PUBLIC POLICY COURSES 


 

 

PPOL 501. Microeconomics for Public Policy (3)
This course reviews microeconomic theory and explains its applications to public policy. It emphasizes the role of economic analysis tools, such as cost-benefit analysis, in decision-making.

PPOL 502. Public Finance (3)
Prerequisite: PPOL 501. This course examines the relationships between revenues and government spending with an emphasis on the theoretical basis for various types of taxes, subsidies, and related government policies. It also discusses the efficacy of commonly used practices and procedures and considers possible alternatives.

PPOL 503. Macroeconomics for Public Policy (3)
This course is an overview of economic perspectives of public policy. It includes discussions of the roles of government in a market-based economy and the extent to which  the macroeconomic policy goals of economic growth, low unemployment, and low inflation can be achieved with monetary and fiscal policy tools.

PPOL 511. Political Institutions, Processes and Public Policy (3)
This course is an introduction to the political environment ---the institutions and processes---that shape public policy. the basic legal context is defined by the Constitution with its articulation of separation of powers and federal structure of government. The political context involves the roles of public opinion, media, think tanks, political parties and interest groups. All these institutions interact with each other as the legislative and executive branches of government identify problem areas, articulate alternative solutions, adopt a policy through negotiations, bureaucratic routines are developed to implement and evaluate it, and the courts may review it.

PPOL 512. Ethics and Public Policy (3)
This course will explore the relation between the individual and the state in ethical and political thought, so that students can better understand the ethical and political context of policy choices.  After briefly considering ancient reflections on the close connection between ethics and politics we then proceed to consider modern social contract theory and its various critics in an attempt to arrive at a richer understanding of the ethical and conceptual articulations of the foundation of modern liberal democracy. Throughout we will consider the challenges that these theories pose for conceiving the proper role of public policy.

PPOL 513. Law and Public Policy (3)
This course examines the relationship between law and public policy, with an emphasis on local government law and policy. Students are also introduced to the basics of reading judicial opinions, the role of the courts, and sources of law. The legal authority and public policy consequences of City and County governance, including city-county consolidation, special districts, constitutional officers, boards, commissions and quasi-public bodies, are covered in the course. Related topics include federalism, separation of powers, and home role. Substantive local government law and public policy issues are also covered, including collective bargaining and public pensions, municipal tort liability, procurement, operating and capital budgets, sunshine law, public records, and ethics.

PPOL 521. Statistics and Research Methods in Public Policy (3)
This course covers various types of data, empirical analysis, and introduces students to data analysis, strategies of data collection and principles for critically evaluating data collected by others. Topics include measurement reliability and validity, questionnaire design, sampling, research design and ethics, as well as descriptive statistics and hypothesis test techniques. 

PPOL 530/DSIM (BUS) 530. Analytical Methods for Decision-Making (2)
Cross listed with DSIM 530. Prerequisite: College algebra and elementary statistics or DSIM (BUS) 500 and PPOL 521. Introduces students to a group of quantitative tools that assure high quality managerial decision-making. Topics to be covered are break-even analysis, linear programming, inventory control models (EOQ), waiting line models, decision theory, time series forecasting and project management (PERT and CPM). Credit cannot be awarded for both PPOL 530 and DSIM 530.

PPOL 531. Quantitative Methods and Analysis (2)
Prerequisite: PPOL 521. This course covers a variety of quantitative techniques utilized in public policy to enhance decision making. Topics covered include decision theory, forecasting, queuing theory, scheduling, quality, and project management.

PPOL 541. Public Policy Analysis (3)
Prerequisites: PPOL 521 and PPOL 530 or PPOL 531. This course introduces a suite of basic principles and approaches (qualitative and quantitative) to understand policy problems, analyze policy outcomes, and suggest recommendations for policy makers. The goal is to prepare students to evaluate the performance of a variety of policy instruments such as regulations, subsidies, taxes, and markets. Topics such as the environment, transportation, and education will be used to illustrate the application of course elements. 

PPOL 550/MGT 550. Leading Organizations (2)
Cross listed with MGT 550. Designed to help leaders build strategic, organizational and individual insights. Topics will address traditional and contemporary issues related to developing and motivating people and teams. Emphasis will be placed on building skill sets in designing and articulating a mission and vision in order to create and sustain high-performing organizations. Focus will be on the dynamic examination of managerial and leadership concepts of human behavior as they apply to individuals, groups and organizations. Credit cannot be awarded for both PPOL 550 and MGT 550.

PPOL 590. JU PPI Internship (2)
JU MPP students are required to complete a summer internship following the first year of MPP courses. An extensive network of agencies and organizations ---- public, private and non-profit ---- has been developed by JU PPI to host JU MPP interns. A written report is required by MPP students at the completion of the summer internship. During the internship, students are encouraged to identify a client public policy problem, or a substantive policy question, for the second year Capstone Project.

