PO337 Administrative Law

for U1T 2010

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PO 337 Administrative Law


U1T 2010 DL


Furnish, Cynthia C.


Senior Instructor of Public Administration/ Adjunct Faculty


ABD  Organization and Management:
MBA  Emphasis: Management
Bacholar of Public Administration

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Semester Dates

7 June - 30 July

Class Days


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Credit Hours



There are 2 texts for this class:

1. Title:
Administrative Law: Bureaucracy in a Democracy
    Author: Daniel E. Hall
    Edition: 4th (2009)
    ISBN-10: 0135005183
    ISBN-13: 9780135005187

2. Title:
Smoking and Politics: Policy Making and the Federal Bureaucracy
    Author: A. Fritschler and James Hoefler
    Edition: 6th (2007)
    ISBN: 0131791044

Additional Resources:

Additional Resources:

Students should also be thoroughly familiar with the Online Databases accessed through the ParkUniversity library.

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Course Description:
PO 337 Administrative Law: The study of administrative agencies, their rule making powers, adjudicatory functions and judicial control over such agencies. Areas covered include: the scope of administrative power, judicial review, regulatory law, due process, and personal liability of public servants. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

    Readings and understanding covered concepts are integral to this course.  
Expectations include knowledge and understanding of legal terminology as related to the administrative area of the law. Through discussion, videos, and relevant web sites students will understand the power and authority of administrative agencies and the judicial responsibilities to keep these in check. Facility in writing of legal briefs, learned in this class is of utmost importance. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the administrative law structure and process.
  2. Describe regulatory law
  3. Procedural requirements of agency rule making and adjudication.
  4. Understand the Federal Administrative Procedure Act.
  5. Describe ethical concerns of administrative policy making.
  6. Be familiar with case law regarding administrative policy making.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 1.Understand the administrative law structure and process.
  2. 2. Describe regulatory law
  3. 3. Procedural requirements of agency rule making and adjudication.
  4. 4. Understand the Federal Administrative Procedure Act.
  5. 5. Describe ethical concerns of administrative policy making
  6. 6. Be familiar with case law regarding administrative policy making.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Students are expected to have all assigned work turned in at the prescribed dates. Students are expected to actively participate in all discussion threads with original answers to work assigned and to respond to other students (points will be lost without at least one response) in the class. These responses are to be substantive (at least 50-100 words). General praise for another student's response is not acceptable. Cases are to be briefed according to directions supplied by instructor. Students are expected to use several sources (at least 3, one must be your text) for information in discussion, and for completion of assigned projects.  Students are expected to read all materials assigned including ancillary text as the semester progresses (do not try to read the ancillary text at the last minute; you will want to comment on what you are feeling about the book each week). Quizzes are important to the course for clarification of legal terminology specifically.   If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.


 Each student is responsible for:

  • Completing weekly reading assignments
  • Participating in weekly discussion topics and to provide substantive responses to other students
  • Completing case reviews and case briefs  
  • Completing all quizzes
  • Completing the written project on smoking and politics
  • Locating a suitable proctor with professional e-mail for the final exam
  • Completing a proctored final exam




% of Grade


Issues for Discussion

160 (20 pts each)


Weekly (8 weeks)

Case Reviews

60 ( 20 pts each)


Weeks 2,4,7

Quizzes (3)

90( 30 pts each)


Weeks 2,4,7

Project (Smoking and Politics)



Week 6

Midterm Case



Weeks 3 & 4

Comprehensive Case Briefs (2)

140 (70pts each)


Weeks 1 & 6

Proctored Final Examination



Week 8





Late Submission of Course Materials:

Unless granted by the instructor before the fact, there will be no excuses for late work.  Each day an assignment is late, your grade will drop 10 points.  After instructor's sample brief has been posted for each comprehensive case, briefs will no longer be accepted for credit.  Briefs must be accomplished exactly as assigned or they will be returned for redo making their eventual hand in late. No course project papers will be accepted after the due date unless arrangements are made with instructor.  If NO project paper is received by the instructor, the student will receive the grade of ‘F' for the  course.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Rules of online conduct will be observed. Derogatory postings toward other students or the instructor will not be tolerated.  If a problem exists, the instructor should be contacted privately to communicate the situation

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Rules of online conduct will be observed. Derogatory postings toward other students or the instructor will not be tolerated.  If a problem exists, the instructor should be contacted privately to communicate the situation

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The general course overview is presented below.  Specific reading and homework assignments will be posted in the course.

Week 1

Topics:  The statutory authority of agencies and bureaucratic discretion; legal means to limit powers and procedures of administrative agencies; specific articles of the US Constitution and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA); powers allocated to the Federal government, the States, and concurrent powers.

Assignments:  Individual case brief

 Week 2 

Topics:  Informal action by agencies and agency discretion; concept of due process afforded by the Constitution (5th and 14th Amendments); judiciary oversight of the often broad powers of agencies.

Assignments:  Case review; quiz

 Week 3

Topics:  Rulemaking authority of agencies, differentiating rulemaking and adjudication; examining aspects of the 5th Amendment and immunity as well as provisions of the 4th Amendment discussing actions such as drug and alcohol testing and inspections.

Assignments: Midterm comprehensive case will be assigned and special instructions given. This case will be due at the end of week 4.

Case review

Week 4

Topics:  Specifics of adjudication actions akin to a civil jury trial; significant legal terminology; authority and neutrality of the system of Administrative Law Judges (ALJ).

Assignments:  Midterm special comprehensive case brief due
                                                                                              Week 5

Topics:  Review authority, specifically judicial review based on constitutional and common law tenets; statutes on which reviewability is based; writs for review such as certiorari, mandamus, habeas corpus, and prohibition when not statute based; standings doctrine for litigation and qui tam actions; discuss midterm group briefs. 

Assignments:  Turn in part of draft of written project (smoking and policy) This way, you will know that you are on the right track; quiz.

Week 6

Topics:  Accountability by the government including the "Freedom of Information Act," "Privacy Act," and the "Sunshine Act;" privacy of law enforcement documents as well as those of national defense and foreign policy balancing "the public's right to know."

Assignments:  Written project (smoking and policy); individual case brief; final review

Week 7

Topics:  Liability of the government and sovereign immunity especially in relation to the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) and its exemptions; "discretionary function" and "public duty" doctrines relating to liability of government employees; "deprivation" and the "color of law" as bases for liability of the government; discuss smoking and policy project.

Assignments: Project (Monday by midnight);  Case review; quiz

Week 8

Topics:  Review administrative law; areas of research including the Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) itself.

Assignments: Take proctored final exam.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case 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: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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