MPPG Courses

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- Degree awarded by: North-South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh;

- 4 semesters (6 months/each) or 2 years of study (full time);

- Spring Semester: January – June, and Fall Semester: August – December;

- Medium of instruction is English;

- 9 courses (7 compulsory and 2 elective courses) comprising 27 credits;

- 3 courses in each semester and each course of 3 credits, i.e. 9 credits per semester;

- The 4th semester is fully dedicated to MPPG thesis writing which equals to 9 credits.

- Total 36 credits for the MPPG degree;

- Reading materials for each course comprise about 600-650 pages compendium.


Allocation of Courses in Semesters

Semester 1 (Spring)

First Year

1. PPG 501: Theories and Approaches of Public Administration

2. PPG 505: Organization Theory and Behaviour

3. PPG 515: Public Policy Analysis

4. PPG 575: English Writing (non-credit Compulsory Course)

Semester 2 (Fall)

5. PPG 510: Research Methodology

6. PPG 520: Contemporary Issues in Governance & Public Management

7. PPG 525: Development Management

-   Field Visit at BARD, Kotbari, Commilla

Semester 3 (Spring)

Second Year

8.  PPG 565: Research Design Seminar

9.  Elective Course

10. Elective Course

-      Exposure Visit to an Asian country (at the end of Semester)

Semester 4 (Fall)
11. PPG 555: MPPG Thesis


List of Elective Courses:

 PPG 530: NGOs, Civil Society and Private Sector

PPG 535: Theories and Process of Accountability

PPG 540: Globalization and International Organizations

PPG 545: Public Sector Financial Management

PPG 550: Fundamentals of Economics

PPG 570: Gender and Governance




1. Course Title: Theories and Approaches of Public Administration

Credits: 3

Course Category: Compulsory Course

Course Number: PPG 501


The objective of the course is to provide conceptual and theoretical understanding of Public Administration as discipline and practice, provide an overview of the different models to analyze the administrative and managerial behavior of the public bureaucracy in the developing and developed countries in the light of institutional processes and administrative culture, develop analytical skills and approaches to understand dynamics of public administration system and practice.



Theoretical models and approaches of public administration, different paradigms of public administration, emergence of NPM and market driven models in public sector, public private partnership, decentralization and deregulation, down-sizing of government, improvement of service delivery, performance management, capacity building in the public sector.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students would be able to:

-       understand the theoretical models and approaches of Public Administration and how the public sector operates in an increasingly globalised world

-       develop skills for effective management of organizations

-       Learn how to collaborate with other institutions/ organizations to implement policies and deliver better services to citizens


2. Course Title: Organization Theory and Behavior

Credits: 3

Course Category: Compulsory Course

Course Number: PPG 505



The course reviews and discusses central positions and perspectives in organizational theory and behavioral approaches to management and institutional analysis. The major aim of the course is to help the students to understand and analyze individual and organizational behavior in social and organizational contexts. It does so by emphasizing the broad approaches to the subject matter, and inventories of relevant organizational, institutional and behavioral theories. The central questions it asks are: What are the managerial and behavioral aspects of policy / decision making, planning and institutional design? How behavior and culture interlinked with management practices? The goal is to develop analytical and critical skills among the students, so that they can evaluate theories, models, methods, and critically identify problems and areas for further research.


Model and approaches of organizational and administrative behavior; theories of organization and administrative culture; dimensions of culture across nations, role of leadership in management culture, interpersonal relationships and team building within and across organizations; organizational negotiation; managing change in organization, nature of Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Sri Lankan and South East Asian styles of management and organization culture.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

-       Provide an overview of concepts and models of organizational behavior and administrative culture;

-       Critically examine the influence of national culture on governance of different countries;

-       Explain the role of leadership and team building in organizational performance;

-       Develop practical techniques and skills related to organizational change and negotiation.


3. Course Title: Research Methodology

Credits: 3

Course Category: Compulsory Course

Course Number: PPG510



The purpose is to equip the student with multiple methodological and analytical skills to carry out empirical research on relevant problem issues in either his/her place of work or social issues in general. This is achieved through enhancing the student’s insight in different research strategies, critical issues in the philosophy of the social sciences, and the methodological basis for selecting scientific research. The course puts emphasis on qualitative, quantitative and mixed method approaches to social science research.


-       Introduction to Philosophy of sciences - Social Research

-       Approaches to knowledge and theory building

-       Formulation testable research questions and hypothesis

-       Research Design

-       Various approaches and methods of social research

-       Methods of content analysis

-       Preparation of research proposal

-       Research ethics

-       Basic statistical tools of social research (descriptive and analytical statistics)

Exercise and group works:

-       Conducting interviews.

