Viewing: PS 312 : Introduction to Public Administration

Last approved: Wed, 10 Oct 2018 08:01:09 GMT

Last edit: Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:30:02 GMT

Changes proposed by: secamill
Change Type
Major
PS (Political Science)
312
018081
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Introduction to Public Administration
Intro Public Admin
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Political Science (16PS)
45.1001
Political Science and Government, General.
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Alternate Years
Fall 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Distance Education (DELTA)
Online (Internet)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Amanda Edwards
Lecturer

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Delivery FormatPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
LEC2525Non/a
none

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16PSBABA Political Science Elective
16PSAMBA Political Science: American Politics Elective
16PSINTBA Political Science: International Politics Elective
16PSLJJBA Political Science: Law and Justice, Justice Systems Elective
16PSLJLBA Political Science: Law and Justice, Law and Theory Elective
16PSPUBBA Political Science: Public Policy Elective
16PSBSBS Political Science Elective
16OSMPolitical Science Minor Elective
Administration in city, state and national governments: effectiveness and responsiveness, involvement in policy areas, and issues of ethics and responsibilities.

Formal GEP review and adding to CourseLeaf system.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Social Sciences
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
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Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Evaluate the social, economic, cultural, and ethical factors of human behavior that influence public administration.
 
 
Students are given a case study (usually a current event) and are asked to evaluate the ethical implications of the scenario using the various approaches to ethical thought. For example, they were asked about extramarital affairs of Governors, Presidents, etc. What kinds of wrongdoings do these activities constitute? Should the public care about public leaders' sexual conduct? Are there violations of public trust here? Using the three schools of ethical thought, examine whether there are ethical violations presented here and how actions such as these should be handled.
 
 
Analyze the political and legal processes of the U.S. and be able to articulate the functions of public administration in terms of historical roots, structure, and contemporary issues.
 
 
On the midterm students are required to read a short summary regarding bureaucracy and then evaluate how/why the author presents a relevant case for bureaucracy with the use of statistical information, as well as qualitative data.
 
 
Apply and analyze theoretical knowledge for developing and implementing public policy and how to integrate this into applied practice.
 
 
Sample test question might ask students to analyze a current public policy through all of the stages of the policy process.
Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
no restrictions
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
n/a
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
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)
 
none
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.
 
Shafritz, J.M., Russell, E.W., & Borick, C.P. (2013). Introducing Public Administration. 8ThEd. Pearson Education, Inc.
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
no change
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
no change
Course is already a regular offering within the PS Department and will continue to be.

 This course is designed to provide an introductory overview of public administration. Public administration is essentially the implementation, execution and management of public laws, regulations, court decisions and public policies that form our constitutional form of government. In this course we examine the foundations, organization, financing and management of this administrative responsibility to help students better understand the complexities of the modern administrative state. 


This course will also examine the role and impact of public administrative processes and procedures on the daily operation of citizens’ lives. Public administrators have the unique and complex role of directing, supervising and managing virtually every aspect of the public services. This course will examine these administrative actors' roles at the various levels of government (i.e. federal, state, and municipal or local levels). 


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon course completion, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to: 


 Critique the political and legal processes of the U.S. and be able to articulate the functions of public administration in terms of historical roots, structure and contemporary issues. 


 Analyze theoretical knowledge for developing and implementing public policy and how to integrate this into applied practice. 


 Evaluate the social, economic, cultural and ethical factors that influence public administration. 


 Communicate and present ideas effectively using important terminology, facts, concepts and theories used in the field of public administration. 


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Discussion25%Facilitate class discussion; see syllabus
Participation15%Preparation and participation in class discussions and lecture.
Midterm30%Midterm exam
Final Exam30%Final exam
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
See syllabus
Details added to SEMs; JSD, 9/20/2018
shgreene (Fri, 11 Mar 2016 18:11:01 GMT): Rollback: First measure for SS Objectives "measured with tests and quizzes" won't get through committee. Need an example.
aeherget (Wed, 12 Sep 2018 22:17:27 GMT): AECHH:Pending earning full credit for participation and discussion, inclusion of the electronic hosting statement. Friendly suggestions to clarify when students will select the grade distribution. at 9/12/2018 UCCC meeting.
despain (Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:25:45 GMT): Electronically-hosted statement added; participation rubric clarified;
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