For the MPM 2016A Class

Urbanization in Asia is taking place at an accelerating rate. The level of urbanization in the Philippines is estimated to be at 65% by 2030, up from the current estimate of 49% by the National Economic and Development Authority. Metro Manila, in particular, has been named as one of the world’s 25 largest cities or megacities, with a population exceeding 10 million. With population bursting at the seams, it is a challenge for national and local governments to meet the demands for services and at the same time provide a decent environment and better quality of urban life. The requirements of city-dwellers become more complex as urbanization progresses, with  economic performance of cities  as a priority metric of development, even amidst continuing calls for  a triple bottom line: social, economic, environmental (ecological).

This course will introduce students to urbanization and sustainable development, the history, theories, principles and practices that define cities and sustain development. It will also familiarize students with policy and management tools to address urban challenges, and expose and encourage students to think of innovative solutions to address these challenges


This course is an entry level Human Resource Management (HRM) module for managers and supervisors.  The proposition here is that relationship management is at the heart of HRM and this is an integral part in the practice of leadership especially in the Philippine public sector.  

Key concepts, policies, and practices as well as the challenges of pursuing a more strategic human resource management in the public sector will be covered.  The Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM) as a key HR policy guidance for all government agencies and organizational entities will be a major reference in studying and understanding HRM.

This Module aims to introduce the MPM students to the depth of self-development and thinking called for in a master’s program by orienting them to the mission, values, and leadership model of the Ateneo School of Government. This interactive and reflective course focuses on personal, group, organizational/institutional and governance issues requiring leadership response including reform and social accountability focused approaches. Critical /strategic thinking and ethical action and values including interpersonal communication skills are emphasized.

The course introduces the students to the basic elements of public policy development and the integral role of politics and public governance in the process. It allows the students to go through the different phases of public policy development and to understand relevant theoretical models and practical tools of policy analysis and decision-making. The critical examination of the policy environment and the assessment of various stakeholders at each step of the process are emphasized in the course so that those who design, implement and give advice on public policy may know how to navigate policy reform through its risks and opportunities. The course also provides opportunities for students to analyze their individual and collective roles as agents of policy reforms in their respective agencies or areas of work.