Thesis. 1-6 credits, max 6.
Quantitative Methods of Political Analysis. Required of all graduate students. Fundamental methodological issues in the scientific study of politics. Logic of science, principles of research design and computer data manipulation and analysis.
Creative Component. 3 credits, max 6. Individually supervised research.
Foundation of Political Science. Overview of the foundational works, theories and approaches that define the discipline of political science and serve as bridges across its subfields.
Internship in Public Administration and Government. 1-6 credits, max 6. Individually supervised internships in administrative and governmental career areas. Paper required.
Readings in Politics, Public Policy or Public Administration. 1-6 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): Consent of supervising professor. Readings in the student’s major area of study.
Directed Study. 3 credits, max 6. Directed study for master's level students.
Research Design. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Overview of research design, including conceptualization and operationalization, literature review, deductive and inductive theorizing, hypothesis testing, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.
Seminar in Public Program Evaluation. Methodology of evaluation research in public programs. Emphasis will be placed on designing and interpreting evaluative studies rather than the mastery of particular mathematical, statistical or computer skills.
Politics and Political Economy in the European Union. The institutions and policy-making process of the European Union (EU) and the theoretical traditions in the study of European integration. The institutional form of the EU and the type of European policy that is emerging.
Social and Political Perspectives in Europe. Examination of the current and historical social, cultural and political landscapes of European societies. Material related to identity politics, citizenship, democratization and collective memory feature regularly in the course.
ProSeminar in International Relations. A general survey intended to introduce students to major theoretical paradigms, applications, and debates in the field of international relations.
Topics Seminar in International Relations. 3 credits, max 6. In-depth examination of critical topics and issues in International Relations. May be repeated up to 6 hours with different topics.
Seminar in the International Political Economy. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Research on the mechanics and theories of interaction between economic and political phenomena. (Same course as INTL 5213*)
Special Topics Seminar in Fire and Emergency Management. 1-3 credits, max 9. Specialized topics in fire and emergency management.
Introduction to Fire and Emergency Management. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Examines the content and historical evolution of fire and emergency management including terminology, concepts, theories, and methods employed.
Public Management. Introduction to the general principles of management as they are applied in the public sector. Systems theory, organization design, and techniques of supervision.
Seminar in Public Budgeting and Finance. 3 credits, max 6. Major processes and practices involved in governmental budgeting in the United States at national, state and local level. (Same course as 4413*)
Urban Politics and Management. Introduction to the concepts, processes and techniques of managing urban political systems to include problems of leadership, decision-making, general management and group behavior.
Seminar in Public Personnel Administration. Current practices, problems and issues in public sector personnel administration, including merit system, civil service reform collective bargaining, and equal opportunity and affirmative action.
Seminar in Fire and Emergency Services Administration. Introduction to policies, procedures and administrative process required to deliver fire and emergency services; detailed examination of the social, political and economic issues that have an impact on service delivery and organizational approaches.
Seminar in Design, Structure and Processes of Public Organizations. Administration in the public sector, stressing traditional and emerging organization structures. Awareness of administrative processes and environment that include program design, implementation, and administrative accountability.
Public Sector Dispute Resolution. Prerequisite(s): Senior or graduate standing. Labor relations and employment issues in the public sector, and the various methods for resolving government personnel conflicts without resort to violence or litigation. Focus on labor law, employment law and Alternative Dispute Resolution as they apply to government employment.
Disaster Recovery. Prerequisite(s): 5683. Processes, conditions and components of recovery in disaster contexts. Topics include environmental, economic, housing, infrastructure, and policy. Roles of voluntary organizations; securing and managing resources.
Politics of Disaster. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and 5303 or consent of instructor. Situates disaster phases in the political context at the local, national, and international levels. Examines research on specific events and their interactive effects between the political system and various phases of disaster.
ProSeminar in Comparative Politics. Designed as a graduate seminar to familiarize graduate students with the core research traditions and theoretical developments in the field of comparative politics.
Topics Seminar in Comparative Politics. 3 credits, max 6. In-depth examination of critical topics and issues in Comparative Politics. May be repeated up to 6 hours with different topics.
Seminar in Political Behavior. 1-3 credits, max 6. Examination of contemporary theories of political behavior with emphasis on empirical studies.
Seminar in Political Psychology. Examination of psychological theories as they pertain to political behavior, including attitude change, political cognition, public opinion and decision-making.
Public Policy Analysis. Analytical methods for evaluating public policies and examination of the public processes including policy design, implementation and evaluation.
Seminar in Natural Resource Policy, Law and Administration. 3 credits, max 9. Analysis of the legal and public policy aspects of environmental regulation, including special emphasis on one of three components: environmental law, administrative law, and national resource law and policy.
Practical Environmental Compliance. Environmental decision-making, reading and understanding environmental statutes and regulations, and effectively dealing with the EPA. Environmental permitting and enforcement, policies and procedures. Review of hazardous waste regulations with emphasis on ground water problems.
Regulatory Risk Analysis. Risk-based decision making, government’s risk analysis paradigm, risk analysis policy, and social aspects of risk assessment. Review of the RCRA corrective action, CERCLA (Superfund) remedial action, and NEPA environmental impact study programs.
