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.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

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


FAP 2012 DLA


Barrett, Michael P.


Adjunct Faculty


BA Political Science

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8:00 a.m. through A

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Class Time


Credit Hours


I. COURSE TEXTS 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

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:
I. COURSE ASSESSMENT: Class participation, quality of discussions, presentations, papers, and written reports. A. Overall Grading Policy: PA 602 is a writing-intensive course, during which time students will be submitting three reports, two case analyses (in teams), and a class participation analysis, in addition to presenting and writing a Constitutional Debate. Postings on threaded discussions are evaluated according to timeliness and quality. Grades for the course will be based on student demonstration of the following: · Understanding of the assigned readings and faculty presentations, evidenced by the ability to analyze and communicate through the different discussion and writing assignments. · Collaboratively lead and participate in the weekly class discussions. · Proper use of citations and sources (see ASPA guidelines appended to this syllabus). · Proper spelling, grammar and punctuation (see MPA Student Writing Helpsheet provided). There is a 2-point grade penalty for every word not spelled correctly as well as for incorrect use of grammar and punctuation. · Ability to work well in teams. · NOTE: VIOLATION of Park University’s academic integrity policy will result in an F for the course. See section below on ACADEMIC HONESTY. WORDS OF ADVICE: This graduate seminar requires dedicated, intelligent participation in the course from the very beginning. Stay ahead with the reading and writing assignments. Reread your written assignments carefully before submission. Do not submit a “first draft” for grading. Ask someone to read your draft before you submit it to be sure it is readable and free of errors. Your best thinking is expected. Remember that there are often no clear answers around policy issues. Be prepared to express your ideas AND the basis for them. Also, pay close attention to my weekly posted announcements and e-mail messages. B. Criteria for Evaluating Class Participation: Students are expected to lead and participate in the weekly class threaded discussions by posting constructively, in a timely manner, and by responding to classmates. Postings must be made before the end of the day on Wednesday in order to be considered timely, allowing time for classmates to respond to your points. All responses in the threaded discussions should be professional in nature. An excellent response is timely and will include a citation from the reading, a personal or professional example which supports your conclusion, and proper use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. 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. C. Writing Assignments: For all writing assignments, draw on the faculty presentations, readings for the course prior to and including the week’s reading assignment. Students are expected to adhere to the following standards for all assignment submissions: 1. Standards of academic honestly are expected; violations will not be tolerated. 2. All papers must be word-processed, double-spaced, written in 12-point font, and have standard margins. 3. Papers must contain no misspelled words or grammatical errors. 4. Use proper format for citations and footnotes, as well as quotation marks. 5. Be sure that the organization of the paper clearly follows the assignment. The reader should not have to figure out what item in the assignment is being addressed in that section of the paper. 6. All papers should be carefully edited to insure writing makes sense and is readable. All papers should be edited by at least one outside reader. 7. Reminders: Put the week and assignment at the top of each essay, along with name and the date. NOTE: Be sure to submit papers in the DROP BOX and or email them to me at Assignments will be graded and returned in the DROP BOX or via email depending on how they were submitted. D. Grading Plan: The following points will be assigned to the course requirements: 1. Weekly Discussion Threads/Class Participation Analysis & Team Report 300 points Class Participation Analysis one-page Methodology due Week 8; Class Participation Analysis report is an empirical study of weekly class participation and team performance due at the conclusion of Week 17; students recommend the number of points they should earned out of the 300 allotted; see homework for Week 17 for details and requirements.) 2. Three Reports  400 points · Foundational Values Report (due Week 3) 100 points · Democratic Role & Responsibility Report (due Week 7) 100 points · Capstone Seminar Scholarly Reflective Report (due Week 17) 200 points 3. Case Analyses (TEAMS)  100 points Cases Analyses 1 [TEAM ASSIGNMENT] (week 12) 50 points Cases analyses 2 [TEAM ASSIGNMENT] (week 13) 50 points 4. Capstone Constitutional Debate Presentation and Narrative 200 points Debate Statement due for approval Week 8; facilitated presentations consisting of PowerPoint and narrative are scheduled during weeks 14, 15, 16, and 17. TOTAL  1,000 points Grading Scale Final grades will be computed based on the following point scale: 900-1000: A 800-899: B 700-799: C 600-699: D 0-599: F E. Attendance: Any student who does not participate in class for two weeks without an excused absence will be automatically administratively withdrawn.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Written assignments are submitted during the week they are due.  I do not accept late submission of course material.

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 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 21-22


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 course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools. Park University 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 26

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:

Park University's Hauptmann School for Public Affairs are expected to be
familiar with and follow consistently the Chicago
Style Manual
accepted norms for citations of other texts, articles or
online resources and for preparing a bibliography.  This is the style used by the American
Society of Public Administration
(ASPA), of which all MPA students are required to join.  A summary is appended to this document for
your reference.  PAR articles supply numerous examples of proper reference styles.

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.


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