Topics and concepts covering the MPP/MPA core and organized into Atlas courses
As described in Atlas Core Curriculum Project, this page displays the results of our efforts to derive a reasonably complete list of topics and concepts that could be regarded as the common core of leading MPP and MPA degrees.
As explained in MPP/MPA Core Competencies, our analysis draws on NASPAA Competencies and UNDESA/IASIA Standards, as well as the syllabi of required courses in the four Reference Programs and syllabi of additional Specimen Courses. The MPP/MPA Core Learning Outcomes associated with this core curriculum can be used to generate Atlas Examination Standards, which will include all topic-level learning outcomes, a grading rubric, and sample assessment questions for all 120 topics in the core.
The table below lists 12 groupings of core topics and concepts and a corresponding Atlas 12-topic course or 6-topic module (see Atlas Courses), each grouping being associated with a core competency and one or more core Subjects. The 12 Atlas courses cover all 120 core normed topics and all core concepts and terms (see Defining Core and Normed Topic Model).
The 48 core topics and their associated concepts covering the five inter-related core subjects dealing with governance, institutions, policy analysis, process, strategy, implementation, leadership and communication are displayed on a single table for comparative purposes at The Governance-Process-Strategy-Leadership Cluster. An analogous cluster associated with four Toronto MPP required courses is found at Concept Cluster for Atlas Subject Associated with PPG1000, 1001, 1005, 1007.
The 42 core topics and their associated concepts in the five most quantitative of the core subjects (Economic Analysis, Macroeconomic Policy, Quantitative Methods, and Analytic Methods and Evaluation) are displayed on a single table for comparative purposes at The Economics and Methods Cluster. An analogous cluster associated with four Toronto MPP required courses is found at Concept Cluster for Atlas Subjects Associated with PPG1002, 1003, 1004, 1008.
Together, The Governance-Process-Strategy-Leadership Cluster and The Economics and Methods Cluster cover 90 of the 120 core topics and their associated concepts.
A student’s compilation of 400 concepts considered core for first-year in one MPP program can be found at Top 50 Concept Readings for Toronto MPP Courses.
The multi-subject clusters for a number of individual courses can be found at Atlas Concept Tables for Courses.
Alignment with executive education courses
Given the professional nature of the MPP and MPA degrees, there should be a high degree of alignment between the topics and concepts and the content of training courses that public and nonprofit organizations utilize in their professional development programs for analysts and policy-oriented managers. The Atlas editors welcome interchanges with such organizations, as described in How Practitioners Can Help. An initial list for discussion purposes can be found at Using the Atlas to Develop Executive Education Offerings.
Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified 6 December 2019.
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