Students in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School, regardless of which campus they are registered at, can take courses at both campuses. Some JSGS courses may be available online or by videoconference (and will be clearly marked as such), but a majority of the courses require in-person attendance. Students taking a course that is not at their home campus will need to make arrangements to travel to the city in which the course is being offered. Courses can fill up quickly so students are encouraged to submit their request as early as possible.
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Analyzes governing institutions and the process of modern government within Canada as a means of enhancing a student's understanding of policy formulation and implementation. This course is intended to provide a basis for critically assessing political and administrative decision making and policy outcomes.
Provides a survey of Canadian public finance. Students will examine rationales for government intervention in a market economy, the assessment of public policy, how government decisions are made, and the impact of government expenditures and taxation on the economy and the well being of Canadians. The course will also examine fiscal policy in a federated system and how fiscal matters affect federal/provincial relations in decision making.
Provides students with the statistical concepts and techniques required for conducting research and critically evaluating empirical studies. Topics include statistical inference, sampling theory, and data and regression analysis as applied to problems in public policy.
The purpose of this course is to provide an economic framework for the analysis of public policy. The course uses microeconomic concepts to examine when and how the government should intervene in the economy. Using the starting point of policy as intervention, the course examines the circumstances under which government involvement is most likely to be desirable. The course then moves to consider the key instruments that government uses in its intervention. In the examination of these two broad issues, the course pays particular attention to how people and firms behave and how they are likely to respond to policy instruments. The course also develops the key concepts associated with cost-benefit analysis and shows how these concepts are used in the analysis of public policy.
Focuses on the analysis of the processes whereby public policies arise and are enacted in Canada. The course compares theories and models of policy making and decision making to illustrate the special requirements of the Canadian environment and examines the roles of various participants in the policy process: legislators, political parties, interest groups, administrators and administrative structures, citizens, and the judiciary.
Administrative decision making and policy development often require the analysis of quantitative data. This course will introduce students to descriptive and inferential statistics often used in policy environments so that they will be effective data users and interpreters. Students will be taught how to use and present descriptive statistics.
There is growing attention being given to executive leadership, applied ethics and efforts to create and sustain trust within and through the profession of public administration. This course descriptively and critically examines these three key concepts in relation to the professional public servant and the environments of public sector decision and policy making.
This course examines the law governing the relationship between government (ministers, the civil service, government boards and agencies), on the one hand, and the public on the other. Procedures for decision-making, the limits of executive power and how those limits are enforced by the courts through judicial review, the independence and impartiality of government decision-makers, and the impact of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms on the way in which public administrators carry out their duties, will all be considered.
This course examines the increasing role played by the third sector in Canada. Students will examine alternative allocations of responsibility for solving particular social and public problems - voluntary, not-for-profit, for-profit, joint public/private, public encouraged/subsidized, and publicly coerced - along with examples, reasons, and theories for particular forms of organization, new methods of accountability and tensions between government and its new partners.
This course will examine issues and challenges related to the health of Aboriginal populations in Canada. Health and illness concepts will be embedded within historical, social, cultural and political realities. Students will have the opportunity to critically examine and reflect on Aboriginal health issues and health care practices.
This course seeks to bring about an awareness and understanding of how organizations are managing change. The course will provide perspectives of the change strategists, the change implementors, and the change recipients. The objective of the course is to develop sensitive and effective change-agent skills in management ranks.
This course is an introduction to basic biostatistical methods and principles as they apply to public health data. An emphasis is placed on the applications of statistical methods to public health data, interpretations of the resulting analyses and critical appraisal of these methods.
Examination of human resources functions in public and private organizations from a strategic and institutional perspective. The topics include human resource planning, recruitment and selection, performance measurement and assessment, training and development, and the design of reward systems.
Examination of objectives of tax policy and basic principles of taxation, with special reference to Canada. Various types of Canadian taxes - federal, provincial, municipal - will be analyzed and evaluated, including those on personal income, corporation income, manufacturers' sales, resource property and other taxes. Emphasis on evaluation of specific taxes and current issues in tax policies in Canada.
The course will review the historical development of the Canadian health care system and its supporting principles, governance structures and fiscal arrangements; and examine contemporary structures and relationships. Issues such as benefit coverage, health human resources, user fees, pharmaceuticals, regional health boards, and health reform in a comparative context will be examined.
Through extensive use of examples from various fields, students will be exposed to the art and science of applying evaluation methodologies and techniques to policies and programs in both the public and non-profit sectors.
