PA602 Seminar in Public Affairs

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Hauptmann School for Public Affairs Mission Statement
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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Hauptmann School for Public Affairs Vision Statement
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 602 Seminar in Public Affairs


SPP 2012 DL


Vansaghi, Thomas M.


Adjunct Faculty


Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Public Administration

Office Location

3200 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

Office Hours


Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Web Page

Semester Dates

January 16 -- May 11, 2012

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


           A.    Texts that you already have:

·         In Document Sharing:  MPA Student Writing Helpsheet

·         Issues of the scholarly journal, Public Administration Review, as needed (available to each student as a member of the American Society for Public Administration).

·         In Document Sharing: Documents published by the Center for Civic Education

B.    Available from the web:

·          Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Preamble and Part the First only):

·         The Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863:

·         President Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865.;

·         Res Publica: An International Framework for Education in Democracy, published by the Center for Civic Education: (Provided in document sharing)

·         The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom:

·         ALSO: The New York Times online (; the Wall Street Journal online (; and the Washington Post online ( These may require fees for digital subscriptions.

C.    Text books:

Guy B. Adams and Danny L. Balfour, Unmasking Administrative Evil. REV04.

                        M. E. Sharpe. ISBN # 0-7656-2331-5 (paper).

H. George Frederickson. 2005. Public Administration with an Attitude. Washington, D.C.:

                        American Society for Public Administration. 2005. ISBN # 0-936678-24-0.

Terry L. Jordan (ed). The U.S. Constitution and Fascinating Facts about It. Naperville, IL: Oak

                        Hill Publishing Company. ISBN # 1-891743-00-7.

Jonathan Kozol,Amazing Grace: The lives of children and the conscience of a nation. Harper

                        Perennial Publisher, Reprint edition. 1996. ISBN #: 0060976977

Terrel L. Rhodes, ed., The Public Manager Case Book: Making decisions in a complex world.

                        Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2002, ISBN # 0-7619-2327-6 (paper).

Zakaria, Fareed. The Post-American World. New York: W. W. Norton & Co. ISBN #0-393-33480-5.

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Course Description:
PA 602 Seminar in Public Affairs: PA 602 is the capstone seminar of the MPA program. Conducted as a graduate seminar, this course addresses correlation of the academic and practical experiences of the degree candidates to their responsibilities as professionals in a democratic society. Each student prepares a series of papers and/or presentations that emphasize various expectations to be faced in professional work, such as case analysis, critique, evaluation, implementation research and proficiency in U.S. Constitutional issues. Prerequisite: 27 hours academic credit, including completion of PA 501 and 502
This is the final seminar in the MPA graduate program and the weekly discussion will be student-led based largely on posts and responses between students. The instructor will read and monitor all discussion and post sporadically depending upon the discussion.   PA 602 is NOT a comprehensive review to prepare students for comprehensive oral and/or written exams.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to analyze, critique, and evaluate current issues in public affairs;
  2. Communicate one's views clearly and civilly, and offer substantiation for those views;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to articulate and argue opposing sides of issues;
  4. Differentiate between personal beliefs and sound public policy in a pluralistic society.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to write critically and effectively;
  6. Participate productively in teams;
  7. Articulate clearly one's responsibilities as professionals and citizens in a free and democratic society, and in the world.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
See attached syllabus.

See attached syllabus.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
See attached syllabus.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
See attached syllabus.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
See attached syllabus.

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21


Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21

Attendance Policy:

Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 25

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: .

Additional Information:
See attached syllabus.

PA 602 Spring 2012 Syllabus.docBibliography:
Dr. Tom Vansaghi serves as the associate vice chancellor of college and community relations at Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City (MCC). His duties at MCC include public relations, marketing and government relations. He has a doctorate in political science and public administration and has worked under three Missouri governors. He also has two decades of experience working in state government and as a higher education lobbyist for MCC and Northwest Missouri State University. He has a passion for politics, political philosophy and serves as an adjunct faculty member at MCC-Maple Woods, Avila University and University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is also interested in writing, leading seminars and learning about how individuals can identify a worthy purpose and work toward achieving a sense of balance in their lives (For more information, see:


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