PAFF: Public Affairs

PAFF 1005  Introduction to Security Studies  (4 Credits)  

This course will introduce students to a concept of “security studies” as encompassing a wide range of issues, ideas and theories.  It will serve as a foundation for more in-depth studies in the field and provide students with the skills to succeed in advanced level studies in the area. 

Attributes: Liberal

PAFF 1998  Individualized Studies in Public Affairs (PAFF)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Public Affairs (PAFF). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

PAFF 2005  Introduction to Homeland Security  (4 Credits)  

This study introduces students to the fundamental concepts of Homeland Security, their importance and inter-related duties and relationships. Historic man-made terror attacks as well as accidental and natural events, that have an impact on the safety of our population has led to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. Students examine the formation of this agency including; purposes, goals, and mission statement. Students also become familiar with the evolution of DHS and what this governmental department looks like today.

Attributes: Liberal

PAFF 2010  Introduction to Public Affairs in the Public Sector  (4 Credits)  

This course introduces the student to the organization, development, and delivery of public services within a society. Consideration is given to the broad definition of Public Affairs, institutions involved in the various sectors (public, private and nonprofit) of public service, social entrepreneurship, and civic engagement. As well, students will explore current trends in public affairs such as; the establishment of public/private partnership and collaboratives, and the theory of conscious capitalism.

Attributes: Liberal

PAFF 2122  Introduction to Public Administration  (4 Credits)  

This course provides a survey of the organization, management and growing influence of public bureaucracies at the federal, state and local levels of government. Topics to be covered include: values and ethics in public service, policy analysis and evaluation, organization theory, decision making, public personnel systems, public unionism and collective bargaining, leadership, communication, theories of budgeting, ecology of public administration and productivity in the public sector. Prerequisites: Introduction to American Government or equivalent This course was previously CHS-262164 .

Attributes: Liberal

PAFF 2132  Introduction to Public Policy  (4 Credits)  

This study is designed to introduce students to substantive public policy issues that shape contemporary public sector debates and decision-making in the U.S. Grounded in multiple theoretical approaches and analytic models, the study develops students’ potential to describe, formulate, implement and evaluate public policy. Further, the study will provide students with the opportunity to appreciate the complex organizational and institutional environments in which public policy operates via exploring several policy areas such as criminal justice, health and welfare, civil rights, and homeland security. This course was previously CHS-262204 Introduction to Public Policy.

Attributes: Liberal

PAFF 2998  Individualized Studies in Public Affairs (PAFF)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Public Affairs (PAFF). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

PAFF 3003  Security Implic Glbl Clim Chng  (4 Credits)  

Global climate change has been identified as one of the biggest security threats of the 21st century that result in natural disasters, water scarcity, food insecurity, infrastructure risks, and changing migration patterns.   These consequences have political and economic ramifications that threaten the security of individuals and nation states, and are rising to the top of government initiatives and concerns worldwide.   This course provides students with an opportunity to examine how the environment and its security is an important part of national and global security, and how global climate change is affecting the security of individuals, nation-states and, generally, the world.

Attributes: Liberal

PAFF 3005  Terrorism & Homeland Security  (4 Credits)  

This course examines the roles and responsibilities of law enforcement and other agencies in managing terrorism, disasters, and homeland security to ensure public safety. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the changing role of law enforcement in managing mass disasters and terrorism, the impact of disaster and terrorist events on human populations, the control of consequences and perspectives on homeland security. This course was previously CHS-264844 Terrorism and Homeland Security.

Attributes: Liberal

PAFF 3122  Ethics and the Public Sector  (4 Credits)  

This study is designed to explore Ethics as an applied discipline in public sector practice. The study will provide students with strategic decision-making frameworks for analyzing ethical dilemmas, as well as expose students to a conflict resolution approach to ethics which provides them with methods used to manage value conflicts and help people bridge differences. To this end, this study allows students the opportunity to study major ethical frameworks and relevant applications in the evaluation of competing options and optimal decision-making as experienced in public sector work.

Attributes: Liberal

PAFF 3127  Public Policy  (4 Credits)  

This study involves the analysis and evaluation of public policy in the United States. Topics include the nature of the cycle of policy creation, implementation and evaluation, the role of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches in the creation of policy, the nature of policy formation, the importance of legislative or judicial intent, the character of bureaucratic decision-making, problems of jurisdiction, questions of personnel development, issues of oversight, the role of policy consumers and advocates, the impact of lobbying and interest groups, the nature of policy evaluation, the importance of policy analysis. Prerequisites: Familiarity with Research Methods in the social sciences or history and/or at least one introductory course in American Government.

Attributes: Liberal

PAFF 3137  Managing Municipal Government  (4 Credits)  

This study provides a descriptive analysis of how public administrators manage municipal government. Using examples from the United States, it explores six dimensions of public administration: legal aspects of public management, human resources management, budgeting and public finance, the political dimensions of intergovernmental relations, and ethical considerations. As well as theory, students integrate such practical issues as economic development, housing, culture and recreation, public safety, transportation and waste disposal.

Attributes: Liberal

PAFF 3996  Special Topics in PAFF  (4 Credits)  

The content of this course will vary by term and section. Students may repeat this course for credit as long as the topic differs. Please refer to the Term Guide for course topic offerings.