Risk Assessment in Emergency Management Planning. Risk assessment for the emergency manager and fire department manager. Concepts of risk assessment, its use in emergency management planning, and its limitations. Applications to emergency management. Specifically designed for FEMP students, but of interest to students in environmental management.
Community Relations in Environmental and Emergency Management. Preparation for the environmental manager, emergency manager, and fire department manager to communicate and negotiate with the public and media concerning environmental threats to human health routine and non-routine releases of chemicals and radioactive materials. Strategies for community-based planning, emergency preparedness, environmental response, site damage, and conflict management.
Understanding and Responding to Terrorism. Exploration of the experience of non-state terrorism in the U.S. and Western European democracies in the late 20th century. Understanding terrorism as a political, social, and historical phenomenon; the current and future threat of terrorism, both foreign and domestic; governmental choices in responding to terrorism in democratic societies and; U.S. anti-terrorism policies and considerations that emergency responders face in preparing for and responding to terrorist incidents.
Emergency Management and Public Policy in the United States. Examination of natural and man-made disasters in the U.S. along with the policies and programs intended to prevent, respond to, mitigate, and recover from such events. The evolution of the U.S. Emergency Management System, the emergency management profession, and future directions in emergency policy.
Emergency Management in the International Setting. Introduction to emergency management in the international setting. Provides background for students who may work with international assistance programs or who may become involved in the delivery of emergency management services abroad as part of an international assistance effect.
ProSeminar in American Politics. Overview of a wide range of classic works in American institutions and Political Behavior. It examines not only the classic works in each area of these subfields, but a sampling of current work being done in the field.
Topics Seminar in American Politics. 1-3 credits, max 6. In-depth examination of critical topics and issues in American Politics. May be repeated up to 6 hours with different topics.
Seminar in Public Law. Literature of public law in the United States. Overview of the approaches that shape the theoretical and empirical contours of the public law field and contribute to multidisciplinary law and social science studies.
Topics in Political Science. 3 credits, max 6. In-depth examination of critical topics and issues in Political Science. May be repeated up to 6 hours with different topics.
Seminar in Political Communication. Examination of recent theories within politics and the media, including effects of media on opinion, role of media as a political institution and the role of media during elections.
Seminar in Women and Politics. 3 credits, max 9. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Research on a variety of topics concerning women and politics, including women’s movements, women and elections, and public opinion.
Practicum in Fire and Emergency Management Administration. Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Supervised practicum in fire and emergency management administration.
Preparedness and Planning. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and 5303 or consent of instructor. Planning and training for hazards and disaster management at the organizational level; review of public education and preparedness efforts at the household and community level, review of research on disaster planning.
Disaster Response. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and 5303 or consent of instructor. Review of scientific literature on human and organizational behavior in response to disasters. Identification of actors involved in emergency response, their roles and responsibilities. Examination of human response in context of organizational structures and resources including emergency operating centers. Review of local and national government response policies.
Doctoral Dissertation Research. 1-12 credits, max 60. Prerequisite(s): Consent of major professor. Research for PhD dissertation.
Proseminar in Fire and Emergency Management. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Examines scope of the fire and emergency management field as an area of academic inquiry.
Qualitative Methods for Fire and Emergency Managers. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Qualitative methods for collecting and analyzing data from fire and emergency management field.
Directed Readings in Fire and Emergency Management. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Directed readings for doctoral students in specialized areas of fire and emergency management.
Quantitative Methods for Fire and Emergency Managers. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and 5013 or consent of instructor. Descriptive, inferential, and non-parametric statistics with collection and analysis of data from fire and emergency management field.
Seminar in Fire and Emergency Management Research Survey. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and 5103, 6013, and 6123. Survey of the academic literature in the fields of fire and emergency management. Development of a research article for submission to a professional journal or conference.
Methods for Disaster Research. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and 5303; 5013 or 5103. History and scope of methods for disaster research.
Pedagogical Methods for Fire and Emergency Management Instruction. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. History of FEMA education, review of instructional methods, and research on educational methods in field.
Comparative and International Dimensions of Fire and Emergency Management. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and 6003 or consent of instructor. Comparative analysis of the organization, management, and policies of fire and emergency response services in other countries.
Political Context of Fire and Emergency Management. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and 5343 or consent of instructor. Analysis of political environment impacting fire service including federalism and intergovernmental relations, interest groups, other public agencies, and private sector organizations.
Advanced Special Topics Seminar in Fire and Emergency Management. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Specialized topics in fire and emergency management for doctoral students.
Populations at Risk. Describes populations at risk for increased injury, death and property loss. Identifies policies, programs and resources for risk reduction. Applies research for purposes of planning and capacity building.
Mitigation. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and recommended 5303, 6143 and 6153. Structural and non-structural mitigation approaches to hazard reduction; description of policies, programs, and planning methods relevant to all governmental levels; and review of research and case studies of mitigation efforts.
Organizational Behavior in Disaster. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and 5303 or consent of instructor. Theoretical overview of organizational behavior in a disaster context. How organizations respond, adapt, fail and succeed when disrupted by disaster. Role of formal and informal organizational structures in confronting disasters.