Curriculum

Students must complete three required courses (9 credit hours) and one skill-based elective for a total of 12 credit hours to earn the Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Governance. Courses are offered so that students can complete the certificate within a one calendar year starting in the Fall. Up to three credit hours or one course from another department or an accredited university may be transferred in with permission from the program director.

Required Courses (9 credit hrs across three courses)

The following courses have been designed to provide an integrated cumulative learning experience, using online and direct delivery modes:

PA 620A Collaborative Governance in Theory, Practice and Research (Fall online, 3 credit hours) Provides students with a foundation in collaborative governance: the underlying theories that support it; how it is practiced in various policy arenas; and the recent findings from research to improve its use. Students will critique the use of collaborative governance in different case studies, apply principles of practice to simulated contexts, and develop alternative collaborative approaches to hypothetical or contemporary governance challenges.

PA 622A Institutional Design and Learning for Collaborative Governance (Spring online, 3 credit hours) This course focuses on institutional design and learning in cross-boundary collaborative governance, in interagency, intergovernmental, cross-sector and civic engagement settings. We discuss a broad range of cases including economic development, human services, health care, education, environmental policy, biotechnology, and emergency planning.

PA 624A Collaborative Governance Tools (Spring online, 3 credit hours) Provides students with an introduction to the array of tools and technologies available to assist cross boundary governance and collaborative management. This includes such tools as project coordination, information sharing, knowledge management, visioning, public engagement, conflict management, collaborative GIS, participatory budgeting, decision support systems, and collaborative monitoring. Lead instructors will be introducing, coordinating and managing this course which includes presentations by national experts on and off campus.

Electives (3 credit hours)

In addition to the core courses, students must earn at least 3 additional credit hours, by enrolling in the intensive Collaborative Skill Building workshops, selected courses from the MPA program, or the Collaborative Governance Practicum (online).

PA 626 Collaborative Skill Building (Fall 3 credit hours; 3 intensive workshops weekend workshops; offered in alternate years). This course provides hands-on experience and skill building for collaborative governance. The sequence of three workshops provide opportunities to practice facilitation, collaborative leadership, conflict management, and multi-party negotiation through interactive exercises and assignments including role playing, fish bowl demonstrations, and simulations. For those taking the online courses, these workshops will build relationships among each year’s cohort and provide needed real time feedback between the instructor and the students.

PA 507 Conflict Management in the Public Sector (3 credit hours, classroom course; offered in alternate years) This graduate course provides students with knowledge and skills to manage conflicts within their organization or agency, with contractors and client populations, and with organized stakeholders and the public at large. The course addresses the nature of professional conflicts and public disputes and the range of traditional and innovative methods for managing disputes, from coercion to litigation, arbitration, negotiation, facilitation, mediation, joint fact finding, multi-party negotiation and collaborative public engagement. Students will explore their own conflict styles and capacities and build skills in negotiation and conflict management in their roles as employees, administrators and public servants. They will also learn how to be more effective as leaders, advocates and participants in public disputes.

PA  582 - Managing to Collaborate on Environmental and Natural Resources Conflicts (Spring, 3 credit hours, classroom course) This course focuses on how to manage collaboration in highly controversial environmental and natural resource conflicts. The course will draw on cases from texts and articles as well as focus on several disputes that have occurred or are ongoing in the American Southwest. The primary goal is to help participants become better consumers and producers of collaborative processes and tools and to encourage thoughtful critique, analysis and evaluation.

Collaborative Governance Practicum (Flexible semester independent study, online, 3 credit hours)This course provides an online practicum and clinic for students to address real time issues they are confronting in their workplace or community. Students will develop and present an applied project by the end of the final semester. Online consultation will be provided by the instructor to address collaborative governance diagnostics for design, development, process management, and evaluation. Group discussions for sharing common themes will be managed and confidential chat rooms and video skype interface will be provided.