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Queen's University - School of Policy Studies (SPS)

Queen's Graduate Calendar, January 2014
Source: (accessed 11 January 2014)  

NOTE: Most courses are 3.0 credit units in weight; however, MPA-801, MPA-803 and MPA-808 are 1.5 credit units in weight.

MPA-800*  Governing Institutions An examination of the institutions and processes involved in addressing policy problems. While particular attention is given to Canadian governments, the course considers other influences on the decision making process emanating from the third sector and the global environment.

MPA-801  Applied Analytical Methods I  This course introduces basic quantitative concepts and methods used in a wide range of professional careers. Students will work with software to conduct statistical analysis and gain experience working with large datasets. Offered jointly with M1R-893; 1.5 credit hours.

MPA-802*  Approaches to Policy Analysis  This course introduces students to a broad range of research strategies, methods and techniques used in policy analysis. It explores recent developments in analytical techniques, with particular reference to their underlying assumptions and their relevance to problems facing policy analysts and decision makers.

MPA-803  Applied Analytical Methods II  This course provides a foundation in applied statistics for students studying management, policy analysis, and related areas. The aim is to provide students with the knowledge of analytical methods required to effectively and responsibly interpret, assess and use statistical analysis conducted by others. Prerequisite: MPA-801. Restriction: open to students who do not attain a minimum grade of “A-” in MPA-801 or MIR-893; 1.5 credit hours, Offered jointly with MIR-894.

MPA-804*  Principles of Economics  This course introduces basic concepts in microeconomics and macroeconomics to students who have had limited exposure to economics. It focuses on issues relevant to the public sector.

MPA-805*  Quantitative Analysis  This course introduces basic statistics and multivariate regression to students. The focus is on interpreting quantitative information contained in reports and studies commonly found in the public sector.

MPA-806*  Analytical Tools for Policy Research  This course introduces students to a range of quantitative and qualitative methods and helps them understand their use and limitation in policy research. Students will apply selected techniques, interpret data, assess results and report findings relating to specific policy issues. Open to PMPA students only.

MPA-808  Analytical Methods for Public Policy  This course provides intermediate level training in applied statistics for students studying public and non-profit management, policy analysis, and related areas. The aim is to provide students with the knowledge of analytical methods to effectively and responsibly interpret and apply statistical analysis conducted by others. Prerequisite: MPA-801. Restriction: open only to students who have attained a minimum “A-”grade in MPA-801. 1.5 credit hours.

MPA-809*  Management in the Public Sector  This course provides students with practice in the skills required for effective leadership of public organizations. Focusing on the general management level, the course addresses the tasks of integrating managerial functions, establishing organizational goals and executing organizational strategies. Particular emphasis is placed on problems of adaptation and innovation under fiscal restraint.

MPA-811*  Government, Society and Public Policy  This course looks at the role of the state and the interaction between the state and society in making fundamental choices in western nations. It examines a number of theories of the state, and then explores major challenges to contemporary governance, such as globalization, nationalism, the politics of diversity, and changing conceptions of democracy.

MPA-812*  Law and Public Policy   An examination of the ways in which common law and constitutional law shape the exercise of statutory authority, with special reference to how judicial review influences policy making.

MPA-813*  How Governments Decide  Successful government depends upon the smooth meshing of the political and bureaucratic dimensions of the state. This course examines how different governments organize, staff and operate their executive management systems. A second theme is to highlight the necessity of global comparison to gain knowledge through reference to different public policies and processes.

MPA-814*  Federalism   This course examines how policy making and the substance of policy are affected by federalism. Attention focuses on patterns of interaction among governments, and between governments and organized interests in Canada, and in other federal or quasi-federal systems. A major subject is how such patterns of interaction are affected by the structure of political institutions, the allocation of powers, and fiscal considerations.

MPA-815*  Economic Analysis  This course focuses on economic issues relevant to the public sector. A variety of microeconomic and macroeconomic topics related to the analysis of policy issues in included.

MPA-816*  Quantitative Program Evaluation   This course focuses on program evaluation and cost benefit analysis including program theory, impact analysis and implementation analysis.

MPA-818*  Program Evaluation for Health  This course addresses approaches to program evaluation and cost-benefit analysis commonly found in the clinical, health services and health policy contexts.

MPA-820*  Principles of Management  This course addresses the implementation or execution of policy by developing an understanding of the concepts and skills required for effective leadership and management in public organizations.

MPA-821*  Conflict Management   This course examines the nature and causes of conflict in public sector organizations. It focuses on strategies for the constructive resolution of disagreements within public organizations and their various publics. Particular attention is given to the topics of participation in decision making and the use of interest-based conflict resolution strategies in public administration areas.

