Hauptmann School for Public Affairs Mission StatementThe 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.
Hauptmann School for Public Affairs Vision StatementThe 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.
BA Political ScienceMPA JD
8:00 a.m. through A
A. Texts that you already have:
Document Sharing: MPA Student Writing Helpsheet
of the scholarly journal, Public Administration Review, as needed (available to each student as a member of the
American Society for Public Administration).
Document Sharing: Documents published by the Center for Civic Education
B. Available from the web:
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Preamble and Part the First only): http://www.mass.gov/legis/const.htm
Proclamation, January 1, 1863: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/emancipation_proclamation/
Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865. http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/trt053.html;
Res Publica: An
International Framework for Education in Democracy, published by the
Center for Civic Education: (Provided in document sharing)
Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom:http://www.vahistorical.org/sva2003/vsrf.htm.
ALSO: The New York Times online (www.nytimes.com); the Wall Street Journal online (www.wsj.com);
and the Washington Post online (www.washingtonpost.com). These may
require fees for digital subscriptions.
C. Text books:
Guy B. Adams and Danny L. Balfour, Unmasking Administrative Evil. REV04.
E. Sharpe. ISBN # 0-7656-2331-5 (paper).
H. George Frederickson. 2005. Public Administration with an Attitude. Washington, D.C.:
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:
Publishing Company. ISBN # 1-891743-00-7.
Jonathan Kozol, Amazing Grace: The lives of
children and the conscience of a nation.
Publisher, Reprint edition. 1996. ISBN #: 0060976977
Terrel L. Rhodes, ed., The Public Manager
Case Book: Making decisions in a complex
Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2002, ISBN # 0-7619-2327-6 (paper).
Zakaria, Fareed. The
Post-American World. New York:
W. W. Norton & Co. ISBN
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Class Assessment: I.
COURSE ASSESSMENT: Class participation, quality of discussions, presentations,
papers, and written reports.
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:
of the assigned readings and faculty presentations, evidenced by the ability to
analyze and communicate through the different discussion and writing assignments.
lead and participate in the weekly class discussions.
use of citations and sources (see ASPA guidelines appended to this syllabus).
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
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.
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.
close attention to my weekly posted announcements and e-mail messages.
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.
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:
of academic honestly are expected; violations will not be tolerated.
papers must be word-processed, double-spaced, written in 12-point font, and
have standard margins.
must contain no misspelled words or grammatical errors.
proper format for citations and footnotes, as well as quotation marks.
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.
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.
Put the week and assignment at the top of each essay, along with name and the
NOTE: Be sure to submit papers in the DROP
BOX and or email them to me at Thomas.Vansaghi@park.edu. Assignments will be graded and returned in
the DROP BOX or via email depending on how they were submitted.
following points will be assigned to the course requirements:
1. Weekly Discussion Threads/Class Participation
Analysis & Team Report 300
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
2. Three Reports 400
Values Report (due Week 3) 100
Role & Responsibility Report (due Week 7) 100
Seminar Scholarly Reflective Report (due Week 17) 200
3. Case Analyses (TEAMS) 100 points
Cases Analyses 1
[TEAM ASSIGNMENT] (week 12) 50 points
Cases analyses 2
[TEAM ASSIGNMENT] (week 13) 50
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
Final grades will be computed
based on the following point scale:
Attendance: Any student who
does not participate in class for two weeks without an excused absence will be automatically
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
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: http://www.park.edu/disability .
ACADEMIC NORMS FOR CITATIONS: Graduate students of
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.
Last Updated:8/17/2012 10:16:55 AM