PPOL 591. Independent Studies in Public Policy (var. 1-3)
A study of related public policy topics that is closely supervised by a faculty member. Activities will normally be conducted by students out of the classroom with periodic meetings and evaluation by the faculty member who is mentoring the project.

PPOL 610/MGT 610. Strategic Human Resource Management (3)
Cross listed with MGT 610.  Prerequisite: MGT 550, MGT 588 or NUR 506. Based on the belief that employees are the organization's most important asset, this elective course exposes students to the management application of HR concepts that impact performance at all levels of the organization. Topics addressed in the course may include: legal aspects of HR, selection, training, performance evaluation, employee rights, and the management of diversity. Credit cannot be awarded for both PPOL 610 and MGT 610.

PPOL 611/MGT 620. Responsible Leadership (3)
Cross listed with MGT 620. Prerequisite: MGT 550 or MGT 588. The concepts covered in this course include the nature of leadership, a study of leadership styles from classic, current and emerging leadership theories. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of ethics in decision making, leader character and integrity. This course additionally focuses on the links between theory and practice and the use of power and influence as they relate to leadership. Credit cannot be awarded for both PPOL 611 and MGT 620.

PPOL 612/MGT 630. Teamwork and Organizational Change (3)
Cross listed with MGT 630. Prerequisite: MGT 550 or MGT 588. Students are introduced to organization concepts used in the design, development, and transformation of complex organizations. Particular focus will be placed on developing leadership teams capable of creating an optimal organizational structure and develop core processes that achieve strategic objectives and sustain high performance. The course emphasizes the role of the leader as a strategic change architect. Credit cannot be awarded for both PPOL 612 and MGT 630.

PPOL 618/DSIM 518. Completing through Innovation & Information Technology (3)
Cross listed with DSIM 518. Provides an overview of business information technologies and their varied application across the value chain. Emphasis is placed on assessment of current technologies, technology trends and impact on business processes. Additional focus is on frameworks for management and control of IT within the firm and aligning IT strategy with organizational strategy. E-commerce and other effects of the IT-centric virtual marketplace on the firm are addressed. Students obtain an understanding of how business managers can leverage technology to enhance their companies' chances of success in the increasingly competitive global business environment. Credit cannot be awarded for both PPOL 618 and DSIM 518.

PPOL 620/ECON 520. Economics of High Performance (3)
Cross listed with ECON 520. Prerequisites: ECON 201, 202 and Calculus OR ECON 500. Designed to introduce MBA students to the application of macro- and microeconomic principles to managerial decision-making in the modern organization. Students discuss ways of directing scarce resources in an efficient manner to attain managerial goals and learn to strategically apply economic ideas, theories and methodologies to sustain high corporate performance. Special emphasis is placed on the concepts of corporate responsibility, demand analysis, production and cost determination, pricing and profit analysis, as well as application of computer-based forecasting and model building. Cases and problems are used to understand economic tools and their potential for solving real-world problems.  Credit cannot be awarded for both PPOL 620 and ECON 520.

PPOL 651. Special Topics in Public Policy (var. 1-3)
A study of selected topics of major interest in Public Policy not covered in other course offerings.

PPOL 652. Advanced Communications (3)
This course explores the importance of strategic communications and effective public policy. A core theme is examining the role communication and the media play in shaping public attitudes. Topics include, but are not limited to: crisis communications, public relations, media law, media ethics, speechwriting, persuasion, changing behavior through communication, media and public attitudes, and contemporary communication tools in the digital age. Throughout the course students will also focus on cultivating advanced public speaking skills and enhanced multimedia presentations.

PPOL 661. Introduction to Public Administration (3)
Rational policy formulation is only part of the public policy process. It is tempered by economic constraints, political realities and personal preferences among the policy elites. Analyses include international, national and state levels of government as well as the fragmented and multilayered city, county, special district and school district. Revenue forecasting, impact of inflation, taxation, pension funding and user fees will be surveyed as well as recruitment, performance evaluation and labor relations. Public administration is clearly differentiated from administration in the private sector.

PPOL 662. Political Campaigns, Governance and Public Policy Initiatives (3)
Public policy in the context of political campaigns (at the local, state and federal level), governance and public policy initiatives is examined in this course. The unique demands of political campaigns, and its consequences for public policy positions, and the requirements of effective governance, are examined. Case studies of successful public policy initiatives are reviewed, including public initiatives on waterways, land preservation, early literacy, public safety and infrastructure development.

PPOL 671. Education and Public Policy (3)
The course engages in an overview of current issues in K-12 education policy at the local, state and federal levels. Students shall develop a broad range of inquiry skills as policies are examined that pursue to adjust and improve the current education system or aim to reform K-12 education through external/market-based approaches. Policy topics will include accountability, school choice, national standards, early childhood education, school finance, teacher recruitment and labor relations, and achievement gaps.

