PMAP 8010 Social Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course introduces students to contemporary social policy questions in the U. S. and how to analyze policy alternatives for addressing these questions. Specific social policy issues are chosen for discussion on the basis of their relevance to current public policy debates.

PMAP 8011 Politics and Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A course designed to familiarize the student with the scope of policy studies. Particular emphasis will be given to the study of the policy process and the influence of the larger economic, political, and governmental context on public policies, as well as an understanding of the effect of policies on target groups, institutions, and society more generally.

PMAP 8021 Scope and Theory of Planning
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will acquaint students with the history of urban planning in the United States and the legal and administrative context in which planning takes place. It will describe several models of planning processes, and consider their appropriateness under different circumstances, the role of citizen involvement in planning, and planning ethics. Also considered are examples of recent planning practice.

PMAP 8031 Urban Political Economy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The conceptual base for and development of public-private partnerships. Includes such community and human resource development partnerships as UDAG and JTPA. Selected case studies will be used.

PMAP 8111 Public Service and Democracy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides students with an introduction to the study, practice, and structure of public administration and management in the United States. Major disciplinary and conceptual foundations of public administration are covered, including theories of organization and bureaucracy, administrative behavior and management, politics and administration, and public policy-making.

PMAP 8121 Applied Research Methods and Statistics I
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An introduction to methods and statistics for applied research in the public and nonprofit sectors. Topics include the scientific method in applied research, elementary research design, measurement, qualitative research, computer-assisted data analysis, and beginning statistics including descriptive statistics, crosstabulation, introductory inferential statistics, and graphical presentations.

PMAP 8131 Applied Research Methods and Statistics II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PMAP 8121
Description

Advanced methods and statistics in applied research. Topics include survey research, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, sampling, and intermediate statistical techniques including analysis of variance, correlation and regression, and time-series analysis. Ethics of applied research in public administration and urban policy are also examined.

PMAP 8141 Microeconomics for Public Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce principles of microeconomics to students for use when analyzing public policy for effective public administration and planning. The course will consider basic concepts of microeconomic principles including market failure, public goods, supply and demand, pricing, and externalities. These concepts will be presented using practical examples involving the public sector, and students will practice application through problem solving.

PMAP 8161 Public Budgeting and Finance
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PMAP 8111 or PMAP 8011and PMAP 8121 or consent of the instructor
Description

A survey of the practice and problems of modern fiscal management in government with special emphasis on budgetary procedures and the means of budgetary analysis.

PMAP 8171 Public Management Systems and Strategies
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analysis of contemporary approaches to the management of public and nonprofit organizations focusing primarily on problem-solving strategies and techniques for use at the executive and operating levels.

PMAP 8201 International Nongovermental Organizations
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course studies relief and development NGOs in poor countries. The course begins with an overview of the state of the world economy and strategies for economic growth. It then turns to such topics as: the role of NGOs in economic development and the formation of social capital, particularly within the context of globalization and democratization; relationships between NGOs, businesses, and national and international public agencies; and the challenges in accountability, advocacy, management and leadership.

PMAP 8203 Nonprofit Advocacy, Law, and Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Policy directs and shapes the activities of nonprofits in many ways including how they structure themselves, raise funds, and advocate for policy change. This course examines both how policy influences nonprofits as well as how nonprofits impact policy. It will address the role of nonprofit organizations in the public policy process including advocacy strategies and techniques and examine in turn how laws shape nonprofit involvement in that process. The course will also review state and federal policy that enables and regulates nonprofits including legal forms, tax exemption, fundraising regulations, and employee compensation. Students will gain an understanding of where policy intersects with nonprofit activities and learn how to operate within a basic nonprofit legal framework.

PMAP 8210 The Nonprofit Sector
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The course provides an overview of the nonprofit sector in society with a consideration of the nonprofit sector’s relationship to the state and to for-profit sectors. Attention will be given to the social settings in which nonprofit organizations exist, and to contemporary public policy issues regarding the nonprofit sector.