The course will compare neo-classical and feminist approaches to the analysis of public policy. Students will examine the labour market and gender-based inequality; the family, with a particular focus on intra-household resource allocation; and will consider macro-economic issues and provide gender-based analysis in relation to public policy in Canada.
The microeconomic tools needed for public policy analysis. Introduces students to an economic approach to the study of human behaviour, with special emphasis on the study of the circumstances under which markets achieve, or fail to achieve, an efficient allocation of the economy’s resources.
This course introduces the major policy questions of macroeconomics and presents macroeconomic models to assist policy development. An emphasis will be placed on current policy issues including monetary policy, fiscal policy, currency regimes, productivity and growth, demographics patterns and fiscal sustainability. Pre-requisite: GSPP 805 or permission
This course uses a comparative perspective to analyze how public policy is formulated, how it can change, and why. It will discuss the roles of formal and informal institutions, of actors, structures, and networks. The aim of the course is to provide the participants with a greater understanding of classical and contemporary theories of public policy; with the ability to critically analyze and compare public policy; and to develop frameworks for comparative policy analysis.
This course covers the underlying concepts, principles, historical development, theory, and current practice of health promotion. The focus of learning is not so much on “how to do” health promotion, as on “how to think” about the conceptual, ideological, and political issues which underlie health promotion practice.
This course covers basic concepts and principles of the cycle of health program planning, which includes needs assessment, program development and implementation, process, impact, and outcome evaluation. Both qualitative and quantitative data collection will be addressed.
Examines Canadian federalism from the perspective of Saskatchewan's postwar role in shaping national policy. The province's impact on the federation is analyzed through a series of topics.
This course will address health human resource management. Its scope will include the knowledge and skills necessary to working with self-regulating professions and in a highly unionized environment. Essential aspects of collective bargaining, negotiation and professional organization will be covered, as will working with the public/private divide in healthcare provision.
This course will provide students with an understanding of issues involved in the management and organization of health services. Students will examine issues related to managing health in terms of regional health authorities, health ministries and individual health organizations.
This course will introduce students to the many phases of a project's life cycle and how to address them through knowledge and understanding of Project Management principles and how to manage them effectively using Project Management techniques by monitoring and maintaining control of scope, time, and costs within a project.
This course will cover leadership theory and practice, with a focus on effective leadership in the public sector and ethical decision-making. It will address decision-making models relevant to the health sector, including emerging philosophies (e.g., LEAN).
Master of Health Administration students only. Each in-person residency will be an intensive three to five day session focusing largely on group exercises including case studies, management simulations, breakouts and presentations. Each residency will have different guiding themes including strategic planning, coaching and communication skills and managing and evaluating quality improvement initiatives. Each Residency is 1.5 credit hours.
The course examines the principles underlying the application of selected aspects of public management and examines ways in which governments apply the principles. The course compares approaches of different governments and examines some specific applications and strives to develop in students the competencies required of public servants.
This course will apply the techniques of epidemiology and biostatistics to evaluate population-based health programs. In addition, students will become familiar with principles of public health, prevention, and health care quality management.
Focusing on the health care imperative of accountability to the community, this course deals with the measurement of performance in health care organizations. Management control focuses on the implementation of business strategies and the attainment of organizational goals.
This course covers the financial management function in health care organizations including operating and capital budgeting processes along with budgetary and financial controls. There will be extensive use of financial analysis tools for the health care organization and skills needed to develop basic finance and accounting foundations will be reviewed.
This course focuses on foreign aid policy, not only from the perspective of donor countries, e.g. Canada, but also from the standpoint of recipient countries. It aims to understand how foreign aid policy has had so limited results in half a century. We will explore the roots of foreign aid policy, its plurality of theoretical perspectives, the motives of donor countries and those of recipient countries. We will also analyze the role of multilateral and regional organizations, as well as the involvement of NGOs and community organizations.
This course examines the law, policy and structures of international trade in goods and services, focusing principally on the World Trade Organization, the General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade and, to a lesser extent, on the North American Free Trade Agreement. Particular attention will be paid to dispute settlement mechanisms and the operation of tariff, quota, subsidy, dumping and regulatory mechanisms as they affect trade. Issues arising in the trade context related to government procurement, developing countries and other social policy areas will be raised.
