The Context of Public Administration

Fall 2013 quarter

Taught by

political science, public administration, women's studies
non-profit administration, public administration, organizational behavior & organizational development

In the first quarter we explore many of the enduring issues of U.S.public administration, increasing our understanding of important aspects of the political, social, cultural, and economic contexts of effective public administration. Through readings, class participation, and applying critical analysis, the intent is to gain an understanding of the “cannon” of public administration as a discipline and assess the current practices of public service. We will discuss and analyze what public administrators do at the federal, tribal, state, county, city and non-profit levels. Further, we will analyze and critique the theoretical underpinnings of the discipline and the “real” practice of public administration. Finally, we will be forward looking and assess the challenges and opportunities in public administration scholarship and on the ground leadership.

Program Details

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening

Advertised schedule: 6-10p Thurs, 9a-5p Sat, Dec 14


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Registration Information

Credits: 6 (Fall)

Class standing: Graduate

Maximum enrollment: 60


Course Reference Number

(6 GR credits): 10314

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