Attributes: Liberal

PAFF 3997  Special Topics in PAFF  (2-8 Credits)  
PAFF 3998  Individualized Studies in Public Affairs (PAFF)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Public Affairs (PAFF). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

PAFF 4000  International Dimensions of Security  (4 Credits)  

This course provides students the opportunity to study the multidimensional nature of security from a global perspective. Human, environmental, national, transnational, and trans-cultural (ethnic, sectarian, and religious) aspects of security and how they impact each other throughout the world will be examined. Topics such as the role of the military; causes and consequences of national and transnational conflict; organized crime; human trafficking; diplomatic agreements; the influence of science and technology on climate, energy supplies, the production and access to food, and other threats to human security will be included. Organizing frameworks for this study might include a specific focus on justice as a prerequisite for security, international relations theory, and/or other approaches.

Attributes: Liberal

PAFF 4005  Counterterrorism in a Changing World  (4 Credits)  

This course explores the origins of modern terrorism, (from 1880 to present), its root causes and the psychology of suicide terrorists and their target selection. In addition, this course will explore the religious, historical and economic aspects of Islamic culture within the framework of understanding the rise of Islamic terrorist groups. Case studies and class discussion of actual terror attacks are presented, in multi-media format, including film. The ever widening forms of terror are also presented, including lone wolf attacks inspired by social media and cyber terrorism. Students explore a myriad of strategies to combat terrorism in our world and hypothesize if it can be curtailed, or stopped altogether. We enlist the help of many scholars and experts in the field of counterterrorism and using a collaborative approach, discover strategies designed to keep the homeland as safe as can be reasonably expected.

Attributes: Other World Civilization Gn Ed, Liberal

PAFF 4122  Public Finance & Budgeting  (4 Credits)  

This course examines the theory and practice of obtaining and allocating resources among competing priorities in the public sector, and the relationships among budgeting and other aspects of public finance such as accounting, auditing, management analysis, and program evaluation. Prerequisites: The American Political System, and one of the following: Introduction to Public Policy, Economics/Macro, Introductory Accounting or equivalents. This course was previously CHS-263524 Public Finance and Budgeting.

Attributes: Liberal

PAFF 4123  Senior Project Proposal  (2 Credits)  

The student will prepare a proposal for the senior project and engage in educational planning. The senior project facilitates the integration and reflection of knowledge acquired from university learning which is aimed at creating an original culminating work. Educational planning includes the preparation of a rationale essay articulating how the program of study for the bachelor's degree meets the student's educational and career goals. For the senior project proposal, the student will pose a question to be addressed under the guidance of the ESC mentor. The student and mentor will discuss the focus and design of the research question to be developed. The student will identify the appropriate resources needed to address the question and submit the proposal to the mentor. The thesis, based on the proposal submitted for this study, will be carried out the following semester. This course will be used as part of the Educational Planning credit. Prerequisites: As part of a capstone course, students should enroll in Senior Project Proposal during their final year of study. All lower level concentration courses should be complete, as well as at least two advanced level concentration courses or their equivalent.

Attributes: Liberal

PAFF 4127  Public Administration Capstone  (4 Credits)  

This course provides an integrated review of the core courses of a student’s Public Affairs degree program. It is designed to allow the student to combine and apply fundamental principles learned in Ethics, Legal Environment, Public Finance, and key Public Administration functions such as Human Resources, Planning, Policy-making and Public Policy Analysis. Students will have the opportunity to apply supplemental skills and knowledge gained from studies in research methods, communication, information management and quantitative literacy in order to demonstrate professional competency in the field of Public Administration. This course should be taken in the student's last term of enrollment. The student must have attained learning in all of the Public Affairs program guidelines prior to taking this course. Students should possess an advanced competency in formal, college level analytical writing, be able to examine facts and problems, analyze issues, research remedies, apply theoretical concepts, examine alternatives, and formulate and communicate solutions.

PAFF 4132  Legal & Ethical Foundations of Public Service  (4 Credits)  

This study is designed to examine the underlying legal structure of American government and its ethical implications for public administration. Emphasis is on the history, purposes, functions and procedures of administrative agencies in the state and federal governments and the development of statutory and case law governing rule-making and adjudication by those agencies. Accordingly, the study considers the formation and implementation of public policy within the nation's constitutional framework and explores how legal and ethical issues have affected decision-making in the public sector. Prerequisites: Prior to enrolling in this course, students should be comfortable with material covering the structure and functions of American government, the structure and functions of the American legal system and the principles of ethical theory, such as might be learned in courses in American National Government, Introduction to Law and the Legal System and Introduction to Ethics, respectively. Students possess an advanced competency in formal, college level analytical writing, be able to examine facts and problems, analyze issues, research remedies, apply theoretical concepts, examine alternatives and formulate and communicate solutions.

Attributes: Liberal

PAFF 4150  Senior Project Thesis  (3 Credits)  

The student will complete the senior project thesis as planned in the proposal phase of this study. The project provides an opportunity to conduct an in-depth examination of a topic of interest related to the study program that emerged from the student’s earlier course work, and in this regard will complete educational planning by focusing on the mastery of academic skills, college level writing and presentation, and independent research and critical thinking. The student will be expected to produce a major research paper that meets the standards established during the proposal stage and prepare the final drafts of the rationale essay. This course will be used as part of the Educational Planning credit. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Senior Project Proposal

Attributes: Liberal

PAFF 4998  Individualized Studies in Public Affairs (PAFF)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Public Affairs (PAFF). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.