This course examines how numerous intergovernmental organizations have been created after the Second World War, what they do and how they work. Why have they been built by states? Do they correspond to neutral international arenas? Do they represent a danger to state sovereignty? This course also analyzes their original institutional structure. Finally, it will show, in spite of their complexity and disparate resources, how they are able to produce international public policies that unfold legal outcomes.
This course aims to offer analytical and methodological tools in order to study Canadian foreign policy. Several topics
will be examined, e.g., construction of foreign public problems and related socio-political representations, debates on
foreign public involvement, dynamics of mobilized groups and institutions, intervention practices in several arenas,
impact on social groups.
This course will provide an overview of issues at the intersection of health law and policy. It will include a basic introduction to the foundations of health law followed by examination of topical issues in this domain such as stem cell research, genetics, and medical tourism.
This course will provide students with an understanding of issues involved in the management and organization of local governance and government. Students will examine, reflect on and assess municipal government, associated authorities, institutions and ministries.
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to economic concepts and analysis relevant to health, health care and health care systems. Students will examine economic aspects of various elements of the health-care sector, identify relevant policy questions and apply economic concepts and techniques to analyze them.
The purpose of this course is to provide a survey of public sector budgeting and financial management in Canada. Students will the role that financial considerations play in formulating policy and in program management, examine the financial planning cycles of government and the elements of sound financial planning and management in public sector entities, and gain understanding of financial decision-making processes and elements of financial and program accountability within the context of public decision-making processes.
This course surveys classic and contemporary theories in public policy and public administration. It is intended to provide students with a solid theoretical foundation in decision-making processes, policy learning, policy change, institutionalism and the intellectual developments associated with the policy process.
Public opinion in its many forms has become increasingly important for government decision-making and accountability processes. This course examines the underlying assumptions and research methodology used in assessing public opinion as well as government's use of public opinion and its impact on decision-making and accountability practices.
Foreign policy decisions are the product of an historical context (individual and cultural), a complex bureaucratic process, and an intertwined domestic and international political and economic environment. In order to criticize, evaluate, and understand those decisions, this course will examine all these components in relation to emerging doctrines of U.S. foreign policy.
A study of Canadian social policies: their value base, financial and political sustainability, behavioural impacts, and outcomes for social relations and the economy. Students will study the development of social policy, gaining an analytical framework for considering social policy as a means to achieve equity and cohesion within a market economy.
This course examines how societal institutions and policy shape the role played by co-operatives in the economy, and how co-operative practices and innovations have in turn shaped these institutions and policy. Combining theoretical insights from the areas of institutions, economics, organizational behaviour, law and policy with case studies of co-operative organizations, the course allows students to develop their knowledge of the actions that both the state and co-operatives have undertaken, and provides students with a conceptual framework within which these actions can be viewed.
Strategic and operational planning through discussion of the relevance of organizational values, development of mission and vision statements and techniques to align goals and objectives with organizational priorities. Financial capability analysis and budgetary role in planning will be addressed. Skills developed include critical thinking, problem solving, writing, and presentation skills.
During the course students will review key financial-analysis tools and techniques. They will discuss information found in non-profit financial statements and explore principles of financial management and operating and capital-budgeting processes, with the goal of gaining an appreciation of how available resources are allocated to both short-term and long-term objectives.
The social economy includes non-profit, community-based organizations, and co-operatives. This course focuses on how these organizations interplay with the public policies of different levels of government. Using case studies, students will examine administrative public policy, such as how the social economy is funded and how it is evaluated and held accountable, as well as substantive public policy, including community capacity building and partnership development. The course also includes a field trip to learn about local social economy organizations at work and guest lecturers, including both researchers and practitioners.
The JSGS Executive Internship Program is a competitive process open to students in the MPA and MPP programs who have completed at least 50 per cent of their program and have little or no experience in the public sector. Students will be exposed to the skills used by managers at senior levels in the public sector and will perform a variety of tasks.
Provides students with the opportunity to learn and practice inquiry processes for conducting qualitative research. Students will examine the following topics: issues in qualitative data (ontology, epistemology, methodology and method), collection of qualitative data (e.g., interviewing, ethnography, focus groups, case studies), analysis of data, and combining qualitative and quantitative data.
Examines the principles underlying aspects of public management with an emphasis on the machinery of government and the ways in which governments apply public administration principles and use various instruments. Students will practice some of the competencies expected of public servants through lectures, student presentations, in-class exercises and field trips.
