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MPA 600. Foundations of Public Administration and Public Service

Credits: 3
Department: Political Science
Description: History and scope of public administration and public service; contemporary issues that confront public administration.
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will describe the discipline of public administration in terms of how changing political eras have resulted in changes to the discipline.
2. Students will identify and describe changes in organization theory, human resources, and budgeting from the beginning of the professionalization of American public administration to present.
3. Students will explain the policy making process and analyze how the process produces outcomes.
4. Students will explain how and why some policies/programs are successfully implemented and why others are not.
5. Students will describe the key frameworks of public administration as a discipline and how that has influenced public administration as an occupation.
6. Students will assess pitfalls of ethical behavior in the public sector workplace and how to insure these pitfalls are mitigated.
7. Students will describe and assess the core competencies of public administration today.

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