MPA-826*  Ethics in the Public Service   This course examines ethical problems that typically arise in the formulation and implementation of public policy. It considers how conceptions of ethical problems have shifted over time; strategies for thinking about and resolving ethical issues; and the design of institutional arrangements that minimize the risk of harm from ethical lapses in the public sector.

MPA-827*  Financial Management in the Public Sector   An examination of the principles of financial management applicable to the public sector, including an introduction to budgeting, financial planning, capital and current expenditure forecasting and program costing.

MPA-831*  Economics of National Security  This course consists of the economic analysis of national security issues, including defence.  The main objective of the course is to enable students to understand the economic processes that underlie, in conjunction with political interactions, various security resource allocation decisions, from budget-making to procurement to expenditures at the basic unit level.  Moreover, various organizational issues in security (various domestic and global security measures from policing, intelligence and anti-terrorism to peacekeeping, food and health security measures) will be addressed.

MPA-832*  Defence Management  This course examines key policy decisions that shape the formulation and administration of defence policy in Canada. Seminars will be constructed around various current policy and administrative issues including applied defence economics and budgeting; personnel administration; capital procurement; armed forces and society; and the governmental and Canadian Forces organization for national defence.

MPA-836*  Health and Public Policy in Canada   This course introduces students to the social, economic and political forces that shape health policy, and the institutions that are responsible for its design and implementation. The course also surveys some of the major current issues in the field.

MPA-837*  Management in Health Care  This course has two central purposes. The first is to provide students with a foundation of core organization and management theories. The second is to provide students with the opportunity to apply these theories toward addressing key challenges facing the current health care industry.

MPA-838*  Economic Analysis of Health Policy   This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to economic concepts and analysis relevant to health, health care and health care systems.

MPA-839*  Social Policy   This course examines the historical development of the welfare state in Canada in comparison with other western nations. It focuses on the major social security programs and their recent restructuring in response to demographic, economic and political changes at the national and international levels.

MPA-840*  Economics of Social Policy   This course applies microeconomic analysis to the field of social policy. The course briefly considers the role of economics in policy analysis and the rationale for government intervention. Policy areas to be analyzed may include: poverty, income maintenance, unemployment insurance, welfare, childcare, child benefits, the retirement system.

MPA-841*  Policy Pro Bono  The goal of the course is to introduce students to key professional skills such as project management, relationship building, and policy development. The course provides an opportunity for practical application of these and other skills through hands-on project work within the community.

MPA-842*  Field Work  This course focuses on providing practical policy experience to the students in the field. The content may vary. It will be graded on a pass/fail grade.

MPA-843*  Trade and Public Policy   An introduction to the public policy issues associated with international trade, with particular reference to the World Trade Organization.

MPA-844*  Canadian Economic Policy   This course brings an economic perspective to major policy issues facing Canada and its trading partners. The topics selected for discussion will vary from year to year. This course assumes that students have completed a basic course in economic analysis. (Offered jointly with ECON-881*.)

MPA-845*  Science and Technology Policy   This course provides a comprehensive overview of policy issues relating to science and technology policy, such as research funding, science-based public policy, science and the public, support of high-tech industries, regional cluster concepts, R&D tax incentives, competitiveness, etc. The focus is on Canada in the larger context of the OECD countries.

MPA-847*  Environmental Policy  This course surveys the factors that influence the actions of major institutions, such as governments, industry and public interest groups, with respect to environmental issues. It looks for broad designations of competing approaches, such as command and control versus incentive-based instruments, to such tasks as the setting of standards, regulation and compliance, management of risks and the realization of effective public participation. It also attempts to look behind the pragmatic policy formulations to identify the fundamental values that shape attitudes toward environmental issues.

MPA-848*  Immigration Policy in Canada   This course examines the factors contributing to the development of immigration policy in Canada, the changing trends in immigration in Canada, the impact of immigration and refugee movements on public policies and programs, jurisdictional issues and the role of nongovernmental organizations.

MPA-849*  Behavioural Public Finance   Behavioural public finance introduces students to a psychologically rich perspective on human behaviour for economic analysis. This powerful new framework reshapes core public finance concepts such as moral hazard, deadweight loss and incidence, and provides a deeper analysis of government intervention, market failure and social welfare.

MPA-850*  Risk Management   Every day governments manage risks, from the safety of new chemicals to security from terrorism, from ongoing financial risks at the aggregate level to financial risks at the individual program/policy level.  Managing risks and ensuring accountability is especially challenging when public services are delivered by third parties.  This course reviews basic concepts used to assess and manage risks, and to communicate risk to the public.

