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THE PROGRAM

The Master in Public Affairs Program (MPAf) is intended to train both practitioners serving government and non-government institutions, as well as scholars dedicated to the analysis of public issues, particularly as they relate to the improvement of public welfare. Like other Master of Public Affairs programs of well-known universities, it is a professional degree structured around concepts and skills essential to policy, planning and management activities within governmental, quasi-governmental organizations, business entities and other civil society organizations.


Specialization Courses and Prospective Students

  • Agrarian and Rurban Development Studies
    Bureaucrats, teachers, researchers, and practitioners in developmental work

  • Education Management
    Private and public school teachers from various school levels and development workers

  • Strategic Planning and Public Policy
    Professionals working in the government, academic and research institutions, non-government and consultancy organizations


Program Goals

Graduates in this program should be competent in planning, organizing, leading and evaluating activities within the governmental and quasi-governmental organizations.

Specifically, the graduates are expected to:

  1. have developed awareness, understanding and appreciation of the various development theories and concepts that will enable them to discern the dynamics of development;

  2. have developed the analytical capability in making public choices and actions consistent with the needs of the times in order to bring about a higher level of societal welfare; and

  3. have learned tools necessary to gain competencies in managing socio-cultural affairs.


Program Requirements

  1. Thirteen (13) units of core courses common to all the areas of specialization
  2. At least twelve (12) units of specialization courses
  3. Special Topics (2 units)
  4. Field Studies (3 units)
  5. Graduate Seminar (1 unit)

 

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Curriculum Structure

 

CURRICULUM STRUCTURE

CORE COURSES UNITS
PAf 201 Political Economy of Public Affairs 3
PAf 203 Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Affairs 4
PAf 204 Ethics in Public Affairs 3
DM 224 Public Affairs Management in Development 3

 

Specialization Courses

Agrarian and Rurban Development Studies Units
Required Courses (12 units)
ARDS 201 Social Dynamics of Agrarian and Rurban Institutions 3
AGRS 211 Economics of Agrarian Reform 3
AGRS 291 Special Topics 2
AGRS 298 Field Studies 3
AGRS 299 Graduate Seminar 1
Elective Courses (6 units)
AECO 251 Agricultural Programs for Economic Development 3
AGRS 221 Legislation and Administration of Agrarian Reform 3
DM 220 Public Policy and Program Administration for Development 3

 

Education Management Units
Required Courses (12 units)
CED 210 Managing Education for Community Welfare 3
CED 215 Leadership for Educational and Community Productivity 3
CED 291 Special Topics 2
CED 298 Field Studies 3
CED 299 Graduate Seminar 1
Elective Courses (6 units)
CED 213 Instructional Systems Design and Management 3
CED 217 Educational Planning 3
CED 226 Educational Evaluation 3
CED 242 Adult Education in Agriculture 3
CED 246 Evaluation in Rural Development 3

 

Strategic Planning and Public Policy Units
Required Courses (12 units)
SPPS 201 Strategic Planning: Theory and Methods 3
SPPS 202 Methods of Policy Analysis 3
SPPS 291 Special Topics 2
SPPS 298 Field Studies 3
SPPS 299 Graduate Seminar 1
Elective Courses (6 units)
AECO 251 Agricultural Programs for Economic Development 3
DM 220 Public Policy and Program Administration for Development 3
ENS 221/FRM 221 Environmental and Natural Resource Policy Formulation 3
HUME 103 Social Policies 3
SPPS 221 Social Policies and the Disadvataged Groups 3
SPPS 232 Science and Technology Policy Analysis 3

Course Description


CORE COURSES (13 units)

PAf 201. Political Economy of Public Affairs (3). Various perspectives/approaches on the study of political economy with emphasis on the role of the government or the state vis-à-vis the polity and economy. 3 hrs(class). (1,2)

PAf 203. Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Affairs(4). Analytical tools, decision models, sources, uses and interpretation of social and economic data in public affairs. 3 hrs (class). (1,2)

PAf 204. Ethics in Public Affairs (3). Theories, issues, and problems relating to ethical behaviour in the public service. 3 hrs (class). (1,2)

DM 224. Public Affairs Management in Development (3). Political and administrative structures and processes in national development with emphasis on rural development. 3 hrs (class). (1,2)


SPECIALIZATION COURSES (18 units)


