Course Curricula by Program

The two remaining elective courses (6 credit units) must be selected from the courses offered by the school and can be taken at either campus. For all courses taken, the rules and regulations of the university through which the course is taken will apply to the student.

Additional courses required by Graduate Studies and Research at each university:

University of Saskatchewan campus

  • JSGS 990 Public Policy Seminar Series (0-credit course, continuous registration required)
  • GSR 960 Introduction to Ethics and Integrity (0-credit course, taken in the first term of study)

University of Regina campus

  • GRST 800AA Academic Integrity Tutorial (0-credit course, taken in the first term of study)

Minimum two courses (6 credit units) from the following:

Minimum one course (3 credit units) from the following:

Minimum one course (3 credit units) from the following:

Students are required to complete twelve credit units (four courses) from the following core set of courses: Students must also register in the two following courses:

Required online courses

Elective online courses

  • Two electives can be selected from the MHA offering. 

All MHA-HIIM students are required to complete the following course:

With approval from the Graduate Chair, MHA and MHA-HIIM students may also complete the following course:

USask Courses

UiT Courses

In addition to the core courses, GENI students must choose one elective course worth at least two credit units or five ECTS. Electives must be chosen with the approval of the program administration.

Additional Program Requirements

Economic Analysis for Public Policy Certificate

Students registered through the University of Regina campus must complete (3 credit hrs):

Students registered through the University of Saskatchewan campus must complete (3 credit hrs):

All students must also complete, two of the following elective courses (6 credits hrs):

Health Systems Management Certificate

Students must complete (3 credit hours):

Two of the following elective courses (6 credits hrs):

Public Management Certificate

Students must complete (3 credit hrs)

Two of the following elective courses (6 credits hrs):

Public Policy Analysis Certificate

Students must complete (3 credit hrs):

Two of the following elective courses (6 credits hrs):

Social Economy and Co-operatives Certificate

All students must complete the following course (3 credit units):

All students must complete one of either (3 credit units):

Students must complete one course (3 credit units) from the following (note: courses can only be taken once):

Non-Profit Management Certificate

Students must complete (3 credit hrs)

Two of the following elective courses (6 credits hrs):

Course Curricula by Type


JSGS 801 - Governance and Administration

This class 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. 

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JSGS 802 - Public Finance

This class 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.

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JSGS 803 - Quantitative Methods

This course 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.

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JSGS 805 - Economics for Public Policy Analysis

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.

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JSGS 806 - Public Policy Analysis

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.

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JSGS 807 - Statistics for Public Managers

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.

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JSGS 808 - Ethical Democracy and Leadership

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.

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JSGS 811 - Nongovernmental Organizations and Alternative Service Delivery

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.

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JSGS 812 - Indigenous Health Policy

This course will examine issues and challenges related to the health of Indigenous 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 Indigenous health issues and health care practices.

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JSGS 814 - Biostatistics for Public Health

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.

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JSGS 817 - Health Policy

This 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.

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JSGS 818 - Program Evaluation

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.

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JSGS 819 - Gender and Public Policy

This 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.

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JSGS 822 - Comparative Public Policy

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.

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JSGS 823 - Health Promotion

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.

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JSGS 824 - Health Program Planning and Evaluation

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.

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JSGS 826 - Human Resources Management in Health Care

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.

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JSGS 827 - Health Care Organization and Administration

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.

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JSGS 829 - Decision Making and Leadership in Healthcare Organizations

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).

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JSGS 830 AA - MHA Residency I

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.

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JSGS 830 AB - MHA Residency II

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.

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JSGS 831 - Performance Management

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.

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JSGS 832 - Population Based Health Program Management

This course applies 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.

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JSGS 833 - Performance Measurement in Health Care Organizations

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.

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JSGS 834 - Financial Management of Health Care Organizations

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.

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JSGS 837 - Health Economics

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.

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JSGS 838 - Public Sector Financial Management

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.

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JSGS 841 - Health Law and Policy

This course provides 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.

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JSGS 843 - Data Science for Health Analytics and Decision Support

In this course, students learn the key data literacy and data analysis skills required to investigate complex data sets to answer pressing health care questions and effectively communicate results to peers. Taking a broad-but-shallow approach, the course follows the stages of the cross-industry standard process for data mining (CRISP-DM) data life cycle; students will learn to import and filter data using databases, how to prepare data for analysis, to choose appropriate data visualizations, to perform exploratory data analysis to understand the properties of data, to use modern machine learning techniques to analyze data, and how best to present your findings and use them to inform evidence-based decision making.

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JSGS 846 - Co-operatives in the New Economy: Institutions, Policy and Sustainability

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.

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JSGS 849 - Social Economy and Public Policy

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.

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JSGS 850 - Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy Internship Program

The JSGS 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, including the core program courses, 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.

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JSGS 851 - Qualitative Methods

This course 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.

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JSGS 853 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

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.

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JSGS 856 - Health Information Privacy Policy

This course covers legislation, regulation and standards governing access, use, and disclosure of health information, the ethics of information privacy, privacy program management, and privacy by design. Students will examine privacy, compliance, and risk policies and procedures, as well as emergent issues such as medical identity theft and fraud, genomic privacy, and social media health platform privacy.

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JSGS 858 - Enterprise Information Management

An in-depth analysis of health information functions critical to health care operations; enterprise information governance with a focus on information as a strategic asset; and the role of health information professionals in quality improvement, care coordination, and performance and utilization management. Implementing strategic and organizational change and integrating best practices in project management will also be covered.

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JSGS 859 - Innovation Policy

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.

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JSGS 862 - Political Economy

This course 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.