PMAP 8213 Financing and Resource Development for Nonprofit Organizations
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PMAP 8141 and PMAP 8210 or consent of instructor
Description

Economic sustainability and effective pursuit of social missions are two of the principal challenges facing contemporary nonprofit leadership. Addressing these challenges requires leaders and managers to be knowledgeable and adept at securing adequate and appropriate sources of income for their organizations. Nonprofit organizations support themselves through many different sources including charitable gifts and grants, government grants and contracts, earned income from fees, memberships and sponsorships, returns on investment, volunteer labor, gifts-in-kind and other sources. This course is intended to illuminate the theoretical rationales and practical considerations involved in developing and utilizing particular sources of income and in selecting appropriate combinations or portfolios, so that nonprofit prganizations can effectively advance their particular missions, sustain the infrastructure of their organizations, remain financially healthy, and manage risk and change.

PMAP 8221 Fundraising for Voluntary Nonprofit Organizations
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A study of fundraising cycles and techniques for nonprofit volunteer organizations; fundraising through volunteers; board development and management for fundraising and public relations.

PMAP 8223 Nonprofit Human Resources
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PMAP 8210
Description

The purpose of this course is to examine the theoretical and practical aspects of managing paid and voluntary human resources in nonprofit organizations. The course reviews basic issues in nonprofit human resource management, including recruitment, retention and compensation, and explores several specialized issues, such as performance, motivation, diversity, and conflict management. The course also reviews theory and recent research on attracting, motivating, and managing volunteers. Finally, the course explores emerging trends in nonprofit human resources, including the effects of recent public policy changes on the nonprofit labor force.

PMAP 8232 Social Enterprise
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Social enterprise couples the resources generated by market activities with the social ambitions of nonprofit organizations. Spurred on by the social entrepreneurship movement, social enterprises transform communities through highly innovative problem solving. Their purpose is to carve out new routes to sustainable solutions to social problems on local, national and international levels. This course will examine social enterprises from both nonprofit and business perspectives and provide students with a broad overview of their purposes, forms, funding, management approaches, and impact.

PMAP 8261 Nonprofit Financial Management
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed to teach students how to use financial information to make decisions in nonprofit organizations. The first half of the course is devoted to financial accounting, focusing on understanding and using the information found on financial statements. The second half of the course focuses on using principles of financial management to make operating and capital budgeting decisions and to analyze long-term financial options.

PMAP 8271 Disaster Policy and Emergency Management
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course focuses on the design of disaster policies and implementation of emergency management programs to manage hazards and to deal with natural, technological, and other man-made disasters. Emphasis is on the roles of public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private firms, as well as volunteers, in disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts in the U.S. and other nations and the development of national and international standards for emergency management programs. Case studies are drawn from recent focusing events, such as the 9/11 attacks, the 2004 Sumatran tsunami, and the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and students are introduces to the profession of emergency management.

PMAP 8281 Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Assistance
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course focuses on national and international disaster relief, from the politics and economics of international relief and national disaster assistance efforts to the logistics of relief operations and managing volunteers. The foci are the roles of governmental and nongovernmental organizations in disaster relief, policy issues in complex emergencies (e.g., security for relief workers in natural disasters complicated by political conflict), the development of sustainable assistance programs, links between humanitarian assistance and sustainable development, and the developemnt of international standards for humanitarian assistnce, such as the Sphere Project.

PMAP 8311 Urban Demography and Analysis
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course addresses the role of demography in urban policy and planning, and the impact of a changing population and their activities on our cities and communities. This course makes in-depth use of the U.S. census data in deriving measurements and conducting analysis on regional and local economic and social conditions with emphasis on both the spatial and temporal perspectives. Substantive topics to be discussed include racial/ethnic composition, immigration, housing, employment, poverty and economic development, transportation, as well as land use and urban spatial structure.

PMAP 8321 Economic Development Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An overview of recent literature and examples of options available to communities as they plan and finance economic development activities.

