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The Doctoral Research Colloquium incorporates the NYU Wagner Seminar series at which prominent researchers present current work on pressing social issues. The speakers represent a range of disciplines and methodological approaches, and are affiliated with institutions from around the country.   Doctoral students registered for the colloquium will actively engage with the seminar speaker both during and after the presentations.  Course requirements also include written critiques of the presented papers.

4 points

“Management” can mean many things. In this course, understanding management means understanding organizations. This seminar will provide an introduction to micro organizational theory and research (also called organizational behavior) and macro organizational theory and research (also called organizational theory). This seminar will address how individuals, groups, organizations and inter-organizational fields all affect organizational behavior and are, in turn, influenced by it. Much of the material, though not all, will concern public, non-profit and health care organizations.

1 points

Not counted toward course requirements for a degree.

A weekly seminar for doctoral candidates working on dissertation proposals, conducting research, writing dissertations, and preparing for their oral defenses. Students present their work in progress for seminar discussion and critique.

Re-registration once each term meets the doctoral program maintenance of matriculation requirement.

4 points

This course offers a hands-on opportunity for doctoral and advanced masters students to experience the practice of qualitative research. We will address the nature of qualitative research in the administrative and policy sciences, with ample opportunities to discuss the implications of the choices made in designing, implementing and reporting on the findings of a “mock” project which we will determine in class, with your input.

4 points

Required for doctoral students.

3 points

The law is central to the making of public policy, both in the U.S. and in most other countries. This course looks specifically at how the law in its various forms shapes the administration of government agencies and the work of not-for-profit (and for-profit) entities that provide direct services or that advocate policy. Knowledge of legal frameworks and processes is essential to undertaking these activities effectively.

1.5 points

This seven-week course addresses the role of arts institutions, artists and public art in revitalizing cities, with an emphasis on comparative domestic and international examples of distinctive interventions and the larger lessons that can be drawn from them. We examine how the economic, geographic and social context shapes both art and its role with respect to public policy goals. Students will refine their ability to analyze existing projects and programs and plan creative interventions as tools for revitalizing cities.

3 points

This course examines the inner workings of successful international public service projects and gives students the opportunity to design one or more themselves. Students will then study the characteristics of effective programs, which bring together a series of projects for mutually supportive and concerted action. Particular attention is paid to programs selected from the five areas where international public sector entities are most active: peace building, relief, development, advocacy and norm-setting.

1.5 points

Through readings, discussions, case studies, and simulations, students further develop the negotiation skills (in situations of greater complexity in terms of issues and parties) and the facilitative and meditative skills needed by today?s consensus-building manager. The course also examines strategies for managing and utilizing conflict in organizations and the design of systems for handling an institution?s routine internal and external disputes. Students participate in a team project focused on designing such a system for a hypothetical organization.

1.5 points

This course is intended for graduate students interested in learning about the governance of nonprofit organizations and the role of nonprofit boards.

1.5 points

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of how surveys and interviews can be used to generate knowledge. This course will cover the design and implementation of survey and interview protocols, the data collection, analysis, and interpretation process, and the presentation of results. Students will learn how to design and implement these instruments for a variety of purposes and for different settings in support of their capstone projects or other research projects.

3 points

Many developing countries have been significantly reforming the scope and organization of the public sector in recent years. This course critically examines the changing structures and operations of government fiscal systems in developing countries, with particular emphasis on the growing trend to strengthen sub-national levels.

3 points

This course examines the nature and major trends of the nonprofit sector, understood within the context of a broad shift in governance, both in the US and internationally. The course aims to deepen student understanding of the nature of the nonprofit world and its organizations, using both theoretical and practical lenses to do so.

3 points

This course is designed to prepare you for a lifetime of learning by providing tools to help you learn from your own experiences as well as from those of others.

0 points

Do you feel like a professional juggler as you try to achieve your goals, get everything done, and still have a life?  In this workshop, you'll learn time management tools and tips that can help you articulate your goals and maximize your time to achieve them.  It's a hands-on workshop with lots of interaction, and you'll leave with a personalized plan of attack to start you on your way to success.  Specific topics include writing your top goals and understanding what's stopping you from using your time most effectively. You also get some tips about efficient study habits.

0 points

This is an interactive 90-minute introduction to writing, citing, and integrating sources in graduate essays. Although we will cover various citation methods, including MLA and Chicago, we will focus on APA Style. Students will gain practice in citing scholarly and popular sources in text and in the Works Cited page of projects and will develop skill incorporating articles into their own prose. In addition to integrating sources, this workshop is also a brief introduction to NYU library resources and services available to Wagner students.

0 points

This short, non-credit class aims to give students an overview of the key elements of successful writing, and equip them with the tools to approach any writing assignment, from memos to emails to reports to research briefs. This class is designed to be a companion piece to other coursework, and students will be asked to bring in assignments from other courses to work on in class. Topics covered include introductions, structure and organization, paragraphs and

0 points

This noncredit module focuses on those math skills that are essential to statistics, microeconomics, and financial management. Students taking quantitative courses are encouraged to take advantage of this review.

0 points

This non-credit, 3-session module introduces students to the basic functionalities of Microsoft Excel such as basic formulas, absolute versus relative cell reference, formatting, and time-value of money financial functions. The module is held in a computer lab and every student has a computer. It is intended for students with limited or no Excel experience, and is designed to be taken concurrently with CORE-GP 1021 (Financial Management).

3 points

1-3 credits. An independent reading must be proposed to, and approved and supervised by a full-time faculty member. Professors are not required to take on any student for an independent reading and may be more inclined in cases where the student defines her or his interest in a subject fairly precisely. Students must submit a reading list and agree to specific due dates for assignments with the faculty member supervising the independent reading.

3 points

The overall goal of this course is to develop students’ skills in the financial analysis of key strategies for today’s health care organizations.  To achieve this goal, we will (1) explore the drivers of value creation, valuation approaches, and differences in capital structures between not-for-profit and for-profit healthcare providers; (2) examine horizontal consolidation among not-for-profit and for-profit providers (mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and the like), and vertical consolidation between providers and payers; and (3) consider sources of financing, including private an

3 points

The Wagner School Summer Institute brings together faculty and students from the United States and other parts of the world for an on-site exploration of international health policy and prospects in Geneva, Switzerland.

3 points

All health systems, in the industrialized world, grapple with problems of cost, access, equity and quality of health care; and the trade-offs among these objectives. Reforms based on promoting markets, managed competition, public contracting, improved management, and changing financial incentives are some important issues under discussion in most nations.