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JSGS 863 - Indigenous Peoples and Public Policy

This course 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 implementation. This course is intended to provide a basis for critically assessing political and administrative decision making and policy outcomes.

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JSGS 864 - Social Policy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

An interdisciplinary course that offers a comparative and historical perspective on social policy development, in Canada and in other advanced industrial countries.

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JSGS 865 - Decision Making in Organizations

In this course, students examine 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.

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JSGS 867 - Advanced Policy Analysis

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.

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JSGS 869 - Ideas in Public Policy Analysis

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.

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JSGS 870 - Water Policy in an Age of Uncertainty

This course outlines the existential threat to global water systems, set within the context of rapid population and economic growth, unsustainable water use, climate change, and ineffective management and policy. It explores the challenge of how to manage complex water systems in an era of deep uncertainty.

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JSGS 880 - Advanced Governance Analysis

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.

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JSGS 882 - Strategic Management in the Public Sector

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.

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JSGS 883 - Essentials for Public Policy and Administration

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.

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JSGS 884 - Professional Planning

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.

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JSGS 885 - Co-operative Governance and Leadership in Action

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. MPA students can use this as an elective, provided students receive prior approval from the Graduate Chair to take an online course as part of their program.

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JSGS 886 - MHA Placement*

This course is an experiential learning opportunity. Students spend one month embedded within a partner organization such as the Government of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Health, during which time they work on a designated policy project under the supervision of a mentor within the organization, and the course instructor. *Restrictions apply; approval by Graduate Chair required.

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JSGS 887 - Clinical Terminologies and Classification Systems

This course introduces the principles of taxonomy and purposes of controlled terminologies and classification systems used in Canada and internationally. It addresses the importance of standards conformance, design of semantically interoperable infostructures, and the processes, policies and procedures used in the collection, coding, and mapping of health data. Labs require working with health data sets and data tools.

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JSGS 888 - Health Informatics and Health Information Technology

This is an integrative course on information technology used for tactical and strategic decision making in all facets of health care. It focuses on defining information needs, interpreting the capabilities of health information systems, setting forth feasible alternatives, adhering to international and national standards, and guiding the diffusion of information technology.

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JSGS 898 - Selected Topics in Public Policy

This course provides a framework for understanding how public policy decisions are made in Canada. The rationale for and implications of major policies, the policy making cycles, the decision-making process in organizations, and the political economy in public policy are examined using this framework. The framework is also used to understand current policy debates such as a carbon tax, the National Pharmacare Plan, and the Trans Mountain pipeline. The course includes an introduction to Western academic culture for visiting students from China and the opportunity for students in Canada to meet and work with these students. The course also offers students an opportunity to see public policy and public administration in action through visits to provincial government, municipal government, businesses, and local communities.

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JSGS 901 - Master's and PhD Research (U of R campus)

Students enrolled at the JSGS University of Regina campus and who are writing a Master's of Public Policy or a doctoral thesis must register for this course.

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JSGS 990 - Public Policy Seminar (USask campus)

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.

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JSGS 990 AB - Public Policy Seminar (U of R campus)

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.

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JSGS 994 - Master's Research (USask campus)

Students enrolled at the JSGS University of Saskatchewan campus and who are writing a Master's of Public Policy thesis must register for this course.

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JSGS 996 - PhD Research (USask campus)

Students enrolled at the JSGS University of Saskatchewan campus and who are writing a doctoral thesis must register for this course.

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NORD 806 - Northern Public Policy Analysis

Focuses on the analysis of the processes whereby public policies arise and are enacted in the northern regions of Canada and the Circumpolar North. The course applies the theories and models of policy making and decision making within the unique northern environment, and examines the role of its participants and interest groups.

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NORD 830 - Introduction to Graduate Academic Writing

This course introduces students to academic writing and the skills relevant to a research degree. Students will learn the form and function of key academic documents, such as a summary, research paper, and literature review, and about academic integrity and strategies for avoiding plagiarism.

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NORD 835 - Professional Communication

This course will introduce government and other professional communication relevant to the North. You will learn the form and function of key documents, such as the professional email and briefing note, as well as principles of oral communications in a professional environment. You will learn to analyze various components of communication strategy, including purpose, audience, context and style and learn to develop, edit and revise your own work. You will apply the communication concepts and skills you have learned in this course to prepare both your internship proposals and your final research reports.

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NORD 847 - Circumpolar Innovations and Entrepreneurship

This course looks at the manner in which scientific and technological innovation, or the commercialization of technology based products and services, is shaping the Circumpolar world.

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NORD 857 - Northern Resource Economics and Policy

Will explore the economic concepts related to the management of renewable and non-renewable resources in the northern world. Students will examine competing theories and learn to apply analytic models and policies that enhance their understanding of how resources are distributed and managed. This course will have a field school component that will involve international travel.

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NORD 870 - Applied Research Project

The goal of the Applied Research Project is for students to learn community based project development and knowledge discovery. The project topic is in relation to issues identified as important to the prosperity of the community and significant to northern governance and sustainable development. It is anticipated that as graduate learners, students will develop confidence, capacity, and skills in project management, inter-professional collaboration, leadership, critical analyses and knowledge mobilization.

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NORD 990: MGENIA Seminar Series

This seminar series provide an introduction to contemporary issues and research related to the governance and entrepreneurship in northern and Indigenous areas. All graduate students in the MGENIA program are required to register and attend regular seminars provided by academic, experts and traditional knowledge holders. The seminar series hosts the Northern Saskatchewan Field School.

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NORD 992: Project

Students are required to write a research paper of 10,000 to 12,000 words based on original research carried out within Northern and Aboriginal communities during the internship. The research paper is the final component of the program and is a requirement.

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