New Course in Urban Affairs for Spring 2019!

PAD 768: Governing The Just City: Urban Policy & Politics

This course explores how to lead and foster a just city, beginning with an historical survey of U.S. urban policy and governance, followed by a focus on key topics for municipal leaders and stakeholders, including housing, crime, inequality, diversity, employment, education and health. We will utilize scholarship, media, and data on contemporary urban issues to familiarize students with urban policy challenges, enabling you to tailor your subsequent specialization electives to your professional and scholarly interests.
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Course Resources

The MPA Programs are developing and will maintain course resource pages for MPA courses. The course resource pages will guide students and faculty as to the following:

  • Course Title and Description and prerequistes
  • Learning Goals
  • Course Embedded General Advising
  • Course Embedded Career Advising
  • Topical coverage expectations – what topics the course is expected to cover
  • Key capstone project skills to be covered
  • Textbooks available based on the MPA loaner textbook program
  • Open Educational Resources

Open Education Resource Courses have instructional resources, including online resources and loaner textbooks, that avoid the need for students to purchase textbooks. They are designated in the sidebar.

PAD 754: Investigative Techniques

Course Description

Focuses on the discovery and documentation of corrupt practices in politics and administration. Provides an overview of the public employee’s obligations and rights and of the laws and regulations governing criminal investigations. Illustrates themes with case studies of white-collar crimes and scandals involving public officials.

Credits: 3

Course Leadership

  • Course Coordinator: Eugene O’Neill
  • Online Education Resource Status:

Learning Goals

7.4 Investigation and Operational Inspection: Students will understand how to investigate criminal and managerial fraud, waste, abuse and corruption

Course Embedded General Advising

Course Embedded Career Advising

Topical coverage expectations – what topics the course is expected to cover

  • Corruption in a Democracy
  • Types of Investigations
  • Obtaining Documentary Evidence
  • Privacy Rights of Public Employees
  • Gathering Testimonial Evidence
  • Fraud in Government Purchasing
  • The Office of the Inspector General
  • The False Claims Act

Key capstone project skills to be covered

Textbooks available based on the MPA loaner textbook program

  • Bazley, T. (2008). Investigating white collar crime. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice Hall. (Available through the MPAOIG Textbook Loan Program)
  • Anechiarico:  The Pursuit of Absolute Integrity
  • Guerin, Lisa. (2010) The Essential Guide to Workplace Investigations: How to Handle Employee Complaints & Problems Paperback. (Available through the MPAOIG Textbook Loan Program)

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Module 1: Corruption in a Democracy (two week period)

Bazley:

  • Chapter 1: Intro: Why Bother?
  • Chapter 2: Getting Started

Ferraro:

  • Chapter 1: The Process of Investigating

Audio:

Confessions of a White Collar Criminal (CUNY Radio Podcast)…(first hour contains Fraud Triangle)

Video:

Boss Tweed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YildL_ilQFY

 

Module 2: Types of Investigations (two week period)

 Bazley: 

  • Chapter 8: The Grand Jury and Criminal Charge
  • Chapter 9 : Civil and Administrative Investigations

Ferraro:

  • Chapter 2: The Fundamentals of Fact Finding

Module 3: Obtaining Documentary Evidence (two week period)

 Guerin:

  • Chapter 1: Workplace Investigations: Overview
    • Ten Steps to a Successful Investigation

 Bazley:  

  • Chapter 3: The Paper Chase: Documentary Evidence
  • Chapter 5: Search Warrants

Audio:

Audio file with transcript

Audio file with transcript

Module 4 : Privacy Rights of Public Employees (two week period)

Ferraro:

  • Chapter 4: Local Challenges and Avoiding Litigation

 Documents:

Module 5: Gathering Testimonial Evidence (two week period)

 Ferraro:

  • Chapter 6: Section 3a and b: Employee Theft

 Bazley:

  • Chapter 4: Interviews- Gathering Testimonial Evidence

 Guerin:

  • Chapter 3: Gathering Information

 Supreme Court Case:

 Audio:

  PowerPoint:

Module 6: Fraud in Government Purchasing (two week period)

Ferraro:

  • Chapter 6: Section 5: Fraud and Embezzlement

Guerin:

  • Chapter 4: Making and documenting your Decision

Documents:

 Module 7: The Office of the Inspector General (two week period)

Module 8:  The False Claims Act ( a one week module)

PAD 700 Public Adminstration

PAD 700: Public Administration

Course Description

Examines the field of public administration. Defines the scope and content of public administration and the relationship of public administration to other disciplines. Provides political, economic, cultural, and historical perspectives on the field and introduces current issues facing the profession. Sets forth the literature of the field and the inventory of skills that students must master in order to complete the MPA in Public Policy and Administration Program and the MPA in Inspection and Oversight Program.

