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GENERAL EDUCATION DESIGNATION

DEPARTMENTS OFFERING DIVERSIFICATION COURSES

Public Administration (PUBA)

College of Social Sciences

PUBA 399 Directed Reading and Research in Public Administration (V) Independent research and reading on topics in public administration, public service, and community development. Pre: consent.

PUBA 500 Master’s Plan B/C Studies (1) Enrollment for degree completion. Pre: master’s Plan B or C candidate and consent.

PUBA 600 Political and Economic System Processes (7) Organized in a series of integrated, cross-disciplinary modules, the course addresses issues people in public service are likely to face. Modules include effective written and oral communication, group processes, political and economic perspectives on public institutions, the use of information resources relevant to public work, critical thinking, legislative process, and the issues of Hawaiian people. A-F only. Fall only.

PUBA 601 Policy and Organizational Processes (7) Organized in a series of integrated modules, the course addresses issues people in public service are likely to face. Modules include frameworks for understanding and improving organizations, administrative law and issues of discretion, budget processes, research and analysis relevant to public work, public service ethics, and concern for future generations. A-F only. Pre: 600. Spring only.

PUBA 612 Ethics and the Public Interest (1) Examination of the relevance of an ethical code for individuals working in public institutions; problems presented by unethical practices; ethical dilemmas faced by individuals. Pre: 601.

PUBA 613 Cultural Perspectives (1) Aimed at sensitizing students to the significance of culture in public service. The focus is on the cultural differences that individuals bring to settings, as well as culture of organizations. Pre: 601.

PUBA 620 Reforming Public Organizations (3) Looks at the challenges and opportunities for changing public organizations so that they may be more successful in meeting their public responsibilities and better places for people to work. The course focus is on the creation of positive images of organization and effective change strategies. A-F only. Fall only.

PUBA 622 Strategies of Change (3) Examines different approaches to change; TQM, action research, organizational culture, and leadership. Explores different techniques of organizational diagnosis and explores specific interventions. A-F only. Spring only.

PUBA 623 Organizational Communication (3) Communication theory/research applied to formal organizations; assessments of strengths and weaknesses of organizational communications systems. Pre: COM 611 (or concurrent) or consent. (Cross-listed as COM 623)

PUBA 626 Results Accountability and Outcomes (3) This course provides an introduction to results accountability, a movement occurring both locally and nationally that calls providers of services to clearly articulate the results they achieve through the investment of community resources, either in the form of tax dollars or donated funds. A-F only. Pre: consent.

PUBA 630 Nonprofit Management (3) Fundamental aspects of managing a nonprofit organization: overview of the nonprofit sector; mission and scope of nonprofit organizations; organizational structures and functions; resource and volunteer development; major management issues. A-F only Pre: graduate standing or consent.

PUBA 660 (Alpha) Topics in Public Issues (3) In-depth analysis of significant contemporary issues related to public service work in Hawai‘i and the Asia-Pacific region: (B) public policy theory and analysis; (C) budgetary processes and reform.

PUBA 661 Collaboration Between Sectors (3) Examines theories and practices of multi-sector collaboration (public, private, nonprofit). The use of collaboration as an alternative way of solving public problems. (Cross-listed as PLAN 661)

PUBA 662 Applied Policy Analysis (3) Explores significant contemporary policy issues relating to public administration practice. Develops analytic techniques and models of public policy-making processes, and looks at how social forces and political and economic pressures influence policy orientations. Pre: graduate standing and consent.

PUBA 663 Law, Economics, and Public Administration (3) Course uses economic thinking to explore U.S. law and the legal system with special application to public institutions. Topics include: underlying rationale of law; elements of property, contract, and tort law; evolution of administrative law, and economic efficiency of the common law system. Course explores economic forces that help shape the law, the effects of legal rules on economic behavior, and the implied role of public institutions. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing or consent. Fall only.

PUBA 667 Special Topics (3) Topics of current interest in the field of public service and public administration, taught by regular and visiting faculty. Repeatable for different topics up to 6 credit hours. A-F only. Pre: consent.

PUBA 690 Practicum (3) Placement of students in public, private, and nonprofit organizations where they can observe and analyze organizational functions and processes while undertaking projects of use to the host agency. Pre: 601.

PUBA 699 Directed Reading (V)

PUBA 700 Thesis Research (V)

PUBA 709 Capstone Planning Seminar (1) Develops topics, methods, objective, and resources to guide work of capstone seminar. Pre: 601.

PUBA 710 Capstone Seminar (3) Integrates public administration core courses by incorporating theoretical, analytical, and practicum observations into examination of public issue of importance to Hawai‘i and the Pacific. Pre: 709.