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P A 301 : Public Administration and Democracy

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with PLSI 301. For course description, see PLSI 301. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

P A 370 : Principles of Nonprofit Administration

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with RPT 370. For course description, see RPT 370. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

P A 400 : Public Policy Process

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with PLSI 400. For course description, see PLSI 400. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

P A 570 : Developing and Managing Resources in Non-profit Agencies

Prerequisites: RPT 370 or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with RPT 570. For course description, see RPT 570. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

P A 582 : Community and Economic Development

Prerequisites: ENG 214 and upper division standing.
Description: Examines theory and practice of community and economic development, primarily in the domestic urban context. Tools, best practices, current initiatives, strategies, and policies are emphasized.
Units: 3

P A 700 : Introduction to Public Administration and Public Policy

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Public Administration Program or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to the discipline of public administration and concepts in public administration, nonprofit administration and public policy. History and theory of the field. Emphasis on basics of professional writing and oral presentations.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

P A 705 : Design and Consumption of Research

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in MPA or consent of instructor.
Description: Course 1: Applications of research design and data analysis to problems in policy and administration in the public and non-profit sectors. First of a two-part sequence of courses.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

P A 706 : Applied Data Analysis

Prerequisites: P A 705; graduate standing in MPA or consent of instructor.
Description: Applications of data analysis to problems in policy and administration in the public and non-profit sectors. The second of a two-part sequence of courses. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

P A 707 : Qualitative Data Analysis

Prerequisites: PA 705.
Description: Examination of techniques and approaches to the analysis of data that is qualitative in nature. (Plus-minus letter grading only.)
Units: 1

P A 708 : Qualitative Interviewing

Prerequisites: PA 705 or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of methods and protocols involved in conducting and analyzing interviews with qualitative results. (Plus-minus letter grading only.)
Units: 1

P A 709 : Logistic Regression

Prerequisites: PA 706 or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of logistic regression techniques and the interpretation of logistic regression analyses. (Plus-minus letter grading only.)
Units: 1

P A 715 : Policy Process and Civic Engagement

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in MPA or consent of instructor.
Description: Process and politics of policy making and implementation. Impact of economic, social, historical, legal, political, and administrative conditions. Interaction of citizens in civic engagement process. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

P A 720 : Organization Design and Change Management

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in MPA or consent of instructor.
Description: Structures, goals, and behavior in organizations; focus upon organizational change and development. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

P A 722 : Performance Management and Planning

Prerequisites: Graduating standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Strategic planning and performance measurement for public service organizations. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

P A 724 : ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in the Public Administration program or consent of instructor.
Description: Macro- and micro economic perspectives in society. Focus on application of tools in public policy decision making processes and economic impacts on public and nonprofit sectors. [Formerly P A 710.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

P A 725 : Managing Human Capital

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in MPA or consent of instructor.
Description: Concepts, functions, issues, and skills associated with personnel management and human capital in public and non-profit organizations. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

P A 727 : Program and Service Delivery

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Contracting process from contracting agency and contractor perspectives, project management, alternative and traditional forms of service delivery. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

P A 730 : Resource Allocation and Management

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in MPA or consent of instructor.
Description: Budgeting process across governmental and non-profit sectors, political processes of budgeting. Budgeting, resource allocation, and budget analysis methods and computer applications. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

P A 740 : Public Service Management

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Application of administrative and management systems to public and non-profit sector organizations. Assessment of new trends in the public service field. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

P A 741 : Emerging Trends in the Public Service

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in PA Program or consent of instructor.
Description: New trends, movements, and developments in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

P A 742 : Strategic Public and Non-profit Management

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Management systems and techniques developed for performance and productivity improvement in the public and non-profit sectors. Focus upon strategic planning process and total quality management systems.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

P A 743 : Collaborative Government

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of collaboration and networking in public affairs. (Plus-minus letter grading only.)
Units: 1

P A 744 : Nonprofits, Public Policy and Society

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Focus on the vital role of nonprofit organizations in today's society as well as on the public policies that affect and influence that role. This course is offered as P A 744 and RTP 744. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

P A 745 : Perspectives on Nonprofit Management

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Social policy roles, economic and political dimensions, and administrative issues for non-profit organizations. Regulation, governance, and organizational management issues. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

P A 746 : Organizational Learning and Nonprofit Management

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of how nonprofit organizations can learn by using results of performance measurement and program evaluation to improve outcomes. (Plus-minus letter grade only.) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

P A 747 : Organizational Ethics: Doing Good, Being Good

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of ethical behavior in nonprofit organizations; overview of ethical theories; discussion of ethical values relevant to nonprofit practitioners and nonprofit organizations; and review of a code of ethics for nonprofit organizations. (Plus-minus letter grading only.)
Units: 1

P A 748 : Negotiation and Compromise

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Focus upon methods and techniques of negotiation and compromise in conflicted situations. (Plus-minus letter grading only.)
Units: 1

P A 750 : Financial Management in the Public Service

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Theoretical and practical aspects of financial management in both public and non-profit organizations. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

P A 751 : Pensions and Pension Administration

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Overview of major issues of state and local public retirement programs. Covers fundamental concepts and practices of pension management with special emphasis on pension benefit design, actuarial valuation and funding methods, financial reporting, and pension asset investment management. (Plus-minus letter grading only.)
Units: 1

