SPEA-E 162 : Environment and People
An interdisciplinary examination of the problems of population, pollution, and natural resources and their implications for society.
SPEA-E 272 : Introduction to Environmental Science
Statistics may be taken concurrently. Application of principles from the life and physical sciences to the scientific understanding and management of the environment. Emphasis will be placed on (1) the physical and biologic restraints on resource availability and use and (2) the technological and scientific options to solving contemporary environmental problems arising from this use.
SPEA-E 400 : Topics in Environmental Studies
An interdisciplinary consideration of specific environmental topics.
SPEA-H 316 : Environmental Health
An orientation to the broad concerns of environmental and health interactions. Topics considered include vector-control food sanitation, air-quality control, water and wastewater treatment and quality control, solid and hazardous waste management, industrial hygiene, radiation safety, and public safety, as well as related policy and administrative techniques.
SPEA-H 320 : Health Systems Administration
An overview of the U.S. health care delivery system. It examines the organization, function, and role of the system; current system problems; and alternative systems or solutions.
SPEA-H 322 : Principles of Epidemiology
A basic overview of epidemiologic methodology and techniques. Both communicable and chronic disease risk factors will be discussed, along with data acquisition, analysis techniques, and current published epidemiological studies.
SPEA-H 342 : Community Health Education
A study of theory and practice in the field of professional health education; the process of behavioral change is examined; procedures for the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health education practice are considered.
SPEA-H 352 : Healthcare Finance 1
A study of the financial management of health care facilities based on generally accepted business principles. Accounting and managerial control of cash, accounts receivable, inventory control, and budgeting and cost control, as well as accounting and evaluation of short- and long-term debt will be examined.
SPEA-H 371 : Human Resources Management in Health Care Facilities
This introductory course will provide a discussion of the management function, which is concerned with the intelligent acquisition, development, and use of human resources in the diverse field of health care delivery. Aspects of labor relations that relate to this field will be presented.
SPEA-H 402 : Hospital Administration
The study of organization, structure, function, and fiscal operations within hospitals. The role of the hospital in the community, relationship to official and voluntary health agencies, coordination of hospital departments, and managerial involvement will be examined.
SPEA-H 411 : Chronic and Long-Term Care Administration
Nursing home regulations, legal aspects, and insurance; personnel management; medical records; diet and food service; rehabilitation; nursing services; psychiatric aspects in handling of geriatric patients; professional standards; use of volunteer groups.
SPEA-H 416 : Environmental Health Policy
Course is intended for intensive study of selected problems in the area of environmental health management. Enrollment for students having completed field experience in this area and for others with appropriate background and interests.
SPEA-H 441 : Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration
An overview of the liability and legal responsibility, as well as legal recourse that health care facilities may exercise. This course will discuss policies and standards relating to health facility administration. Included in this course is a discussion of financial aspects unique to the hospital/health care facility environment, such as third-party payments and federal assistance.
SPEA-H 455 : Topics in Public Health
Extensive discussion of selected topics in public health. The topic may change from semester to semester per resource availability and student demand.
SPEA-H 465 : Public Health Practicum
Supervised orientation, observation, and instruction with local and state level health-related agencies and facilities. Primary emphasis will be placed on the student's area of concentration.
SPEA-H 466 : Public Health Field Experience
Supervised advanced training in professional and technical functions in public health functions. Individualized programs may be arranged to suit the student's area of concentration.
SPEA-H 474 : Health Administration Ethics Seminar
This course will examine current issues in public health and governmental and private initiatives to resolve these issues.
SPEA-H 501 : U.S. Health Care Systems, Policies, and Ethical Challenges
Study of the individual and social determinants of health and disease, as well as the nature of the disease intervention process and provider and consumer roles. Description and analysis of resource, process, and control components involved in delivery of health services. Particular emphasis on quality care assessment, epidemiology, and medical terminology.
SPEA-H 503 : Principles of Health Systems Management and Policy
Examination of the functional role, organization, and structure of the health system, its components, and their organizational interrelationships. Course provides a broad conceptual framework for the delivery of health services through various organizations, and provides an opportunity to visit and to study a variety of health services systems components.
SPEA-H 504 : Quantitative Health Planning Methods
An examination of health planning theory, methods, and techniques, including quantitative and subjective forecasting, determination of health service area, identifying need/demand for health services, health resource allocation decision models, and standards for the design of services and facilities.
SPEA-H 505 : Health Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
Study and application of techniques to conduct, interpret, and present the design, implementation, and evaluation of health services programs. Includes collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting information. Emphasis on computer utilization and statistical analysis as a management tool. Field project required.
