MPA Program Description

MASTER’s in PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION – MPA PROGRAM

 

OBJECTIVES

 


Objectives & Acceptance:
the program focuses on advanced public management knowledge and skills, as well as on the development of a modern legal and regulatory environment in public institutions and projects. MPA is offered to university graduates with a minimum of 4 years of studies in fields such as law, political sciences, public administration, or equivalent. Experience and involvement in the public sector are appreciated.

 

PROGRAM RULES

 

Duration: program duration is 2 years. Courses are offered either in morning or in late afternoon-evening sessions depending on availability and on student preference.
Language of studies: courses are conducted in English and Arabic (candidates with languages deficiencies are to take remedial courses).

 

 Graduation: to be eligible for the Master’s degree (program conducted with the French state University of Nimes; degree: French state degree of Master's in Law & Public Administration issued by the universities of Nimes and Paul Cézanne of Aix-Marseille 3), a student must complete all educational requirements during a minimum of 4 semesters. He must have passed all courses and achieved a minimum cumulative average of 10 over 20. Before graduation, 20 weeks of internship must have been completed. An Individual Research must be submitted, discussed and accepted.
Tuition: the yearly Global Tuition for the Master's 2010-2011 1st year is 5,550 US$. It covers the first year of the program, e-services fees, lab fees, and regular exams. Other services are subject to separate fees listed in the Student Booklet. Tuition is payable quarterly or monthly.
Detailed rules & regulations are found in the Student Booklet
Majors, programs and course descriptions are available on www.lfu-bmu.net


PROGRAM COURSES

 

1st year: Administrative Procedures; Law & Taxation Techniques;  Economic Public Law; Urban Law; Penal Procedure; International Private Law; Political & Social Economics; Law of Public Contracts; Constitutional Disputes; Environment Law;  Labor Markets; Economic & Social Development Management; Personal Project

 

2nd year: Decentralization Laws; Local Finance & Taxation; Elements of Public Management; Communication Methodology & Techniques; Territorial Public Function; Public Domains; Public Planning & Protection; Cultural Development; Public Contracts & Delegations; Legal Responsibility in Public Management; Urban Planning & Development; Local Administration; Local Economic Development; Human Resources Management; Territorial Interactions; Contracts Drafting & Legality Control; Financial Management & Budgeting; Internship and Research

 



MPA 1st Year courses summary outline

 

1st semester

 

Administrative Procedures: Definition, sources, evolution of the public sector role. Various administrative reforms. Hierarchy of public servants, their designation, recruitment, rights and obligations, salaries. Public acts and contracts, public institutions liability, public judicial system. Litigation procedures involving various public institutions and private individuals/institutions
Taxation Law and Techniques: Major topics include the fiscal and social purposes of taxation, the choice of tax basis, and the identity of the taxpayer, timing issues, territorial versus worldwide taxation, and administrative issues (including the legislative process, tax enforcement, and tax ethics). Major international agreements regarding taxation are reviewed. Bilateral state agreements dealing with double standard in tax payments, tax free countries, tax protection barriers. Methodology of policy formulation. National and public accounting principles and applications
Economic Public Law: Economics is a public policy science that organizes the economic activity. Laws or economic Acts issued by governments dictate economic policies. Study of its role in controlling inflation, unemployment and foreign trade issues will be conducted
Urban Law: Urban public planning and Protection. Evolution and trends. Laws and judicial processes governing urban planning. Managing local communities, preserving their interests and enacting laws to protect their consumers. Scope and importance of social planning laws and their impact on towns’ planning process. Modernizing urban planning concepts and laws

 

Penal Procedure: Review of various relevant penal/criminal laws. Foundations and theories. General principles. Extensions and application to the public and administrative systems. Major penal procedure systems. International systems: how the international community fights international crime. Aggression, war, genocide are defined and analyzed. International special tribunals dealing with these crimes and their functioning are described

 

International Private Law: Judicial relations beyond the limits of nations. Therefore the need to identify applicable laws and competent courts in case of private individual disputes. International private law deals with these issues. Also, IPL deals with citizenship and immigration issues
Political & Social Economics: Review of political ideas from the end of the 17th century till the 20th century. The course stresses on the understanding of liberalism, counter-revolutionary reactions, positivism and social nationalism. Emphasis is put on how political ideas affect political regimes and lead to the construction of policies and politics. Deals with innovation in economics and studies the relationships between innovation and invention, techniques and technology. Furthermore, the course shows how industrial economy responds to these concepts within an economic cycle. In depth view is taken into industrial and commercial conglomerates and their limitations to competition.

