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MPP Courses

MPP Core & Elective Courses

MPP students study a core curriculum to give them a foundational knowledge in quantitative and qualitative analysis, governance, the policy process, comparative analysis, and policy implementation. The core curriculum also includes a summer internship in a professional environment.


2016-17 Academic Schedule
Fall 2016 – SPPG Schedule I 
Winter 2017 – SPPG Schedule

NEW Winter 2017 - SPPG Schedule

1st Year Core Courses

PPG1000H: Governance and Institutions
This course is intended to provide foundational knowledge of key governance structures and political institutions at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels in Canada.
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PPG1001H: The Policy Process
This core course in the MPP program aims to help students understand the connection between politics and public policy by making sense of the political environment in which policy decisions are made, and the political forces at work throughout the policy process.
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PPG1002H: Microeconomics for Policy Analysis
This is a course in microeconomic theory for students in the MPP programme at the School of Public Policy and Governance.
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PPG1003H: Macroeconomics for Policy Analysis
The purpose of this course is to give MPP students a non-technical and broad-based understanding of macroeconomics and the tools of macroeconomic policy analysis.
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PPG1004H: Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis
The central objective of this course is to equip students with the tools necessary to tackle issues that involve the empirical analysis of public policy problems of the sort they might encounter in a professional environment.
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PPG1005H: The Social Context of Policy-Making
This course examines the social and political context of policymaking – that is, how social and political institutions and actors shape policies, and why do policies end up looking the way they do (i.e., their intended or unintended social and political outcomes).
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PPG1007H: Putting Policy into Action: Strategic Implementation of Public Objectives
This is a foundational course in professional policy practice. It is interdisciplinary, drawing on key concepts from science, social science, business and public administration as well as the world of the policy practitioner.
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PPG1008H: Program Evaluation for Public Policy
This course will introduce students to both quantitative and qualitative methods in program evaluation for public policy.
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PPG2006Y: The PPG Internship
Students are required to complete a policy internship between the first and second year of study, or as otherwise tailored to meet the needs of the student and of the placement setting
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2nd Year Core Courses

PPG2001H: Integrating Seminar: Legal Analysis in Public Policy
Students can choose one of several legal integrating seminars on different subjects.
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PPG2002H: Integrating Seminar: Applied Economics
Students can chose from the following seminars on applied economics.
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PPG2003H: Integrating Seminar: Capstone Course: A Canadian Priorities Agenda: Process, Criteria, Choices   This course is intended to draw on the skills, analytic approaches, and policy knowledge that students have acquired over the course of the MPP program and to bring them to bear on the development of a coherent policy agenda for the current Canadian context.
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PPG2008H: Comparative Public Policy
This course is designed to expose MPP students to the scholarly literature on public policy across a wide range of countries.
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PPG2011H: Ethics and the Public Interest
Students are to select one of PPG2011H or PPG2022H. The PPG2011H course provides a range of frameworks, drawn from a variety of cultural perspectives, for analyzing and managing the complex ethical dilemmas that public officials confront.
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PPG2022H: Moral Foundations of Public Policy
Students are to select one of PPG2011H or PPG2022H.
The PPG 2022H course will provide an overview of the central normative problems and situate debates about values in the context of concrete questions about public policy.
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*Enrollment in Core PPG courses is not available for students outside of the MPP programme.

2nd Year Elective Courses

Students can pursue their specific policy interests through a selection of elective courses either at SPPG or through other departments at the University of Toronto.

PPG2010H: Panel Data Methods for Public Policy Analysis
The goal of this course is to introduce students to statistical methods for the analysis of panel large-scale data.
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PPG2012H: Achieving Policy Change from Outside Government
This course focuses on the role of interest groups and advocacy in the public policy process.
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PPG2013H: Public Opinion and Policy Making
The PPG2013H course, Public Opinion and Policy Making, will define features of a democratic government that it is responsive to public preferences or the “public will”.
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PPG2014H: The Role of Science in Public Policy
The course PPG2014 “The Role of Science in Public Policy,” bridges the gap between the many public policy decisions that are informed by science.
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PPG2015H: Policy Development
This course is designed to expose students to the public policy development process.
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PPG2016H: Public Policy for Children
This multidisciplinary course introduces students to some of the research that underlies government polices and initiatives, which will have substantial impacts on the way children grow up. The course objective is for students to gain an appreciation of the connection between research and policy.
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PPG2017H: Urban Policy
The goal of PPG2017H is to unravel the various policy challenges and possibilities created by our increasingly urban world.
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PPG2018H: The Role of Government
This course explores the complexity of current government policymaking in comparative perspective.
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PPG2020H: MPP Reading Course
Reading courses are available only to students who have the requisite preparation and only at the discretion of faculty members.
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PPG2021H: Priority Topics in Public Administration
The PPG2021H course focuses on the practice of public policy and public administration.
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LAW7030H (LAW281H1): Issues in Indigenous Law and Policy in Canada
A joint course of the Faculty of Law and School of Public Policy and Governance, LAW7030H will deal with selected issues in Indigenous law and policy in Canada.
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*SPPG’s Policy for Non-Departmental Enrollment in PPG Courses*
Non-departmental students may request enrollment in Elective PPG courses (not Core PPG courses).
If the elective course is not fully subscribed, enrollment requests may be submitted 4-weeks prior to the start of each term. Enrollment is at the discretion of the MPP Program Office and the course instructor. Once a non-departmental students has verified elective courses space availability, s/he may submit an SGS Add Drop Course Form listing the course(s) in which s/he would like to enroll by email public.policy@utoronto.ca.

NB: SPPG does NOT permit for either core or elective courses to be audited.