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SGPP-Indonesia’s Master of Public Policy curriculum is organized into three subthemes, that being:

1. Core Content
2. Contemporary Content and Local Context
3. Instruments for Analysis.

The Core Content consists of:

1. Public Policy and Governance
2. Policy and Program Evaluation
3. Macroeconomics and International Trade
4. Indonesia and its Interconnected World
5. International and Global Affairs

Contemporary Content and Local Context, consists of (1)  Centralization versus Decentralization in Indonesia, (2) State, Change, Management and Entrepreneurship’ and (3) Leadership and Culture.  Instruments for Analysis consist of (1) Managerial Economics ( as micro economics analysis for decision makers), and (2) Statistics for Policy Makers.

In addition to ten curricula courses, the program offers six workshops—three for each semester. These six workshops center on policy issues such as Disaster Management and Response, Conflict Resolution, and Dynamic Governance for Sustainable Development and feature expert actors who were involved in policy making and especially in the implementation processes of that policy. Workshops are designed to be embedded in all specified coursework. Each student has to  choose and participate in at least three workshops.

During Inter-Semester in January 2018, every student has to participate in a regional or international field study trips which offers a first-hand experience of what empirical fieldwork on concrete policy question entails, as well as the opportunity to reflect on the limitation of such research. The study trip ends with the study trip forum where students present to each other the results of their fieldwork.

Extra curricula activities which are organized by the SGPP are guest lecture/seminar series on current policy issues such as energy and natural resources, climate change and carbon reduction targets, corruption in regulatory agencies, maritime borders, financial stability, infrastructure and mass transport, challenges of economic growth/unemployment.

CourseworksCredit Availability
Credit Hour Requirements
Compulsory courses
23 (8 courses)

Compulsory elective courses
Elective workshops
6 (6 workshops)3
Elective international field trips21
Total Credits6442

Public Policy and Governance (MPP 501)

This course aims to help students understand the fundamentals of public policy theories and practices. This course deals with the explaining of assumptions and philosophical background of public policy theories. The course focuses on the policy problems and policy formulation based on certain theoretical perspectives such as distributed governance, performance and accountability as well as dynamic governance and sustainable development. The course will focuses on the global trend in urbanization and especially cases of urban and regional planning policy and practice in Indonesia.

Indonesia and Its Interconnected World (MPP 503)

This course discusses the historical background of government of Indonesia, challenges and opportunities as well as the strengths and weaknesses of Indonesia as a nation state in globalizing world. Specifically, this course will discuss the economic challenges and development policy in Indonesia. The course also explores the need for connected government and the case of e-government in practice.

State, Change Management and Entrepreneurship (MPP 505)

This course discusses various aspects of change and entrepreneurship involving state, sectors and systems. The discussion focuses on fundamentals, models, approaches, and process of change and entrepreneurship in public sector. Three pillars of change and entrepreneurship will be introduced and emphasized across discussions. They are people, process and leverage.

Macroeconomics and International Trade (MPP 507)

This course will help students understand the fundamentals of macroeconomics, globalization theory, practices and policy. This course focuses on economic community and the integration processes among its member states. The course discusses the challenges and opportunities in international business transaction.

Statistics for Policymakers (MPP 509)

This course will provide students with the basic statistical tools for policy-making and decision-taking in the field of public policy. It will cover basic statistical tools, including both descriptive and inferential statistics. It will include statistical measures; economic and social indicators of development; estimation and hypothesis testing; regression, forecasting and modeling, and fundamentals of survey research method. It will be an applied statistical class. During the course, there will be a number of short empirical and practical problems/exercises to be discussed and solved. By the end of the semester the students will have some understanding about the uses of statistics in public policy and will be able to read and understand most empirical papers using statistics in public policy.

Research Methods (MPP 511)

The main purpose of the Research Methods is to introduce students to quantitative and qualitative methods for conducting meaningful  inquiry and research. They will gain an overview of research intent and design, methodology and technique, format and presentation, and data management and analysis informed by commonly used statistical methods. The course will develop each student’s ability to use this knowledge to become more effective as graduate students in conducting research and writing thesis. These tasks include:

  • Developing a hypothesis, a research problem and related questions
  • Framing the problem with the correct research methodology
  • Collecting data that accurately addresses the research problem
  • Measuring the effectiveness of a program
  • Using data to make decisions
  • Providing technical guidance to contractors for inclusion in contract documents related to research projects
  • Evaluating feasibility of research proposals

Marketing for Public Organizations (MPP 601)*

This course is aimed to equip students with knowledge and understanding of how marketing concepts and techniques can be applied in public organizations. This course will desribe and discuss the difference between public and private organizations, especially in terms of their characteristics and their objectives, and the implications of these differences on the applications of marketing concepts and techniques for public organizations. Students will be introduced to value-based marketing concept and the use of marketing mix in public organizations, as well as to the nature of “competition” in the “market” that public organizations serve. This course will also describe and discuss the constraints that public organizations must face, and the advantages that they have,  in applying marketing concepts in order to serve and satisfy their stakeholders. At the  the end of the course students will have to design some kinds of marketing strategies for some public organizations and present them before the class.


*Compulsory elective courses

Policy and Program Evaluation (MPP 502)

This course focuses on methods and approaches used in policy and program evaluation. This course aims to help students develop their ability to apply inter disciplinary methods and approaches for evaluating policy and program impacts and outcome, including but not limited to social cost-benefit analysis, quasi-experimental assessment, case studies, etc. The scope of evaluation is on the phase of conceptualization and design, the implementation, and assessment of the result of policy and program. In addition, we will examine the role of policy and program evaluation in democratic governance.

