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Non-core Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes for MPP and MPA subject matter outside the common core 

The learning outcomes for the competencies, subjects and topics deemed to lie within the MPP/MPA core are listed at MPP/MPA Core Learning Outcomes. However, the syllabi of MPP and MPA programs include a great deal of subject matter outside this core, much of which could be considered mission-specific to the program. The two tables on this page illustrate how learning outcomes could be formulated for this material. The first table provides examples of mission-specific learning outcomes associated with non-core subjects. The second table provides examples of mission-specific learning outcomes associated with non-core topics within core subjects..

Table 1: Examples of Mission-specific Learning Outcomes in Non-core Subjects

 

Learning outcomes in non-core subjects within the Management Functions domain

 

1

Subject-level learning outcome for Local Government Management

The understanding and application of management functions and strategies applicable at the municipal level of government.

2

Subject-level learning outcome for Regulatory Policy and Management

The understanding and application of strategies for setting regulations and securing compliance including the tools and techniques available in modern democracies to control social and economic behaviour, and how best to obtain compliance in a wide range of fields by managing risks and mitigating potential harms.

3

Subject-level learning outcome for Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

The understanding and application of strategies for advocacy and for the management of non-profit organizations, particularly those intending to influence government policy decisions and delivery of government programs, including the management challenges within nonprofit organizations and with the role they play in maintaining political systems, securing and modifying public policy and implementing government program.

 

Learning outcomes in non-core subjects within the Policy Sectors domain

 

4

Subject-level learning outcome for International Development

The understanding of and ability to apply concepts and initiatives that can promote economic growth and alleviate poverty in low- and middle-income countries, and improve environmental protection, education, health, and civil service reform.

5

Subject-level learning outcome for Social Policy and Welfare

The understanding of and ability to apply concepts and initiatives that can promote the socio-economic conditions of the population, including income transfers, welfare policy, social insurance, universal vs targeted designs, pre-funded vs pay-as-you-go designs, and child policy.

6

Subject-level learning outcome for Health

The understanding of and ability to apply concepts and initiatives that address key issues in health care policy and markets, as well as the unique issues involved in the management and organization of health services, including the financing and delivery of health services, the ways in which government actions impact the behaviour of non-government actors, the development and structure of health care policy among developed countries, markets for medical care and health insurance, hospital delivery and competition, the pharmaceutical sector, population health, and the economic evaluation of health care programs.

7

Subject-level learning outcome for Education

The understanding of and ability to apply concepts and initiatives that address key issues in education, from pre-school to postsecondary, including identifying the objectives of education policy, tuition regulation, and evaluating the impact of government policy changes.

8

Subject-level learning outcome for Employment, Labour and Immigration

The understanding of and ability to apply concepts and initiatives that address key issues in employment, labour and immigration policies, including social contract, collective bargaining, workers’ rights, human rights, vulnerable workers, working time, migrant and temporary labour.

9

Subject-level learning outcome for Cities, Urban and Regional Development

The understanding of and ability to apply concepts and initiatives that address policy challenges facing urban governments, and with the work of strengthening the economic and social conditions within a geographic community, whether that be a city, county or region within a nation state, including theoretical approaches to the role and importance of local government, working with communities, provincial-municipal relations, and regional government.

10

Subject-level learning outcome for Agriculture and Resources

The understanding of and ability to apply concepts and initiatives that deal with the agriculture, renewable, and non-renewable resources sectors, including the green revolution, the politics of farm subsidies, food safety, genetically-modified foods, the issue of environmental scarcity and the social norms, economic behaviour and institutions that impact the use these resources.

11

Subject-level learning outcome for Science, Technology and Innovation

The understanding of and ability to apply concepts and initiatives to science, technology and innovation policy, including intellectual property, human capital, the role of universities, financing innovation.

12

Subject-level learning outcome for Industry, Trade and Investment

The understanding of and ability to apply concepts and initiatives in the field of international and trade policy, including trade policy tools (tariffs, quotas and subsidies), multilateral agreements, GATT Principles, GATT Exceptions, trade-related intellectual property rights, labour and environmental standards, preferential trade agreements, dispute settlement and trade retaliation, and the challenges of deeper integration.

13

Subject-level learning outcome for Energy, Transportation and Infrastructure

The understanding of and ability to apply concepts and initiatives to energy, transportation and infrastructure policies, including energy markets and industrial organization, energy regulation, transportation planning.

14

Subject-level learning outcome for Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

The understanding of and ability to apply concepts and initiatives to defence, security and foreign policies, including national interests, defence analysis, defence budgeting and procurement, cyber threats, failing states, peace operations, counterinsurgency, post-conflict elections, terrorism, and the rise of ISIS.

15

Subject-level learning outcome for Policing and Justice Administration

The understanding of and ability to apply concepts and initiatives to policing and justice administration, including the measurement and management of criminal justice, the political and moral economy of punishment, the politics of crime, law reform, incarceration and models of re-entry, neighbourhood-based responses.

16

Subject-level learning outcome for Arts and Culture

The understanding of and ability to apply concepts and initiatives to policy and administration in the field of arts and culture, including creative industries, the politics of culture, the role of government, the role of the nonprofit sector, and global marketing.

17

Subject-level learning outcome for Financial Markets

The understanding of and ability to apply concepts and initiatives to policies respecting the financial sector, including mechanisms for controlling risk in financial institutions, particularly capital and liquidity requirements, the problem of systemic risk, dealing with illiquid and insolvent institutions, including resolution authority, optimal regulatory structure, reform of securitization, regulation of derivatives trading, consumer protection, the role and regulation of credit rating agencies, and regulating executive compensation as it effects systemic risk.

