POLS 7020 E-Government
The course provides an overview of the development of e-government in different countries. The various essentials of e-government are presented and discussed in light of prevailing practice. The tools for assessing e-government performance are also explored. Selective aspects of e-government such as integrating operations among the public sectors and out-sourcing will be highlighted.

ECON 7080 Economics of Public Policy
Public administrators often need to confront with a lot of decisions that require the use of economic knowledge. This course is designed to help students understand the analytical tools of economics and apply them to major public policy issues, such as the minimum wage, rent controls, international trade and globalisation, income distribution, public goods, urban development, traffic congestion and urban crime. The course aims to help students master the basic principles of economics in formulating public policy.

FIN 7070 Finance and Accounting for the Public Sector
This course intends to introduce students with the principles and practices of financing, accounting and financial management for the public sector. Fundamental concepts and applications of financial management in a dynamic financial market environment will be covered in the course, to develop students' knowledge of fundamental financial management and their ability in understanding and applying relevant tools to make appropriate decisions concerning short-term and long-term financing, investing and financial planning for individual entities, including governments and other non-profit organisations. In particular, the function of financial institutions and capital market, the valuation, risks and returns of financial assets, the capital structure and cost of capital, the governmental funds (such as general and special funds, capital project funds, trust and fiduciary funds, internal service funds), debt services, budgeting and budgetary control, working capital management, governmental accounting and reporting, and public sector auditing will be delineated to a greater extent. Students should obtain, through this course, acomprehension of the updated development of the theories and practices of finance and accounting, with a focus of that in the public sector.

POLS 7030 Globalisation and the World Trade Organisation
This course is designed to focus on the historical origins, development, institutions, practices and effects of globalisation, with a particular emphasis on international trade and the international organisations which developed to regulate and negotiate it. The WTO will be placed in its historical and development context with other international institutions, with a selection of case studies to highlight particular areas of the WTO's greatest accomplishments or weaknesses so that one of the key components of modern globalisation can be fully understood in its dynamic international context. The effects of the WTO and international trade on the national policy-maker will be examined, such as its impact on Hong Kong and Mainland China.

POLS 7040 Law and Public Affairs
This course provides advanced studies on the legal knowledge relevant to public affairs with an emphasis on existing practices in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Topics include the legal system, constitutional and administrative law, criminal justice and economic law. The course tries to help students to gain comprehensive understanding of public affairs including public policymaking, political economy, mass media in politics and foreign policy. Comparisons with Hong Kong and worldwide practices will be highlighted and discussed.

MGNT 7080 Managing People in the Public Sector
Public personnel management is widely recognised as a critical element of democratic society and effective public administration of a given city. Today, government and non-profit organisations are confronted with tighter budgets with limited funding and keener competition in the labour market. Recent changes in information technology, communication patterns, social issues, labour relations and demographic compositions have resulted in an increasingly use of privatisation of some services such as outsourcing, franchise agreements, vouchers, and contracting. This subject introduces to students, in addition to all relevant HRM issues and functions, major Organisational Behaviour theories and concepts.

PE 7010 Programme and Event Planning and Management
This course aims to provide a common foundation for students by presenting a coherent vocabulary for conceptualising and discussing the functions of programme, event and facility management.

POLS 7050 Public Administration
Public policy has been described as a process, a cycle, an interaction of decision-making and reaction-taking by governmental and non-governmental agents and agencies. Public Administration deals with properly structuring and deploying the assets given to government to achieve stated aims. Public Policy deals with deciding what assets government needs to achieve the aims the public thinks government is both capable of doing and necessary to do. Public Administration is how civil servants employ the assets entrusted to them and effectuate the processes developed by them or designed for them by political entities to achieve these purposes. Public Administration also necessarily includes evaluation of how well those aims have been achieved and those assets have been used, and what must be done to either better accomplish the task or better deploy the social and economic assets involved—that is, to change the policy or change the processes of administration. It thus is a field which is analytic and evaluative, political and administrative. It deals with public opinion and public capacity, that is, what people want and what price they are willing to pay and what they can actually do at what cost to other public values and goals. It concerns accountability and responsibility, both of governing officials and taxpaying, voting, and demanding citizens. This course also makes special reference to the development and practice of public administration and civil services in Hong Kong and mainland China.

COMM 7510 Public Administration and the Media
The course examines the different perspectives on the relationship of public administration and mass media in a modern society. Media factors affecting or facilitating public administration will be discussed. Cases on media relationship and crisis management will be analysed.

POLS 7060 Research Methods for Public Administration Practitioners
This course is designed to draw from the experience of course participants in conducting research or analysing and applying data useful for public administration as well as to add to their knowledge of current research methodologies used in public administration internationally. Methods of quantitative and qualitative social science research will be examined, with a comparative approach emphasised.

POLS 7070 Project
Students are expected to demonstrate his/her ability to integrate and apply knowledge related to a specific area of public administration. The project should be conducted independently and a report with 8,000 – 10,000 words in English is required.

POLS 7080 Fieldwork learning in China Public Administration
This course provides students with interactive opportunities to experience a variety of governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGO) in mainland China as well as to communicate face to face with Chinese government officials, civil servants, NGO staff and scholars on issues related to the development and practices of public administration in Mainland China. * Required a 7-day tour in Beijing.