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Master in Public Affairs Major in Strategic Planning and Public Policy

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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.

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 in any of these areas:
    • Agrarian and Rurban Development Studies
    • Education Management
    • Strategic Planning and Public Policy
  3. Three (3) units of Field Studies, two (2) units of special topics and one (1) unit of Graduate Seminar

 

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Courses

 

COURSES DESCRIPTION UNITS
CORE COURSES
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
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 Disadvantaged Groups 3
SPPS 232 Science and Technology Policy 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) PR. ECO 11 or COI, (1,2)

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

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


SPECIALIZATION COURSES

Required Courses

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

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

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

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

SPPS 299. Graduate Seminar(1). PR. COI, (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 or COI, (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) PR. COI, (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) PR. COI, (1,2)

Contact Info

THE DIRECTOR
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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