PMAP 8331 Urban Development and Sustainable Cities
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Causes and consequences of urban development and growth management are introduced in the light of economics and public policy theories, within the context of legal and constitutional framework. In addition to prevalent growth patterns (e.g. sprawl vs. smart growth), issues related to the physical and environmental dimension of urban development such as infrastructure, sustainable environment, housing, transportation are discussed in detail.

PMAP 8341 Urban Transportation Planning
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will cover automobile, public transit, airport, bicycle, pedestrian, and non-traditional transportation modes. Land use, sprawl, demand management, coordinated human services, and project prioritization are topics which will be covered.

PMAP 8351 Local Government Management
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An examination of the challenges governing America’s urban areas from a public management perspective. A special effort will be made to integrate course materials with developments in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

PMAP 8411 Law for Public Managers
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course introduces students to a range of legal issues relevant to employees in public organizations. Attention is given to the legal rules and principles that guide public managers in administering their organizations. Also considered is how laws and regulations impact current working relationships between government and private concerns. Other issues involve which judges enforce government contracts and agency regulations.

PMAP 8431 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examination and application of theories of leadership and organizational behavior, with attention to communication, motivation, group dynamics, organizational change, leadership and decision making in public organizations.

PMAP 8501 Managing Public Money
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PMAP 8161
Description

This course includes discussion of topics that are relevant to budgeting and financial management in the public sector such as capital investment decisions, cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis, cash flow management, debt management, and the evaluation of organizational financial condition.

PMAP 8505 Local Government Debt Issuance and Administration
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PMAP 8501 or PMAP 8161 or consent of the instructor
Description

A survey of the instruments, procedures and challenges facing local government debt administrators.

PMAP 8521 Evaluation Research: Design and Practice
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PMAP 8121 or consent of the instructor
Description

(Cross-listed with POLS 8720.) An examination of the techniques and practice of program evaluation for effectiveness in program administration. The course contrasts deductive and inductive approaches. The instructor illustrates the advantages of using evaluation as a mechanism for program improvement.

PMAP 8531 Policy Analysis
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PMAP 8131 or consent of the instructor
Description

This course provides focused study about policy analysis and process techniques. This course concentrates on policy development decision strategies. Students will conduct problem solving exercises using a number of decision methods appropriate to policy analysis and evaluation. Students will leave the course with an understanding of the policy-making process at all levels of government and a knowledge of different techniques available to develop, implement, and assess policy initiatives.

PMAP 8561 GIS Applications
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Geographic Information System (GIS) technology is widely used for planning and policy analysis in government agencies, and in the private and non-profit sectors. This introductory course provides students with a good conceptual foundation in data types & sources, coordinate systems, map design, spatial analysis and GIS applications. Students also learn the basic functions of ArcGIS software to integrate data from a variety of sources, conduct basic spatial analysis and produce quality map products.

PMAP 8899 Causal Inference and Evidence-based Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

If unsure about prerequisite, contact the professor.
A graduate-level statistics course that covers probability theory, hypothesis testing and linear regression. To answer cause-and-effect questions, a counterfactual model of causality and a unified methodological framework has been developed over the last three decades. This class aims to teach students to apply and interpret the counterfactual model and associated designs for answering policy-relevant empirical questions. Students will gain a deeper understanding of, and connections among, approaches to answering causal questions and of the nature of evidence itself. The topics comprise experimental designs and a suite of observational designs, including conditioning designs, partial identification designs, multiple control group designs, instrumental variable designs, regression discontinuity designs, synthetic control designs and tests of known effects and sensitivity tests to hidden bias. These topics are examined in a broad range of policy domains (poverty, planning, economic development, politics, crime, social work, health, public finance, environment, and others).

