COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: PA 602
COURSE TITLE: Seminar in Public Affairs
TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: FAP 2004
NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: Laurie DiPadova-Stocks,
TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Director, Hauptmann School
for Public Affairs and Associate Professor of Public Affairs
FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: 4:00
- 5:00 p.m. CT on Mondays before class and by appointment
FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: (816) 421-1125 ext.
FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS: L.DiPadovaStocks@pirate.park.edu
OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
DATES OF THE TERM: 8/23/2004 – 12/19/2004
CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: Mondays
CLASS SESSION TIME: 5:45-8:15 PM
PREREQUISITE(S): 21 hours academic credit and
completion or enrollment in PA 601
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The mission of
Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide
access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically,
communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global
Park University will be a renowned
international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for
learners within the global society.
The mission of the
Hauptmann School for Public Affairs is to offer a professional program of
student, founded on the liberal arts tradition, that provides its graduates with
the knowledge, skills, and values that are necessary for leadership and servi8ce
to government, business, and nonprofit sectors of society.
Graduates of the
Hauptmann School for Public Affairs will be professionals who have learned to
integrate theory with application and become leaders in improving management in
government, business, and nonprofit sectors of society.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A seminar aiming at correlation
of the academic and practical experiences of the degree candidates. Each student
will prepare a series of papers emphasizing various expectations to be faced in
professional work, such as analysis, critique, evaluation, implementation, and
FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: Each person in
this class, including the instructor, is a participant in a free and
democratic society. The United States is the oldest representative democracy on
earth. Faculty in higher education have a responsibility to consider the
content of their course and academic discipline within the context of issues
related to work in a democracy and associated civic responsibility within a
global reality. At the Hauptmann School, we recognize that we are helping to
prepare leaders in our democracy. Further, recognizing
that the class is comprised of adult learners, the instructor facilitates
intelligent discussion of key issues rather than lecturing in a traditional
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this
course, students should:
COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): Eugene Bardach, Getting
Agencies to Work Together, Washington D.C.: Brookings Institution Press,
1998, ISBN 0-8157-0797-5.
Robert B. Denhardt, Janet Vinzant Denhardt, & Maria P.
Aristigueta, Managing Human Behavior in Public & Nonprofit Organizations,
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2002, ISBN 0-7619-2474-4.
Alex Pattakos, Prisoners of Our Thoughts, San
Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler, 2004, ISBN 1-57675-288-7.
Terrel L. Rhodes, ed., The Public Manager Case Book,
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2002, ISBN 0-7619-2327-6.
ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of
all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or
plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students
who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from
PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—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
ACADEMIC NORMS FOR CITATIONS
Graduate students of Park University's Hauptmann School of
Public Affairs are expected to be familiar with and follow consistently one of
the three widely accepted norms for citations of other texts, articles or online
resources and for preparing a bibliography.
I specifically request students to identify, when they
submit their first paper with citations and again with the submission of the
research paper, which standard they have chosen to follow in making citations.
The most widely used citation systems are the following:
Thurabian, Kate. A. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers,
Theses, and Dissertations.. 6th Edition. Chicago: University of Chicago
Press, 1997. (Earlier or later editions may be used.)
Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers..
6th Edition. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2003.
(Website is: www.mla.org)
American Psychological Association. Publication Manual of the
American Psychological Association. 5th Edition. Washington, DC: American
Psychological Association, 2001. (Web site: www.apastyle.org)
Some dictionaries, e.g., THE AMERICAN HERITAGE DICTIONARY, have a
style book and section on footnotes and bibliography.
NOTE: you may find an online summary of these different
or simply go to
www.researchnavigator.com and follow the prompts.
SPECIAL REQUESTS AND REMINDERS:
1. It is understood that sometimes
class attendance is not possible due to serious unexpected events. If you find
that you have to miss a class, obtain notes from class members. You are
responsible for learning from what transpires in class, regardless of absence.
Feel free to contact me if you have additional questions. Be aware that this is
an intensive graduate seminar with a unique format that necessitates regular
2. Cell phones and pagers must be
turned to the off position during class.
3. A picture is needed from each
student; please bring to class at earliest convenience.
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep
attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for
cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.
Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of
enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of
two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student
will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete
will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded
for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans
Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused
absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the
appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports
of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for
students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will
be reported to the appropriate agency.
SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS:
assignments are to be turned in at the beginning of the class they are due. Any
assignment received by the instructor after the beginning of class will receive
reduced points. For each day late, additional points will be deducted.
