Summer (1st Session) 2010 Course Description

Public Management

Instructor(s): Angela Evans
Course: P A 384C - Public Management
(previously Public Administration and Management)
Unique Number: TBD
Day & Time: Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Room: SRH 3.220
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Description: This is an exciting time to be in leadership roles in public institutions and to manage the implementation and oversight of critical public policies. The practice and study of public administration are undergoing profound changes, as policies become more complex, their implementation more consequential, and their constituencies more diverse.

Public managers continue to execute their traditional responsibilities of policy formulation, implementation, oversight, and evaluation. But, increasingly, governments are called upon to be transparent and collaborative in their operations and to serve as catalysts for—rather than actual deliverers, redistributors, or regulators of—goods, services, and opportunities affecting their citizens. As such, the responsibilities of public managers are shifting increasingly to managing more dynamic, integrated, and networked organizations.

The course is designed to examine major managerial theories and sound practices in both the public and private sectors. The objective of the course is to integrate this knowledge base with actual, real life experiences to better prepare students for the challenges they will face immediately, as well as long-term, as they assume managerial and leadership positions. The course materials, class discussions, and class projects will help students to develop the skills and insights necessary to face management challenges intelligently, to analyze critically options for how to address these challenges, and to practice leadership and managerial skills of communication, collaboration, and problem solving.

The course will include discussions on leading and managing:



The course requires extensive reading to prepare for class and a very high level of participation in class. Student assessment will be based upon: several 1-2 page memoranda; an on-the-spot briefing; an in-class collaborative project; a memorandum analyzing a management problem and possible solutions to that problem; one 15-20 page report; and class participation. There is no final examination.

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