… a term used in the Atlas Framework


Merriam-Webster defines topic as something that people talk or write about.

On the Atlas a Topic represents a coherent body of concepts and readings suitable for a single 3-hour class in an MPP or MPA program and about 7 hours of outside-class preparation (see Normed Topic Model). Each topic is assigned exclusively to one subject. For example, Negotiating is a topic assigned to Leadership Skills and Taxes and Subsidies is a topic assigned to Economic Analysis. The names of many of the Atlas topics are derived from the thematic titles used for individual classes in a course.

Topics are listed in Topics database.

Core topics

The 120 topics deemed essential to the MPP/MPA curriculum are called core topics. See Defining Core.


Merriam-Webster, at, accessed 30 April 2016.

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