PPOL 681/NUR 512. Organization, Delivery, and Policy in Healthcare (3)
Cross listed with NUR 512. The purpose of this course is to discuss concepts related to healthcare organization and delivery both in the United States and abroad.  A major focus of this course will be ecological and socioeconomic determinants of population-based health outcomes.  The Nurse’s role as an advocate for healthcare policy and educator on health promotion topics will be explored. Credit cannot be awarded for both PPOL 681 and NUR 512.      

PPOL 682/NUR 532. Nursing Leadership and the Healthcare System (3)         
Cross listed with NUR 532. Students will explore and analyze the role of the nurse leader as it relates to the healthcare system. Included in this analysis is the delivery of safe, effective, and efficient patient care. Topics will include the healthcare environment, federal and state laws/regulations, and oversight of the magnet status journey. Credit cannot be awarded for both PPOL 682 and NUR 532.

PPOL 683/NUR 660. Ethics in Clinical Practice (3)
Cross listed with NUR 660. Ethical theories and principles will be analyzed and applied to complex nursing issues. Students will examine professional values, moral obligations and sound ethical decision making to resolve dilemmas faced in advanced clinical nursing practice. Credit cannot be awarded for both PPOL 683 and NUR 660.

PPOL 684/NUR 670. Leadership and Health Policy (3)
Cross listed with NUR 670. Sociopolitical and economic trends affecting advanced clinical nursing practice and health care policy will be analyzed. Students will apply effective methods to improve health outcomes and quality of care with a special emphasis placed upon reducing health disparities in vulnerable populations. Various leadership theories, applicable to complex healthcare issues will be deconstructed. Credit cannot be awarded for both PPOL 684 and NUR 670.
 
PPOL 690/MSC 690. Contemporary Issues in Marine Science (var. 1-6)
Cross listed with MSC 690. One to six lecture and/or laboratory per week. Course will be on selected topics and current issues in marine science. Course can be offered on an as-needed basis for topics not included in the curriculum when faculty availability or opportunities occur. May be repeated for credit when topics change, but no more than six credits count towards degree requirement. Credit cannot be awarded for both PPOL 690 and MSC 690.
 
PPOL 691/MSC 610. Ocean & Coastal Environmental Law (3)
Cross listed with MSC 610. Three hours lecture per week. Course will examine a number of emerging ocean and coastal policy issues. Among the policy issues are those relating to oil, gas, and alternative energy facilities and equipment in coastal or ocean waters, the privatization of public waters, the impact of rising sea levels upon ocean beaches and estuarine shorelines, beach nourishment and shoreline protection, development setback lines, the use of ocean outfalls to dispose of wastewater, and the future role of the Coastal Resources Commission. Course will examine these and other emerging policy issues and the governing state and federal legal regime. Credit cannot be awarded for both  PPOL 691 and MSC 610.
 
PPOL 695. Capstone Project: Client Policy Project I (CPPI) (3)
This course is the first semester of the 2 semester Client Policy Project. In this course (CPPI), students, working in small groups with a faculty advisor, work on a substantive, real world policy problem for a client organization. The project requires formulation of the client policy question, research, analysis, organizational skills, substantive policy knowledge, the development of proposed solutions for the client organization, and the initial preparation of a policy research report.
 
PPOL 696. Capstone Project: Client Policy Project II (CPPII) (3)
This course is the second semester of the Client Policy Project. CPPII requires demonstrated skills in research, writing, policy analysis and communication. At the end of the semester, students submit a policy research report, and make a formal presentation, to faculty, policymakers and the client organization. The report and presentation on the client policy problem includes research, analysis, conclusions and recommended solutions for the client organization.
 
 
PPOL 697. Capstone Project: Research Policy Thesis I (RPTI) (3)
This course is the first semester of the 2 semester Research Policy Thesis. In this course (RPTI), students work individually, with a faculty advisor, on a policy question of their choosing and conduct in depth research, utilize quantitative and statistical data, perform systematic policy analysis, and develop public policy recommendations. RPTI requires the formulation of the policy question, research, quantitative and statistical data, analysis, substantive public policy knowledge, and the initial preparation of the written thesis.
 
PPOL 698. Capstone Project: Research Policy Thesis II (RPTII) (3)
This course is the second semester of the Research Policy Thesis. In RPTII, students finalize an extensive written thesis on the policy question of their choosing. At the end of the semester, students present the written thesis, and make a formal presentation, to faculty and policymakers. The presentation of the policy thesis includes an emphasis on quantitative, statistical and economic data and analysis, as well as the formal presentation of research, analysis, conclusions and public policy recommendations.
 
 
Policy-Oriented Courses at the Florida Coastal School of Law
 
27 policy-oriented courses at the Florida Coastal School of Law (FCSL) are available to JU MPP students. FCSL course descriptions are set forth on the FCSL website at www.fcsl.edu.