MPA Course Descriptions

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PADM 501: Principles of Public Administration

This is an online course. It provides an overview of the field of public administration in its economic, political, and social dimensions and an orientation to public administration as a profession.

PADM 502: Public Policy Analysis

This is an online course. It explores the policy-making process important to an administrator. Develops skills necessary for formulation and analysis of policy problems and the implementation of public policies.

PADM 503: Human Resource Management

This is an online course. It is a survey of personnel practices used in the public sector. Discusses all human resources phases, from recruitment to retirement. Special emphasis on unionization, personnel problems and leadership styles.

PADM 504: Research Methodology

This is an online course. It is an introduction to the methodology of research-historical, descriptive-survey, experimental design, critical interpretation, and case study techniques, with attention to specialized data-gathering procedures, such as the questionnaire, the interview, and observation. Introduction to statistical concepts. Directed toward the writing of the Capstone as a degree requirement.

PADM 505: Public Budgeting and Finance

This is an online course. It is a study of financial management tools and budgeting techniques applicable to the public sector. Students deal with cases and other course work materials regarding various forms of output budgeting and financial decision-making with regard to revenue policies, resource allocation, cash flow, borrowing and other fiscal management concerns.

PADM 506: Law and Public Affairs

This is an online course. It is deals with the processes of problems of law as they affect the administrator, including important cases, precedents and future implications.

PADM 507: Ethics

This is an online course. It provides an introduction to the field of ethics and an opportunity to increase understanding, knowledge and competence in dealing with the ethical challenges and dilemmas that are found in the public, private, and nonprofit employment sectors. Course materials will focus on individual as well as corporate systems responsibility and accountability and the ethical dimensions of public as well as private life.

PADM 508: Communication, Strategic Planning, and Organizational Dynamics

This is an online course. It stresses the behavioral aspects of organizational communication, such as impact of power, persuasion, values, status, and role of the communication process; barriers to communication; conflict management, and group communication. The course will also look at the theory and practice of strategic planning applied in the private, nonprofit sector. Students study several planning models, including strategic planning models, and apply specific elements of the strategic planning process to an actual case. The components of study will include environmental scanning, problem identification, SWOT analysis, strategy formulation, implementation planning, and various sub-elements of the process such as the construction of scenarios. The course will provide students with the opportunity to apply the strategic planning model as a tool for sustaining and strengthening organizational achievements. Finally, the course examines what a supervisor needs to know about human behavior in a work setting. Stressed are the subjects of work motivation, power and control, communication, impact of work/organization design, and management-by-objective using a case analysis/ discussion format.

PADM 509: Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector

This is an online course. It provides an overview of the issues and trends within the nonprofit and voluntary sector in order to lay a strong foundation of knowledge and comprehension for those who are pursuing careers in the voluntary sector and/or working in the fields that intersect with nonprofit organizations. The course will consider the historical and philosophical roots of voluntarism, the structure of the sector, operational dynamics, and current and future trends.

PADM 510: Fundraising and Grants Writing in Nonprofit Organizations

This is an online course. It examines the principles and techniques of fundraising and development for different types of NPOs, including foundation, corporate, government, and individual solicitation. topics include (but are not limited to) special events, capital campaigns, membership, profit-making ventures, and deferred giving programs. The course will also introduces practical process for securing grants from foundations, corporation and government agencies. Emphasis is given to developing a comprehensive needs assessment, researching sources, planning, and proposal writing.

PADM 511: Program Assessment and Evaluation

This is an online course. It presents the concepts, techniques, and applications of program assessment and evaluation in the public and nonprofit organizations. The course includes topics such as the role of program assessment and evaluation, methodologies, operational and ethical issues of program assessment and evaluation as practiced in public and nonprofit organizations.

PADM 512: Issues in National Security

This is an online course. It examines the changes in American policy fostered by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Studies the organizations and resources developed since that time to define national security. Also examines the role played by all the components of the criminal justice system in providing for the security of the nation. Explores the policies and practices that have been developed for this purpose by the various agencies that represent the criminal justice system. Specifically studies the adjudication process as it relates to issues of national security and the correctional practices employed to maintain national security.

PADM 513: Introduction to Homeland Security

This is an online course. It provides foundational knowledge about homeland security, including policy, organization, and legal issues in the American context. The course also provides an overview of the essential ideas that constitute the emerging discipline of homeland security. The course has two central objectives: to expand the way participants think, analyze, and communicate about homeland security; and to assess knowledge in critical homeland security knowledge domains, including strategy, history, terrorism, fear management, crisis communication, conventional and unconventional threats, network leadership, weapons of mass destruction, lessons learned from other nations, civil liberties and security, intelligence and information, homeland security technology, and analytic. The course is organized around an evolving narrative about what homeland security leaders need and how the United States Department of Homeland Security address those needs. The course will also provide a foundation for understanding homeland security history, the development of its policies and organizations, and current management approaches.

PADM 514: Domestic and International Terrorism

This is an online course. It provides an overview of the domestic and global issues related to homeland security. The course also includes a general introduction to the overt as well as underlying ideology, history, reasons, and causes of terrorism. Both domestic and international terrorism are discussed. Domestic hate groups also receive particular attention. The roles of politics and the media are discussed. Students are exposed to the philosophies of terrorists and terrorism. Counter-terrorism is also discussed at length.

PADM 515: International Relations and Globalization

This is an online course. It is a survey of traditional and contemporary conceptual frameworks and theoretical approaches for the analysis of international relations and the role of public administration in an increasingly globalized dynamics.

PADM 516: American Foreign Policy

This is an online course. It examines the principles of American foreign policy; processes of policy formulation; roles of the President, Congress, the State Department and other government agencies.