SPEA-H 514 : Health Economics
Examines the principles and application of economic analysis in the health field and the economist's approach to health care issues; provides insights offered by economic analysis of specific health issues and problems.
SPEA-H 515 : Seminar in Health Policy: Special Topics
An examination of public policy-making in the health care sector since 1900, with emphases on policy analysis, process of governmental regulation, and character of American institutions. Special attention will be given to the constitutional, jurisprudential, legislative, and bureaucratic features of the American health care environment.
SPEA-H 516 : Health Services Delivery and the Law
Medical-legal concepts related to hospitals and other health services organizations. Course provides an in-depth understanding of the relationships of the law and the legal processes affecting the health services system. Presentation of the elements of administrative and agency processes, torts, contracts, facilities, physicians, patients, and personnel.
SPEA-H 517 : Public Health Epidemiology
An examination of basic epidemiology methods such as the design, administration, and analysis of observational and experimental studies involving human subjects. Emphasis will be on the application of epidemiology techniques, the assessment of health hazards and health requirements, as well as the evaluation of the effectiveness of health-related programs.
SPEA-H 518 : Public Health Statistics
This course presents data, description, and other statistical procedures used in the analysis of public health data. Topics include demographic techniques, life tables, hypothesis testing, and construction of confidence intervals. Standard statistical techniques such as contingency table analyses, analyses of variance, and regression analyses as applied to health research and program evaluation are also addressed.
SPEA-H 601 : Hospital Organization and Management
Study of the organization and management of hospital clinical, support, and administrative functions; examination of performance evaluation techniques for health managers; analysis of special operational problems; administrative ethics; requirements of the Joint Commission Accreditation of Hospitals emphasized.
SPEA-H 602 : Mental Health Services Organization and Management
Study of the organization and systems for delivery of mental health services; emphasis on the management and the financing of psychiatric services.
SPEA-H 603 : Nursing Home Organization and Management
Study of the purpose, organization, and management of nursing homes, personal and residential care facilities, and institutions needing long-term specialty treatment. Emphasis on personal and professional skills necessary to provide a wide range of services and quality care in those environments.
SPEA-H 604 : Ambulatory Care/Managed Care Programs
Study of the organizational and managerial aspects of ambulatory health services delivery. Focus on delivery strategies and organizational models and on the operational issues of financial control, personnel, regulation, and evaluation.
SPEA-J 101 : American Criminal Justice System
Introduction to the criminal justice system of the United States and its function in contemporary society
SPEA-J 102 : Special Issues in Crimial Justice
Course examines selected aspects of the causes and characteristics of crime in America. Reviews three components of the American criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Focuses on juvenile justice, drugs, terrorism, and international issues, while examining also the delicate balance between community interest and individual rights.
SPEA-J 150 : Public Safey in America
The protection of persons and property involves a number of public and private organizations. The course examines the roles that agencies working within fire service, emergency management, criminal justice, and the private security sector play in securing public saftey in the United States.
SPEA-J 201 : Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Justice Policies
This course examines the impact of sociological, psychological, biological, and economic theories of crime and the practice of criminal justice. Focus is upon the nature and importance of theory, context of theoretical developments, methods for the critical analysis of theoretical developments, and policy implications of the varying perspectives considered.
SPEA-J 202 : Criminal Justice Data, Methods, and Research
Course examines basic concepts of criminal justice. Students become familiar with research techniques necessary for systematic analysis of the criminal justice system, offender behavior, crime trends, and program effectiveness. Students will learn to critically evaluate existing research. Students will become familiar with existing sources of criminal justice data and will learn to assess the quality of that data.
SPEA-J 215 : Concepts of Forensic Science
Forensic science and the criminal justice system. Evidence collection and analysis. Forensic chemisty including drugs and trace evidence, biology including blood splatter and DNA, pathology, entomology, anthropology, and forensic science and the law. Credit not given for both SPEA J215 and SPEA J322.
SPEA-J 222 : Murder in AmericaL Causes and Consequences
An investigation of homicide in the United States. Focus on the level and nature of homicides as well as domestic homicides, serial, and mass murder, race, ethnicity and gender, drugs and alcohol, school and workplace homicides, investigation, profiling and the death penalty, and homicide prevention and intervention programs.
SPEA-J 260 : Topics in Criminal Justice
Study of selected issues in criminal justice. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit.
SPEA-J 272 : Terrorism and Public Policy
This course surveys terrorism in democratic societies, with an emphasis on public policy responses designed to combat terrorism. Overview of terrorist organizations in various countries are interspersed with analyses of significant terrorist events and public policies, and legal and public safety responses the events create.
