Graduate Course Inventory

POLS 5330 Public Administration: Theory and Methods
This course focuses on defining and tracing the evolution of Public administration; examines the individual fields of study in public administration as well as the changes that have occurred over time; analyzes the concepts, theories, and practices integral to understanding the American bureaucracy and the political environment in which it operates. The course introduces the literature review process and establishes the base of public administration for successful completion of the Master of Public Administration program.
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing

POLS 5331 Public Organizations
This course introduces students to the major theoretical and practical approaches central to managing public sector organizations by reviewing the major topics, issues, and contributions in the literature on organizations and management with an emphasis on government organizations. It will consider problems in government but also emphasizes the many examples of successful management in these organizations, including some of the past and most recent reforms and improvements.
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing and POLS 5330 and approval of the Graduate Advisor

POLS 5332 Ethics and Morality in Public Administration
This course is a survey of the ethical nature and dilemmas of public administration in American society. It focuses on ethical dilemmas and concerns arising from the daily exercise of legitimate discretionary power as well as the conflicts that can emerge with personal moral beliefs. The overall goal is that students will be able to assess and analyze the extent to which ethical and moral values are deeply and widely embedded in our democratic system. 
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing and POLS 5330 and approval of the Graduate Advisor

POLS 5333 Leadership in Public Administration and Nonprofits
This course is a survey of the theories and skills for managing in public and nonprofit organizations. Focus is placed upon leadership and management approaches, strategy, decision making, power, and organizational politics to bring about change in high performance public organizations. 
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing and POLS 5330 and approval of the Graduate Advisor

POLS 5334 Constitutional Law for Public Administration
This course provides in-depth analysis of the U.S. Constitution and focuses on specific constitutional amendments, doctrines, and landmark Supreme Court cases as they relate to public administration and administrative professionals. Particular emphasis is given to separation of powers; federalism; individual rights in administrative actions and adjudication; the delegation and non-delegation of administrative power by Congress to administrative agencies; judicial deference to administrative interpretations of statutes; and, the constitutional rights and liabilities in public administrative workplace environments.
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing and POLS 5330 and approval of the Graduate Advisor

POLS 5335 State Institutions
This course provides a general overview of the political systems of the American states, including state constitutions and the branches of state government.  It will also focus on the relationship between states and the national government.  Local governments, and their role in governance, and their relationship to states will be important components of the course as well.
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing and POLS 5330 and approval of the Graduate Advisor

POLS 5336 Public – Private Partnerships
This course focuses on management theories in the public and nonprofit sector. It includes theoretical questions surrounding decision-making processes and the competing values of managerial practices. The course also examines the concepts of bureaucracy in democratic governance and the complexity of tasks confronting public managers, i.e. the need to include private business and nongovernmental agencies in public management.
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing and POLS 5330 and approval of the Graduate Advisor

POLS 5337 Disaster and Hazard Management for Public Admin
This course is a survey of the theories and skills for public Administrators to better understand the factors that can impact the effectiveness of hazard and disaster management in the public interest. Focus is placed upon the theoretical paradigms and research conducted in the areas of risk perception, communication, and decision-making as it relates to hazards and disasters. This course will examine how risk perception, communication, and decision-making vary throughout the disaster management process to give the public administrator a solid foundation of how the decisions they make in everyday government operations can impact their effectiveness in keeping a hazard from turning into a disaster.
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing and POLS 5330 and approval of the Graduate Advisor

POLS 5340 Public Policy
This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the study of public policy.  The course will provide a general introduction to that subfield of political science.  It will also acquaint students with contemporary debates regarding collective action, paternalism, policy competition, policy learning, and other issues of interest to policy scholars.
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing

POLS 5341 State Law and Policy
A general overview of the origin and organization of law and lawmaking in the states provides a foundation to examining the stages of the policy process and the implications of public policy for both politics and society. Next, to delve more closely into the way state government and political organizations affect public policy, we’ll spend time investigating how Texas’s political culture shapes its policy choices. Finally, the intergovernmental response to social problems such as immigration, Medicaid, and recreational marijuana also warrants attention to the principle of American federalism and the interconnectivity federal, state, and local governments to responding to them.
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing; POLS 5340

POLS 5342 Disaster Policy
This course is a survey of disaster policy in the United States for policy and planning decision-makers who must focus on the impact that human settlement patterns, land use decisions, and risky technology can have on vulnerable populations. This course focuses on the social and political aspects associated with disaster policy and planning.
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing, POLS 5340

POLS 5320 Directed Readings (Optional at the discretion of the Instructor, Student, and Chair)
Graduate student may study individually with an instructor in an area of mutual interest to the student and the instructor.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and approval of Chair, Department of Political Science.

POLS 5354 Special Topics (Optional at the discretion of the Instructor, Student, and Chair)
Analysis of selected problems in public administration: urban and regional planning and management, administrative reorganizations, the environment and related problems.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and approval of Chair, Department of Political Science.

POLS 5355 Applied Research Methods
Application of knowledge of public policy and social science methodology to the planning, execution, and reporting of public policy research.
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing and POLS 5330 and approval of the Graduate Advisor

POLS 5390 Thesis I (Optional at the discretion of the Instructor, Student, and Chair)
Students will present a research design, undertake a plan to complete research of their Masters thesis and begin writing the thesis.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and approval of Chair, Department of Political Science.

POLS 5391 Thesis II (Optional at the discretion of the Instructor, Student, and Chair)
Students will complete research and writing the Masters thesis.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and approval of Chair, Department of Political Science.