Core Course

Undergraduate Program


  • Undergraduate (B.A. in Public Policy and Management)

The core mission of the undergraduate program is to advance students’ abilities to independent thinking, critical analysis, and teamwork in the dynamic society. Students receive knowledge and training from both the academia and practitioner’s world. The freshman and sophomore year courses intend to set the foundation for the discipline of public policy and management. Starting the junior year, students are able to extend their learning according to their future career plan. For those who are interested in the practice of policy and management have the opportunities to intern in the public or NGO/NPO sectors; those interested in the academia are referred to faculty research projects for further understanding in the field.

Administration & Society (B)
Introduces the Administration field development stage and its primary connotation. Lead students to understand administrational organization and how it operates. The course contains administration operation, public government, comparative administration, public management and administration skills, financial administration and personnel administration.


Administrative Ethics (B)
Covers the subject of administrative ethics from theory to practice, with the goal of strengthening students’ ability to (1) understand in an enlightened manner important ethical concepts, theories, and discourses; (2) contemplate how issues and roles are practically related and connected to ethics in one’s public and professional life; and (3) ultimately develop and acquire skills in applying ethics decision models.


Administrative Information Management (B)
Aims to equip the students with MIS (management information systems) knowledge and skills relevant for the disciplines of public administration and policy. The teacher collects and introduces a lot of famous domestic and oversea websites to help students have deeper understanding about these obvious mistakes that often happened in the field.


Administrative Law (B)
Deals with fundamental theories and principles that comprise the outline of administrative law, thereby familiarizing students with the basic concepts underlying the legal institutions behind the administrative law. Emphases are placed on Administrative Procedure Act, Administrative remedy, and its related statutes governing, among other things, petition, litigation, and rule-making.


Introduction to Public Policy (B)
Includes: (1) the theoretical framework of how policy are made, implemented, and evaluated, with a focus on agenda setting; (2) the contents and developments of the important and salient policies in Taiwan; and (3) the perceptions and opinions on these policies by the general public and the elite.


Modern Examination and Civil Service System (B)
Emphasizes on exposing and orienting students to the content and operation of civil service system currently practiced in our nation.


Policy Analysis (B)
Cover with the complexities of policy analysis. It provides an introduction to the fundamental theories, concepts, and methodologies associated with policy analysis, and an introduction to the procedures used in conducting policy analysis.


Policy Implementation and Evaluation (B)
Includes theories and applications of policy implementation and evaluation. The contents of this course include: top-down vs. bottom-up policy implementation, policy network, policy tools, types of policy evaluation, impact evaluation and qualitative evaluation.


Public Budgeting & Financial Management (B)
Provides a chance to the students to familiar the nature and process of public budgeting, as well as the knowledge and skills of financial management of governments. The main contexts of this course are composed of by two parts. One is about public budgeting theories, institutions and practices. The other is about financial management aspects and techniques.


Public Personnel Systems in Other Countries (B)
Discusses civil service and the policy of civil service management in five countries, including the United Kingdoms, the United States, Germany, France and Japan. Special focus is placed on the ecological analysis, the elaboration and assessment of different systems.


Public Management (B)
Covers three parts. The first part deals with public management systems. The second part focuses on the governance logic of public management. The third part covers several sub-systems of public management: public sector design, strategy formation, accountability system, resource distribution system, value and culture.

Graduate ProgramI. Master Level


  • Master (M.A. in Public Policy and Management)

The training of master students emphasizes not only the fundamental knowledge on public policy and management, but also on the practice of analytical skills and critical thinking. Students have the opportunities to tutor the undergraduate courses based on their academic training. In addition, students and their advisors are able to establish the apprenticeship through assisting in research projects and the process of thesis research and writing. The interdisciplinary course design intends to develop the future managers and leaders in the field.

  • Master in Public Administration (MPA)

MPA students are mainly practitioners from the public or NGO/NPO sectors. The course design extends students’ professional skills and network. Many of the MPA course instructors are seasoned practitioners so real world cases discussions are encouraged in the class. The course discussions inspire students’ dynamic learning and thinking on case solutions. MPA students are prepared to initiate advanced ideas and solve more complex social issues at different levels of government and sectors.