2nd semester

 

Law of Public Contracts: Rules governing public contracts, persons contracting, conditions, extinction, and competent courts. Some of these contracts will be reviewed and discussed. Also will be discussed the unilateral right of the administration to modify the terms of the contract, the theory of financial balance, the theory of non-execution exception, public contracts attribution procedures. Specificity of laws and conditions pertaining to public contracts. Government tenders, public works conventions’ rules and forms. Liability of the administration when dealing with private contractors
Constitutional Disputes: Review of various models of state organizations and natures. Systems of control of the constitutionality of laws. Influence of the American and European systems. Applications of constitutional disputes in the context of administrative actions. The jurisdiction of the constitutional court and its role regarding issues such electoral and parliamentary law, political parties’ law, conflicts between various constitutional bodies

 

Environment Law: This course studies the importance of environmental laws in the management of rural and urban municipalities. Global policy measures regarding biological agriculture, protection of parks and public spaces, pollution and the management of the quality of air and water, etc. Are issues dealt with by environmental laws

 

Labor Markets: The course highlights the importance of manpower within public and private companies. Labor laws and trends. Issues such as jobs allocation among workers, determination of pay rates. Labor market segmentation and sub-groups. Functioning of these markets and the interaction of workers. Labor disputes. Unions and legal issues. Jobs definition and description, job markets, selection and recruitment, training and planning plans. Special employment contracts
Economic & Social Development Management: Surveys the history of social and economic development from the perspective of the governance structures created to organize and control economic activity, emphasizing the changing regulatory roles of public and private institutions.

MPA 2nd Year courses summary outline

 

1st semester

 

Decentralization Laws: Constitutional and legal ways to give citizens more power in public decision-making. Legal and constitutional framework, government system shaping (federal, unitary, …). Budgeting issues pertaining to decentralization: central, federal and local expenditures
Local Finance and Taxation: An overview of local private and corporate taxes, calculation principles, VAT, income taxes, is given in this course. Applications in national and public accounting
Elements of Public Management: Public management systems and methods applied by government officials to public and private sector projects. Appropriate tools to maximize the efficiency of governments in managing public and private domains

 

Communication Methodology & Techniques: How local policymakers can benefit from new communication techniques in order to improve effectiveness. Overview of various methods. Cases on some specific tools of public communication

 

Territorial Public Function: Identification of public issues like public health, public works, defence, etc. and implementation processes of specifically designed policies

 

Public Domains: Land owned and controlled by the state or federal government. How governments can dispose of public domains, or increase their properties. This course will also deal with public property in terms of intellectual property, copyrights and trademarks

 

Public Planning & Protection: How to ensure public safety when faced with major natural disasters, such as earthquake, epidemics, fire. Other issues such as street parking, environmental nuisances, and buildings ‘renovation, etc. are underlined in this course
Public Contracts & Delegations: Specificity of laws and conditions pertaining to public contracts. Government tenders, public works conventions’ rules and forms. Liability of the administration when dealing with private contractors is detailed

 

Cultural Development: Steps public authorities can take in developing their communities’ cultural knowledge, such as museums, exhibits, fairs, concerts, etc.

 

Legal Responsibility in Public Management: Legal responsibility in public management and sanctions facing a public organism or government

 

Urban Planning & Development: Advanced urban planning models developed and their implications in terms of laws and managerial systems.

