Public Administration (PADM)

PADM S601 Introduction to Public Administration

3 credits (3+0)
Introduction to the field of public administration, dealing with the scope, nature, history, current context, and basic tools in the study of public administration. Topics include the social, economic, and political environments of public administration, bureaucratic politics, power and authority, law, ethics, basic models, and comparative administration. This gateway course for the M.P.A. program provides an introduction to graduate studies, library research skills, and a focus on written and oral communication skills.

PADM S604 Research Methods in Administration

3 credits (3+0)
Introduces basic quantitative and qualitative methods of social science research as applied to policy and administrative problems. Addresses research design, data collection and analysis methods, interpretation and evaluation of published research.
Prerequisite: Introductory Statistics course within the past 5 years, or passing score on a UAS PADM statistics test.

PADM S610 Organizational Theory and Behavior

3 credits (3+0)
Presents organization theory and builds practical management skills. Develops a working understanding of how organizational structure and environment relate to the success of an organization, and improves skills critical to leading, managing, and working in an organization, including leadership, individual and group decision-making, personal and group communication, motivation and fostering creativity, and conflict resolution.

PADM S618 Law for Public Managers

3 credits (3+0)
Legal guidelines for adoption, implementation, and adjudication of public agency regulations at federal, state, and local levels. Legislative, executive, and judicial controls on agencies, and the political environment of regulatory action.

PADM S624 Human Resources Administration

3 credits (3+0)
Survey of human resource management issues in the public sector, including recruitment, selection, classification, compensation, training and development, discipline and dispute resolution, collective bargaining, performance evaluation, and risk management. Addresses law and practice of current issues such as affirmative action, discrimination, sexual harassment, disabilities, family medical leave, and pay equity.

PADM S625 Economics and Public Policy

3 credits (3+0)
Examines economics both as a determinant of public policy and as a tool of public administration. Topics include how markets allocate resources, the role of government in a market economy, market failures and responses, problems of efficiency vs. equity, and application of microeconomic tools to analysis of Alaska and national policy issues.
Prerequisite: Microeconomics or macroeconomics course within the past 5 years, or passing score on a UAS PADM economics test.

PADM S628 Public Financial Management

3 credits (3+0)
Survey of theory, practice, problems and politics of financial management in governmental units, revenue sources, budgetary planning and control, methods of debt financing, and intergovernmental relationships. Addresses federal, state, and local perspectives.
Prerequisite: PADM S625.

PADM S635 Natural Resource Policy

3 credits (3+0)
Analyzes the essentials of public policy, including the policy-making process, institutions and players, historic and current issues and trends, and the relationship of policy to administration. The focus is on natural resource policy (e.g. timber, wildlife, water, recreation) with attention to modern environmental issues (e.g. air and water quality, waste, acid rain, biodiversity). Special attention is given to issues relevant to Alaska.

PADM S637 Local and Global Sustainability

3 credits (3+0)
Fundamentals and framework for sustainability decision making related to institutional and natural resource and management issues. Using an integrated approach, the nexus of environmental, economic, social and public policy and technology will be examined using sustainability concepts and resilience theory and practice. Readings, case studies and class discussion will focus on effective sustainability management and practice. Case studies of community, national and international scale will be used to illustrate concepts drawn from Alaska, Canada, the U.S., Scandinavia, Europe, and Asia.
Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing, or admission to the M.P.A. program.

PADM S638 Sustainable Energy and Environment

3 credits (3+0)
Explores the foundations of energy from a physical viewpoint of ecosystems structure and function, and of energy networks. Human civilization is treated throughout as a complex adaptive system that evolves over time and adjusts to conditions. Examines the energy basis for human society and sustainability, including aspects of economics and sociology.
Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing, or admission to the M.P.A. program.

PADM S639 Adaptive Management

3 credits (3+0)
Examines the basic components and the process of adaptive management within a sustainability science framework. Course is built on the premise that managed social and ecological systems are complex and inherently unpredictable. Explores the concepts of adaptive management and case studies. Students will be asked to apply adaptive management strategies to an Alaskan or Canadian issue.

PADM S671 Selected Topics in Public Administration

1-3 credits (1-3 +0)
Examination of selected topics pertinent to public administration. Course may be repeated, provided course content differs.

PADM S675 Leadership Communications for Public Managers

3 credits (3+0)
When organizational problems are identified, the most frequently mentioned problem is communications. The purpose of this course is to understand and practice good communications in the public administration setting. This includes not only interpersonal and organizational communications, but also communications with citizens, their representatives, and the media.

PADM S688 Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement

3 credits (3+0)
Introduces students to the theories, concepts, and analytical tools used in the evaluation of public programs and policies. Examines conceptualization and practicality of measures that accurately evaluate performance. Explores the dynamics of evaluating program process and structure in a political environment. Prerequisite: PADM S604

PADM S690 Public Administration Capstone

3 credits (3+0)
Final course in the M.P.A. curriculum. Students review, synthesize and apply concepts and methods learned during the degree program to the evaluation of a public or nonprofit organization. Intended as a program review and assessment tool.
Prerequisite: Completion of all other M.P.A. requirements.