PA501 Public Affairs Concepts & Theory

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The Hauptmann School of Public Affairs offers a citizen-centered, professional program of graduate study that is grounded in the liberal arts tradition.  As participants in HSPA's vibrant academic community, faculty and students consider, with the coursework, the larger issues of democracy, stewardship, and technology.  In so doing, HSPA seeks to prepare students for the courage and discernment to act for the common good in the global context.  Going beyond competence, students develop knowledge, skills, and values requisite for leadership and service in and across all sectors of society, including government, business, and nonprofit.  HSPA cultivates public affairs as a life-long passion that is fundamental to citizenship in a free society.

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The Hauptmann School for Public Affairs will serve the common good by graduating leaders who exercise authority responsibly, make ethical decisions, act with moral courage, and advance human dignity world-wide.


PA 501 Public Affairs Concepts & Theory


FAP 2011 DL


Stuteville, Rebekkah A., Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Office Location

Downtown Campus -- Room 914

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

August 15, 2011-December 9, 2011

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


DeParle, Jason. 2004. American Dream. New York: Penguin Group.

de Tocqueville, Alexis. 2003. Democracy in America and Two Essays on America.  New York: Penguin Group.

Drucker, Peter F. 2001. The Essential Drucker. New York: HarperBusiness.

Friedman, Thomas L. 2006. The World Is Flat [Updated and Expanded]: A Brief History of the Twenty-firstCentury.  New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Fry, Brian R. and Jos C.N. Raadschelders. 2008. Mastering Public Administration: From Max Weber to Dwight Waldo. 2nd edition. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.

Jordan, Terry L. 2004. The U.S. Constitution: And Fascinating Facts About It. Naperville, IL: Oak Hill Publishing Company.

Kolbert, Elizabeth. 2006. Field Notes from a Catastrophe. New York: Bloomsbury USA.

Putnam, Robert D. 2000. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community.  Fireside Paperbacks.

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Course Description:
PA 501 Public Affairs Concepts and Theory: An introduction to the field of public affairs and to the current problems in the area. Public affairs will be related to concepts of organizational theory and organizational behavior with an emphasis on the special nature of public organizations. The emphasis areas of the M.P.A. program and their interrelationships will be explained.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Become acquainted with the basic concepts of public affairs and organizational theory
  2. Understand the relationships of the social, economic and political aspects of public affairs
  3. Recognize the complexity of public problems and the issues underlying their attempted solutions within a democratic political system
  4. Discover the connections between the study of public affairs and organizational theory
  5. Develop personal approaches and opinion about the solution of public problems
  6. Build awareness of the ethical dimensions of public affairs

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the basic concepts of public administration and organizations.
  2. Practice the political/social/economic triad method of analysis of public policy and organizations.
  3. Explain the complexity of public problems and issues attendant to attempts to remedy social, political, and economic problems, especially in a civil and elective system of governance.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to analyze public issues, and describe the various styles of such analysis.
  5. Identify ethical dimensions within the field of public affairs.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Weekly discussion questions, analysis papers, final paper, and participation/attendance.

Initial Introductory Discussion Posting = 18 points

Weekly Discussion = 15 weeks x 13 points each = 195 points

Analysis Papers = 5 papers x 75 points each = 375 points

Final Paper = 150 points
Participation and Attendance = 50 points
Subject to Change.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Written assignments must be submitted during the week they are due in order for students to receive credit. The student will lose 25% for each week that the assignment is late. I do not grant incomplete grades except in exceptional circumstances such as family, medical or legal emergencies. These emergencies must be documented.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




August 15-21, 2011

Reading Assignment:

Jordan Book (All)

F &R, Chapter 1 (Max Weber)

Week 1 Lecture

Writing Assignments:

Introduction posting

Week 1 Discussion Question (Plus 2 peer responses)


August 22-28, 2011

Reading Assignment: 

F &R, Chapter 2 (Frederick Taylor)

F &R Chapter 1 Powerpoint Presentation

Writing Assignments:

Week 2 Discussion Question (Plus 2 peer responses)



August 29-September 4, 2011

Reading Assignment:

Tocqueville Book (Volume I Only)

F &R Chapter 2 Powerpoint Presentation

Week 3 Lecture

Writing Assignments:

Week 3 Discussion Question (Plus 2 peer responses)



September 5-11, 2011

Reading Assignment:

F &R, Chapter 3 (Luther Gulick)

Writing Assignments:

Week 4 Discussion Question (Plus 2 peer responses)

Week 4 Analysis Paper (Tocqueville Volume I)


September 12-18, 2011

Reading Assignment:

Kolbert Book (All)

F &R Chapter 3 Powerpoint Presentation

Week 5 Lecture

Writing Assignments:

Week 5 Discussion Question (Plus 2 peer responses)



September 19-25, 2011

Reading Assignment:

F&R, Chapter 4 (Mary Parker Follett)


Writing Assignments:

Week 6 Discussion Question (Plus 2 peer responses)

Week 6 Analysis Paper (Kolbert)


September 26-October 2, 2011

Reading Assignment:

DeParle Book (All)

F&R Chapter 4 Powerpoint Presentation

Week 7 Lecture

Writing Assignments:

 Week 7 Discussion Question (Plus 2 peer responses)


October 3-9, 2011

Reading Assignment:

F&R, Chapter 5 (Elton Mayo)

Writing Assignments:

Week 8 Discussion Question (Plus 2 peer responses)

Week 8 Analysis Paper (DeParle)


October 10-16, 2011

Recess –No Class


October 17-23, 2011

Reading Assignment:

Friedman (All)

F&R Chapter 5 Powerpoint Presentation

Week 10 Lecture

Writing Assignment:

Week 10 Discussion Question (Plus 2 peer responses)


October 24-30, 2011

Reading Assignment:

F&R, Chapter 6 (Chester Barnard)

Writing Assignments:

Week 11 Discussion Question (Plus 2 peer responses)

Week 11 Analysis Paper (Friedman)


October 31-November 6, 2011

Reading Assignment:

Putnam Book (All)

F&R Chapter 6 Powerpoint Presentation

Week 12 Lecture

Writing Assignments:

Week 12 Discussion Question (Plus 2 peer responses)


November 7-13, 2011

Reading Assignment:

F&R, Chapter 7 (Herbert Simon)

Writing Assignments:

Week 13 Discussion Question (Plus 2 peer responses)

Week 13 Analysis Paper (Putnam)


November 14-20, 2011

Reading Assignment:

Drucker Book (All)

F&R Chapter 7 Powerpoint Presentation

Week 14 Lecture

Writing Assignments:

Week 14 Discussion Question (Plus 2 peer responses)


November 21-27, 2011

Reading Assignment:

F&R, Chapters 8 & 9 (Charles Lindblom & Dwight Waldo)

Week 15 Lecture

Writing Assignments:

Week 15 Discussion Question (Plus 2 peer responses)


November 28-December 4, 2011

Reading Assignments:

F &R  Powerpoints for Chapters 8 & 9

Week 16 Lecture


Writing Assignments:

Week 16 Discussion Question (Plus 2 peer responses)



December 5-11, 2011

Writing Assignments:

Final Paper Due – Due DECEMBER 5, 2011

Subject to Change

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Attendance Policy:

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