MPA-851*  Public Policy and the Third Sector   This course examines the diverse nature of the nonprofit sector, its expanding role in policymaking and service delivery, and the evolving relationship among government, nonprofit organizations and the corporate sectors. Key issues include accountability and governance, leadership, law and liability, ethics and values, and policy influence.

MPA-852*  Stakeholder Management  This course is designed to familiarize students with various forms of political participation and representation in Canada. The course examines practical approaches and tools for fostering stakeholder engagement in decision-making. Students will also learn how to plan and design a stakeholder engagement initiative.

MPA-853*  Topics in Public Policy and the Third Sector   This course focuses on selected topics relating to public policy and the third sector.   The content may vary from year to year.

MPA-854*  Democratic Development   This course offers a critical examination of international assistance policies that promote democracy. It looks at the rationale for these policies, reviews the latest scholarship on theories of democratic development, assesses the strategies underlying assistance policies in the context of these theories, and reviews available information on the effectiveness of the policies of individual donor nations, international agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

MPA-855*  Approaches to Global Governance   An exploration of the theory and practice of global governance, tracing the emergence of the concept in modern international relations, the academic and public-policy debates to which it has given rise, and its application in the design and work of selected international institutions.

MPA-856*  Global Organizations   The course will focus on the role and functioning of international organizations in global governance and the contribution that international institutions and processes can make to the challenges facing national governments.

MPA-857*  Policy Issues and Debate in China  This course presents students with a introduction to terms and dialogue used in current policy debates in China.  It will provide students with a general introduction to Mandarin Chinese and focus on terms that are often used in debates and dialogues with officials.  Students will also be taught the interpretation of certain expressions and phrases that politicians in China commonly use and in what contexts should they be employed.  (Delivered at Fudan University, China, to participants in the SPS-Fudan interchange program.) 

MPA-858*  Chinese Economic Reform   This course is broadly concerned with the political economy of the economic reform in China.  It will also provide students with a general introduction to the Chinese history, geography, culture and pre-reform economic system.  With this background in place students will learn lessons from recent Chinese experience concerning privatization and the reform of the state-owned enterprises, dual economy and reforms in rural and financial sectors, impacts of deregulation and reforming of state monopolies.  Finally, students will discuss globalization and the current challenges facing the Chinese economy. (Delivered at Fudan University, China, to participants in the SPS-Fudan interchange program.)

MPA-859*  Indigenous Law and Policy  An introduction to Indigenous and Canadian Law (treaties, legislation, cases and practice) and how it affects the lives of Indigenous Peoples and communities in Canada.

MPA-890*  Internship   This non-credit program allows students to combine their formal academic studies with on-the-job experience, normally through a four-month placement with a government department or other public sector organization. The internship is normally scheduled in the fall term, following a student's completion of three terms of academic study and open only to students registered in the MPA Full-time program.

MPA-891*  Topics in Health Policy  This course focuses on selected topics in health policy.  The content may vary from year to year.

MPA-892*  Topics in Social Policy   This course focuses on selected topics in social policy. The content may vary from year to year.

MPA-893*  Special Topics   This seminar, offered by a regular or visiting faculty, focuses on a topic related to the faculty member's specific research interests and expertise.

MPA-894*  Professional Placement  This field course provides students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge, enhance their professional skills and gain practical experience by combining formal studies with a cooperative or internship work placement. Students selected by host employers are placed with a government agency normally for a minimum 10 week period in approved positions. To consolidate their learning from this practical experience, participating students are required to submit a final report, in accordance with specific guidelines, which will be graded on a pass/fail basis, by a faculty member. Work-study placements may be paid or unpaid. This is a 3.0 credit unit course, is graded on a pass/fail basis and does not count towards the requirements of the degree.

MPA-895*  Topics in Public Management   This course focuses on selected topics in public management. The content may vary from year to year.

MPA-896*  Topics in Public Policy   This course focuses on selected topics in public policy. The content may vary from year to year.

MPA-897*  Directed Reading   This course is designed for individual students with special interests that may not be satisfied through course offerings in a given year. It will normally be a directed reading course, under the close supervision of an assigned faculty member with expertise in the chosen subject field. Permission of the Graduate Coordinator required.

MPA-898  Master's Research Project  

Other Elective Courses   The School also offers other elective courses each year, typically in the spring term. The specific topics of the seminars vary annually but generally include issues in economic and social policy, public management, urban government, regulatory administration, etc. A list of spring courses is available from the School in the late fall. These courses are offered under the following numbers, MPA-860* to MPA-889*.


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