Public Administration and Public Policy Programs across Canada

Presentation for the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria, 9 October 2018

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1 – History of the public administration and public policy degree in North America, including CAPPA, NASPAA, and APPAM

2 – Programs database on the Atlas of Public Management

3 – MPP/MPA Curricular Types

  • Number of courses required for graduation (16-20 = high; 13-15 = medium; 8-12 = low)
  • Subject-matter emphasis (>40% management = management-oriented)
  • Mathematics-economics intensity (>20% = high)
Curricular comparisons of selected Canadian MPA/MPP degrees
UVic, SFU, Carleton, Queen’s, Dalhousie, UBC, U of T, McGill
 
UVic MPA (Current)
UVic MPA (Proposed)
SFU MPP
Courses to Graduate
(not including Thesis, Co-op/Internship)
11
(9 required, 5 mgt, 2 (?) high math/econ)
8
(6 required, 3 mgt, 1.5 (?) high math/econ)
14
(10 required, 1 mgt, 4 high math/econ)
Co-op/Internship Course Equivalent
2 (?) 2 (?) 2
Thesis Course Equivalent
3 3 0
Total Course Equivalent
16 (?) 13 (?) 16
MPP/MPA Curricular Type
High course requirement, management-oriented, lower math-econ Medium course requirement, management-oriented, lower math-econ High course requirement, policy-oriented, higher math-econ

 

 
Carleton MAPA
Queen’s MPA
Dalhousie MPA
Courses to Graduate(not including Thesis, Co-op/Internship)
14
(10 required, 3 mgt, 3 high math/econ)
12
(7 required, 2 mgt, 4 high math/econ)
18
(10 required, 7 mgt, 3 high math/econ)
Co-op/Internship Course Equivalent
0 0 0
Thesis Course Equivalent
0 0 0
Total Course Equivalent
14 12 18
MPP/MPA Curricular Type
Medium course requirement, policy-oriented, higher math-econ Low course requirement, policy-oriented, higher math-econ High course requirement, management-oriented, lower math-econ

 

 
UBC MPPGA
U of T MPP
McGill MPP
Courses to Graduate
(not including Thesis, Co-op/Internship)
15
(6 required, 1 mgt, 3.5 high math/econ)
16
(13 required, 2 mgt, 4 high math/econ)
12
(8 required, 2 mgt, 3 high math/econ)
Co-op/Internship Cases/Labs Course Equivalent
0 2 3
Thesis Course Equivalent
0 0 0
Total Course Equivalent
15 18 15
MPP/MPA Curricular Type
Medium course requirement, policy-oriented, higher math-econ High course requirement, policy-oriented, higher math-econ Medium course requirement, policy-oriented, higher math-econ

Background

A quest for the core of the MPP/MPA curriculum
(and how to assess its comprehension)
Defining Core

Core Subjects (and Core Courses = Atlas Courses)

Core Topics

Core Concepts

Atlas Core Curriculum Project

Core Curriculum

Reference Programs

MPP/MPA Core Learning Outcomes

MPP/MPA Core Competencies

NASPAA Competencies

UNDESA/IASIA Standards

Atlas Examination Standards

Concept Comprehension Questions

Papers and presentations

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PPG Portal and Community of Practice – Presentation to the School of Public Administration, University of Victoria, January 17, 2008,” Ian Clark.

Academic Responsibility Meets Professional Utility: Canadian MPA/MPP Programs and Professional Competencies,” Ian D. Clark and Leslie A. Pal, CAPPA Paper for Comment, November 21, 2011.

Should CAPPA Have a Core? Lessons from International Comparisons of MPP/MPA Curricula,” A Paper for the Annual CAPPA Conference, May 25-26, 2015, Ian D. Clark and Leslie A. Pal, May 8, 2015.

Mapping the Topics and Learning Outcomes of a Core Curriculum for MPP and MPA Programs,” A Paper for the Annual CAPPA Conference, May 25-26, 2015, Ian D. Clark, Ben Eisen, Mary Catharine Lennon, and Leslie A. Pal, May 8, 2015.

Teaching public policy: Global convergence or difference?” Leslie A. Pal and Ian D. Clark, Policy and Society, Volume 35, Issue 4, December 2016, pp 283-297. <Taylor & Francis abstract>

The MPA/MPP in the Anglo-democracies: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States,” Leslie A. Pal and Ian D. Clark, Policy and Society, Volume 35, Issue 4, December 2016, pp 299-313. <Taylor & Francis abstract>

Note: For the full list of journal articles, working papers, and conference presentations drawing on SSHRC-supported Atlas-related research, see Publications and Presentations.

Ongoing work

Top 50 Concept Readings for Toronto MPP Courses

The Atlas as a Resource for MPP Students, September 2018

Concept Comprehension Quizzes for First-year MPP Courses, 16 April 2018

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified 8 October 2018.