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POLS 331: Public Administration
Class Times: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 10:00 am – 10:50 am DU459
Office Hours: Monday 11:00-12:00 pm, Wednesday 11:00 – 12:00 pm,
And by appt at Zulauf Room 408
Phone: Office: (815) 753-7052 or in an emergency (319) 520-5306
This course serves as an introduction to public administration. It is designed to familiarize you with the complexities and dynamics within the bureaucracy as a way of understanding government and society.
Rosenbloom, David H. and Robert S. Kravchuck (2002) Public Administration: Understanding Management, Politics, and Law in the Public Sector (5th ed). McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
These required readings are on reserve in the library. A majority of these reading excepts can be found in Shafritz, Jay M., Albert C. Hyde, and Sandra J. Parkes (2004) Classics of Public Administration (5th ed). Wadsworth.
There will be one midterm and a final exam. Each exam will be worth 25% of the final course grade. The midterm examination will cover approximately one-half of the class. The final examination will be cumulative with an emphasis on the last half of the class material. Make-up exams will only be permitted in the case of extreme emergencies.
Throughout the semester (see the class schedule), in-class quizzes will be given. Questions will emphasize the reading assignments but may also include material from the lectures. A total of six quizzes will be given and each quiz will be worth 2% of the final course grade. The lowest quiz score will be dropped. No make-up quizzes will be given.
Each student will be required to write two reflective essays throughout the semester. Each essay will be worth 5% of the final course grade and will be 2-3 pages in length. These essays are designed to demonstrate your understanding of current issues in public administration. I will provide a topic for you to analyze. You will be expected to base your analysis of the topic on the theories and ideas gained from the reading materials and the lectures. The analysis will include a short summary of the topic, discussion of the issues surrounding the topic, and your impressions of the impact of the topic on a particular stakeholder (such as the citizens, government agencies, non-profit agencies, the private sector, etc) as it pertains to public administration.
Letter grades will be based on the standard 10% scale (e.g. 90% - 100% = A, 80%-89% = B, 70% - 79% = C, etc). The following components are the criteria for calculating the course grade.
Problem Statement 5%
Issue Paper 15%
Reflective Essays 10%
Class Attendance 5%
Class Participation 5%
Any instance of academic dishonesty, e.g. cheating on exams or plagiarism on assignments, will be dealt with as severely as university rules allow, including but not limited to a zero on the exam or the paper and reporting of the incident to the appropriate departments. According to the Random House Dictionary of the English Language, Plagiarism is defined as “appropriation or imitation of the language, ideas and thoughts of another author, and representation of them as one’s own work.” The following are examples of plagiarism:
In order to ensure that everyone has an environment that facilitates learning, please adhere to the following classroom rules:
1. Turn cellular/mobile phones and pagers to silent or off during class time.
2. You will not be allowed to leave the classroom during an exam. Please ensure that you visit the restrooms and have all test taking items (pens, paper, etc) with you before the exam begins.
3. If your conduct is disruptive, you will be asked to leave the classroom and will receive no points on any scheduled exam or quiz that may be conducted during that class period.
4. Please make every effort to come to class on time and to remain until the end of the class unless permission has been otherwise granted.
Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, NIU is committed to making reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Those students with disabilities that may have some impact on their coursework and for which they may require accommodations should notify the Center for Access-Ability Resources (CAAR) on the fourth floor of the Health Services Building. CAAR will assist students in making appropriate accommodations with course instructors. It is important that CAAR and instructors be informed of any disability-related needs during the first two weeks of the semester.
Undergraduates are strongly encouraged to consult the Department of Political Science web site on a regular basis. This up-to-date, central source of information will assist students in contacting faculty and staff, reviewing course requirements and syllabi, exploring graduate study, researching career options, tracking department events, and accessing important details related to undergraduate programs and activities. To reach the site, go to http://polisci.niu.edu.
The Department of Political Science will recognize, on an annual basis, outstanding undergraduate papers written in conjunction with 300-400 level political science courses or directed studies. Authors do not have to be political science majors or have a particular class standing. Winners are expected to attend the Department’s spring graduation ceremony where they will receive a certificate and $50.00. Papers, which can be submitted by students or faculty, must be supplied in triplicate to a department secretary by February 28th. All copies should have two cover pages – one with the student’s name and one without the student’s name. Only papers written in the previous calendar year can be considered for the award. However, papers completed in the current spring semester are eligible for the following year’s competition even if the student has graduated.
Rosenbloom, Chapter 1: The Practice and Discipline of Public Administration
Rosenbloom, Chapter 2: The American Administrative State: Development and Political Environment
Quiz Friday, September 3rd
NO CLASS MONDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 2004 Happy Labor Day
September 8 - 10
Rosenbloom, Chapter 3: Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations, the Structure of the American Administrative State.
Quiz Friday, September 10th
September 13 - 17
Rosenbloom, Chapter 4: Organization: Structure and Process
Gulick, Luther 1937. “Notes on the Theory of Organization”, On Reserve. In Classics of Public Administration.
Reflective Essay #1 Due Friday, September 17th
September 20 - 24
Rosenbloom, Chapter 5: Public Personnel Administration and Collective Bargaining
Mosher, Frederick C. 1982. “Democracy of Public Service: The Collective Services”. On Reserve. In Classics of Public Administration.
Quiz Friday, September 24th
September 27 – October 1
Week 6: Public Financial Management
Rosenbloom, Chapter 6: Budgeting and Finance
October 4 - 8
Week 7: Decision-Making
Rosenbloom, Chapter 7: Decision Making
Rosenbloom, Chapter 8: Policy Analysis and Implementation Evaluation
Lindblom, Charles E. 1959. “The Science of Muddling Through” Public Administration Review. On Reserve.
MIDTERM Monday, October 18, 2004 10:00 am – 10:50 am
October 20 - 22
Week 9: Convergence of Management, Politics and Law
Rosenbloom, Chapter 9: Regulatory Administration: An illustration of management, politics, and law in the public sector.
October 25 - 29
Week 10: Non-Profit Agencies
Guest Speaker, Chapter President of Southeast Iowa American Red Cross
Reflective Essay #2 Due Friday, October 29th
Rosenbloom, Chapter 10: Public Administration and the Public
Quiz Friday, November 5th
November 8 - 12
Week 12: Democratic Constitutionalism
Rosenbloom, Chapter 11: Public Administration and Democratic Constitutionalism
Problem Statement Due Friday, November 12th
Rosenbloom, Chapter 12: Accountability and Ethics
Week 14: Globalization and Public Administration
Simon, Herbert A. (2000). “Public Administration in Today’s World of Organizations and Markets.” American Political Science Association. On Reserve.
NO CLASS NOVEMBER 24 – 26, 2004 Happy Thanksgiving
November 29 – December 3
Week 15: The Future of Public Administration
Rosenbloom, Chapter 13: The Future
Final Examination: Monday, December 5th 10:00 am – 11:50 am