-       Participation in Focus Groups seminar.

-       Participation in quantitative data analysis workshop.

-       Report of about 8-10 pages based on interviews and focus group research methods.


Workshop on Computer Appreciations:

All participants of the program will have to attend a three day Compulsory Computer Appreciation Training cum Workshop to orient and refresh their computer skills in data analysis and processing and presentation with particular focus to SPSS.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the students would be able to write and present a do-able individual research proposal. The students would be able to undertake research using both qualitative and quantitative tools to address their research questions/ hypothesis.

4. Course Title: Public Policy Analysis

Credits: 3

Course Category: Compulsory Course

Course Number: PPG 515


The broader objective of the course is to orient and familiarize the students with the conceptual links between public policy, good governance and the implications of new public management in the context of policy making process of developing countries with particular focus to South Asia. The course also attempts to give a broader conceptual understanding and practice of policy analysis and introduces some selected qualitative and quantitative tools of policy analysis.


The course will have the following broad coverage:

-       Review and analysis of the contemporary concepts, theoretical discourses of policy and policy models, policy studies and policy analysis.

-       Policy Analysis: More Art than Science - The Eightfold Path

-       Policy analysis and Policy research

-       Different approaches of policy analysis involving risk and uncertainty.

-       Tools of policy analysis both qualitative tools (priority analysis, risk analysis and mitigation plan, force field analysis) and quantitative techniques (Economic Rate of Return (ERR), Internal Rate of return (IRR), Cost Benefit Analysis etc, externality assessment.

The course will have a dedicated session on Policy colloquium. The colloquium will be handled by reputed senior professionals from public sector/ third sector and development partners. The prime objective of the colloquium is to orient the students to understand and assess the policy dynamics and the determinants.

Learning Outcomes

Each student would get a wider exposure to the literature on the concepts, process, practices and discourses on policy analysis. The participant would be able to grasp the fundamental art and techniques to undertake policy analyses. The participant students will be independently able to undertake policy analysis with both selected qualitative and quantitative tools of policy analysis. They will also be able to write policy brief /notes.

5. Course Title: Contemporary Issues in Governance and Public Management

Credits: 3

Course Category: Compulsory Course

Course Number: PPG 520


The course will attempt to introduce different models, approaches of governance discourses. It will examine the major governance issues in the context of South Asia, drawing examples from other developed and developing countries. The course is concerned with how public-sector regimes, agencies, programs, and activities are organized and managed to achieve public purposes. In order to understand governance as a means of policy formulation and implementation, the course reviews new models of governance and its operational modalities.


Understanding governance - basic concepts, theories and principles; concepts and practices of e-Governance; role of the state, civil society and the private sector in governance; institutional and governance issues of local government with reference to South Asia, problems of corruption in South Asia; national security issues and governance.

 Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

-       Distinguish among different theories/models of governance from European, Aid Agencies’ and South Asian perspectives;

-       Critically analyze the role of local government, civil society and private sector in ensuring better governance;

-       Make relationship between national security and governance performance;

-       Develop practical knowledge about role of e-governance in reducing corruption and inefficiency within the public sector organizations.


6. Course Title: Development Management

Credits: 3

Course Category: Compulsory Course

Course Number: PPG 525



The course attempts to analyze public sector reform and examines the institutional and organizational process of implementation. The course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of development management, the nature of change and innovations and organizational learning in public administration.


Models and approaches of development, different approaches and methods of strategic/ development management in public sector, administrative/civil service reforms, organization design, renewal, change and innovation, approaches and process of strategic planning and management, program design, program/project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

-       A 7 days field visit to different rural development organizations in Bangladesh and submission of a report based on that visit is a compulsory part of this course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the students should be able to:

-       Provide an overview of different models and approaches of development management;

-       Critically analyze different public sector reform initiatives and learn from the successes and failures of administrative reform;

-       Develop practical knowledge about strategic planning, monitoring/evaluation, organizational change and innovation on the basis of field visit and other exercises.


7. Course Title: NGOs, Civil Society and Private Sector

Credits: 3

Course Category: Elective/Supplementary Course

Course Number: PPG 530


The objective of this course is to analyze the roles of NGOs, civil society and the emerging private sector in development discourse, policy formulation, policy advocacy and implementation. It assesses the contribution and cooperation of such institutional actors in development and policy arena in the context of idea of collaborative governance.