Centralization vs Decentralization in Indonesia (MPP 504)

This course will examine the theories and practices of centralization and decentralization in Indonesia. The discussion will include the theories, policies and practices of local autonomy, an intergovernmental relations, and national planning process in Indonesia. The course will explore the complexity of the problem as well as the best practices of local governments in Indonesia.

International and Global Affairs (MPP 506)

The course will deal with global governance and trend in various areas such as politic and security; socio economic; and cultural affairs. It focuses on the issues of regional order, especially, Southeast and East Asia Region, and Asia Pacific Region. This course will also discuss the diplomatic practice, negotiation, international cultural communication and protocols. Students are encouraged to engage in discussion on the the role of nation state and other international actors in global affairs.

Leadership and Culture (MPP 508)*

This course will explore the issues of ethics and integrity in public policy and the problem of corruption and anti-corruption efforts in developing countries as the bases for good leadership and culture in public sector. This course will extend the discussion to models approaches and processes in leadership and culture in public sector. The focus of discussion is on the role of leadership in cultural change.

Managerial Economics (MPP 510)

This course will provide microeconomics analysis for decision makers in order to increase their problem-solving capacity. Microeconomics is an analytical framework and methods widely used by policy makers around the world to think, compare and evaluate policies and policy alternatives. This course will focuses on the use of quantitative methods such as linear programming, Markov chain, queuing theories, cost-benefit analysis and internal rate of return to solve strategic, managerial as well as operational problems.

Free Trade and Negotiation (MPP 602)*

The course surveys the theories and institutions (domestic and multilateral) that drive international trade policy, politics and economics. The course examines the pervasive myths and basic law and economics of modern international trade, including trade balances, tariffs, trade remedies, “trade wars,” the “decline” of developed countries’s manufacturing, global supply chains, outsourcing, the “race to the bottom,” unilateral import liberalization, and reciprocal trade agreements. The course also examines the origins and current state of developed countries, such as,  U.S. trade politics – why, despite overwhelming economic and empirical evidence in support of free trade, do protectionist policies persist and many people  remain skeptical of trade liberalization? In the process, the course explores U.S. trade policy’s “dirty little secrets” and nations’ compliance with the bilateral and multilateral rules governing international trade, and considers the moral case for free trade, regardless of its economic or political benefits. This course provides an overview of the multilateral and regional trade institutions, their functioning and negotiation. We will explore theoretical explanations for how and why these institutions evolved, how they are created through negotiation, and look at several empirical cases—the WTO, NAFTA and other agreements in the western hemisphere and around the Pacific Rim. Case studies and simulations are used to learn concepts and principles from theories of cooperation and bargaining and to develop negotiation skills. Students will develop a strong substantive knowledge of trade policy.

Teamwork and participation are important in this seminar. The course should be particularly useful for students who want to do graduate work in IPE, public policy or international law, or who want to pursue a career in international organizations.

Environmental Sustainability and Economic Development (MPP 603)*

With environmental issues, such as climate change, looming large, there has been considerable scholarly and public attention focused on the ecological implications of capitalist production, economic development, and consumerist lifestyle in the ‘Western’ world as well as what has been variously referred to as the ‘developing world’ or the ‘Third World’. To resolve these issues, several multilateral agencies have advocated and promoted environmentally friendly policies such as ‘sustainable development’ and more recently, a range of carbon emission reduction strategies. Since the mid-1980s, sustainable development has become an agenda pursued by many, if not all, nations in the world. Taking a political ecological approach, which combines in its critical analysis of ecological issues approaches from conventional human ecology, political economy, and poststructuralism (especially discourse analysis), we will critically examine ecological and sustainability issues in this course with key questions such as: What are the underlying causes of ecological degradation? How is development related to environmental problems? How are ecological issues linked to conflict and collective violence? What is sustainable development? Can sustainability be achieved through sustainable development? Has environmentalism and conservation made a difference in solving environmental problems? The course will end on a positive and optimistic note with a discussion on alternative approaches, such as sustainable degrowth and forms of development that are socially inclusive and just and ecologically sound.

Digital Economy and E-Governance (MPP 604)*

This course draws an important discussion concerning the rise of digital economy as an emerging component of a nation’s future economy.  Several fundamental issues will be discussed namely (1) the macroeconomic perspective of digital economy; (2) market structure, competition, and the role of small business; (3) employment, workforce, and access of digital economy; (4) organizational change as a consequence of digital economy.  After completing this course students will (1) understand the conception, structural, and functional positioning of digital economy as an emerging power of a nation’s economy; (2) understand the positive and negative consequences of the digitization era for a nation’s economy; and (3)  be able to identify, analyze, synthesize, and propose solutions for myriad digital economy issues.

Transportation Policy and Logistic Management (MPP 605)*

This course draws an important discussion concerning the role of trade logistics system in shaping the nation’s trade policy.  The course will discuss numerous relevant issues such as: (1) the importance of trade logistics systems in supporting national economy; (2) distribution channels; (3) retails management; (4) logistics information systems; (5) suppliers and customers relationship management; logistics actors and logistics service providers; (6) logistics regulations and policy; (7) National Logistics System (Sistem Logistik Nasional); (8) interdependencies among regulators and logistics operators; etc.  After completing this course students will (1) understand the conception, structural, and functional positioning of the logistics systems as an important component of a nation’s trade policy; (2) understand the fundamental trade logistics activities which includes the planning, execution, and evaluation of logistics system; and (3) be able to identify, analyze, synthesize, and propose solutions for myriad trade logistics issues.


*Compulsory elective courses