urban development and sustainability

Urban development and sustainability are among the hottest buzzwords in public service today. This specialization evaluates sustainability in urban centers from a social, economic, and environmental perspective. Students learn how cities can improve and sustain housing, land use, business activity, and infrastructure. Program graduates often pursue roles with community organizations, nonprofit advocacy groups, and government sustainability agencies.

Students must complete two required courses from the following —PAF 9141, PAF 9142, or PAF 9143—and two additional courses from the list below (click on the individual class link for a full description):

PAF 9141 Community Development: History, Present, and Future
3 hours; 3 credits
Community development is an approach to addressing poverty and its related social problems, such as poor-quality housing, unemployment, lack of education, and crime. Students will examine the complex economic, political, and social context that gave rise to the idea of community development, and then follow the successes and challenges in the field over its nearly fifty-year history.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9142 Housing Policy
3 hours; 3 credits
The course serves as a gateway to the field of housing and community development, giving students the background necessary to become informed participants in policy analysis and debates about the future of housing policy. Topics to be covered include: housing markets and policies; the evolution of federal, state, and local housing programs, with emphasis on low-income rental housing; as well as several longstanding and thorny housing policy topics.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9143 Greening and Growing Cities: Sustainability and Public Policy Choices
3 hours; 3 credits
The course focuses on the theory and practice of urban sustainability policies and programs. It addresses public policies as they helped shape the growth and uses of urban land within 20th and 21st century cities in the United States, within context of supporting or contesting long-term sustainable practices. The concentration will be on the historical evolution of land uses in New York as they affect the overall sustainability of its communities and economy.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9109 Government Contracting
3 hours; 3 credits
Review of the principles and practices of government contracting and analysis of the major types of government contracts. Administration and management problems of the government procurement function are identified and analyzed. Major policy questions, including societal implications of large-scale government contracting, are explored.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9136 Urban Economic Development
3 hours; 3 credits
This course introduces students to the major features of the field of urban economic development. The course reviews the principles by which economic activity is organized in an urban setting, focuses on methods of analyzing the existing economic structure of a community, and examines examples of successful business development, human resource development, community-based employment, and physical development programs.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9150 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
3 hours; 3 credits
Historical and contemporary perspectives on nonprofit organizations and the nonprofit sector in the United States. The course will emphasize the size, scope, and functions of the nonprofit sector as they have evolved, with particular emphasis on relations with the public and business sectors and current issues affecting the environment in which nonprofit organizations operate.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9151 Administration of the Nonprofit Sector and Voluntary Agencies
3 hours; 3 credits
Study of management techniques and strategies applicable in nonprofit agencies. Topics include agency interaction with governmental and political institutions, planning and control systems, the role of the governing board, and the role of the executive director. Special attention is paid to the needs of community service/social welfare and cultural/arts organizations.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9152 Fund Raising and Grants Administration in Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations
3 hours; 3 credits
Examination of the strategies and techniques for acquiring voluntary and governmental support for local nonprofit agencies. The course focuses on the role that fund raising plays in the economics of the nonprofit organization and its relationship with government agencies, foundations, and other donor/granting institutions.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9153 Budgeting and Finance for Nonprofits
3 hours; 3 credits
This course is for students whose career path is the nonprofit world and aspire to hold senior level positions in nonprofits. The course provides the tools for budgeting in a nonprofit, and the tools of financial analysis and managerial control as is currently practiced in nonprofit organizations.
Prerequisite: PAF 9140 or permission of instructor.
PAF 9159 Privatization and Market-Based Government
3 hours; 3 credits
Market-based government, an important feature of The New Public Management, involves competition, privatization, public-private partnerships, competitive sourcing, outsourcing, divestment, withdrawal, displacement, deregulation, citizen choice, vouchers, transferable permits, franchises, user charges, pricing strategies, voluntarism, and civil society-including faith-based institutions. Using a combination of theory, cases, and practice, the course prepares students to use these tools in the real world.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9160 Public and Nonprofit Management II
3 hours; 3 credits
Managing public agencies and nonprofit organizations. The course addresses concepts, strategies, and techniques for effectively planning, organizing, directing, and controlling agencies, programs, and projects. The objective of the course is to prepare students for practical managerial assignments in government and in the nonprofit sector.
Prerequisites: PAF 9120, PAF 9302, or PAF 9310
PAF 9174 Program Evaluation
3 hours; 3 credits
Examination of the process and techniques of program evaluation and the assessment of effectiveness of public sector policies. Various performance assessment criteria, problems of evaluation research, and the politics of program evaluation are reviewed.
Prerequisites: PAF 9170 and PAF 9172
PAF 9181 Comparative Public Administration
3 hours; 3 credits
Public-sector managers at all levels respond to demands generated from beyond the borders of their own jurisdiction. This course focuses on international variations in public administration through a comparative analysis of the political and cultural environments that configure the public and nonprofit sectors around the globe.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9186 Map Making for Public Policy
3 hours; 3 credits
The course provides an introduction to basic map making skills and the use of maps and spatial data in policy applications. Students will learn how to create and interpret thematic maps, by hands-on experience with mapping software. Advanced topics will include spatial construction of data, and use spatial data in quantitative applications.
Prerequisite or corequisite: PAF 9170
PAF 9299 Selected Topics in Nonprofit Management
3 hours; 3 credits
The course focuses on major areas in nonprofit management. Topics vary from offering to offering.
Prerequisite or corequisite: Grad 8 status or permission of the Office of Student Affairs and Graduate Admissions