Political Science 300

POSC 300
Public Administration

Catalog Entry

POSC 300. Public Administration (AG, PA)
Three hours lecture (3).

Prerequisite: POSC 120

Background of administration as a profession; principles which are helpful to the administrator; effect of political influence.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Major topic areas in Public Administration that may be included in this course are:

I. The Nature of Public Administration

A. Public or Private--Is There a Difference?
B. Art, Science, or Craft
C. The Political Context
D. The Public Perception

II. Structure of Organization

A. The Basis of Organization
B. Hierarchy
C. Organization Theory
D. Line and Staff
E. Personnel and Motivation

III. Public Unionism

A. Public Unions--Pro and Con
B. Growth
C. Retrenchment

IV. Leadership

A. Qualities of Leadership
B. Techniques
C. The Management of People

V. Communication

A. Formal and Informal
B. Direction
C. Effectiveness

VI. Budgeting

A. The Political Context
B. Incremental
C. P.B.B.S.
D. Z.Z.B.

VII. Productivity

A. Measurement
B. Program Evaluation
C. M.B.O.

VIII. Administrative Law and Control

A. Limits on Administrative Discretion
B. Issues
C. Legalism As the Basis of Control

IX. Administration As a Political Actor

A. Relationship With Congress
B. Interadministration Relations
C. Relationship With the President
D. Relationship With the Courts
E. Constituent Demands and Support

X. Administrative Ethics

A. Ethical Codes
B. Ethical Case Studies
C. Whistleblowing

XI. Administrative Innovations

A. Ombudsman
B. New Administrative Units
C. Decentralization
D. Changing Work Schedules


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course will be primarily a lecture class, but small group exercises and discussions, in-class exercises, and discussions involving the entire class may also be used.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. To help the student see and understand differences between the nature of public and private administration.
2. To help the student see how public administration influences and is influenced by politically oriented activities within government.
3. To help the student gain a basic knowledge of various practical public administrative techniques.
4. To help the student begin to see the effects of quantitative information and analysis as the basis for administrative decision and policy making.


Assessment Measures

Class performance may be evaluated with objective and/or essay examinations, writing assignments related to class readings, quizzes, in-class writings, class participation, and a research paper.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

April 1998 Reviewed M. J. Franck, Dept. Chair