Spring 2008 Course Description

Public Management

Instructor(s): Kevin Bacon
Course: P A 384C - Public Management
(previously Public Administration and Management)
Unique Number: 64225
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.110
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: This course introduces students to management principles and practices, with a focus on public agency administration. We begin with discussion on the nature of public administration and move to organization theory and the effect of structure on executive branch behavior. We will also examine the ?people? side of government organizations as well as management and leadership within organizations. Many case studies are examined in depth to provide real life context for the course content.

The course is designed to go beyond a conceptual framework of public management by also helping students develop the knowledge, insights and skills necessary to manage and to lead government organizations. Students will also work in small group settings on a number of management skill-building exercises, such as ?supportive communication? and ?managing conflict?.

The course requires extensive reading and class preparation as well as a very high level of participation in class. Student assessment will be based on class participation, short written assignments, one 20-page paper and oral presentations. There will be no final examination. In addition, individuals and small teams of students will make presentations in class on a variety of management topics.

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