Teaching Experiences

This course addresses public personnel administration from multiple perspectives, including theoretical, legal, political, policy, psychological and practical. It provides students with the conceptual foundation they need, while introducing them to the important trends in this area. In addition to building theoretical knowledge and understandings, this course seeks to enable students to learn about identifying, analyzing, and providing solutions to problems facing administrative agencies in the real-world. They need to make recommendations with the support of theories and empirical evidence.

 

This course seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of public administration in the American system of government. It provides students with the conceptual foundation they need, while introducing them to important trends in the discipline.

The course is organized into three major themes. The first theme, “What is Public Administration?”, discusses the various definitions and multifaceted nature of public administration and explores the political contexts in which it is operated. This theme covers topics including the architecture and functions of the US government, the role of administrative agencies in a democracy, the intersection between policy-making and public administration, and the differences between public, private, and non-profit organizations.

The second theme, “Managing Public Sector Organizations”, focuses on the processes and issues related to the operations and management of public sector organizations. The covered topics include: organizational theory and management, organizational behavior and psychology, human resource management, workplace diversity and equity, public budgeting, decision-making, and leadership.

The third theme, “Serving the Public Interest”, concerns about the issues of public service delivery. The covered topics includes intergovernmental and intersectoral collaborations, performance measurement and management, and program evaluation.

In addition to building theoretical knowledge and understandings, this course also enables students to learn about identifying, analyzing, and providing solutions to problems facing administrative agencies in the real-world. They need to make recommendations with the support of theories and empirical evidence.