SPEA-J 275 : Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice
This course examines the influence of diversity issues such as race, ethnicity, class, and gender on crime and the treatement of the underrepresented groups throughout the American criminal justice system.
SPEA-J 301 : Substantive Criminal Law
The development, limitations, and application of substantive criminal law using the case-study method.
SPEA-J 302 : Procedural Criminal Law
Criminal law application and procedure from the initiation of police activity through the correctional process using the case-study method.
SPEA-J 303 : Evidence
The rules of law governing proof at trial of disputed issues of fact; burden of proof; presumptions and judicial notice; examination, impeachment, competency, and privileges of witnesses; hearsay rule and exceptions; all related as nearly as possible to criminal as opposed to civil process.
SPEA-J 304 : Correctional Law
Legal problems from conviction to release: presentence investigations, sentencing, probation and parole, incarceration, loss and restoration of civil rights.
SPEA-J 305 : Juvenile Justice
This course is designed to provide an overview of the justice system's response to abused, neglected, and dependant children, juvenile misconduct; and delinquent behavior. An extensive review of the development of recent legal changes to the court, options for prevention, treatment of juvenile offenders, and possible system reforms.
SPEA-J 306 : The Criminal Courts
An analysis of the criminal justice process from prosecution through appeal. The organization and operation of felony and misdemeanor courts are examined. Topics include prosecutorial decision making, plea-bargaining, judicial selections, the conduct of trials, sentencing, and appeal.
SPEA-J 310 : Introduction to Administrative Processes
Introduction to principles of management and systems theory for the administration of criminal justice agencies. Credit not given for both SPEA J310 and V270.
SPEA-J 312 : White Collar Crime
White collar crime is an examination of the definitions, theories, laws, and policy responses that shape crimes by corporations, government agencies, professionals, and others engaged in legitimate occupations.
SPEA-J 320 : Criminal Investigation
Theory of investigation, crime scene procedures, interviews, interrogations, surveillances and sources of information; collection and preservation of physical evidence; investigative techniques in specific crimes.
SPEA-J 321 : American Policing
A broadly based study of the operations and interrelationships of the American policy system, including discussion of the limitations of the police function, interjurisdictional matters, and intra-agency processes.
SPEA-J 322 : Introduction to Criminalistics
Evidence developed through the investigative process and methods of identifying and establishing validity and relevance through forensic laboratory techniques.
SPEA-J 331 : Corrections
A survey of contemporary correctional systems including analysis of federal, state, and local correction; adult and juvenile facilities and programs; probation and parole.
SPEA-J 355 : Global Criminal Justice Prespectives
An international review of select criminal justice perspectives and systems within the primary legal traditions of common, civil, Islamic, and social systems, as well as those that do not fit into established categories, such as Native American and African tribal justice.
SPEA-J 370 : Seminar in Criminal Justice
Selected contemporary topics in criminal justice. May be repeated for credit.
SPEA-J 376 : Principles of Public Safety
Examination of threats to public safety and governmental response at various levels to those threats. Treatment of such areas as transportation and highway threats; occupational safety and health; criminal threats; emergency and disaster planning; consumer protection; and fire control and suppression. Discussion of techniques to identify and measure risk, the acceptability of risk, and governmental attempts to control risk.
SPEA-J 380 : Internship in Criminal Justice
Open to interested students who qualify upon approval of the faculty. Students may be placed with various criminal justice agencies for assignment to a defined task relevant to their educational interests. Tasks may involve staff work or research. Full-time participants may earn up to 6 credit hours. May be repeated for credit. Course is graded S/F (satisfactory/ fail).
SPEA-J 410 : Criminal Justice and Information Systems
Records, their use, maintenance, analysis, and interpretation. Use of computer applications and other automated techniques and devices in the criminal justice system.
SPEA-J 433 : Institutional Corrections
The history and development of the jail, penitentiary, prison, and reformatory. Analysis and evaluation of contemporary imprisonment.
SPEA-J 439 : Crime and Public Policy
A detailed examination of the major efforts designed to control or reduce crime. A review of existing knowledge is followed by an investigation of current crime control theories, proposals, and programs.
SPEA-J 440 : Corrections in the Community
A detailed analysis of correctional alternatives to incarceration that focus on the reintegration of the offender while remaining in the community. Because of their extensive use, considerable attention is given to probation and parole. Other topics include diversion community residential programs, restitution halfway houses, and home detention.
SPEA-J 445 : Trends in Correction
Analysis and evaluation of contemporary correctional systems. Discussion of recent research concerning the correctional institution and the various field services.
