Module Description Core Modules:
MPP701: Governance and Policy Process (Core) (20 CATS Credits)
This module facilitates the students’ understanding of the theories of governance and public policy process as a critical step to analyze policies in the current context of globalization and governance. The aim of the module is to offer students the knowledge of key issues and processes in public policy to enable them to appreciate how globalization, technology, innovation, and other emerging challenges impact the various phases of policy making as well as policy implementation and evaluation. Through local and international case studies, the module also provides a comparative perspective of different public policy paradigms in the contemporary world with a special reference to the UAE and MENA region. This module also explores the institutions and processes in public policy making, implementation and evaluation and how leadership plays a catalyst role in policy change and policy adaption. Finally, it examines how future governments will adopt smart policies to shape the social, economic and environmental growth and sustainability in the UAE and Arab region.
MPP702: Research Methods for Public Policy Analysis (Core) (20 CATS Credits)
This module is designed to give students an understanding of the qualitative and quantitative research methods needed for public policy analysis. Module topics include research design (this includes defining research problems, formulating research questions and reviewing literature), research strategy; methods and data collection tools. Students will be introduced with a wide range of qualitative tools such as case studies, grounded theory and action research as well as quantitative tools moving from descriptive statistics to regression analysis. The module will enhance students’ skill in evaluating published research and learn how to use different research methods in their own research and studies in order to grasp and analyze issues related to public administration and public policy; including the evaluation of policy alternatives. They will learn to formulate research questions, design surveys, systematically conduct research and operationalize variables.
MPP703: Public Economic and Finance (Core) (20 CATS Credits)
This module examines the economic foundations of policy analysis and fiscal administration by introducing basic microeconomic principles and tools required to understand the role of government in the economy. It explores the rationale for government intervention, the goals of intervention (achieving allocative efficiency, redistribution and stabilization), and the prospect of government failure in making such interventions succeed. More specifically, the module provides an overview of the assumptions of perfect competition and considers a variety of situations in which the ideal of a perfect market breaks down, including the cases of public goods, externalities, market power, natural monopolies and asymmetric information. It uses actual policy problems to demonstrate applications of the theoretical framework to areas of education, health, environment, social security and others. It also provides an overview of public sector budgeting and other methods for financial management, regulation and control drawing on contemporary public finance issues. It also provides an overview of regulatory economics and reviews the recent research on implications of behavioral economics for public policy making.
MPP704: Microeconomics of Competitiveness (Core) (20 CATS Credits)
The module is concerned with the determinants of competitiveness and economic development viewed from a bottom up, microeconomic perspective. While sound macroeconomic policies, stable legal and political systems, and the accumulation of factors of production affect the potential for competitiveness, wealth is created at the microeconomic level. The strategies of firms, the vitality of clusters, and quality of the business environment in which competition takes place are what ultimately determines a nation’s or region’s productivity and wealth. The content covers both developing and advanced economies. The focus is on emerging, transition and advanced countries where microeconomic agendas are critical to sustained success. Furthermore, the module addresses competitiveness at the level of nations, states or cities within nations, clusters, and groups of neighboring countries. A major theme of the module is that competitiveness and economic development is affected by policies at all these levels. The module is also concerned with government policy but also with the roles of business, universities, and other institutions in competitiveness. In modern international competition, the roles of the constituencies have shifted and expanded, and the traditional separation between them works against successful economic development. Also, the ability to mount and sustain a competitiveness strategy for a nation or region is a daunting challenge. The module explores not only theory and policy, but also the nature of the organizational structure and institutions for sustained improvements in competitiveness. In addition to both macro and micro policy choices, the module underlines the role of history, i.e. the legacy of nations (such as language, culture and general institutions), and geography, i.e. the regional circumstances (such as the level of development among neighboring nations and the intensity in regional interaction).
MPP719: The Political Economy of Science Policy (MPP with Science and Technology specialization) (20 CATS Credits)
This module focuses on policy issues concerning the organization, funding and performance of research systems. These issues are at the heart of science and technology policy. They are also highly topical and international in scope. The module will encourage a greater depth of analysis and independent study by students of current theories, policies and practices in key areas of research policy. Investment in new production facilities is one of the main ways industry applies new technology. The economic, social and environmental consequences of industrial expansion depend heavily on how firms manage the technological aspects of investment projects. The concepts of Cyber security and Energy security are additionally developed within the module. Topics to be covered include: changing rationales for the public funding of research; the US research system; the European research system; the Chinese research system; systems of research assessment; science and research indicators & metrics; foresight methods and tools; science diplomacy; responsible research and innovation; and the governance of emerging technologies.
MPP720: Science, Technology and Innovation: Markets, Firms and Policies (MPP with Science and Technology specialization) (20 CATS Credits)
Technical change has radically altered economic development in the industrialized world and it has become ever more important to understand the sources, nature and consequences of innovation. This module provides students a broad range of innovation management, technology policy and related issues. Themed discussions will include: innovation management in science and technology, managing intellectual property rights, information and communication technology and service innovations, environmental management, and innovation in large complex systems. Governments that support research need to design policies for what science will become, not for what it once was. Companies managing international research laboratories need to foster scientific networks and effective communication. The realities and complexities of knowledge production lie behind the processes and structure of almost all scientific and technological institutions.
MPP901: Dissertation (60 CATS Credits)
The Dissertation in Public Policy is designed to enable MBRSG Master’s candidates to integrate, apply and extend the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout their program. The subject matter for the dissertation should also be based upon skills and concepts acquired during the taught part of the program. However, in order to satisfy the requirements for a Masters level dissertation, it will be necessary for the candidate to develop, enhance and apply these concepts through demonstration of independent research skills beyond the level achieved in prior coursework. To this end, candidates will conduct substantive original research on a strategic management, innovation management or service innovation issue of importance to the region. The outcome will be the development and presentation of the research results and recommendations that can inform innovation management in the UAE and beyond.