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Course Code: PADM510 Course ID: 2726 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course covers the major administrative theories that drive macro-level public behavior. It will begin with a consideration of the broad significance of the study of public organizations for individuals in modern society. It will then examine how theorists and practitioners have sought to develop more formal perspectives on public management. It will examine those ideas that are of greatest relevance to the construction of an integrated theory of public organizations. The progression of the course follows the evolution of administrative theory from the pioneering work of Weber, Taylor.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
08/31/2021 - 02/04/2022 02/07/2022 - 04/03/2022 February Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
10/26/2021 - 04/01/2022 04/04/2022 - 05/29/2022 April Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session
12/28/2021 - 06/03/2022 06/06/2022 - 07/31/2022 June Spring 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

1. Compare and contrast formal theories of public organizations.
2. Evaluate the intellectual heritage of Marx, Weber, Wilson and others and their impact on the transformation of public service.
3. Evaluate the theoretical underpinnings of the new public management and the postmodern theories.
4. Assess the role of value systems and service in the administration of public policy.
5. Assess the importance of ethics and ethical theory in the administration of public resources to earn and retain public trust.
6. Assess the impact of budgetary theory on administrative theory.

Self-Introduction: The first forum includes a self-introduction, which should include your name, where you are located (country, state, or city), what your current job title is, where you received your undergraduate degree and in what field, any information you care to share about your family and hobbies, and what you hope to get out of the course.

This introduction needs to be at least 250 words and posted during the first week of the class. Do not attach your posting to the forum, type it into the comments box. Failure to complete this forum by the end of the first week of class will result in you being dropped from the course.

Forum Questions: You will have 8 forum questions, 1 per week, though the question may have several parts. For our forum discussions we will be analyzing concepts raised in the text, related readings, or current events. Postings and replies should be free of any spelling or grammar errors and given proper attribution.

Questions and topics posed in the Forums are designed to promote thought and insight. Students must provide a critical review of the questions, topics and issues posed and substantively reply to the contributions of at least three peers. Individual postings should include a full discussion of the content of the question posed and explain how it relates to the concepts in the weekly text readings and other resources. The postings should be analytic in nature and include comparisons/contrasts, and examples that can bolster your point. The Forum is for your benefit and it is important to respond to the discussion topic and to engage others in a running dialogue.

Your initial post should be made by Thursday each week. You should then respond to 3 or more posts. Note that at least one response to your classmates must be made before Sunday. If you make all of your responsive posts on Sunday, you will not earn full points for timeliness.

This can be accomplished by

· Validating with additional evidence from the literature.

· Posing a thoughtful question with commentary which generates further discussion.

· Providing an alternative point-of-view, with evidence and examples.

· Offering additional insight into how the concept might be understood, with evidence provided with real world examples.

You should be active in the classroom throughout the week and actively engaged in the back-and-forth discussion between your colleagues and the professor.

The forum grading rubric can be found in gradebook by clicking on the forum entry.

Assignments

The assignments involve the theories and theorists we are studying. Each application is different and therefore has different expectations for length and depth. See the specific assignment for details. You are expected to draw from the weekly readings and find evidence to support your responses in journal articles or current events. Additionally, there is a final paper in which you apply the theories you learned in this class to a real life situation.

1. Compare and contrast formal theories of public organizations.
2. Evaluate the intellectual heritage of Marx, Weber, Wilson and others and their impact on the transformation of public service.
3. Evaluate the theoretical underpinnings of the new public management and the postmodern theories.
4. Assess the role of value systems and service in the administration of public policy.
5. Assess the importance of ethics and ethical theory in the administration of public resources to earn and retain public trust.
6. Assess the impact of budgetary theory on administrative theory.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
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Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.