SPEA-J 460 : Police in the Community
In-depth examination of crime as an urban policy problem, focusing on the role of police and victims in defining crime as a policy problem, and their roles in seeking to reduce the incidence of crime.
SPEA-J 470 : Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
Emphasizes current developments in legal, administrative, and operational aspects of the criminal justice system.
SPEA-J 480 : Research in Criminal Justice
Individual research under guidance of faculty member.
SPEA-J 501 : Criminological Thought and Policy
This course provides an intensive introduction to the theoretical literature on crime and delinquency. Its purpose is to develop students' ability to critically evaluate and compare theories of crime as they apply to public policy and the criminal justice system.
SPEA-J 502 : Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Public Affairs
This course examines research techniques necessary for systematic analysis of the criminal justice system, offenders' behavior, crime trends, and program effectiveness. The course requires that students actively pursue such techniques as conducting interviews, coding data, and designing studies. Criminological research will be critically examined.
SPEA-J 550 : Topics in Criminal Justice and Public Safety
Selected research and special topics in criminal justice such as violence; history of criminal prosecution; and alcohol, drugs, and crime.
SPEA-J 582 : Criminal Justice Systems
Detailed examination of operations of police, courts, and correctional agencies. Study of management problems in systems response to criminal activity. Development of understanding of interrelationships among system components. Examination of major policy issues in criminal justice with emphasis on decision-making techniques.
SPEA-J 587 : Criminal Violation: Problems and Characteristics
Commonalities in criminal behavior. The criminal act: circumstances leading to commission and subsequent perceptions of them. Family, community, and other environments affecting criminal behavior. Behavioral consequences of crime control processes.
SPEA-J 588 : Law and Control in Society
The role of law versus other forms of social control. How social change and social institutions shape the law. Social factors influencing the administration of law.
SPEA-J 666 : Criminal Justice Policy and Evaluation
An empirical assessment of the foundations of contemporary and historical attempts to control or prevent crime. Major policies, programs, and strategies are reviewed and critically analyzed. Specific topics and policies will vary in this capstone seminar.
SPEA-J 682 : Planning and Management for Criminal Justice and Public Saftey
A seminar addressing selected issues in criminal justice. Topics may include management, planning, organized crime, juvenile delinquency, law enforcement, courts, corrections, and other issues. Topics will vary each semester. Different sections may address different topics. The course may be taken more than once.
SPEA-K 300 : Statistical Techniques
Introduction to statistics; nature of statistical data; ordering and manipulation of data; measures of central tendency and dispersion; elementary probability. Concepts of statistical inference and decision: estimation and hypothesis testing. Special topics include regression and correlation, analysis of variance, nonparametric methods.
SPEA-V 100 : Current Topics in Public Affairs
Readings and discussions of current public issues and problems. May be repeated for credit with different topics.
SPEA-V 170 : Introduction to Public Affairs
Broad coverage of public affairs through critical and analytical inquiry into policy making at national and international levels of government. Particular emphasis on intergovernmental relations as they affect policy in the federal system.
SPEA-V 252 : Career Development and Planning
Course highlights include identification of work values and personality preference, a career research assignment, networking assignments designed to prepare students for contact with employers, in-depth tutorial and feedback concerning how to craft a marketable resume and cover letter, and development of an overall career plan.
SPEA-V 260 : Topics in Public Affairs
Selected topical courses that are specifically chosen as appropriate to fulfill the SPEA requirement of "public affairs option." Topics vary from semester to semester.
SPEA-V 261 : Computers in Public Affairs
An introduction to computer applications in public affairs. Topics include basic terminology, core concepts, and issues associated with managing operating systems, designing networks, and applying user information technology to public affairs problems. Issues of security and ethics in computing are also considered.
SPEA-V 263 : Public Management
Managers in the public sector must operate under special constraints that are different from those in the private sector. This course examines the management process in public organizations in the United States. Special attention will be given to external influences on public managers, the effects of the intergovernmental environment, and peculiar problems of management in a democratic, limited government system.
SPEA-V 264 : Urban Structure and Policy
An introduction to urban government and public policy issues. Topics include urban government structure, intergovernmental relations, social and demographic trends in urban patterns, urban economic structure, selected urban problems, and policy alternatives.
SPEA-V 270 : Survey of Administrative Techniques
Introduction to principles of supervisory management and systems theory for the administration of public agencies. Credit not given for both SPEA V270 and SPEA J310.
SPEA-V 340 : Urban Government Administration
Structure of local government in the United States, federalism and intergovernmental relations, policy problems faced by local officials, and the implications of those problems for local government and administrators.