Through lectures, videos, exercises and simulated role-plays, this course will provide a theoretical foundation useful in understanding dispute resolution; analyze the styles (competitive, cooperative, etc.) adopted in problem solving; enhance communication and problem-solving skills used in reaching agreements; consider the strategic and tactical options available when resolving disputes; and review the ethical dimensions of bargaining and facilitating agreements. Negotiation and mediation practices will be considered extensively with reference made to arbitration and other Alternate Dispute Resolution options. One-on-one, multi-issue, multi-party and multi-setting scenarios will be explored.
This course will examine the broad context in which higher education policy is made and evaluate a variety of policy initiatives launched by governments around the world. Students will become acquainted with the principal objectives of government in the higher education sector and the major policy challenges they confront.
This graduate course is designed as a special topic course in the theory and practice of innovation policy. The graduate students will investigate the theory, methodology and applications of innovation policy through primary readings, discourse and writing.
This course in research methods as applied to the analysis of health systems will develop students' knowledge and skills in health systems research including the criteria for formulating health system research problems and hypotheses, selecting the appropriate research design, conducing a systematic literature review, methods of data collection and use.
The course will establish the foundations for the current funding of health care, post-secondary education and Canadian social programs. The course will also consider the main elements of a budget. The major for the class will involve students working together to compile a provincial budget. Every province faces the same budgetary challenge: how continue to fund the rapidly increasing costs of health care while at the same time maintaining the quality of other programs and services.
Focuses on the politics of aggregating individual decisions into collective action, revealing the difficulty of formulating and implementing public policy broadly construed. The course readings emphasize formal approaches to this subject, while the assignments and discussion emphasize their application to real problems.
Begins with the historic framework for contemporary public policy established by treaties, reserves and legislation. Then it examines contemporary developments, including constitutional negotiations, influential court case, urbanization, comprehensive claims and self-government.
An interdisciplinary course that offers a comparative and historical perspective on social policy development, in Canada and in other advanced industrial countries.
Examines the manner in which decisions are made in organizations, with a particular focus on policy decisions. The course uses a wide variety of behavioral theories to look at phenomena such as policy traps, framing, unwarranted optimism, and group think.
This course will provide students with an understanding of selected theories and practices of public leadership for various informal and agentic roles at local, regional, provincial, and federal levels.
This course will introduce students to applied policy analysis and key policy research methods including interviews, focus groups and surveys. As an applied project class students will work with faculty and representatives from the Saskatchewan Government to conduct a policy analytic review for a provincial ministry.
An examination of recent trends in resource-related environmental policy focusing on the impact of global markets and international institutions on domestic policy options.
This course examines key readings in the public policy literature and provides students with an overview of key concepts and outcomes from political science, economics, sociology, and law that are germane to the theory and practice of public policy. The aim of the course is to provide the participants with a greater understanding of classical and contemporary theories of public policy and the ability to critically analyze and compare public policy. The material covered in the course serves as the foundation for the PhD comprehensive exam.
Is designed to provide the analytical skills required to make sense of the vast literature on international trade, much of which presents data in sophisticated ways, reports the results of the use of often quite sophisticated statistical techniques, and may even be the result of mathematical modeling.
Economic analysis of international trade policy. Economic implications of border measures, subsidies, technical standards as barriers to trade, unfair trade practices, sanctions. Dispute settlement and economic penalties. Assessment of international trade institutions and agreements.
Reviews the economic rationale and evidence used to evaluate the effects of freer trade on national economics. We will explore classical theories of trade as well as new models of trade that stress increasing returns and market structure. We will use original data sources to explore essential features of international trade.
Reviews the factors that determine exchange rates, the benefits and costs of alternative exchange rate regimes, the efficacy of fiscal and monetary policy under different regimes, and the causes and consequences of a currency crisis. We will use original data sources to explore essential features of international monetary flows.
Will explore the political context of international trade by examining the literature on globalization and by focusing on trade policy decision making in major trading nations as well as in regional and international organizations.
Examines the law of international trade in goods and services, focusing principally on the law of the World Trade Organization, the General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade, and the North American Free Trade Agreement. This specialized sector of international law includes particular negotiation and dispute settlement processes, as well as particular types of rules restraining national restrictions on trade. These rules address tariff and non-tariff barriers, discrimination, regionalism, anti-dumping, countervailing duties and safeguard measures.
