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Course Description: Principles and problems of public administration in America. Special attention is given to the problems of democratic control and the development of basic concepts of the field. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: We will learn through discussion and dialogue. It is critical that all assigned material be read so that students can actively participate in discussions. Questions will be posed to require students to think about issues. The Socratic dialogue will be used to demonstrate the relevance of current issues in public administration.
Learning Outcomes:The objective of the course is for students to understand the role of the public administrator. Upon completion of the course the students will be able to define the basic concepts used in public administration, its major components, the theories of public administration, and apply basic theory to “real world” issues. The student should also understand the policy process and be able to apply political knowledge to examples of “real world” politics.
Course Assessment: Students will be assessed on mastery of the course content through examinations, papers, and class participation.
Grading: Final grades will be assigned as follows:
Below 300 F
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late work will not be accepted. Assignments are provided in the syllabus and may be turned in advance if a class is to be missed or may be e-mailed. If there is a significant illness, death in the family or similar event which impacts your ability to attend class and meet course requirements, I must be notified ahead of time (Telephone or e-mail).
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
Honest disagreement and differences of opinion on issues are critical to the American system. All individuals are expected to treat each other with respect and encourage classmates to articulate their views.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: There will be two exams. Each unit examination will count 20% of the final grade (40% of the total). Your final will actually be a term paper. The paper will count 200 points (40% of the total) and your presentation of the paper to the class will be assigned 50 points (10% of the total). Finally, there will be 50 points possible (10% of total) based on attendance and participation.
The term paper/final is to be based on interviewing one or more public administrators. You need to learn from them their perspectives on career preparation, on changes in public administration they have seen, and on what the future challenges will be. You will need to relate the results of your interview(s) with the material covered in the text and in the class. You may use other sources if you wish, but this is not required. The purpose of this paper is to help you intertwine academic research with the perspectives of practitioners. The paper must be well written and thorough. In addition you will be expected to present your paper briefly to the class. This presentation, which must include time for questions, is not to be a reading of the paper, but rather an opportunity to highlight the most significant learning experiences in working on the paper. This term paper/final gives you the opportunity to employ two of the skills each successful public administrator must employ: excellence in written and verbal presentation.
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101Plagiarism-the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one's original work-sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences
via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate
Catalog Page 100
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