SPEA-V 346 : Introduction to Government Accounting and Financial Reporting
An introduction to government accounting, including comparison with accounting for the private sector, intended as background for use of financial administrators. The course deals primarily with municipal accounting. It also includes accounting by and for the federal government, auditing practices, and financial reporting.
SPEA-V 348 : Management Science
Introduction to management science models and methods for policy analysis and public management. Methods include decision analysis, linear programming, queuing analysis, and simulation. Computer-based applications are included. Prior familiarization with computers (e.g., CSCI C201) is recommended, though not required.
SPEA-V 352 : Personal Career Planning
Investigation of careers, the world of work, and the career planning process. The focal point is the student and his/her goals. Provides assistance in developing practical, meaningful, and realistic insight into the nature of making a public-career choice in today's world. Course is graded S/F (satisfactory / fail).
SPEA-V 365 : Urban Development and Planning
This course identifies the major problems associated with urban development in the United States and investigates the potential of public planning strategies and tools to deal with those problems. An emphasis is placed on the application of analytical approaches to problem definition and solution.
SPEA-V 366 : Managing Behavior in Public Organizations
This course provides an introduction to the management of people in public organizations. Focus is on behavioral science in management and related analytical and experiential applications.
SPEA-V 368 : Managing Government Operations
Application of analytical techniques to operating decisions in public sector management. Cases are used extensively to illustrate the application of techniques such as charting, capacity and demand analysis, forecasting, performance measurement, decision analysis, queuing/simulation, Markov modeling, and cost- effective analysis to design, scheduling, inventory, assignment, transportation, and replacement decisions.
SPEA-V 372 : Government Finance and Budgets
Study of fiscal management in public agencies, including revenue administration, debt management, and public budgeting.
SPEA-V 373 : Human Resource Management in the Public Sector
The organization andoperation of public personnel management systems with emphasis on concepts and techniques of job analysis, position classification, training, affirmative action, and motivation.
SPEA-V 375 : Emergency Services Administration
An overview of management principles and functional components of Emergency Medical Service systems.
SPEA-V 376 : Law and Public Policy
The purpose of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the origins, process, and impact of law in the making and implementing of public policy. The major objective of the course is to provide students with the substantive concepts necessary to understand the judicial system and law in its various forms.
SPEA-V 377 : Legal Process and Contemporary Issues in America
An introduction to the American legal system, including the Constitution, courts system, and administrative law in federal and state agencies. Readings and discussion center on current issues affected by the legal process.
SPEA-V 380 : Internship in Public and Environmental Affairs
Open to interested students upon approval of faculty. Students are placed with public agencies or governmental units for assignment to a defined task relevant to their educational interests in public affairs. Tasks may involve staff work or research. Full-time participants may earn up to 6 credit hours.
SPEA-V 390 : Readings in Public and Environmental Affairs
Independent readings and research related to a topic of special interest to the student. Written report required.
SPEA-V 421 : Metropolitan Development
Discussion of the process of development in metropolitan regions. Includes topics such as economic development, land-use evolution, and demographic change. Consideration of relevant policy issues.
SPEA-V 432 : Labor Relations in the Public Sector
An introductory overview of labor relations in the public sector. Course includes the development, practice, and extent of the collective bargaining process and administration of the labor agreement by state and local governments.
SPEA-V 442 : Topics - Budgeting or Cost/Benefit
Comprehensive study of techniques of public fiscal management, primarily at the state and local level, and discussion of current issues. May be repeated for different topics.
SPEA-V 444 : Public Administrative Organization
A review of research findings and analysis of the operation of public agencies and their performance.
SPEA-V 447 : Federal Budget Policy
Examination of the institutions and processes involved in putting together the annual federal budget, with emphasis on the role of the Appropriations and Budget Committees in Congress and the White House and Office of Management and Budget in the executive branch. Selected major policy areas will be considered.
SPEA-V 449 : Senior Policy Seminar
Discussion of the role of policy analysts in government. Applications of analytical tools to substantive policy areas such as transportation, community development, education, poverty, manpower, and health.
SPEA-V 450 : Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs
Extensive analysis of selected contemporary issues in public affairs Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for different topics.
SPEA-V 461 : Computer Applications in Public Affairs
This course provides students with the essentials of computer hardware and software needed to operate effectively in a public sector environment. The course will emphasize public sector applications using software packages on microcomputers and minicomputers.
SPEA-V 468 : Research Methods in the Applied Social Sciences
This course will introduce the student to the basic methods, issues, analytical techniques, and ethical considerations of evaluation research.
SPEA-V 472 : Policy Processes in the U.S.
Intended as an integrative senior course, primarily for SPEA students. Course content includes analytic perspectives of the policy process, the centers of policy, and the public interest. Selected cases involving problem analysis and decision making on public issues are included, as well as discussion of current policy issues.