PMAP 8900 Public Service Capstone: Advanced Projects in Management and Finance
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PMAP 8521
Description

This course is a capstone for students with a specialization in public management and finance. The course involves projects that may require service delivery assessment, operations analysis, program evaluation, fiscal analysis, or policy analysis. Typically, student teams are asked to develop and assess options to address important problems facing public and nonprofit organizations. Projects will vary based on the needs of clients, but all will require implementing a work plan for evaluating a public problem, collecting and analyzing data, developing findings and recommendations, writing a final report, and presenting findings to the client.

PMAP 8911 Directed Readings
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor
Description

This course provides the opportunity for students to focus attention on a specific area of interest. It may not be used to substitute for a course that is offered on a regular basis.

PMAP 8912 Research in Public Administration and Policy
Credit Hours 3.0 TO 15.0
Prerequisites Consent of instructor
Description

May be repeated for credit; does not count toward degree requirements. This course is designed for graduate research and teaching asssistants seeking to conduct supervised research on topics related to project duties or instructional technologies.

PMAP 8914 Comparative Public Administration and Policy in the UK I
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites Completion of 3 graduate level courses
Description

The joint Georgia State University/University of Northumbria (UNN) exchange program is designed to give students a better understanding of comparative government and international policy. Through this semester exchange between two prominent research universities, graduate students in the fields of Public Administration and Urban Policy Studies will gain an awareness of international policy and practice, the tools necessary for work within foreign cultures, and the managerial skills needed to function effectively in a global setting. In learning about British institutions, participants will also learn about the UK and its role within the European Union.

PMAP 8915 Comparative Public Administration and Policy in the UK II
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites 3 graduate level courses
Description

The joint Georgia State University/University of Northumbria (UNN) exchange program is designed to give students a better understanding of comparative government and international policy. Through this semester exchange between two prominent research universities, graduate students in the fields of Public Administration and Urban Policy Studies will gain an awareness of international policy and practice, the tools necessary for work within foreign cultures, and the managerial skills needed to function effectively in a global setting. In learning about British institutions, participants will also learn about the UK and its role within the European Union.

PMAP 8921 Special Topics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Consent of instructor
Description

A seminar designed to explore in depth the most recent issues and/or research results in a particular area of public administration, urban studies, or human resources development. The course can be repeated when topics vary.

PMAP 8941 Internship
Credit Hours 3.0
Requirements Requires consent of the instructor.
Description

Consult the appropriate internship manual and application for availability and requirements specific to degree programs.
This course involves supervised field placement for the purpose of utilizing and extending the theories, concepts, and practices acquired in previous courses.

PMAP 8981 Practicum
Credit Hours 3.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor
Description

The practicum is supervised application practice either in the student’s own work setting or an approved field practice site. May include a project.

PMAP 8991 Thesis
Credit Hours 3.0 TO 6.0
Prerequisites consent of the instructor
Description

Individual study of a selected topic under the direction of the student’s faculty adviser or other designated faculty member which leads to a paper acceptable to a thesis committee composed of faculty members.

PMAP 9111 Advanced Research Methods I
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will cover advanced analytical and modeling methods. Topics may include: nonparametric statistical methods, path analysis, principal component and factor analysis, or econometrics.

PMAP 9121 Advanced Research Methods II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites PMAP 9111 This course will cover experimental and quasi-experimental design, a survey of research methods and evaluation
Description

Case study and qualitative analysis may also be included.

PMAP 9131 Research Seminar in Public Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course will familiarize students with standards for published research and the variety of research methods used in public policy. The course will also provide students with practice in critiquing and writing reviews of research papers. The chief requirement is to design and execute original empirical research.

PMAP 9141 Advanced Topics in Program Evaluation
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides an in-depth examination of the field of program evaluation. The course covers the development of the evaluation field, including its history, theory, and principles, and the techniques of evaluation, including program theory and logic models, evaluation research designs, cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis, performance monitoring and organizational scorecards, and trends in the field.

PMAP 9151 Scope and Theory of Public Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed to provide doctoral students a detailed familiarity with the context of public policy studies, including both institutions and practices. It will provide an overview of the core literature, including: intellectual bases of public policy studies, the history of public policy studies, analysis of institutional structure, and other topics.