 

Table 2: Examples of Mission-specific Learning Outcomes in Core Subjects

 

Supplemental learning outcomes in core subjects within the Tools and Skills domain

 

1

Supplemental learning outcome for Policy and Management Analysis

The ability to apply supplemental analytical tools of policy and management analysis, including bureaucratic entrepreneurship, performance systems, learning organizations, organizational alignment, networks, organizing for collaboration and partnership, managing coalitions.

2

Supplemental learning outcome for Economic Analysis

The ability to apply supplemental tools of economic analysis including intertemporal choice, price supports and production quotas, price discrimination and regulation, vouchers vs subsidies.

3

Supplemental learning outcome for Quantitative Methods

The ability to apply supplemental quantitative methods to the analysis of public policy and management issues, including data management and manipulation, statistical modeling, modeling discontinuous change, latent growth modeling, modeling panel data with count outcome variable, survival analysis.

4

Supplemental learning outcome for Analytic Methods

The ability to apply supplemental analytic methods, including auctions, equilibrium selection, impact of bias on decision making, political stakeholder analysis, repeated games, and sequential move games.

5

Supplemental learning outcome for Leadership Slills

Knowledge of supplemental elements of leadership including network assessment and analysis, effective coaching, managing business associations, managing a global team, crisis leadership.

6

Supplemental learning outcome for Communication Skills

Knowledge of and ability to apply supplemental techniques of communication including ceremonial speaking tools, communicating through the media, dealing with the media, facing a skeptical or hostile audience, op-ed writing and publishing, thinking on your feet.

 

Supplemental learning outcomes in core subjects within the Institutions and Context domain

 

7

Supplemental learning outcome for Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

Supplemental knowledge and understanding of political institutions in democratic societies and their implications for the formulation and implementation of public policy, including the Athens model of common good democracy, evolution of the social contract, the meaning of tyranny, virtue and corruption, radical individualism, class struggle and revolution, elitist and pluralist democracy.

8

Supplemental learning outcome for Ethics and Accountability

Supplemental knowledge and understanding of the principles and implications of ethics and accountability in public policy and management including ethics in governing, means and ends (the problem of dirty hands), liberty and its limits (speech and harm).

9

Supplemental learning outcome for Socioeconomic and Political Context

Supplemental knowledge and understanding of the different ways in which the processes and frameworks of public policy should be evaluated in light of the social, economic and political contexts in which they are developed, including the rise of neoliberalism, globalization and care work, changing families, urban poverty in the midst of affluence, systematic civic stewardship, aboriginal governance, and religion and politics.

10

Supplemental learning outcome for Intergovernmental and Global Context

The understanding and application of intergovernmental relations within a country and within the international political economy including the division of political and administrative power, the nature of relations between governments, the relationship between sub-national governments and municipalities, the implications of federalism for democracy, regional tensions, the institutions and mechanisms that enable coordination, the policy-making implications of internationalization and globalization, the phenomenon of global public policies and global policy-making, the growing importance of international institutions, the internationalization of domestic policy-making, the implications of globalization for state sovereignty and democracy, and globalization-induced policy convergence..

 

Supplemental learning outcomes in core subjects within the Management Functions domain

 

11

Supplemental learning outcome for Public Financial Management

The understanding and application of supplemental elements of public sector financial management including accounting concepts, financial statements, planning and budgeting, costing and forecasting, capital budgeting, risk-based control, and audit and oversight.

12

Supplemental learning outcome for Evaluation and Performance Measurement

The understanding and application of supplemental strategies for evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of programs and policies, including evaluation purposes and types, the identification problem, the confounding effects of unobserved factors, sensitivity analysis, data collection strategies, and performance measurement and performance management.

13

Supplemental learning outcome for Information and Technology Management

The understanding and application of supplemental strategies for using information technology to improve the ways that public institutions obtain, analyze, disseminate and store information, including the costs and challenges of IT in the public sector, online service delivery, open government, the nature of IT solutions to problems, implementing IT solutions, and managing consultants and vendors.

14

Subject-level learning outcome for Industry, Trade and Investment

The understanding of and ability to apply concepts and initiatives in the field of international and trade policy, including trade policy tools (tariffs, quotas and subsidies), multilateral agreements, GATT Principles, GATT Exceptions, trade-related intellectual property rights, labour and environmental standards, preferential trade agreements, dispute settlement and trade retaliation, and the challenges of deeper integration.

 

Supplemental learning outcomes in core subjects within the Policy Sectors domain

 

15

Supplemental learning outcome for Macroeconomic Policy

The understanding of and ability to apply supplemental concepts and initiatives relevant to fiscal, monetary and tax policy including the operations of central banks and international financial institutions, alternative approaches to fiscal consolidation and expansion, and international capital and trade flows.

16

Supplemental learning outcome for Environment and Sustainability

The understanding of and ability to apply supplemental concepts and initiatives that are designed to preserve the natural environment and protect people from negative impacts of environmental damage, including green politics, green innovation, environmental economics, the costs and benefits of different strategies for dealing with the risks posed by climate change, the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches to environmental protection, the instruments of governance (regulatory, economic, voluntary and information) and the factors that govern their use, the importance of identifying stakeholders, and the unique challenges associated with evaluating the success of government action in this area.

 

Page Created: by Ian Clark on 2 February 2015, last updated 30 April 2015.

 

 


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