SPEA-V 473 : Management Leadership and Policy
The purpose of this seminar is to provide students with an opportunity to apply the techniques they have learned to actual situations. Special attention will be paid to feasible as contrasted to desirable solutions. Emphasis will be given to the contextual factors involved in developing feasible solutions.
SPEA-V 490 : Directed Research in Public and Environmental Affairs
To be arranged with the individual instructor and approved by the chairperson of the undergraduate program.
SPEA-V 499 : Honors Thesis
Required of seniors in the Honors Program. Research and paper to be arranged with individual instructor and approved by the campus SPEA Honors Program director. May be repeated for credit.
SPEA-V 500 : Quantitative Tools for Public Affairs
A modular presentation of mathematical and statistical concepts designed to prepare students for SPEA V506. Representative module topics include basic algebraic concepts, basic statistical concepts, probability, computer use, and matrix algebra.
SPEA-V 502 : Public Management
Problems of organization, planning, decision making, performance evaluation, and the management of human resources are considered. Cases are drawn from a variety of public services found at federal, state, and local levels of government.
SPEA-V 504 : Public Organizations
The course focuses on the behavior and theory of public organizations in four areas: individuals and groups in public organizations, the design of public organizations, organization-environment relations, and interorganizational relations.
SPEA-V 506 : Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making
Noncalculus survey of concepts in probability, estimation, and hypothesis testing. Applications of contingency table analysis, analysis of variance, regression, and other statistical techniques. Computer processing of data emphasized.
SPEA-V 507 : Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Affairs
This course is a graduate-level introduction to modeling complex systems, estimating parameters of models of the basis of data, forecasting future values of the system, and testing hypotheses about the nature of things within that context.
SPEA-V 508 : Topics in Quantitative Analysis
Study and application of selected quantitative methods of analysis. Additional topics that are not included in SPEA V506 or SPEA V507 may be presented, or more advanced examination of topics that are introduced in SPEA V506 and SPEA V507 may be undertaken.
SPEA-V 509 : Administrative Ethics in the Public Sector
Ethical conduct in the public sector is examined. Topics covered could include personal ethical responsibility, deception, corruption, codes of ethics, policy making, morality, politics, and whistle blowing. Case studies and media material will be used to illustrate these and other such issues affecting the workplace.
SPEA-V 512 : Public Policy Process
An examination of the role of public affairs professionals in policy processes. Focuses on relationships with political actors in various policy arenas.
SPEA-V 516 : Public Management Information Systems
The economic, social, demographic, technological, and political data necessary for the effective analysis and management of public services. The formation and classification of information on public programs and services. The organization, gathering, storage, and retrieval of complex data banks. The assessment of public organizational data needs.
SPEA-V 517 : Public Management Economics
Application of microeconomics concepts and techniques—including cost, elasticity, pricing, wage determination, and cost-benefit analysis—to public management and public issues and concerns. The course is designed to provide a managerial economics perspective to decision making.
SPEA-V 518 : Intergovernmental Systems Management
Discussion of theories and approaches to systems management including responsibilities and tasks of public systems. Examination of intergovernmental relationships such as nationalstate-local relationships and intralocal governmental relationships, treatment of organizational and systems design as well as planning, decision making, and control of public systems. Discussion of applications to services such as environment, health, and human services.
SPEA-V 520 : Environmental Policy Analysis
The interrelationships among social, technical, and natural systems. Theories of growth. Causes and implications of environmental problems. Alternative policies and mechanisms for environmental control and bases for choice.
SPEA-V 521 : The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector
The theory, size, scope, and functions of the nonprofit and voluntary sectors are covered from multiple disciplinary perspectives including historical, political, economic, and social.
SPEA-V 522 : Human Resource Management in Nonprofits
Effective human resource management is vital for the long-term success of nonprofit organizations. This course explores the attachments of participants in nonprofit organizations, the motivational and personnel programs required by these attachments, and the managerial strategies for effective human resource management.
SPEA-V 525 : Management in the Nonprofit Sector
An examination of nonprofit (third-sector) organizations and their role in society. Management issues and public policy affecting these organizations are discussed. Primary emphasis is upon U.S. organizations, but attention is given to the global nature of the sector.
SPEA-V 526 : Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations
This course emphasizes a thorough understanding of the language and key concepts of nonprofit financial management. A working knowledge of the basic analytical tools used in financial decision making for nonprofit organizations will be examined through the use of computer software.
SPEA-V 529 : Seminar in Career and Professional Development
Introduction to career development in public and environmental affairs. Orientation to career development approaches and resources. Discussion and practice of professional skills and techniques. Orientation to career development opportunities. Course is graded S /F.