Genesis and development of the third sector, their roles in implementing development policies, mobilizing resources, creating synergy and building networks with civil society, private sector, government, and bi-lateral and multi-lateral organizations with particular focus on reducing poverty, contributing to human development measures and enhancing local development., Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), NGO accountability, Collaborative Governance, GO-NGO Collaboration.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students would be able to:

-       Identify the various conceptual approaches to NGOs, civil society and private sector and how these are used in different contexts and by various stakeholders

-       to understand the roles and interactions between state and non-state actors in development as well as governance arenas;

-       have an understanding of the policy and political dimensions of multi-stakeholder efforts to influence state policies


 8. Course Title: Theories and Process of Accountability

Credits: 3

Course Category: Elective/Supplementary Course

Course Number: PPG 535



Managing accountability of the public officials has been a major concern in all societies and civilizations, including Bangladesh. The current course is aiming to introduce participants with the principles and practices of accountability by power holders in modern democracies. It focuses on the divergence in the criteria, meanings and agents of accountability based on the nature of the polity of a given society. It shows how in an ideal situation public authority in any society exercise for common good in accordance with certain traditions and institutions. The course demonstrates how public authorities are responsible to administer the system with an active accountability mechanism and should be capable enough to effectively manage their resources and implement sound policies; and ultimately achieve the trust of citizens in favor of the state and its institutions. Finally, by picking up selected cases the course analyzes the present state of accountability of public institutions in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, and their ramifications in the changing global settings.



Concepts, theories and essence of accountability in public governance are taught in this course. It also incorporates the genesis of accountability in ancient India, China and Greece, and medieval Islam; importance of civil service accountability in the present global context; strategies for citizen engagement in public sector accountability and for ensuring auditing for social change; mechanisms of transparency and open governance towards ensuring public accountability; role of ethics and integrity towards maintaining public accountability; debates on NGO accountability; institutions of accountability in Bangladesh especially legislature, judiciary, ACC, CAG, EC, Media, PSC and their role in securing public interest; maintaining accountability in local level institutions as an attempt for the reduction of corruption at the grass-root level governance.


Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the participants should be able to pursue unambiguous standards or procedures in managing public accountability. It would help them to maintain the standards the service recipients would expect from them to uphold. Ignoring these expectations, they might promote insensitivity and corruption instead of encouraging respect for law or commitment to serve the public. By undertaking the course the participants should be able to act consistently with relevant statutes and policies and pay heed to their obligations to existing institutions to serve the public and uphold professional standards.

The course would introduce participants with the process of accountability in global perspective; managing accountability in public interest, benefits of accountability in democratic governance and for better economic performance; politics, principles and innovations in NGO accountability; trends in media accountability giving value to viewers’ participation; approaches for bringing power holders to account; the role of auditing for social change; and evolving a strategy for citizen engagement in public sector accountability.

Finally, the course provides hands-on training in case writing and developing critical thinking and problem solving skills in relation to course themes and readings to identify, explain, and analyze the key issues raised by the case. Consulting newspaper reports and magazine articles, local and international workshop papers, speech and debate by public leaders, quantitative data gathered from pertinent sources, the candidates should be capable of developing argumentative analysis while preparing the case report for presentation.


9. Course Title: Globalization and International Organizations

Credits: 3

Course Category: Elective/Supplementary Course

Course Number: PPG 540


The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the process and institutions of globalization and their impact on such issues as equitable distribution and access to goods and services. Globalization has many dimensions: economic issues of trade, international finance and international development; social issues such as poverty, the global environment, global public health etc.; security issues such as military intervention, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and terrorism; and political issues such as the challenges of the spread and strengthening of democracy and the protection of human rights.


The main concern of this course is how the various aspects of globalization affect, and are affected by public policy and the capacity for governance at the international, national and local levels. The course contents are threefold: Overview and assess the analytic framework for mapping the development of globalization and its impact on democracy and sustainable development in such sectors as environment, education, health etc; highlights core concepts and its dynamics in relation to developing countries, and analyze how processes of globalization and international organizations affect public policy and governance.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the students should be able to

-       get a comprehensive outline of the process of globalization;

-       learn about the issues that are often perceived only from statist perspectives but have global implications

-       understand why a global approach and coordination are needed for a statist issue;

-       and develop critical expertise on how to make this coordination can be done under international organizations


10. Course Title: Fundamentals of Economics

Credits: 3

Course Category: Elective/Supplementary Course

Course Number: PPG 550


The prime objective of the course is to introduce the students to the core concepts, theories and principles of economics. The students get the preliminary knowledge of the principles of economics to understand the public sector management and policy issues.


Topics covered are: fundamental concepts of economics, basic elements and applications of supply and demand, analysis of production and cost, markets (perfect competition, monopoly, and monopolistic competition), factor markets, overview of macroeconomics, consumption, savings, investment, international trade, money and banking, taxation and fiscal policy, and economic growth and policies.

