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 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.
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.
Policy and operations are inextricably linked. This course aims to expose students to policy formation in a highly political environment, operations management of systems shaped by state and local policy, and their intersection, while building a toolbox of specific skills that support analysis and decision making in a wide variety of contexts. A unifying Multimedia Interactive Case Study (MICS) focused on the NYC family homeless shelter system will be the backdrop of this course.
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.
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.
Only open to Executive MPA students.
Couples with CAP-GP 3402.
Corporate philanthropy and engagement is an evolving space which is critical to the existence and operation of nonprofit organizations. The role of the private sector in helping nonprofits achieve their mission, serve their clients and realize their expected goals and outcomes is unique and very different from the role that government funders and individual major donors play.
Responsibility in implementing public policies is the purpose of public management in a democratic society. This course provides an analytic lens for understanding the rules, norms, processes and practices that incorporate values into administrative decisions. We use both normative and positive theoretical arguments to understand how responsible action combines accountability with discretionary action. To bring theory to bear on practice, we evaluate difficult cases—historical and contemporary, domestic and international—in light of these arguments.
This course examines the behavioral foundation for policy design, using urban transportation as examples. We introduce multiple frameworks of understanding travel behavior, rational or irrational, contrasting the perspectives of classic economic theory with behavioral economics and social psychology, and suggest corresponding policy interventions: a behavior--theory--policy mapping.
The position of minorities in the United States, an immigrant nation since its inception, remains a volatile topic of debate that touches the core of American identity. While we will review the history of minorities in America, we will focus on their status within the cultural and political framework and examine the ways that how we understand rights as either individually or communally derived informs policy decisions and shapes minority institutions.
The advancement of LGBTQ rights in the United States has experienced unprecedented success over the last twenty years, shifting both public attitude towards and legal protection for gay Americans. This graduate level course will provide an in-depth analysis of current LGBTQ policy achievements in the United States, including the recognition of marriage equality in all 50-states, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and increased anti-discrimination protections.