This course will focus on the study of public administration in 21st Century America. Students in this course will become acclimated to core administrative topics, including: budgeting, ethics, and human resource management. Within the context of group dynamics, the course also explores time management, stress management, communication, and motivation. (3 credits)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Understand the history of public administration and explain why it is a discipline worth studying.
- Identify the relationship between federal, state and local governments.
- Recognize ethical dilemmas and apply decision-making tools to solve them.
- Explain how typical public and non-profit organizations are developed and structured.
- Understand the basic tenets of strategic planning (including implementation and evaluation).
- Provide an overview of the public budgeting process.
- Understand the basics of public-sector Human Resources and labor-management.
- Develop new strategies for time and stress management.
- Use new communication and motivation skills to positively affect future group dynamics.
- Evaluate and explore new trends in public administration.
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Case Studies (Weeks 4 & 8)
Final Exam (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore
- Denhardt, Robert and Denhardt, Janet (2014). Public Administration: An Action Orientation - Text Only. 7th ed. Wadsworth, Inc. ISBN-10: 1-133-93920-1 or ISBN-13: 978-1-133-93920-7
Readings and Exercises
Case Studies 1-2-3 Due
Case Studies 4-5-6 Due
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources
Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.