COURSE ASSESSMENT: Class participation, papers, and
Lectures, discussions, exercises, cases, debates, and role-plays. The course is
conducted as a highly interactive graduate seminar. Students are expected to
participate actively in informed discussions, and learning experiences, thereby
merging theory and practice. Very intentionally, the structure of the course
will emerge from the dynamics of the class, and therefore some of the scheduling
may be approximate. The pace at which we progress through the syllabus may be
affected by, for example, decisions the class makes, how involved we get in
particular topics, etc.
RULES OF CONDUCT:
Attend class regularly and be prompt it will be a part of your grade.
Discussion is mandatory and part of your grade. During the course, each student
will be called upon and required to discuss their analysis of court cases from
the text – you will be expected to be prepared and points will be deducted if
you are not.
Grades for the course will be based on the following factors and weighting:
Your understanding of the assigned readings, evidenced by your
ability to analyze and communicate through the different writing assignments
Your collaborative participation in the class discussions
Your ability to identify resources and to research evidenced by
your completion of the final assignment.
The research report is the equivalent of a final examination. As
this is a graduate seminar type class, there will be no proctored examination.
Completing a three credit hour course, in a graduate seminar
setting, without a final examination, means that greater attention than in some
other course settings must be given to dedicated, intelligent participation in
the course from the very beginning. Stay ahead with the reading and writing
assignments. Reread over your written assignments carefully before
submission. There are no "perfect answers" around policy. But be ready to
explain what you mean and know on what you are basing your views.
DISABILITY GUIDELINES: Park University is committed
to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special
assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students
concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park
University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities
Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any
inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the
provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park
University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the
Park University web page:
DEBATE: Is the American democracy working?
Negative position: No. A democracy that works for the few
is not, by definition, a democracy. It is clear that this democracy works for
the wealthy but not for others. We are the only industrialized nation that has
not figured out how to provide health care for all citizens. We have not
figured our how to educate our children in safe buildings. The disparity
(economic, opportunity, and access) in this nation to basic services and
privileges is clearly violating the premise that our government is “of the
people, by the people, and for the people.”
Affirmative position: Of course our democracy is working.
We are tremendously prosperous and powerful in the world. We get the government
we vote into office. If we do not like it, we can vote differently. This is
what democracy is about. The majority prefers the government we have. People
are not protesting in the streets. This nation is a nation of privilege.
Citizens have been participating and they have voted for the current
administration and its policies. We have the government that is of our own
8/23 – 8/29
8/30 – 9/12
No class 9/6: Labor Day
9/13 – 9/19
Denhardt et al, Chapters 11-14. Essay due 9/20: Answer the Week Four
discussion question: "Identify a
central theme from this week's reading assignment and relate it to a concept
you learned during a previous MPA course."
c) Please complete the Analysis Paper, due 9/20.
Your paper must include the following sections:
(1) CENTRAL THEME. What is the central theme of the Denhardt
et al book? This segment of the paper may not exceed one typewritten page
(2) IMPLICATIONS. How does this book assist you in
understanding your professional experiences and involvements?
(3) UTILIZATION. How would you use the analysis of this book
in your future professional activities?
9/20 – 9/26
9/27 – 10/3
10/4 – 10/10
10/11 – 10/24
No class 10/18—fall recess
10/25 – 10/31
11/1 – 11/7
11/8 – 11/14
11/15 – 11/21
11/22 – 11/28
11/29 – 12/5
LAST DAY OF
CLASS. Debate will be held. Debate position research paper is due.
Please complete the paper, adhering to these procedures:
(B) Write your research report according to
the outline below.
Your paper must include the following sections:
1. A paragraph length statement of the RATIONALE for the topic
2. An ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY of the sources used. Remember
that possibly only parts of any sources may be used and that this has to be
indicated. Watch the proper order of bibliographical listings.
3. Statement of the CENTRAL THEME found in the sources used.
4. A discussion of the possible UTILIZATION of the results of
this report which must include at least 2 (two) properly identified
footnotes (or endnotes) referring to the bibliographical entries.
5. Discuss the process of working with your
debate team members. What dynamics and procedures worked well for your
group and which did not work so well? If you were teaching this course next
term, what aspects of the debate process would you keep and which would you
The following weights will be
assigned to the course requirements:
Class Participation –
Debate Position Research Paper –
20% 200 points
*Weekly Essays – 15%
150 total points
Analysis Paper (Denhardt) – 10%
Critique Paper (Bardach) –
10% 100 points
Practice Paper (Rhodes) – 10%
Evaluation Paper (Pattakos) – 10%
*Resubmit all original weekly essays (with my markings on
them) along with any rewrites. Students are free to rewrite any or all of them,
especially considering the topics and their comments within the context of the
entire course. FINAL DUE DATE for these is December 13, 2004.
Final grades will be computed
based on the following point scale:
any student who misses three classes, regardless of whether or not the absence
is excused, will be administratively withdrawn.