUAD 6855).
FORMAT: Experiential Learning
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 3
PREREQUISITES: PUAD 5201
EXCLUSIONS: PUAD 5200

PUAD 5250   Strategic Financial Management
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Exploring issues at all orders of government, the course will review concepts of financial planning, public sector accounting, fiscal management, budgeting and accountability. It will place finance, budgeting and economic concepts within a holistic strategic management context. This includes the role and scope of government in fiscal management, the adaptation of economic concepts and measurement and outline activities included in financial management. A review of public sector accounting will develop an understanding of the assumptions and principles of accounting and the role it plays in strategic financial management.
FORMAT: Lecture
EXCLUSIONS: MGMT 5250.03

PUAD 6000   Senior Seminar: Ethics, Public Service and Governance
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Designed as a culminating and integrating exercise for the MPA program, this course focuses upon a wide range of ethical problems in governance. Topics covered include conflict of interest, accountability, political neutrality, service to the public and codes of conduct. The course is based on case studies with a premium placed on discussion. Please consult the instructor for information on assignments and other course requirements.
NOTES: For students enrolled in the two-year MPA program, successful completion of the first year of studies is the prerequisite for this course.
PREREQUISITES: Students must successfully complete all eight required courses of the first year of the MPA program prior to enroling 6000 level courses and MGMT 5000, or seek special permission from Graduate Coordinator.

PUAD 6010   Issues in Public Administration
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course provides a solid grounding in the legal underpinnings, the governance framework, and the concepts surrounding union-management and employee relations in the public service. This knowledge will strengthen the capacity of public servants to perform effectively whether they are employees, managers or elected union officials. The course will examine in some detail the evolution of Labour rights and Labour relations in the federal public service, up to and including the implementation of the Public Service Labour Relations Act which has been implemented as part of the newly enacted Public Service Modernization Act. While this course will draw extensively from the federal experience, it will also provide opportunities to examine provincial, municipal and private sector experiences. It will examine the roles and responsibilities of the various players within the legal framework which governs these relationships and explore the impact in the workplace of the various approaches to Labour management including the movement towards a less litigious Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process as an alternative to the rights based processes and how this can affect the workplace.
PREREQUISITES: MPA students must successfully complete all eight required courses of the first year of the MPA program prior to enrolling in 6xxx level courses and MGMT5000, or seek special permission from the Graduate Coordinator. Students from outside of the MPA program must seek permission from the course instructor.

PUAD 6020   Food Policy and Sustainability
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course explores the theories, concepts and conundrums of food policy development in Canada. This course offers a critical analysis of agricultural income, marketing, adjustment and trade problems and policies in the developed countries, with emphasis on Canadian agricultural policies. Using a seminar style, the course examines policy and program options to create a sustainable, equitable and health promoting food system for Canada. Specific course topics will be determined at the beginning of the course based on the specific needs of registered students. The emphasis will be on addressing current challenges and knowledge gaps faced by students in their food and related studies. Sessions will make use of lecture formats, student presentations, discussion and guest speakers.
FORMAT: Seminar
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 3

PUAD 6050   Strategic Management in the Public Sector
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course is an in-depth examination of the management of government organizations. Its topics include management control, strategy development, innovation, risk management and leadership. The more specific course goals are as follows:-To provide a process understanding of practices employed by government organizations to develop and implement their strategies-To provide insights into the practicalities of performing organizational functions, including management control, innovation, strategy development and risk management-To strengthen the ability to penetrate and critique prescriptive arguments about public management practices-To develop skills in designing practices suited to particular circumstances of application
FORMAT: Lecture
PREREQUISITES: MPA students must successfully complete all eight required courses of the first year of the MPA program prior to enrolling in 6xxx level courses and MGMT5000, or seek special permission from the Graduate Coordinator. Students from outside of the MPA program must seek permission from the course instructor.

PUAD 6120   Citizen Engagement and Consultation: The Opportunities and Challenges of Public Engagement
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course examines the conceptual foundations and practice of citizen participation, especially in the context of planning and development decisions by municipal and provincial governments, and the techniques or methods that can be used to more effectively involve individual citizens and stakeholder groups in community decisions.
CROSS-LISTING: PLAN 4120.03, PLAN 6120.03

PUAD 6130   Risk, Media and Communications in Public Administration
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course offers students the opportunity to analyze and understand to greater depth the relationship between the government, risk and the media. Participants will: analyze media coverage of government and risk; learn techniques and tools that governments use to communicate with the media and to the public directly.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Discussion

PREREQUISITES: PUAD 5100, PUAD 5120, PUAD 5180, PUAD 5130, PUAD 5140, PUAD 5170, PUAD 5180, PUAD 5250, PUAD 5131

PUAD 6140   Indigenous Governance and Water
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course introduces students to the area of Indigenous Governance. The general aim of the course is to expose students to the history of the existing legal and political structures relating to Indigenous peoples in Canada and then to focus on how these structures actually operate (or fail to do so) in a given area. In other words, we will move from the more general to the specific and examine their interrelation. The first half of the course will be spent making our way through the last 150 years of political and legal conflict between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian state. In the second half, we will move onto a set of readings that specifically focus on Indigenous governance issues relating to water. We will be using resources related to (and some produced by) the Decolonizing Water Project (www.decolonizingwater.ca). The goal of this project is to create a prototype of an Indigenous-led community-based water monitoring initiative that is rooted in Indigenous laws, and is a practical expression of Indigenous water governance. The course will focus on issues that are related to this goal and offer students the opportunity to do research projects that can make a contribution to a cutting-edge area of Indigenous governance research.
FORMAT: Seminar
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 3
PREREQUISITES: Students must successfully complete all eight required courses of the first year of the MPA program

PUAD 6150   Information in Public Policy and Decision Making
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course addresses the role(s) of information in policy and decision-making at local, national, and international levels. Evidence-based policy making is relatively new and challenging. This course examines the research-policy interface, especially enablers and barriers to use of information of several domains, and uses case studies to illustrate concepts.
FORMAT: Lecture
CROSS-LISTING: INFO 6100.03, ENVI 6100.03

PUAD 6201   Professional Development 3
CREDIT HOURS: 0
This non-credit course is the third course in the MPA Professional Development (PD) Certificate program. Over four courses and in partnership with the MPA Internship experience, the certificate program focuses on preparing MPA candidates with professional competencies expected by public sector employers, while promoting competency development in skills areas related to self-management, engagement, communication, leadership, innovation and integrity. The courses are designed to mirror the way public sector organizations operate with respect to behavioral and technical competency and skill development.
FORMAT: Experiential Learning
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 3
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of PUAD 5201 and PUAD 5202 or special permission from the Graduate Coordinator or course instructor.
EXCLUSIONS: PUAD 6200 xy

PUAD 6202   Professional Development 4
CREDIT HOURS: 0
This non-credit course is the fourth and final course in the MPA Professional Development (PD) Certificate program. Over four courses and in partnership with the MPA Internship experience, the certificate program focuses on preparing MPA candidates with professional competencies expected by public sector employers, while promoting competency development in skills areas related to self-management, engagement, communication, leadership, innovation and integrity. The courses are designed to mirror the way public sector organizations operate with respect to behavioral and technical competency and skill development.
FORMAT: Experiential Learning
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 3
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of PUAD 5201, 5202 and 6201 or special permission from the Graduate Coordinator or course instructor.
EXCLUSIONS: PUAD 6200 xy