National Integrity System Seminar (M)
Offers an analytical framework to help students understand what national integrity system is and then talk about the elements of good governance. Also, this course will discuss about the rules and practice of good governance and strengthen students understanding to this subject.


Public Relations of Government and Policy Marketing Seminar (M)
Covers the professionals in government to understand the theoretical and practical problems of public relations of government and policy marketing.


Public Economics (M)
Serves two purposes. One is to introduce basic microeconomics to provide an analysis framework for public policy. The other is to introduce public economics to explore governmental roles and functions, government revenue and expenditure, as well as related problems of public finance.


Seminar in Political Economy (M)
Emphasizes on the introduction and application of economic concepts, rather than the reasoning of econometrics. The audience is non-economic master students. The course design covers the literature exploring the government institutions and the outcomes of decision behavior through economic approaches over the past decades.


Seminar on Cost-Benefit Analysis (M)
Deals with fostering an understanding of how cost-benefit analysis is practiced in the public sector and an appreciation of its strengths and weaknesses as an analytical approach. The course is designed to offer students ample opportunities to apply the techniques of cost-benefit analysis to exercises and case studies in a number of public policy areas.


Seminar on Public Affairs Management (M)
Emphasizes on issue management and political strategy. To be featured are five major sections: (1) definitions of public affairs management, related concepts, and its evolution; (2) basic contexts of public affairs management; (3) designing and choosing public affairs systems (or functions); (4) choosing and using public affairs strategies and tactics; and (5) evaluation of public affairs management efficacy.


Seminar in Public Budgeting & Financial Management (M)
Aims to understand theories and practices of government budgeting and financial management. The contents of this course include budget preparation, approval, implementation, audit, and entrepreneurial budgeting, budget deficit and budget reform.


The Special Topic of E-Government (M)
Introduces basic techniques, managerial concepts of information management, and other relevant topics that government used information technology, including the role of government and the rules of network society, transparency of governmental information, network information city, etc.


The Special Topic of Network and Regional Governance (M)
Deals with the viewpoint of organizational economics and game theory. Discuss the problems that derived from the relationship of cooperation, coordination and network in the organizations, and provide some feasible solutions.



Graduate ProgramII. Doctoral Level


  • Doctorate (Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management)

Doctorate students are trained to reach high level analytical and logical thinking and writing skills. Students who intend to be in the academia have plenty opportunities to become undergraduate lecturers, teaching or research assistants. Students who are current practitioners are able to connect theories and methods to research and practice. Academic activities, such as conference and forum, on international exchange are encouraged to excel academic learning.

Advanced Seminar in the Intellectual Developments of Public Administration (D)
Covers the intellectual developments of public administration and refine their abilities to identify, analyze, interpret, criticize and evaluate the literature in this field. This course covers various theoretical frameworks, classic publications and research results of public administration. After completing this course, students are expected to be able to make intellectual conversation and to conduct academic research on various topics under the domain of public administration. They should also be well prepared to teach courses relevant to public administration.


Advanced Seminar in the Intellectual Developments of Public Economics (D)
Concerns the understanding of public economics and finance. The topics include market failure, public choice, collective action, public goods, externalities, principal-agent theories, cost-benefit analysis, taxation theories, budget deficit and public debt.


Advanced Seminar in the Intellectual Developments of Public Management (D)
Covers seven primary themes: notes on the design of organization and management; bureaucracies and bureaucratic failure; systems approach to organizational design; adhocracy and project management; administrative behavior and the functions of the executive; the new citizenship governance; modernism, postmodernism and organization.


Advanced Seminar in the Intellectual Developments of Public Policy (D)
Explores the intellectual foundations and history of public policy. It is also designed to understand the theories and applications of public policy. The course will be divided into six main topics: 1) the definition of public policy; 2) the paradigm of public policy; 3) the approaches to studying public policy; 4) public policy and policy analysis; 5) policy issues discussion; 6) contemporary and future public policy.