This Course introduces the students to the concepts, practice and challenges of Strategic Human Resource Management (HRM) in the public sector. It will explore theories, principles and practices in human resources management and their implications in building public trust and support and improvement of public service delivery. The course will cover discussions of HR models and practices that optimize work environments for improved operations of public organizations. Discussions of the framework for understanding the HRM practice (e.g.  recruitment, selection, training and development, performance management, employee relations, team development  and innovation) shall be covered to enable public managers as well as management practitioners in empowering human resources for better results and productivity in the organization. 

The course is aimed at enhancing the students' understanding of the phenomenon and challenge of climate change, grounded specifically on its actual (already experienced) and long-term/potential impacts on the Philippine economy and environment. Students will be introduced to the basics of climate change science - including the physical basis of the phenomenon, the root causes of climate change, and the literature on impacts. Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and its role on economic and sustainable development will also be discussed.

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.