Online courses for the MPM-Vigan class

The course provides foundational concepts of local governance and the implementation of decentralization and local autonomy in the Philippines. It looks at the organization, powers, and the functions of local government units (LGUs) in the light of the Local Government Code (LGC), and in the context of Philippine Politics and Governance.  The tools and techniques of modern management are discussed in the context of their appropriate application in managing the challenges and innovations at the local level. Emerging concepts on the practice of governance such as performance management, new perspectives in public management, globalization issues, etc. are examined in the light of a decentralized set-up of the local government. Moreover, new paradigms and conceptual application of principles in strengthening the practice of decentralization are also discussed.

The course explores tacit and explicit knowledge using a variety of case studies and other learning materials in applying a good mix of learning approaches in order to deepen the students’ appreciation of the strategic role and impact of human resources. Timely and essential topics will be examined and some of these could be: the impact of information technology, the adoption of private sector practices, the changing meaning of work, and the links between HRM to the good governance and reform agenda of the government.

At the end of the course the students are expected to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of HRM as a core competency of every leader and manager given the particular context of public sector organizations.

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 integrates concepts from public administration and management, political science and organizational development studies towards a deeper understanding of the government, its nature and structure, its roles and functions, and its limitations and failures. It seeks to enable students to enhance their understanding of public organizations in general and how they affect and influence government effectiveness and performance.

This course focuses on the basic concepts and principles that underpin all of economics. Microeconomic concepts such as scarcity, opportunity costs, marginal costs, and efficiency will never lose their central role in economics as long as scarcity itself exists. Macroeconomic concepts like national income, employment and unemployment, inflation and deflation, balance of payments and foreign exchange rates will remain to be the primary concerns of all managers in the public sector in all economies.  In addition, the course will deal with the economics of long-term growth, poverty, and development, specifically in Philippines.


As an overview course, it will integrate and link all of these areas of concern and will show their importance in managerial decision-making. Thus the course aims to teach MPM students the economic way of thinking about resource-related decisions, and how they apply even in not-for-profit organizations.

This course is an introduction to ethical decision-making. Students will learn how to identify, analyze, and arrive at optimal decisions regarding moral dilemmas. They will be introduced to basic theories of ethics, power, and accountability which they can utilize in the decision-making process. But more importantly, students will be engaged in practical application of these theories through relevant cases studies that they may encounter as stakeholders in public management.