Public Affairs (PUB AFF)


PUB AFF 201 Confronting Public Policy Challenges 2 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 3 Week Session
This course is designed to introduce mid-career executives to three things: a typology of “kinds of problems” that confront those leading organizations; a sampling of major problems confronting leaders in the next decades; and a sampling of solutions to problems confronting leaders. It introduces the rest of the Berkeley MPA summer core program with examples of the kinds of problems that modern leaders must confront
and the kinds of solutions that must be devised. The course features at least one article or book by a GSPP faculty member in each session except the last.
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PUB AFF W202 Policy Analysis Toolkit Course 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016
This course is designed to improve our abilities to think creatively and critically about public policy problems and solutions. The course provides the opportunity to synthesize the skills you have acquired through your summer core coursework and apply these skills to real world policy problems. We open the course with a discussion of what it is that policy analysts do and how their work fits into the broader policy process. We then move into an overview of the policy
analysis framework, drawing on the eightfold path you were introduced to in the Gateway course.
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PUB AFF W207 The Capstone 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017
The MPA Capstone Course is designed to enable each MPA student to write their Capstone Analytic Project, which will address a specific policy or programmatic challenge facing a real-world client. The weekly course meetings are structured to help students further hone their creativity, their analytic capacities and their writing and presentation skills as they develop the project through its various stages. Participants work closely together to learn from and help
each other. Each student's final product, their CAP, is a thorough analysis of the client's problem or challenge that draws on the interdisciplinary methods, approaches, and perspectives studied in the Toolkit class and other classes in the MPA core curriculum.
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PUB AFF 215 Economics for Public Policy Makers 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 3 Week Session
This course is designed to familiarize the executive student with the ways in which microeconomic analysis is brought to bear on public policy issues. You will learn (1) to identify the relevant economic questions concerning policy issues of interest to you, (2) to comprehend the economic arguments that bear on these issues, (3) to evaluate these arguments in terms of their strengths and weaknesses, and (4) when to
utilize specific tools and methods from microeconomics to address the policy issues.
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PUB AFF 225 Policy Communications 1 Unit

Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session
The Goldman School equips students to speak truth to power. In this course, the goal is to focus on the art and science of persuasive oral communication in policy. This course equips students with the best practices of oral communication and provides them with a safe space to find their voice. We focus primarily on persuasion.

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PUB AFF 235 Research Methods for Policy Leaders 1 Unit

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session
This course presents an introduction overview of quantitative and qualitative research methods and an introduction to the research process in public policy decision‐making.

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PUB AFF 245 Inferential Statistics for Policy Makers 1 Unit

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 3 Week Session
In this course, we are going to study the use of research methods, statistics, and probability theory in public decision making. We will begin with case studies of important public policy topics where key decisions depend on the interpretation of results from empirical research or on probabilistic assessments of the likelihood of various outcomes. We will then study the basics of probability theory, statistical sampling
, hypothesis testing, and inferring causality.
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PUB AFF 265 Public Budgeting: Making Organizations Perform 1 Unit

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 3 Week Session
This course discusses methods for making organizations perform with an emphasis on managerial and financial accounting. Procurement, quality assurance, and performance evaluations of employees are also discussed. Managerial accounting is a set of tools used by managers for planning, implementation, and control. Financial accounting is a set of tools used by managers and outside observers for reporting on and analyzing
an organization’s financial health.
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PUB AFF 283 Leading People and Organizations 2 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 3 Week Session
This course is designed to help students develop their skills for leading and managing large groups, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and public advocacy, with the goal of achieving positive social change. Materials include case studies, analyses, and works from several disciplines. This course will provide higher-level topics of leadership strategy, visionary management, and executive communication styles.
It will examine specific tools useful to be effective in the public sector and will explore techniques of negotiation that increasingly occupy the time of more prominent and influential public leaders.
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PUB AFF 285 Ethical Issues for Policy Leaders 1 Unit

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 3 Week Session
The objective of this course is to assess the strengths and weaknesses of ethical arguments in the process and substance of policymaking. Those who seek to govern well inescapably confront questions of value in their political, professional and personal choices. The discussion of ethical dilemmas is designed to provoke analytic reflection on the moral challenges and responsibilities for public policymaking in a democracy.
The focus is on the many and often competing obligations, commitments and values that should guide public actors, as well as on the public principles that guide the design of good public policy.
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PUB AFF 287 Strategic Planning, Innovation and Change Management 2 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 3 Week Session
This course focuses on strategic planning and its relationship to budgeting systems. The course will discuss basic financial and budgeting systems and describe how they can be linked to strategic planning. The methods developed earlier in the curriculum become the support for proving that new ideas are good ideas (or for finding out that they are bad ideas). There will be an exploration of how each method can be useful
to a manager with case studies: How a survey can be used; how a cost-benefit analysis can be helpful; how a randomized experiment can be used; how a case study can be informative.
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