Spring 2009 Course Description

Public Management

Instructor(s): Billy Hamilton
Course: P A 384C - Public Management
(previously Public Administration and Management)
Unique Number: 62265
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.106
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: This course will introduce students to management principles and practices as they apply to public agency administration. The course will cover the nature and theories of public administration. It also will cover organizational theory and the effect of bureaucratic structure on administrative behavior. The course will include an extensive discussion of the current challenges facing public managers at all levels, including the management of people, budget management, technology management, outsourcing, government process re-engineering and reform, the requirements of open government policies, politics and legislative relations. It also will examine cases where public programs have failed as a guide to effective decision making on future programs. Case studies will be used to provide real life context for the course content.

The course will go beyond the conceptual framework of public management to look at the “nuts and bolts” of managing a public agency or a subdivision of an agency. The emphasis will be on the current and probable future challenges that public managers face. Knowledgeable speakers will be used in some classes to provide real examples of the issues that students are addressing. The course will help students gain the knowledge, insights and skills to manage and lead government organizations.

The course requires extensive reading covering the areas to be discussed in class. Class preparation will be important. Student assessment will be based on class participation, short written assignments, one 20-page paper and oral presentations. There will be no final examination. In addition, individuals and small teams of students will make presentations in class on a variety of management topics.

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