Curriculum

The MPPGA professional program uses a mix of real-world case studies, field-based experiences and workshops to help you refine your skills across the policy lifecycle, from design and analysis through to implementation and evaluation.

Core classes build fundamental knowledge and policy skills, a choice of three streams lets you focus your learning, and the Global Policy Project gives you the opportunity to apply your skills in the real world.

MPPGA professors draw on a range of learning methods from multiple disciplines, including lectures, seminars, case studies, field-based experiences and professional skills workshops. Expect to engage in simulations, take part in team problem-solving exercises, and interact directly with policy makers, clients and stakeholders.

Important

Not all stream courses are offered every year.

The MPPGA program has completed a curriculum review and will be making updates to its required courses. The anticipated implementation date for these updates is September 2020. The changes are currently pending UBC Senate approval and will be published once available. The details below reflect the current curriculum.


Core Courses

 

Required Courses

  • GPP 501 Microeconomic Analysis for Public Policy (3 credits)
  • GPP 502 International Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • GPP 503 Measurement and Data Analysis for Policy (3 credits)
  • GPP 504 Policy Analysis and Evaluation (3 credits)
  • GPP 505 Domestic and Global Policy Process (3 credits)
  • GPP 506 Public Management (3 credits)
  • GPP 508 Policy in Context (3 credits)
  • GPP 509 Communicating Policy (3 credits)

Core Course (Year 1 and Year 2)


Stream One: Development And Social Change

If you aspire to drive positive change through government or a non-profit organization, this stream is for you. Your courses will provide a framework and tools for understanding economic and social change in Asia and other parts of the developing world, with emphasis on human security, poverty and gender.

All Stream One students are strongly encouraged to complete GPP 520. Program curriculum and courses are subject to change. Some courses may be not offered by the MPPGA Program at any given time.

Courses

  • GPP 520 Economics of Poverty (3 credits)
  • GPP 521 Development and Institutions (3 credits)
  • GPP 522 Development Discourses and Practices (3 credits)
  • GPP 523 Economic Change and Reforms in Asia (3 credits)
  • GPP 524 Legal Change and Sustainability Challenges in Asia (3 credits)
  • GPP 525 Social Policy Responses to Rapid Development (3 credits)
  • GPP 526 Challenges of Urbanization (3 credits)
  • GPP 527 Corporate Social Responsibility and the Public Interest (3 credits)


Stream Two: Resources, Energy And Sustainability

If you want to engage stakeholders as sustainability leaders and influence change in the environmental sphere, choose this stream. Bridging natural and social sciences, your courses will introduce powerful approaches and tools for analyzing complex policy challenges and communicating innovative policy solutions related to climate change, renewable energy, food security and more.

All Stream Two students must complete GPP 507. Students are strongly encouraged to complete GPP 540. Program curriculum and courses are subject to change. Some courses may be not offered by the MPPGA Program at any given time.

Courses

  • GPP 507: Environmental Law and Policy Frameworks (3 credits)
  • GPP 540 Tools and Techniques for Sustainability Assessment (3 credits)
  • GPP 541 Policy Dimensions of Energy Systems (3 credits)
  • GPP 542 Science, Technology and Public Policy (3 credits)
  • GPP 543 Sustainable Water Systems (3 credits)
  • GPP 544 Economic Foundations of Environmental Policies (3 credits)
  • GPP 545 Ecology for Policy (3 credits)


Stream Three: Global Governance And Security

If you are fascinated by foreign policy, or want to influence governance and security measures across sectors and borders, consider this stream. Your courses will take a closer look at key policy challenges related to global economic governance, Asia Pacific security, human rights, human migration and human security.

All Stream Three students are strongly encouraged to complete GPP 560. Program curriculum and courses are subject to change. Some courses may be not offered by the MPPGA Program at any given time.

Courses

  • GPP 560 Global Governance: Frameworks and Policy Debates (3 credits)
  • GPP 561 Impact of Globalization on Societies (3 credits)
  • GPP 562 Resource Governance, Environment and Human Security (3 credits)
  • GPP 563 Asia Pacific Human Migration and Social Change (3 credits)
  • GPP 564 Security Challenges for Asian States and People (3 credits)
  • GPP 565 Nationalism, Religion and Ethnic Conflict in Asia (3 credits)
  • GPP 566 Asia Diplomacy and International Relations (3 credits)
  • GPP 567 Human Rights and Justice (3 credits)


Other Courses

Students in any stream may take these classes to meet their graduation requirements. Program curriculum and courses are subject to change. Some courses may be not offered by the MPPGA Program at any given time.

Courses

  • GPP 580 Internet and Global Affairs (3 credits)
  • GPP 581 Behavioural Foundations for Public Policy (3 credits)
  • GPP 582 Public Engagement in Policy Decisions (3 credits)
  • GPP 583 Food Security (3 credits)
  • GPP 584 Policy Responses to Global Climate Change (3 credits)
  • GPP 591 Special Topics in Public Policy


Sample Course Schedule

Year One

All classes are required. Each course is 12 weeks in length and worth 3 credits.

Term One (September to December)

  • GPP 501: Microeconomic Analysis for Public Policy
  • GPP 503: Measurement and Data Analysis for Policy
  • GPP 506: Public Management
  • GPP 509: Communicating Policy

Term Two (January to April)

  • GPP 502: International Macroeconomics
  • GPP 504: Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  • GPP 505: Domestic and Global Policy Process
  • GPP 508 Policy in Context (3 credits)

Year Two

Each elective course is 6 or 12 weeks in length and worth 3 credits.

Term One (September to December)

  • 3 electives from your chosen stream

Term Two (January to April)

  • 1 elective from your chosen stream + 1 elective from outside the MPPGA program (subject to approval)

Year One & Two: Global Policy Project

In place of a thesis, you will participate in a Global Policy Project (GPP 590), also known as GP2. This is your chance to apply your creative thinking and strategic design skills in the field and develop innovative policy solutions for a real-world client.


Graduation Requirements

To earn the MPPGA degree, you must successfully complete:

  • Eight core courses totalling 24 credits
  • Five elective courses totalling 15 credits
  • A Global Policy Project worth 6 credits