Online courses for the MPM-2017A class

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.

The course provides an overview of the application of key economic principles and tools on national and local development. It starts by looking at the broad Philippine economy and assesses how the macroeconomy affects different economic actors. Then it proceeds to review how markets work at the micro level, their underlying assumptions and their role in economic growth and development. It also examines situations where markets fail, which warrant government intervention and specify the role of government in economic and social development. We will devote some time in examining the economic issues that underlie some of the political and social problems in the Philippines and a framework will be provided for student groups to choose their own issues that will be subject to economic analysis.