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Fall 2011 - 61145 - PA384C - Public Management

Instructor(s): Evans, Angela
Unique Number: 61145
Day & Time: T 9:00 - 12:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.216/219
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Course Overview

This course provides substantive instruction in administrative policymaking and implementation. It is usually taken during the first year. Students are introduced to the role and method of administration in meeting policy expectations, resolving issues, responding to new requirements, and evaluating performance. The course covers the following topics: organization structure and bureaucracy, management issues and processes, managerial psychology, managing diversity, leadership, strategic planning, interorganizational relations, administrative law, human resource management, labor relations, personnel administration, performance measurement, program evaluation, information management, and ethics of public service. Each section of the course uses a different aspect of public administration or public management to emphasize these topics. The objectives of the course are achieved by using case studies, simulation exercises, class visitors, and practical exercises which complement the assigned readings and class discussions.

Section 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 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 collaborative organizations.

The purpose of this course is to help equip students with the knowledge of management and leadership concepts essential to performing successfully and responsibly in public organizations. We will explore the nature of public administration; examine organizational structure issues; discuss public sector innovation strategies, and debate decision making mechanisms. We also will examine the human elements of government organizations, including how to ensure the availability of a properly-equipped workforce, how to establish expectations for that workforce, and how to instill within the organization an environment that fosters mutual respect and open communication.

The course is designed to integrate the theories of management and the experiences of those who have managed to help students develop skills and insights necessary to lead and manage public organizations and to use the art of common sense when managing and leading.

The course requires extensive reading to prepare for class and a very high level of participation in class. Student assessment will be based upon short memos, one 15 page paper and team and individual presentations, and class participation. There is no final examination.