Agrarian and Rurban Development Studies

Required Courses (12 units)

ARDS 201. Social Dynamics of Agrarian and Rurban Institutions (3). The interfluence between the agrarian and rurban sectors and the factors that affect the interrelationships among the institutions within those sectors. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI, (2)

AGRS 211. Economics of Agrarian Reform (3). The role of agrarian reform in economic development; cost and financing of agrarian reform programs; economics of institution-building. 3 hrs (class). PR. COI, (1)

AGRS 291. Special Topics (2). PR. COI, (1,2,S)

AGRS 298. Field Studies (3). PR. COI, (S)

AGRS 299. Graduate Seminar (1). PR. COI, (1,2)

Elective Courses (6 units)

AECO 251. Agricultural Programs for Economic Development (3). Past and present action programs of government agencies and farmer’s organizations; coordination of programs of viable private operating units and public agencies. 3 hrs (class) PR. ECON 101 and ECON 102 or COI, (1)

AGRS 221. Legislation and Administration of Agrarian Reform Program (3). Statutes, executive orders, code, decrees on agrarian reforms; case studies and problems of adjudications; and comparison of agrarian reform organizations, management, policies, planning and programming. 3 hrs (class) PR. COI, (2)

DM 220. Public Policy and Program Administration for Development (3). Policy formulation, analysis and implementation, program administration and project management for development. 3 hrs (class) PR. COI, (1,2)


Education Management

Required Courses (12 units)

CED 210. Managing Education for Community Welfare (3). Management principles and tools for productivity and quality improvement in education within the community. 3 hrs (class). (2)

CED 215. Leadership for Educational and Community Productivity (3). Leadership behaviour, theories, qualities, approaches, skills and techniques. 3 hrs (class). (2)

CED 291. Special Topics (2). (1,2,S)

CED 298. Field Studies (3). (1,2,S)

CED 299. Graduate Seminar (1). (1,2,S)

Elective Courses (6 units)

CED 213. Instructional Systems Design and Management (3). Principles, approaches and processes in designing and managing instructional systems. 3 hrs (class). (2)

CED 217. Educational Planning (3). Concepts, procedures and tools in developing plans at various levels and types of educational systems. 3 hrs (class). (2)

CED 242. Adult Education (3). A course to acquaint prospective teachers, agricultural leaders, and community workers regarding ways of developing programs for young and adult farmers, and effective methods of teaching adults. 3 hrs (class). (1)

CED 246. Evaluation in Rural Development (3). The nature, principles and role of evaluation in vocational agriculture education; extension education, and community development; selection, construction, and use of evaluation devices. 3 hrs. (1)


Strategic Planning and Public Policy

Required Courses

SPPS 201. Strategic Planning: Theory and Methods (3). Theoretical perspectives and techniques in strategic planning. 3 hrs (class). (1,2)

SPPS 202. Methods of Policy Analysis (3). Policy analytic process and quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis. 3 hrs (class). (1,2)

SPPS 291. Special Topics (2). (1,2)

SPPS 298. Field Studies(3). (1,2,S)

SPPS 299. Graduate Seminar(1). (1,2)

Elective Courses

AECO 251. Agricultural Programs for Economic Development (3). Past and present action programs of government agencies and farmer’s organizations; coordination of programs of viable private operating units and public agencies. 3 hrs (class) PR. ECON 101 and ECON 102, (1)

DM 220. Public Policy and Program Administration for Development (3). Policy formulation, analysis and implementation, program administration and project management for development. 3 hrs (class). (1,2)

ENS 221 (or SFFG 221). Environmental and Natural Resource Policy Formulation (3). Theories, concepts, and issues in environmental and natural resource policy formulation, case studies with special reference to developing countries. 3 hrs (class) PR. COI, (2)

HUME 103. Social Policies (3). Social and resource policies based on analysis of problems and approaches; introduction to cost-benefits in human, social and economic terms. 3 hrs (class) PR. COI, (2)

SPPS 221. Social Policies and the Disadvantaged Groups. Critique of issues and policies for the disadvantaged groups within a social development framework.

SPPS 232. Science and Technology Policy (3). Applications of S&T policy analysis on contemporary societal concerns. 3 hrs (class). (1,2)

Contact Info

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Institute for Governance and Rural Development
College of Public Affairs and Development
University of the Philippines Los Baños
College, Laguna 4031 Philippines

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