PADM 517: Intelligence for Homeland Security

This is an online course. It examines key questions and issues facing the U.S. intelligence community and its role in homeland security. students have an opportunity to fully address policy, organizational, and substantive issues regarding homeland intelligence support. Course reference materials provide an overview of diverse intelligence disciplines and how the intelligence community operates. Course emphasis is on issues affecting policy, oversight, and intelligence support to homeland security and national decision-making. The 2004 Intelligence Reform and Prevention of Terrorism Act is addressed, and the course is shaped to focus on homeland intelligence support issues at the state/local/national levels.

PADM 518: Natural Disasters

This is an online course. It provides case studies of the causes and consequences of natural disasters: analysis of disaster impact in different economic, cultural, and social conditions.

PADM 519: Crisis Mapping for Homeland Security

This is an online course. It examines theories and methods used to introduce students to key trends and challenges faced in the humanitarian field today. Training modules are designed to familiarize students with (1) commercial satellite imagery analysis applied in a conflict setting; (2) digital crowd-sourced methods to map real time crisis management and social media-based geographic information; and (3) mobile data collection survey tools to generate population, health, and event-based information. The objective is to learn how to perform crisis mapping in the real world and reflect on ethical, political, and practical challenges that come from working in the field.

PADM 520: Emergency Management and Geographic Information Systems

This is an online course. It explores how emergency management activities can best utilize Geographic Information Technologies (GIT) to solve real-world issues in emergency management. This includes planning and response for both natural disasters and man-made events (accidental and terror-related incidents). Through the use of a variety of tools and analytical techniques, the nexus between emergency management and GIT is demonstrated and explored. Students are exposed to an understanding and appreciation for that relationship as well as the tools and skills for appropriate utilization of them.

PADM 521: Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation

This is an online course. It introduces the techniques of dispute resolution. Emphasizes the processes of mediation, facilitation, and negotiation. Examines techniques suggested by practitioners and researchers regarding best practices for effective negotiation. A central part of the course requires students to participate in and evaluate negotiation simulations.

PADM 522: Information Security, Technology and Risk Management

Government agencies in today's Information Age are more dependent than ever on technology and information sharing. This online course offers students a broad overview of crisis management technology, information system, inspection and surveillance technology, communication, and knowledge management. The course will focus on technology as a tool to support crisis management personnel regardless of functional specialty. The methodology used in the course frames technology in terms of its contribution to deterrence, preemption, prevention, protection, and response after man-made or natural disaster. The course also provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted nature of information security and examines the fundamental elements of crisis, disaster, risk and emergency management.

PADM 596: Internship (only for students lacking administrative work experience)

A management Project/ Internship is required to increase knowledge and skills in theoretical application. The student, upon completion of course work, must do either a research oriented management project or an internship. Students are to consult with their advisers early in the program to determine the internship to pursue. The objective is to develop research skills, capacity to improve organizational effectiveness and the development of leadership potential, including stimulating creativity, interpersonal and communication skill development.

POLS 514 Seminar on Local Government 

This is a non-online, face-to-face course offered at East Stroudsburg University. The seminar will provide students with an opportunity to examine the operation and concerns of local government in detail. The focus will be on the challenges caused by rapid population growth and economic development. Students will examine the juxtaposition of local government in the American system, the adequacy of local government structures, land-use policy, taxing practices, and environmental and social issues. There will be interactions with local government officials.

POLS 529 International Political Economy 

This is a non-online, face-to-face course offered at East Stroudsburg University. International Political Economy (IPE) is concerned with the mutual interactions of political decisions and economic transactions, the so-called market place, in the modern world. This course provides an overview of how political, social, and economic actors and events, domestic and international, public as well as private, shape policies and economic developments. It also covers research methods and theories of international political economy, and asks participants to assess current developments using these theories and methods. We probe why certain policies are adopted and how they affect the economies in major industrialized and developing nation-states.

POLS 540 Comparative Politics 

This is a non-online, face-to-face course offered at East Stroudsburg University. The course consists of a comparative analysis of Western European political systems with special emphasis upon environmental factors that have shaped these systems and the identification of relevant categories, such as ideology and the organization of political authority, from which generalizations may be derived.

POLS 548 The Politics of Developing Nations 

This is a non-online, face-to-face course offered at East Stroudsburg University. It is a comparative analysis of political development in the Third World with particular focus on major historical events that have shaped current political and economic systems in these countries. Civil unrests, Failing States, Economic and Political Breakthroughs, Charismatic leadership, Military elites and Ideology, are some of the topics the Course examines and analyzes.

PADM 600: LEAD (Learning, Experiencing, Applying, and Discussing) Project

This is an online course. Students will follow up on work completed during the Research Methodology course in having a proposal that outlines the student's project title, problem statement, background of the problem, literature review, research questions, type, design, and theory, as well as bibliography. IRB approval must be obtained prior to the collection of data. In this course, students will integrate the substance of previous courses that they had completed in order to develop a capacity for strategic management based on the role of the professional manager in the policy making process. This is the Learning part. In doing so, students develop a holistic perspective in their projects to emphasize the leadership role of the professional manager in defining the basis for an ethical approach toward problem solving or capacity development. students' learning outcome then must be complimented with their own experiences, reflecting on assessing the substantive issues within an administrative setting. This is the Experiencing part. The next logical step in the project is for students to apply a sound resolution to the issues that they are examining in their projects based on a comprehensive and strategic plan that applies ethical standards and a logical, theoretical and research-based model. this is the Applying part. Finally, students need to arrive to a set of recommendations that address the analyzed issues. They need to discuss each recommendation and the rationale for choosing them and their impact on the administrative practices of the involved agency. This is the Discussion part.

Prerequisite: PADM 504 (Research Methodology) and IRB approval.