The Context of Public Administration TG

Fall Open
Tribal MPA
Class Standing
Jeffrey Callen

The purpose of 1st year Core is to identify and explore the fundamentals of governing and administering for the public good. In the fall quarter, we examine the foundations of democracy and public service by investigating the enduring issues for public administrators. We will increase our understanding of the political, social, cultural, and economic contexts of public administration. Our goal is to gain an understanding of how practitioners can apply theories of public administration through praxis. We will analyze the roles and responsibilities of public administrators and their institutions at all sectors of governing. In Winter quarter we will examine the knowledge and skills needed to practice democratic public administration. Spring quarter we examine the policy and fiscal foundations of doing public service.


What is public administration as a field of study?
● Who are public administrators and who is the public?
● Why does public administration matter? What are the enduring issues and why?
Learning objectives:
● Develop the foundations of critical analysis and critical thinking
● Understand the history and tradition of public administration
● Recognize systemic inequity in the public sphere
● Develop the ability to work effectively in teams


Course Reference Numbers

GR (6): 10261

Academic Details



In Person (F)

See definition of Hybrid, Remote, and In-Person instruction

Evening and Weekend

Fri Oct 28,6-9p, Sat Oct 29, 9a-5p, Sun Oct 30, 9a-5p

Sat Nov 12, 9a-5p, Sun Nov 13, 9a-5p

Fri Dec 2, 6-9p, Sat Dec 3, 9a-5p, Sun Dec 4, 9a-5p

Schedule Details
LONGHOUSE 1007A - Workshop
Tribal MPA