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Spring 2011 - 61895 - PA384C - Public Management

Instructor(s): Evans, Angela
Unique Number: 61895
Day & Time: W 9:00 - 12:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.316/350
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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 efficient and transparent 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 collaborative organizations.

This 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 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: several 2-3 page memoranda analyzing various management challenges; an on-the-spot exercise to develop the skill of briefing a superior on problems and how to solve them; a memorandum outlining a management problem and options for addressing that problem; a one 15-20 page report (based upon the management problem identified in the memorandum); and class participation. There is no final examination.