PO335 Administrative Politics

for S2J 2012

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PO 335 Administrative Politics


S2J 2012 PV


Lockhart, Rich


Adjunct Faculty

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

816.719.8082 (cell)



Semester Dates

March 19, 2012 through May 7, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours



Stillman, Richard II, The American Bureaucracy, 3rd Edition, Thomson Wadsworth Publishing, ISBN 0-534-61420-5.

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Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
"The Blast in Centralia No. 5" by John Bartlow Martin, Harper's Magazine, March 1948, (this is a case study).

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Course Description:
Examines the skills involved in interacting with the public, private groups, legislative bodies, advisory committees, political appointees,other administrative agencies, and other levels of government. The ethical problems of such relationships are also considered. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's philosophy is based on learning through sharing information and experiences.  The instructor will use lecture, discussion of current events, case studies, guest speakers and assigned readings to engage students in the understanding of the American Bureaucracy. Students will be expected to use critical thinking to examine different government organizations and come to a greater understanding of how and why our government is organized as a bureaucracy.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand relationships between elected officials and merit employees.
  2. Describe oversight functions of legislative bodies over executive branch departments and agencies.
  3. Describe ethical problems related to the mixture of politics and administration.
  4. Describe the role citizens should play in influencing administrative decisions and processes.
  5. Describe inter-governmental relations.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
The class assessment will consist of attendance, class participation, quizzes, final exam, reflection writings, an article review, and a case study paper.  The quizzes and exam will cover the material from the assigned readings and lectures.


Breakdown of Assignments by weight
Attendance 10%
Class Participation 5%
Article Review 15%
Case Study 20%
Reflection Writings 20%
Quizzes 10%
Final Exam 20%
90% or above = A
80% to 89%   = B
70% to 79%   = C
60% to 69%   = D
59% and below = F
Article Review
The student will select an article about a government bureaucracy from Public Administration Review.  The student will write at least a two page paper reviewing the content of the article relating it to the text and class discussion.
Case Study
For your case study you will need to select a bureaucracy and write a 3 to 5 page paper describing the bureaucracy. You will need to have a minimum of 3 different published sources relating to the bureaucracy (2 of these sources must be peer reviewed text books or journal articles). You should include the function, history, and current status of agency. You will also need to relate it to our text (this can count as one of your sources). You will also need to include a bibliography page that does not count in your total page count.
Reflection Writings
Students will be given six specific topics to discuss in reflection writings.  These writings will be 1 to 2 pages in length and should be based on the readings, lecture and discussion.  Further details will be provided with each assignment.
Quizzes will be multiple choice and will be based on the information presented in class during the lecture.
Final Exam
The final exam will be a comprehensive written essay of 3 to 5 pages.  Students will be provided with questions to use as the framework for the paper.  Students will be expected to use the text as a source as well as two additional sources.  Sources should be cited using an approved format in an endnote page.  Further details will be given in class.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The article review, reflection writings and case study may be turned in ONE DAY late with a 50% penalty (assignments are due by 11:59 on the due date).  Missed quizzes and the exam may be made up with a valid excuse.  A valid excuse will need to be documented by the student to the satisfaction of the instructor.  Without a valid excuse or proper documentation, the student will receive a zero.  The class participation grade and attendance grade will also be negatively affected by any absences.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to be on time and participate in discussions.  Cell phones should be turned on vibrate.  Students may only answer emergency calls during class.  Chronic tardiness will result in a reduction of  attendance and class participation points.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Date Reading Assignment from Stillman Assignment Due
03/19 Chapter 1 and Martin case study quiz
03/26 Chapter 2 quiz
04/02 Chapter 3 article review and quiz
04/09 Chapter 4 reflection writings 1 to 3
04/16  Chapter 5 quiz
04/23 Chapter 6 quiz
04/30 Chapter 7 quiz and Case Study due
05/07 Case Study assignment Case study discussion, final exam and reflection writings 4 to 6

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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