11. Course Title: MPPG Thesis

Credits: 9

Course Category: Compulsory Course

Course Number: PPG 555



In writing the thesis, each candidate is required to pursue independent scientific work in close cooperation with an assigned supervisor. In the thesis, the candidate demonstrates his ability to comprehend a social issue relevant to his place of work or society and analyze the issue using research methods and theories learnt in the Program. The thesis is based on empirical data collected by the researcher and analyzed in accordance with research objectives and hypotheses.


The MPPG Thesis highlights a topic / issue within public policy, governance, and organizational science. Probable topics may be education, health, governance, organizational/ administrative reforms, organizational learning, gender disparity, women empowerment, strategic and corporate management, leadership, poverty reduction programs, implementation of policies, and program evaluation, etc. The thesis or part of it is expected to be of publishable quality.


Submission of Thesis

The deadline for submission of thesis is 30th June each year. Oral defense and evaluation of thesis take place in July the same year. A committee of three examiners—two internal and one external—evaluates the thesis. Thesis is submitted to the MPPG Program in five copies. In addition, a soft copy must also be submitted in PDF/Word Document for electronic publication in the website of the MPPG Program. The thesis lengths should be between 70 to 90 pages (Text).


12. Course Title: Dissertation Seminar

Credits: 0

Course Category: Non-credit Compulsory Course

Course Number: PPG 560


The aim is to assist student in writing thesis. This is achieved through presentation of thesis chapters by students. Each student is required to present twice and be opponents to their fellow students' thesis chapters twice. The objective is to learn from each other’s research work.


-       Presenting thesis chapters;

-       Commenting on peers’ thesis chapters;

-       Learning from each other's research work and improve the quality of thesis.

Major Activities

There is no formal exam connected to this course. However, the student is required to do the following activities:

-       Presentation of thesis chapters;

-       Comments to others' thesis chapters;

-       Active participation in the discussion;

-       Specific thesis writing format to be followed.


13. Course Title: Research Design Seminar

Credits: 3

Course Category: Compulsory Course

Course Number: PPG 565


The prime objective of the course is to prepare the student for writing a proposal for his/her master thesis. Each of the MPPG students will submit a research proposal (about 15-20 pages) to the Thesis Supervision Committee of the Program. Evaluation is based on the oral defense of the research proposal at the end of the semester. The research proposal that is not approved by the committee must be revised and resubmitted for approval. Grading of this course is based on pass (approved) and fail (not approved).



Background of the research issues/ topic, Statement of the Problem/ issue; Illustration of the problem/ issues (social/ political/ economic/ cultural implications); Review of existing Research/ Academic and professional works on the proposed problematic area (with a view to justify and curb out your space for the proposed research); Scope and Objectives of the Research; Prime Research Questions/ Hypothesis (if any) and operationalising the variables; Specific objectives of the research; Significance of the Research; Theoretical framework/ Analytical framework to be used; Methodology (Broad methods to be followed and why, Sources of data, Data collection techniques to be used, Validation of data, Data processing & Analysis plan); Tentative Chapter Outline.

14. Course Title: Gender and Governance

Credits: 3

Course Category: Elective/Supplementary Course

Course Number: PPG 570



The objective of the course is to introduce the participants to the interconnected and intersecting literatures on gender development and governance. The course attempts to examine various concepts of development and governance and the changing paradigms from a gender perspective. The course also introduces some analytical tools to understand and assess public policies and development programs from a gender approach.


-       Definitions and concepts; contemporary theories of gender, governance, development.

-       Engendering development and governance - approaches and processes

-       Implications of globalization and gender.

-       Gender and its implications on public policy.

-       Institutional and structural approaches and challenges of gender mainstreaming

-       Gender inequalities in service delivery and its implications on public policies.

-       Gender auditing and engendering budget: Process and practices

-       Case studies and best practices on Gender mainstreaming

-       Review of gender sensitivity of selected public policies


Learning Outcome

Each student would get a wider exposure to the literature on the concepts, process, practices and discourses on gender and development with particular implications on public policy. AS young professionals they participants will be able to introduce new concepts gender mainstreaming, engendering public spending and budgeting in the process and practice of public sector governance.


15. Course Title: English Writing

Credits: 0

Course Category: Non-credit Compulsory Course

Course Number: PPG 575


Because this is basically a writing class, students will learn to write extensively on a variety of topics. The main focus will be on argumentative prose writing. Writing includes a critical response/ research paper (1000 to 1500 words) to reading argumentative essay, short fiction, and a variety of interdisciplinary essays.



This course offers basic theory and practice of expository writing alongside with critical reading and evaluation of different kinds of prose used in multidiscipline areas. Students will have opportunity to study writings from various disciplines and for professional applications. They will write a variety of documents/ essays/ and prepare a short research paper.