MPP 612 Introductory Statistics with Applications (3 credits)
This course aims at providing the students with the skills necessary to collect, analyze, and present data to practitioners and policy makers. The course will begin by providing a strategy for doing quantitative research. The topics include basic concepts in quantitative research, displaying data, describing data, relationships between variables, probability theory, statistical distributions and hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, bivariate regressions, goodness of fit, units of measurement and functional forms, and introduction to multiple regression. Although applications are integral part of the course, the specificity of the topics are left to the instructor to determine.
MPP 619 Advanced Quantitative and Qualitative Research (3 credits)
This course examines the application of statistical techniques to policy analysis. The use of the empirical techniques in developing an understanding of a policy issue, in analytical modeling, in making forecasts and evaluating policies and programs will be covered. The course is cast an applications mode than a theoretical or mathematical mode. In second section of the course, we conduct an overview of qualitative research within the social sciences. This includes an overview of the ontological and epistemological underpinnings of research. Commonly used qualitative research methodologies including case studies, grounded theory, action research, narrative studies amongst others will be reviewed. Through the reading, we will review the essential aspects of rigor, relevance, research design, ethics and impact.
MPP 698 Capstone Research (3 credits)
This concluding seminar uses case studies and simulations that require students to integrate and apply learning from all program courses and from their own professional experiences into a final written paper that deals with an issue or problem in public administration in the Arab world. The Capstone will be integrated with the public service internship in one of the public agencies or non-profit organizations.
MPA 610 Introduction to Citizenship, Governance, and Public Administration (3 Credits)
The course introduces students to the field of public administration, past, present and future, from a global as well as an Arab perspective. It covers concepts such as public sector management functions, structure and accountability systems, governance, citizenship, public service, administrative values, corruption and red tape in governmental and non-governmental entities in the Arab world. The seminar also deals with laws, ethical considerations, practices, and societal values and how they affect the governance of public service organizations in the Arab World and internationally.
MPP 611 Public Policy Analysis and Formulation (3 credits)
This course is an introduction to the methods and process of policy analysis dealing with issues of problem analysis, policy formation and evaluation. The course provides participants with a “tool kit” of practical methods for analyzing public policy issues. It focuses on policy research and modeling skill sets in considering complex, real-world issues involving multiple actors with diverse interests, information uncertainty, institutional complexity, and ethical controversy.
MPP 002 English for Public Policy (Zero Credits)
This course is aimed to improve academic writing for MPP students in the public policy field. Students will be asked to describe in writing simple public policy problems, write arguments to answer very simple public policy questions and formulate ideas to critically compare different public policy arguments. The material will include readings such us policy discussion papers, policy brief notes, essays, memos, journal policy papers….etc.
Although this course is expected to focus on English materials, a special focus will be put on academic writing in Arabic and how we can surf from an English writing into an Arabic translation without missing the standards of the academic writing. This course is designed, following an “hybrid” approach and blended learning techniques that involve lectures, student presentations, group discussion, research and virtual assignments, will also support students’ learning in their other public policy courses.
MPP 617 Research Methods for Public Policy ( 3 credits)
This course guides students to apply the knowledge, skills, and values acquired in the core curriculum to a public policy or management problem. The active use and integration of material from core courses taught in the first year in public policy, public administration. Students will produce a research paper, which informs issues faced by public policy analysts and managers.
MPP 615 Economics for Policy Analysis (3 credits)
This course covers cutting-edge concepts and applications of microeconomic to policy analysis. It acquaints students with the ways in which economic analysis bears on public policy issues. Students learn to identify the relevant public policy issue(s) for their strengths and weaknesses in relation to the economic principles involved, and to comprehend and assess what professional policy analyst can contribute to the public sector reform and redirect the government policies.
MPA 613 Public Budgeting and Finance (3 credits)
This course focuses on the public budgetary processes and methods, including line item budgeting, performance budgeting, program budgeting, and other types of budgeting schemes. The course also introduces students to issues of public finance including revenue generation and expenditure management and controls, as well as the politics of the budget process. The course will also introduce students to financial statements, special funds, debt financing and surplus management.
MPP 621 Comparative public policy (3 credits)
This course explores public policy actors, processes and outcomes from a cross-national perspective. It introduces students to debates around the best ways of explaining and understanding policy-making and policy outcomes in a comparative context and in the context of international factors such as "globalization" and international organizations and conventions. Students will have the opportunity to investigate a policy issue in-depth using a comparative approach.
MPA 602 Public service Internship ( 3 credits)
This course is designed to Students with less than two years of work experience in public service (governmental or non-governmental sector) and it gives students opportunity for supervised work in a public, quasi-public, or non-governmental organizations. It may include more than one placement, but the total of all placements should amount to a minimum of 200 hours of work experience. It should be undertaken after the completion of at least half of the compulsory courses in the school of public administration and Development Economics .Students should be asking for approval of MPA Program Head.