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Last approved: Thu, 02 Jun 2016 15:38:27 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 02 Jun 2016 15:38:27 GMT

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Major
PA (Public Administration)
510
016650
Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
Public Administration Institutions and Values
PA Institutions & Values
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Political Science (16PS)
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Every Year
Fall 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded/Audit
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)


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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
James R. Brunet
Associate Professor
Full

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture2222YesThis will be a required/core course in the MPA program. It will be offered each Fall and Spring. Current practice is to cap sections at 22. Multiple sections may be offered in fall semesters to accommodate incoming students.
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
None.
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16PAMRMaster of Public AdministrationRequired
Exploration of the critical roles public administration plays in the American constitutional system of government with emphasis on public institutions, policy making and implementation, intergovernmental and intersectoral relations, public service values, administrative discretion, and ethical responsibilities and decision-making.

This course combines elements of PA 508 Government and Public Administration with PA 510 Ethics and Professional Practice. PA 510 has been--and will continue to be--a required course in the MPA curriculum. It delivers competencies required by our national accreditation standards (NASPAA). PA 508 has been an elective course for students but the program faculty determined that the material covered in the course is a necessary foundation for the program.


Combining the two short courses and expanding to a traditional 3-credit hour format is also an important secondary consideration.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
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Requisites and Scheduling
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 

 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 

 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 

 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 

Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 

 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 

 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 

No additional resources are required. Current full-time graduate faculty will teach the class as part of the normal teaching load.

The goal of this course is to develop specific competencies for professional public service, as defined in NASPAA’s accreditation standards for MPA programs, including students’ ability to:

1. lead and manage in public governance;

2. participate in and contribute to the policy process;

3. analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions;

4. articulate and apply a public service perspective


The course provides context for understanding public administration within the American governmental context, emphasizes public service values, and develops ethical awareness and decision-making ability. 


Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. discuss how politicians, media, and citizens perceive public administration;

2. define public administration and distinguish it from business administration;

3. describe the constitutional and political context of American public administration;

4. identify the institutional and individual actors engaged in public administration;

5. evaluate the methods available for controlling the bureaucracy;

6. explore the bases of administrative ethics and the nature of responsibilities of public administrators;

7. be aware of the pressures and forces in public administration which can contribute to unethical behavior;

8. demonstrate knowledge of tenets found in the codes of ethics for various professional organizations in the public sector and how they are applied;

9. identify ethical problems that arise in public service work, such as conflict of interest, use of office for private gain, following orders, and whistleblowing;

10. evaluate ethical situations from multiple philosophical perspectives and formulate well-reasoned justifications for actions;

11. demonstrate knowledge of the public administrator’s role in creating and maintaining ethical public service organizations;

12. assess current efforts to reform and improve public management; and

13. explain the evolving role of public administration in the modern era.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Participation10Class participation
presentation15Power Point presentation of students' interview of a public administrator
Written Assignment20Ethical decision making vingettes
Written Assignment25Personal code of administrative ethics
Test30Final comprehensive exam
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Please see syllabusweekly topicsPlease see syllabus
mlnosbis 4/15/2016: Does program intend to keep PA 508 on the books since the justification indicates this course includes elements from 508? No consultation required for course revision.

ghodge 4/15/2016 Ready for ABGS reviewers.

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-The syllabus indicates a prerequisite of graduate standing or PBS. Yet, the action form indicates no prerequisite. Thus, this prerequisite wouldn't be known until the student saw the syllabus, correct? Thus, it seems as if there is a prerequisite which should be listed on the action and in the catalog.

ghodge 4/21/2016 Ready for ABGS, with understanding that syllabus needs to be edited to be consistent with request
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