Participants in this course will be introduced to legal concepts and operational principles relevant to transnational commercial transactions including the sources of private international law, the nature and roles of the various types of private international conventions (law treaties), international law as it relates to delivery of goods and payment, including the use of commercial letters of credit, the legal conceptual framework within which transnational secured financing occurs, the role of national courts in enforcing international commercial contracts and the legal and functional context within which international commercial arbitration occurs.
Looks at international trade from the perspective of the private sector practitioner, manager or consultant. Topics include FDI, international cultural, physical, economic, socioeconomic, political, legal and financial environmental forces, competitive intelligence, international marketing challenges, and international financial and human resources management.
To assist students to develop a framework for understanding and analyzing the strategic management of the research, development and commercialization of biotechnology-based products. Students will also learn the role and importance of government (domestic and international regulations), intellectual property regulations and public perception in the business strategy decision making process of firms.
Governance refers to “who gets to decide what” in political systems, sectors of the economy, the use of technology, and organizations. This course examines the development of governance systems in response to authority no longer being confined entirely to government, and examines arrangements leading to both desirable and undesirable outcomes.
This course will enable students to develop the critical skills necessary to examine Canada's constitutional framework, including the judicial system, the division of powers, the treatment and rights of Aboriginal Peoples, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
This course focuses on developing practical knowledge and skills public sector managers require to effectively “get things done” through others. Management skills developed include self-assessment/reflection, goal-setting, teamwork/collaboration, verbal/written communication, influence/persuasion, conflict resolution, stress management, and creative thinking.
This residency pass/fail course provides students with an introduction to the six MPA competency fields and the JSGS research clusters. It will also provide several refresher sessions on Canadian institutions, public sector processes, basic math skills, and introduce the final MPA portfolio project.
This course requires the development, submission, presentation and validation of a professional portfolio at the end of the student’s MPA program. Each student will gather, archive, organize, assess and demonstrate evidence of a standard level of proficiency attainment in each of the six core MPA competency areas. Students will highlight with evidence at least five competencies that have been achieved at a level of excellence.
This course offers students the ability to work on a governance or policy issue relevant to co-operatives and the social economy and to critically reflect on this work. For some students their work may take the form of a project/report directed at a specific issue that a co-operative, credit union or social economy organization is facing. For other students their work may take the form of a written case study of a co-operative, credit
union or social economy organization. In all cases, the result will be an experiential learning opportunity for students and new knowledge and expertise for co-operative and social economy organizations. Students
must have completed JSGS 846 Co-operatives in the New Economy: Institutions, Governance and Policy in order to register in this course.
This course will examine theoretical and practical issues associated with defining, describing and evaluating environmental governance at multiple scales.
The purpose of the 990 Seminar Series is to bring students, faculty and others together to hear from a variety of individuals on current and interesting policy topics, and to foster a community of scholars.
All students in the MPP and PhD programs are required to register in JSGS 990. They must also attend at least 25 seminars and present their research in one session prior to completing their program. MPP and PhD students are also required to submit a JSGS 990 student report.
As of February 1, 2015 all new MPA students are required to register in JSGS 990, and encouraged to attend sessions of interest. Those previously enrolled in the MPA program are required to complete their JSGS 990 requirements set out when they began their program.
The purpose of the 990AB Seminar Series is to bring students, faculty and others together to hear from a variety of individuals on current and interesting policy topics, and to foster a community of scholars.
All students in the MPP and PhD programs are required to register in JSGS 990AB. They must also attend at least 25 seminars and present their research in one session prior to completing their program. MPP and PhD students are also required to submit a JSGS 990 student report.
As of February 1, 2015 all new MPA students are encouraged to attend JSGS 990AB. Those that elect to enroll in the old MPA program will also be required to attend 25 seminars and prepare a JSGS 990AB student report.
Those MPA students enrolled in the program prior to February 1, 2015 are required to complete the JSGS 990AB requirements set out when they began their program.
Students writing a Master's of Public Policy thesis must register for this course.
Required of all students in the PhD program.
The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with some of the more advanced models and ideas used in macroeconomics. Particular emphasis will be placed on the implications of different model specifications for macroeconomic policy. We will explore different specifications used by both Classical and Keynesian economists. Students will acquire the skills to solve standard versions of the models, thus becoming able to make predictions and policy recommendations based on different model specifications. Students will also explore the strengths and weaknesses of different model specifications and what those strengths and weaknesses might mean for the policy prescriptions derived from the models. Finally, students will explore ways in which models might be synthesized to gain from the strengths of different approaches.