Credits: 3

Required Text

Decisions in Philadelphia: The Constitutional Convention of 1787

Course Leadership

Course Coordinator: Judy-Lynne Peters

Online Education Resource Status: OER

Learning Goals

1.1Students will acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies of leadership and management in public governance.

3.1 Students will demonstrate reading, writing and analytical skills necessary for management & policy decision-making.

4.1 Students will understand how the public service values such as ethical behavior, diversity, equity, integrity,  efficiency, effectiveness and professionalism shape the formulation and implementation of public policy.

Course Embedded General Advising

Course Embedded Career Advising

Topical coverage expectations – what topics the course is expected to cover

 Brief Orientation to theProgram

  • Orientation to the MPA Program
  • The Program Reading List
  • Term Papers in the Public Administration Program — Expectations
  • The Field of Public Administration
  • Historical Overview
  • Governmental Institutions in a Political Context
  • The Profession of Public Administration
  • International and Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • The Future of Public Administration
  • Concepts and Issues
  • Organizational Structure
  • Laws, Policies, Rules, and the Exercise of Discretion
  • Human Resources and Personnel Management
  • Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining
  • Financial Management and the Budgetary Process
  • Management Processes — Leadership, Communication, Decisionmaking and Control
  • Accountability and Ethics
  • Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  • Regulation and Administrative Law
  • Emerging Issues

Key capstone project skills to be covered

  • Develop a literature review in proper citation format providing an analytical assessment of research findings on a topic.
  • Write a memorandum
  • Understand plagiarism, including how to submit a written essay to Turnitin.

Textbooks available based on the MPA loaner textbook program

Johnson:  Public Administration Partnerships in Public Service

Open Educational Resources by Topics to be Covered

PAD 771 Capstone Seminar

PAD 771: Capstone Seminar

Course Description

Requires students to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained during their MPA graduate study to a semester-long project chosen by the student in consultation with the faculty member directing the seminar.

Course Leadership

  • Course Coordinator: Ned Benton
  • Online Education Resource Status: OER

Learning Goals

  • 1.2 Students will understand the core functions, issues, and theories of human resources management.
  • 1.3 Students will understand the major theories of organizational structure and organizational behavior.
  • 2.1 Students will demonstrate how political context influences policy analysis and apply various models to the policy process.
  • 2.3 Students will conduct a research or policy analysis project that makes appropriate use of empirical research tools.
  • 3.1 Students will demonstrate reading, writing and analytical skills necessary for management & policy decision-making.
  • 4.1 Students will understand how the public service values such as ethical behavior, diversity, equity, integrity,  efficiency, effectiveness and professionalism shape the formulation and implementation of public policy.

Course Embedded General Advising

Course Embedded Career Advising

Topical coverage expectations – what topics the course is expected to cover

  • Introduction
    • Identify the action-forcing event.
    • Identify the policy question asked by the official you are working for
  • Assessment of the Problem
    • Provide an historical background and timeline.
    • Define the policy problem.
  • Literature Review
    • Complete a literature review that includes scholarly articles, professional and best-practice reports and articles, and reports and articles about how the policy and problem has been managed in other jurisdictions.
  • Stakeholder Analysis
    • Develop an environmental scan table that identifies 4-5 people who are official decision makers, experts and advocates. These are people whose views should be considered by your client.
    • Include at least one stakeholder representing the public interest.
  • Options Specification
    • Identify the policy strategies and options to be assessed.
    • Develop an options specification table.
  • Options Analysis
    • Explain the analysis to be conducted.
    • Collect the information or data.
    • Identify legal, ethical, operational and financial constraints that limit strategies and options.
    • Identify legal, ethical, operational or financial implications of your recommendation.
    • Present and explain the results of your analysis in an options analysis table.
    • Include at least the following criteria:  public interest, ethical compliance, political feasibility, administrative feasibility, financial feasibility, equity, and effectiveness.
  •  Recommendation
    • Recommend, based on the analysis, a policy strategy or option.
    • Identify arguments for and against the policy strategy or option advocated.
    • Defend the policy strategy or option advocated.
  •  First Draft Review and Editing
  •  Turnitin Submission
  •  Executive Summary
  •  Presentation Slides
  •  Project Submission

Key capstone project skills to be covered

  • The Capstone Project: The Capstone Project is a structured analysis of policy or program performance that includes most of the above types of quantitative and qualitative analysis and writing. The project is blind-graded by a panel of faculty members.

Textbooks available based on the MPA loaner textbook program

  • Bardach: A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis

Open Educational Resources by Topics to be Covered