SPEA-V 532 : Urban Decision Making
Administrative decision making against the background of urban politics, power structures, bureaucracies, commercial and industrial interests, and citizen participation.
SPEA-V 539 : Management Science for Public Affairs
Focus on management science methods applied to public policy analysis. Includes treatment of decision theory, constrained optimization and probability/simulation modeling.
SPEA-V 540 : Law and Public Affairs
Explanation of law in society and its influence on public sector operations. Examination of some of the central substantive areas of the study of law, including regulatory processes, administrative adjudication, the Administrative Procedures Act, ombudsmen, and citizen rights, among others.
SPEA-V 542 : Governmental Financial Accounting and Reporting
An introduction to the fundamentals of accounting in business, not-for-profit, and public sectors. Intended only for students without previous accounting courses. Primary emphasis is on municipal entity fund accounting, including the development and use of financial statements.
SPEA-V 543 : Health Services Management
A course that integrates theory and application with respect to management of health service organizations. Emphasis on the role of managers and management within formal health service organizations. Current management and organizational theory are applied to an understanding of health care delivery settings.
SPEA-V 545 : The U.S. Health Care System
An analysis of delivery of health care in the United States from 1900 to the present. Major system components are defined and studied with emphasis on current health care policy. Topics include the organization of health care delivery on federal, state, and local levels, both in public and private sectors.
SPEA-V 546 : Health Services Utilization
An examination of problems of access to health care and the utilization of health services. The social, political, and individual factors associated with utilization are studied along with social change and control strategies. Special emphasis is given to power and the definition of power in the system.
SPEA-V 550 : Topics in Public Affairs
Selected research and discussion topics organized on a semester-by-semester basis, usually with significant student input in the course design.
SPEA-V 554 : Human Services Administration
Focus is on policy, management, and organization relating to a variety of humanservice systems. Special attention is given to the management of social programs in the environmental systems.
SPEA-V 556 : Topics in Human Services Administration
Readings and research on selected topics in the field of the management of human services. Topics selected for study will vary.
SPEA-V 557 : Proposal Development and Grant Administration
This course provides the opportunity for each student to develop a complete proposal through participation in the entire grant application process. The integration of case studies, visual media, printed materials, and class discussions provides students with practical knowledge for writing successful proposals.
SPEA-V 558 : Fund Development for Nonprofits
Important aspects of the fund raising process in nonprofit organizations are covered, including techniques and strategies for assessing potential sources of support; effective use of human resources; process management; theory to underlay practice; analysis of current practice; practice standards; and discussion of ethical problems.
SPEA-V 560 : Public Finance and Budgeting
The fiscal role of government in a mixed economy, sources of public revenue andcredit; administrative, political, and institutional aspects of the budget and the budgetary process; problems and trends in intergovernmental fiscal relations.
SPEA-V 561 : Public Human Resources Management
Discussion of the selection and management of personnel. Personnel systems and the role of the merit system in government. Emphasis on public labor relations and continuous training of personnel for professional development.
SPEA-V 562 : Public Program Evaluation
Examination of how the programs of public agencies are proposed, established, operated, and evaluated. Discussion of the role and conduct of research in the program evaluation process. In addition, techniques of effective evaluation and analysis are discussed.
SPEA-V 563 : The Planning Process
Seminar designed to familiarize students with planning ramifications of policy issues faced by governments. The focal topics selected for study will vary. Emphasis placed on identification and analysis of substantive issues, methods employed for resolution, and application or planning techniques for achieving goals.
SPEA-V 564 : Urban Management
The course deals with the management of public policy in American urban government, with special attention to the relationship of structure, process, and policy. Readings and case studies will focus on urban management problems relating to leadership, planning, and operations.
SPEA-V 566 : Executive Leadership
Analysis of executive leadership within the context of public organization in the United States. Examines the role of public managers and the principles and factors that affect their actions in light of current research and practice.
SPEA-V 567 : Public Financial Administration
Problems of financial management in governmental units; alternative revenue sources, financial planning and control, cash debt management; survey of modern expenditure management, control and planning.
SPEA-V 568 : Management of Urban Government Services
The course deals with selected topics in urban services. The course may focus on a specific urban service or provide an overview for several urban services.
SPEA-V 570 : Public Sector Labor Relations
An introductory overview of labor relations concepts within the framework of the public sector. The development, practice, and extent of the collective bargaining process as well as the administration of the labor agreement will be examined for state agencies, local municipalities, and school districts.
