Preparation of an independent planning research study in consultation with a faculty adviser. Course credit is granted upon completion of a written paper, which satisfies the END EVENT requirement for the M.U.P. degree.
This short course will explore the concept of accountability within humanitarian intervention. In particular it will look at the contemporary significance of accountability for humanitarian response – when and why it has become an important concept for humanitarian intervention, and specific events that have led to a shift from donors to recipients of aid as the agents of accountability.
Key questions that will be explored include:
Many roles in public and nonprofit organizations require staff to become sophisticated consumers, analysts and presenters of data. But before data can be used, it must first be specified and collected—and that is increasingly done via information systems.
We live in a data-rich world in which seemingly simple visualizations represent complex realities. Data has the potential to inform decision-making and influence public or corporate policy, and when visualized with appropriate context, data has the power to be an impetus for change in the world. In this hands-on introduction to data visualization, we will focus on finding data from public sources, cleaning it to prepare for visualization, then circulating visualizations on blogs, social media, or other online platforms with appropriate context.
This course is an advanced planning workshop that will provide students with an understanding of how plans are created and implemented. Students will learn about plan development at various scales regional, municipal and neighborhood- and explore techniques for effective community engagement in the planning process. The course examines the ways in which different types of plans can address the complex land use, environmental, health and social issues that confront today’s communities.
This course is a unique look at an assortment of evaluation and measurement methods - both "tried and true" and "innovative" - for non-profit organizations and the foundations that fund them. Rather than look at the non-profit universe writ large, we will examine evaluation methods, tools and consequences through the lens of one non-profit sector, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) arena. We will utilize case studies, published articles and papers, and in-class conversations with those who are the subject of these evaluations - and those doing the evaluations themselves.
The purpose of this seminar is to explore the substance and form of the Affordable Care Act. The course will examine the context and content of the Law, as well as the process from passage to implementation.
This course explores the legal, policy and ethical issues encountered by health care professionals in the continuously evolving health care system. Topics will include government regulation of health care providers, patient consent to and refusal of treatment, human reproduction issues, privacy and confidentiality, tax-exemption, antitrust, fraud and abuse, mental health issues and health information management. Students will gain the ability to analyze legal and ethical health care resources by engaging in interactive discussions and informative research.
This course aims to provide an understanding of law and how it shapes and influences practices in K-12 public schools. This course covers seminal education case law (i.e. judicial opinion), legislation, and regulation from the U.S. Supreme Court decision of Brown v.
The course starts with the unique nature of land. How does land, a natural resource, come to be owned? How is ownership and use of land different from other forms of property?
The course will focus on current issues in education and social policy, beginning with an analysis of the case for public intervention in the market for education. We will then turn to considering key policy debates and options for addressing important problems - including both policies aimed at the education sector(i.e., public schools) and those affecting other sectors (i.e., housing policy). Particular attention will be paid to reviewing and weighing the evidence base for policy making and considering alternative solutions.
As America bolts toward becoming a majority people of color nation, dozens of cities are already there. This urban transformation is occurring against the backdrop of rising inequality and persistent racial inequity. The resulting friction sometimes overshadows, and in the long run threatens to undermine, the incredible opportunities afforded by the resurgence of cities. To maintain their competitive advantage, cities will have to address the following tough questions:
• Who benefits from the investments?
Only open to Executive MPA students.
As part of the core curriculum of the NYU Wagner Masters program, Capstone teams spend an academic year addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for a client organization or conducting research on a pressing social question. Wagner's Capstone program provides students with a centerpiece of their graduate experience whereby they are able to experience first-hand turning the theory of their studies into practice under the guidance of an experienced faculty member.
This course introduces students to basic statistical methods and their application to management, policy, and financial decision-making. The course covers the essential elements of descriptive statistics, univariate and bivariate statistical inference, and introduces multivariate analysis. In addition to covering statistical theory the course emphasizes applied statistics and data analysis. The primary goal of this course is to introduce these basic skills and encourage a critical approach to reviewing statistical findings and using statistical reasoning in decision making.
Obesity is a large, pressing public health problem in the United States and, increasingly, across the globe. In contrast to some other public health problems, we have yet to truly establish population-level solutions. Increasingly attention in the policy and research world is being given to policy and environmental approaches to combat obesity, and as such obesity policy is a topic of increasing research.
Understanding geographic relationships between people, land use, and resources is fundamental to planning. Urban planners routinely use spatial analysis to inform decision-making. This course will introduce students to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a tool to analyze and visualize spatial data. The course will emphasize the core functions of GIS: map making, data management, and spatial analysis. Students will learn cartographic best practices, how to find and create spatial data, spatial analysis methodology, and how to approach problem solving from a geographic perspective.
This course is aimed at students intending to work as clinicians or as managers in the health care industry. In this course, students will: understand how health care organizations operate, the contexts they face; the opportunities and constraints facing those who wish to innovate in health care organizations; how healthcare organizations are governed and managed; examine successful innovations implemented in healthcare organizations; understand how to motivate workforce in healthcare organizations; and improve writing, presenting, and listening skills.
The course utilizes the evolution of Muslim-Jewish relations in NYC since 9-11 as an extended case study in spiritual and religious leadership and public service. How have Jewish and Muslim communities worked together to combat media narratives and inherited stereotypes? What internal battles has each community experienced? What was the impact of global/national events on local reconciliation? The course will highlight the role of joint public service efforts in developing and sustaining leadership.
In this course, we will study foundational topics in Jewish law and philosophy, employing a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. From biblical to modern times, we will trace how the Jewish legal tradition has developed. We will explore the complex interplay of law, religion, society and politics in various formative stages of the Jewish normative tradition.
Couples with CAP-GP 3402.
Continuation of CAP-GP 3401.
Couples with CAP-GP 3802.