 


2nd semester

 

Local Administration: Local versus central administration. Various levels of public management. Local administration organs and civil servants

 

Local Economic Development: Measures aimed at building up the economic capacity of a local area and improve its future. Interaction between the public and private sectors to create economic and employment growth

 

Human Resources Management: The course highlights the importance of manpower within public and private companies. Jobs definition and description, job markets, selection and recruitment, training and planning are the various issues discussed in HR management
Territorial Interactions: Study of territorial interactions between local public authorities and laws regulating these public activities. Territorial aggression, population density and levels of interaction
Contracts Drafting & Legality Control: Effective public contracts drafting tips and pitfalls. Disputes arising from issues such as price, procurement,…. Authority dealing with their legality
Financial Management & Budgeting: Preparation of financial reports, direct investments, ... Preparation of annual & long-term public budgets. Budgeting/planning strategies & implementation.

Additional courses

 

History of Political Ideas: Review of political ideas from the end of the 17th century till the 20th century. The course stresses on the understanding of liberalism, counter-revolutionary reactions, positivism and social-nationalism. Emphasis is put on how political ideas affect political regimes and lead to the construction of policies and politics

 

International Relations & Organizations: Review of the development of international relations from 1918 till today. History, role and operation of international organizations, with some focus on the UN and its various agencies

 

Comparative Law in Fundamental Human Rights: A comparison between European, North American and Anglo-Saxon laws and their model of protection of fundamental human rights is done in this course. It mostly aims at underlining the analogy in these models, especially in proclaiming these human rights as universal rights.

 

 

LFU NIMES Master's in Law & Public Administration

 

Codes

 

LFU

 

Nimes

 

Courses

 

 

Hours

 

 

 

Credits

 

   

 

 

1st YEAR

 

       

 

 

L.ADP.401

 

1

 

4

 

Administrative Procedures

 

 

25

 

L.TAX.401

 

1

 

4

 

Law & Taxation Techniques

 

 

25

 

L.EPL.401

 

1

 

4

 

Economic Public Law

 

 

25

 

L.URL.401

 

1

 

4

 

Urban Law

 

 

25

 

L.PEN.401

 

1

 

4

 

Penal Procedure

 

 

25

 

L.IPL.401

 

1

 

4

 

International Private Law

 

 

25

 

L.PSE.401

 

1

 

4

 

Political & Social Economics

 

 

25

 

L.LPC.401

 

1

 

4

 

Law of Public Contracts

 

 

25

 

L.CSD.401

 

1

 

4

 

Constitutional Disputes

 

 

25

 

L.ENV.401

 

1

 

4

 

Environment Law

 

 

25

 

L.LAB.401

 

1

 

4

 

Labor Markets

 

 

25

 

L.ESD.401

 

1

 

4

 

Economic & Social Development Management

 

 

25

 

L.PRJ.401

 

8

 

12

 

Personal Project

 

 

25

 

 

 

20

 

60

 

   

325

 

2nd YEAR

 

       

 

 

L.DEC.501

 

1

 

3

 

Decentralization Laws

 

 

25

 

L.LFT.501

 

1

 

3

 

Local Finance & Taxation

 

 

25

 

L.EPM.501

 

1

 

3

 

Elements of Public Management

 

 

25

 

L.TPF.501

 

1

 

3

 

Territorial Public Function

 

 

25

 

L.PDP.501

 

1

 

3

 

Public Domains, Public Planning & Protection

 

 

25

 

L.PCD.501

 

1

 

3

 

Public Contracts & Delegations

 

 

25

 

L.RPM.501

 

1

 

3

 

Legal Responsibility in Public Management

 

 

25

 

L.UPD.501

 

1

 

3

 

Urban Planning & Development

 

 

25

 

L.AED.501

 

1

 

3

 

Local Administration & Local Economic Development

 

 

25

 

L.TRI.501

 

1

 

3

 

Territorial Interactions

 

 

25

 

L.CDL.501

 

1

 

3

 

Contracts Drafting & Legality Control

 

 

25

 

F.FMB.501

 

1

 

3

 

Financial Management & Budgeting

 

 

25

 

B.HRP.501

 

1

 

3

 

Human Resources Management

 

 

25

 

C.COM.501

 

1

 

3

 

Communication Methodology & Techniques

 

 

25

 

C.CLT.501

 

1

 

3

 

Cultural Development

 

 

25

 

L.PRJ.501

 

15

 

15

 

Internship and Research

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

 

60

 

   

375

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

50

 

120

 

 

 

 

 

700

 



 

   
 
 
 
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