SPEA-V 572 : Urban Topics
Selected topics in urban policy and administration. The course is sometimes restricted to a special group of students focusing on a particular research interest.
SPEA-V 575 : Comparative Public Management and Administration
Reading and discussion of case studies and comparative analyses of formal organizations with emphasis on governmental bureaucracies, public corporations, and international organizations. Topics include bureaucratic environment and culture, technology and organizations, program evaluation, communication and decision making, and administrative structure and process.
SPEA-V 576 : Comparative Approaches to Development
Examination of the application of development theory to the public sector. Topics include modernization theory, urbanization, development administration, community development, ethnicity, ideology, and national planning. Area case study project to include problems of policy implementation in developing areas.
SPEA-V 577 : International Economic Development Policy
Examination of topics in international economics as related to problems of economic development policy. Topics include international trade, comparative economic policy, economic integration, foreign aid investment, exchange rates, and international economic organizations.
SPEA-V 579 : Readings in Environmental Science
Readings on selected topics in environmental science to be arranged with the individual instructor.
SPEA-V 580 : Readings in Public Affairs
Readings on selected topics in public affairs to be arranged with the individual instructor.
SPEA-V 581 : Public Safety Law
Survey of historical development of Anglo-American law of public safety, including criminal law, civil remedies, administrative regulation of risk, and recent developments in employee and consumer safety. Emphasis on understanding legal theory and practice as basis for management decisions. Comparison of jurisprudential viewpoints and other disciplinary approaches to causation, prevention, and correction of public safety problems.
SPEA-V 585 : Practicum in Public Affairs
Open to interested students through the Center for Public Affairs Service-Learning or Field Study Program. Students hold work assignments with public agencies; final product such as a report, oral examination, or examples of materials developed in the practicum is required. Grading is on a satisfactory/ fail basis.
SPEA-V 586 : Public Safety in the U.S.
Overview of criminal justice and public safety. Definitions of public safety and identification of major components. Functional description of major public safety agencies. Discussion of basic issues in public safety. Management in public safety system.
SPEA-V 590 : Research in Public Affairs
Research on selected topics in public affairs to be arranged with the individual instructor.
SPEA-V 593 : Analytical Methods in Planning and Policy Analysis
Topics relate to goal setting and forecasting. Analytical methods include time series analysis, demographic projects, economic development and employment forecasting, land use and transportation planning analysis. Optimization methods are applied to transportation and project management.
SPEA-V 595 : Managerial Decision Making
Applications of decision-making tools to substantive public management problems. A variety of managerial cases and issues are selected for intensive discussion and analysis.
SPEA-V 600 : Capstone in Public and Environmental Affairs
Interdisciplinary course designed to give students exposure to the realities of the policy process through detailed analyses of case studies and projects. Course integrates science, technology, policy, and management. Topic may change from semester to semester.
SPEA-V 601 : Workshop in Public Affairs
Projects in public affairs The students work on a research and resource team to complete a project for a public sector client. Faculty act as project managers and resource personnel.
SPEA-V 602 : Strategic Management of Public and Nonprofit Organ
Concepts, cases, and problem solving associated with the structure and process of strategic management in the public sector, broadly defined to include governmental and nongovernmental organizations.
SPEA-V 610 : Seminar in Government Budget and Program Analysis
Advanced study of management aspects of budgetary process. Special cases are analyzed, and budget problem- solving exercises are utilized.
SPEA-V 631 : Health Planning
A workshop in analysis and use of health data in a planning context. Course deals with the planning process and methods with an emphasis on systems theory. Class project or plan is developed, presented, and defended in a simulated public-hearing format.
SPEA-V 639 : Managing Government Operations
This is an introductory survey of operations management. Emphasis is placed on the analysis, design, and management of operation systems using models from operations management. Readings, lectures, and structured exercises are used to present the models and demonstrate their application.
SPEA-V 650 : Topics in Public Personnel Management
Readings and research on selected topics in the public personnel field. Topics may include such subjects as affirmative action, occupational health and safety, manpower forecasting and planning, and approaches to position classification.
SPEA-V 660 : Cases and Problems in Fiscal Administration
An advanced seminar in the management aspects of public finance that focuses on the budgetary process. Special cases are analyzed and budget problem-solving exercises are utilized.
SPEA-V 665 : Seminar in Policy and Administration
Politics of program development and management. Translation of plans into viable, administrable programs. Marshalling support, political process, strategies, constraints, tradeoffs, etc.
SPEA-V 670 : Topics in Public Sector Labor Relations
Selected research and discussion topics in public sector labor relations arranged on a semester-bysemester basis. Possible topics are collective bargaining in the public sector and dispute settlement in public sector labor relations.