PMAP 9171 Logic of Policy Inquiry
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course presents the conceptual foundations of models of policy inquiry. Topics include the scientific, rational-actor, and ethical models. The ethical values underlying cost benefit analysis, pareto-optimal models, and market models are also examined.

PMAP 9181 Dissertation Colloquium
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is a seminar focusing on dissertation research preparation. It provides discussions of dissertation topics and research strategies, and assistance to students in writing and public presentation skills. The course culminates with each student conducting a public colloquium in which they present their preliminary dissertation proposals to other students and faculty.

PMAP 9211 Applying Research to Policymaking: Examples from Health Care Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The goal of this course is to understand the relationship between research and policy so that students may contribute more effectively to both in their careers. Through a series of case studies taken from health care policy, the class will explore the relevance of good research to various steps in the policy-making process. We will examine when research influences policy, when it does not, and why.

PMAP 9221 Doctoral Seminar in Nonprofit Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Enrollment in a Georgia State University doctoral program or advanced master's degree student intending to apply to a doctoral program
Description

This course introduces early stage doctoral students to the research literature in nonprofit sector-related studies in order to assist them in framing doctoral dissertations in this field. The approach is multidisciplinary-involving nonprofit research undertaken within various disciplinary frameworks including public policy, economics, political science, sociology, history, and managemeny studies. Students will read and analyze selected review articles, formulate their own research projects, develop their own reviews of the literature, and prepare and present an original research paper intended for delivery at a scholarly conference.

PMAP 9225 Doctoral seminar on Urban Development
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Ph.D. students; Master students with the consent of instructor.
Description

This class covers a wide range of urban development related topics and exposes students to the theoretical foundation, important literature, and analytical tools in the urban research field. Students are expected to critically review the literature and develop a research proposal/paper.

PMAP 9331 Foundations of Public Administration
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This is a doctoral seminar on the history of public administration as a field of scholarly thought and inquiry. It is designed to provide students with the intellectual foundation they require for subsequent study in subfields of public administration and policy. Emphasis is placed on the study of the ideas, value systems, and theoretical frameworks that have combined to form public administration as a field.

PMAP 9341 Policy Design and Implementation
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This is a doctoral seminar in policy theory and practice. The purpose of the seminar is to provide a strong theoretical foundation for doctoral students in policy studies and related fields. Course content will include: policy design and formulation, policy typologies, policy implementation theories and concepts, and policy administration or the oversight of policy implementation by third parties.

PMAP 9361 Health Policy Research Issues
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The goal of this course is to examine the relationship between research and health policy so that students may contribute more effectively to both in their careers. Using a systems thinking approach, students will analyze contemporary health policy issues and identify when, how, and why research is utilized throughout various stages of the policymaking process. The translation of research findings into effective communicative materials for various audiences including policymakers, practitioners, and the general public will be emphasized. Interdisciplinary approaches to health policy research will be integrated into the class through readings and guest speakers.

PMAP 9381 Public Budgeting Theory and Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides academic immersion into public budgeting theory and research. The course requires exploration of the scholarly foundations of governmental budgeting as well as past and current reform efforts, both in the United States and abroad. The state of the practice in public budgeting is examined for evidence of its intersection with theoretical perspective. The course presents normative and descriptive considerations of public budgeting, the scholarly bases behind various orientations to process, and the knowledge base regarding enduring issues surrounding this vital governmental process.

PMAP 9391 Public Financial Management Theory & Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course is designed to provide doctoral students immersion into public financial management theories and research which promote the efficient and effective use of financial resources to achieve an accountable and sustainable public service.

PMAP 9501 Special Topics in Public Policy
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

This course provides an advanced, research- or theory-oriented treatment of topics in public policy. The course can be repeated when topics vary. The course is intended primarily for doctoral students.

PMAP 9901 Dissertation Research
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 18.0
Description

Doctoral students at the dissertation stage will register for this course.