P A 752 : Public Affairs and the Law

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Analyzes legal framework on which public administration is based, including administrative and constitutional law that directs administrators' actions and operations of public and nonprofit agencies. Provides non-technical competence in the constitutional and legal principles to which courts hold public administrators accountable. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

P A 753 : Decision Making in the Public Service

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of decision making in different disciplines and their use in public policy making and agency decision making. Includes new research on ways individuals and organizations make policy decisions. Skill building on different techniques and tools for making public decisions. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

P A 754 : Comparative Perspectives in the Public Service

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of public and nonprofit administrative and managerial processes across countries around the world. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

P A 755 : Information and Knowledge in the Public Service

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Management and effective use of data, information and knowledge in public and nonprofit sectors. Focus upon the organization, maintenance, use and successful transfer of knowledge to enable organizations to succeed in strategic goals. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

P A 756 : Data Mining and Visualization

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of current data movements with trends in data mining and visualization. (Plus-minus letter grading only.)
Units: 1

P A 757 : E-Government

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Overview and strategies for improving the development and effectiveness of public and nonprofit online services and information. Relevant policies and management issues. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

P A 762 : Leading Change Across Sectors

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Contemporary leadership theory and practice with attention to the unique concerns of public service; applications of leadership to initiating and managing change across sectors. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

P A 763 : Personal Leadership Development

Prerequisites: PA 720, PA 725, PA 762, or consent of instructor.
Description: Focus on personal development of leadership potential and style. (Plus-minus letter grading only.)
Units: 1

P A 770 : Policy Analysis

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Policy analysis and program evaluation used by legislatures and public sector agencies. Policy models, cost benefit evaluation techniques, evaluation research methods.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

P A 775 : Program Evaluation

Prerequisites: PA 705, PA 706 (PA 706 may be concurrent), or consent of instructor.
Description: Evaluation design, measurement, impact analysis, project implementation and management, and the design and evaluation of requests for proposals and proposals themselves.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

P A 776 : Environmental Policy

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Covers scope and theories of US and CA environmental policy. This course is offered as P A 776 and GEOG 776. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

P A 777 : Criminal Justice Administration

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of the managerial processes, problems and policies particular to criminal justice agencies-policy, court and corrections. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

P A 780 : Urban Administration

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Administrative environment, governmental system and structure, administrative innovations, and decision making in urban government in the U.S.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

P A 781 : Sustainable Development in Cities

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Theories and strategies of sustainable urban development and management. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

P A 783 : Urban Housing Policy

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of urban housing policy in a comparative perspective across localities (e.g., cities, regions, states, countries). Analysis of trends in housing markets and evaluation of the outcome of alternative government policy choices. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

P A 784 : Intergovernmental Relations

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Focus on the relationships (competition, conflict, cooperation and stalemate) between various levels of government and other governmental /quasi-governmental institutions. Focus on political, administrative and managerial. This course is offered as P A 784 and PLSI 784. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

P A 790 : Systems Change in Public Service

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Exploration of theories, practice, and cases in public service systems change; development of strategies for change agents; focus on San Francisco cases in children, youth, and family services.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

P A 795 : Applied Field Experience

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in PA program or consent of instructor.
Description: Applied, project-based agency experience. Student works with a public, nonprofit, or voluntary agency to gain specific, substantive research or other professional skills to complement the MPA curriculum. May be repeated and included in ATC for up to 3 units.
Units: 1-3

P A 800 : Capstone Course in Public Administration

Prerequisites: Approved ATC; should be in last semester of program.
Description: Synthesizes the knowledge, skills, and abilities learned during the course of the student's program. Emphasis is on critical analysis of case studies, the student learning portfolio, and on completing the program's strategic assessment. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

P A 803 : Public Affairs Internship

Prerequisites: Student in Public Administration Program, P A 700, and consent of instructor. Must be taken concurrently with P A 804.
Description: Professional work experience: students will work 300 hours in a public or nonprofit agency under the supervision of a faculty member and an on-site work supervisor.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

P A 804 : Internship Seminar

Prerequisites: Student in Public Administration Program, P A 700, and consent of instructor. Must be taken concurrently with P A 803.
Description: Seminar to accompany P A 803. Critical reflection on their work experiences and how they contribute to their overall career goals, as well as development of a number of briefing papers related to issues in the workplace. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

P A 858 : Seminar in Environmental and Land Use Planning

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with GEOG 858. For course description, see GEOG 858. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.) (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

P A 890 : Master's Case Study Analysis

Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy for M.P.A. degree and recommendation of major advisor; approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: Case study analysis as the culminating experience option in fulfillment of the requirements for the master's degree.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

P A 895 : Master's Project

Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy (ATC) for the master's degree and consent of graduate advisor, and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC; RP grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

P A 897 : Research in Public Administration

Prerequisites: P A 895 or 898.
Description: Required for all students who have not completed P A 890, 895, or 898. May be repeated. Cannot be used in degree program. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

P A 898 : Master's Thesis

Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy (ATC) and consent of candidate's thesis committee, and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

P A 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser and supervising faculty member.
Description: Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a faculty member. Open to graduate students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition. May be repeated.
Units: 1-3
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