Simon Fraser University - School of Public Policy
Simon Fraser Graduate Calendar, January 2014
Source: http://www.sfu.ca/students/calendar/2014/spring/programs/public-policy/master-of-arts.html (accessed 9 January 2014)
The candidate must complete a total of ten core PLCY courses, a summer co-op/internship, and four additional elective courses that must be approved by the School of Public Policy director.
Students complete a total of 40 units, including all of
PLCY 803 - Political Foundations of Policy Analysis I (5)
The first of a two term sequence that examines the basic structures and processes of government in Canada and their context in the evolving Canadian political economy. It also introduces students to key actors in the policy process and examines their structure and behavior. Examples of relevant actors include federal, provincial and local state structures and agencies, and a variety of societal actors such as pressure groups, social movements, think tanks and other associations.
PLCY 804 - Political Foundations of Policy Analysis II (5)
Building upon MPP 803, this course provides a detailed examination of the policy process û the stages through which public policies are developed. The course outlines the nature of the policy cycle and examines the formal and informal institutions and rules that affect policy actors in their deliberations and decisions. Specific attention is paid to the nature of policy communities and policy networks in Canada and their impact upon policy content and policy change.
PLCY 805 - Research Techniques and Quantitative Methods I (5)
Surveys graphical, mathematical and statistical tools with applications to policy analysis. Covers graphical techniques; algebraic relationships, descriptive statistics, probability distributions, confidence intervals; definition and interpretation of regression results.
PLCY 806 - Research Techniques and Quantitative Methods II (5)
Develops key analytical and practical skills that include use of programs such as Excel and SPSS. Identifies and frames public policy problems and structure effective research questions and study designs. Introduces to methodologies for interviews, focus groups, case studies, surveys, and how to incorporate these data sources into policy research.
In the summer term, the co-op/internship course PLCY 850 is completed as well.
Students complete a minimum total of 30 units, including both of
PLCY 808 - Advanced Policy Analysis I (5)
Covers advanced policy analysis techniques applied by students to individual projects on current policy issues. The first course in the project component of the program. Only open to students registered in the MPP program.
PLCY 809 - Advanced Policy Analysis II (5)
Covers advanced policy analysis techniques and applied by students to individual projects on current public policy issues. This course will constitute the project component of the program. Open only to students registered in the MPP program.
In addition, four elective courses are required. The program director, in consultation with the student, selects appropriate graduate courses offered by affiliated programs and departments. To satisfy these requirements, and when appropriate, students may choose from the following PLCY courses.
PLCY 817 - Advanced Qualitative Analysis for Public Policy (5)
Covers paradigms for methodological choices and the design of qualitative research for real world public policy applications; critical perspectives of qualitative methods including interviews, focus group discussions, diary methods, visual methods, experimental methods and discourse analysis.
PLCY 818 - Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysts (5)
Applies methodologies for causal relationships, covering the steps necessary to do empirical analysis. Introduces econometric methodology; model specification and hypothesis testing to relate quantitative results to policy design. Estimation methods are surveyed and practiced. Prerequisite: PLCY 805 and PLCY 806 or MPP 805 and MPP 806, or equivalent.
PLCY 819 - Public Management (5)
Theories of public management and different approaches to regulating public enterprise. Contrasts the dominant new public management theory with classical public administration, cultural, representative, and new institutionalism theories. Covers public sector ethics, tragic choices and freedom of information.
PLCY 820 - Public Participation in Public Policy (5)
Examines the role public participation plays in public policy making and the benefits and challenges associated with 21st century public consultation. Explores public involvement in elections, non-electoral public participation in policy making, and participatory mechanisms including citizens' assemblies and social media.
PLCY 821 - Aboriginal and First Nations Policy (5)
Overview of aboriginal and First Nations policy issues and policy choices in BC and Canada. Examines demographic trends, social and economic data, and development issues. Rights and title, accommodation and infringement, treaty and self government issues and policies are a focus as well as socio-economic issues and problems, including those of urban people.
PLCY 822 - World Economic Policy Issues (5)
Examines the economic foundations of selected global issues with basic analytical tools to evaluate complex arguments. Topics are based on current international issues and cover areas such as financial flows, immigration, technology transfer, multinational companies and their role in economic development. Prerequisite: MPP 801 and MPP 802, or equivalent.
PLCY 823 - Health Policy (5)
Examines health policy in Canada from a range of perspectives with a focus on the rapidly changing and increasingly politicized health care environment in which efficiency, evidence, and social justice are important driving forces. Compares the Canadian system to the US and other international jurisdictions.
PLCY 824 - Analysis, Formulation, and Evaluation of Social Policy (5)
Analysis, formulation, and evaluation of social policies, covering income security benefit programs. A multi-disciplinary approach encompassing economic, political, and operational perspectives that covers social policy analysis as well as the more technical aspects of formulating and evaluating programs. Prerequisite: MPP 801 and MPP 802 or equivalent.
PLCY 827 - Managing Compliance: Delivering Policy (5)
Securing compliance represents the bulk of federal government responsibilities. How to manage these powers efficiently and effectively within the context of Canadian values; control social and economic behaviour, manage and mitigate compliance risk.
PLCY 828 - Multiple Account Benefit-Cost Analysis (5)
Theoretical foundations and practical procedures for analysis of public sector projects, programs, and regulations using the tools of multiple accounts and benefit-cost analysis. Critical discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the techniques. Application of the tools to current policy problems in Canada. Prerequisite: PLCY 801 and PLCY 802 or, MPP 801 and MPP 802, or equivalent.
PLCY 829 - Environmental Policy (5)
Analysis of policy instruments to address environmental problems. Economic valuation of ecosystem goods and services. The political economy of designing and implementing environmental policies and their application with a focus on developing countries. Prerequisite: PLCY 801 and PLCY 802 or, MPP 801 and MPP 802, or equivalent.