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Public Administration

PUB 101 - Intro to Public Administration (3 credits)

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.

PUB 105 - Intro to Organztnl & Comm Studies (3 credits)

This course will focus on the process of designating an ongoing action research project embedded within the student's chosen field or profession. This project will develop over the course of the concentration. This course is also heavily weighted on personal development, as the project will spring from the student's strengths, interests, and career/life goals. The course will begin the work of applying personal development theories to organizations and communities, including the development of organizational/community values and their immunities to change. Students will be introduced to relevant theories and models from business and social/behavioral sciences, and will examine the skills and knowledge necessary to design, develop, and sustain projects for individuals, organizations, and communities. This course can only be taken by students in the College Unbound Program. (Formerly: PUB 305.)

PUB 120 - Public Administration Law (3 credits)

This course will focus on the laws that define the powers of government agencies and the remedies a person may seek if injured by the agency's use of those powers. Topics include: agency discretion, client rights, agency rules and regulations, investigations and information gathering, informal proceedings, administrative agency hearings, judicial review, and paralegalism in administrative law. Students will use administrative agency websites to understand agency rules, documents, and forms. They will also study the Federal Register to learn about the rule making process and court case decisions regarding agency action.

PUB 140 - Public Speaking/Debates (3 credits)

This course will focus on public speaking and the art of public debate in society. Students will acquire theory and develop skills in speech organization, delivery, advocacy speech, informative speaking, and persuasive speaking. Students will also examine, critique, and develop their own moral codes connected to their field, workplace, and city by drawing upon readings and theories of right and wrong behavior, ethical justification, obligation, and responsibility. This course can only be taken by students in the College Unbound Program.

PUB 205 - Public Finance and Budgeting (3 credits)

This course will focus on introducing public administrators to the basic principles of public finance and the rigors of public budgeting. This course will familiarize students with capital and operating budgets, public borrowing and bonding, the typical public budgeting process, and the relationship between policy-making and resource allocation.

PUB 210 - Ethics in Public Administration (3 credits)

This course will focus on analyzing the ethical issues facing public employees, officials, and leaders, and on the organizational, legal, political, and moral perspectives on ethical dilemmas. Recommended Prerequisite(s): PUB 101.

PUB 215 - Making Public Policy (3 credits)

This course will focus on the policymaking process that results in a wide array of policies affecting our daily lives. A major focus will be the impact that both citizens and elected officials have on how policies are developed, funded, implemented and evaluated.

PUB 230 - Intergovernmental Relations (3 credits)

This course will focus on the nature and dynamics of the American federal system of government, including all levels of government: federal, state, county, municipal, and special districts. Topics include: the reciprocal influences of local, state, and federal bureaucracies, revenue sharing among different units of government, and the complex nature of state-local and inter-local relations in an urban setting.

PUB 300 - Globalization & Community (3 credits)

The course will focus on immigration, diaspora, and human rights in the context of the student's community. A prearranged student project will continue into this course and develop through required readings on themes of globalization, diaspora, and community impact. This course can only be taken by students in the College Unbound Program. Prerequisite(s):ENG 101, ENG 102.

PUB 301 - Professional Writing (3 credits)

This course will focus on the skills needed to write in a professional context. Assignments will introduce students to the forms, methods, standards, and issues central to professional writing. Emphasis in this writing course will be on the writing process, collaboration, research methods, technology, and document design. Students will learn how to shape their writing to suit a range of readers, purposes, and professional contexts. They will learn effective strategies to analyze writing situations and apply those strategies to a semester-long proposal project. This project proposal will complement students’ Action Research Project. This course can only be taken by students in the College Unbound Program. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.

PUB 302 - Community Assessment (3 credits)

This course will focus on the critical thinking skills and experience based tools for needed to assess community needs and resources and to make community decisions. The course introduces students to the development tools of community assessment, project design, monitoring, and evaluation. It focuses on the role of the professional in advocacy and organizing settings, problem analysis, problem framing, theories, models and approaches to organizing, advocacy and community development, and community and organizational assessment methods. At the end of this course participants will have the skills necessary to involve the community in in its own restoration. This course can only be taken by students in the College Unbound Program. Prerequisite(s):ENG 101, ENG 102.

PUB 303 - Reframing Failure (3 credits)

This course will focus on studying examples of “failures,” compelling students to ask practitioners about past failures in their field, taking a personal inventory, and thinking critically about theories of mindset, “being wrong,” and the successes that emerge out of those mistakes. The course is inspired by this quote by Brené Brown: "When we start losing our tolerance for vulnerability, uncertainty, for risk — we move away from the things we need and crave the most like joy and love and belonging, trust, empathy, creativity." The course also examines theories of learning failures by Warren Bennis and artistic and cultural failures examined by Jesper Juul and Judith Halberstam. This course can only be taken by students in the College Unbound Program. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.

PUB 310 - Current Issues in Public Admin (3 credits)

This course will focus on synthesizing the basic tenets of public administration with eight current issues that have faced the industry over the last several years. Topics include organizational change, performance measurement, technology, revenue forecasting, contract reform, civil service reform, and Affirmative Action. Prerequisite(s): ENG101, ENG102.

PUB 315 - Public Policy Analysis (3 credits)

This course will focus on an overview of various approaches to the study of public policy. Different concepts, theories, policy models are examined along with the processes and techniques used in policy analysis. Students will be exposed to many different public policy issues, and will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the course to a specific public policy issue during the semester. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ECO 104.

PUB 320 - Contextualizing Work (3 credits)

This course will focus on designing an autoethnography of the student's work and workplace. It asks students to place themselves and their autobiography within their worksite (or where they are designing a project), and to analyze the history and group dynamics of that worksite. Students will be introduced to ethnographic study to learn to identify and reflect on personal, cultural, social, structural, and economic aspects of their work experience. Theories and models of effective autobiography and autoethnography will be shared to provide examples for students to draw upon. This course can only be taken by students in the College Unbound Program. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102, & College Unbound’s Lifelong Learning Seminar (CCAP) or Integrated Field Studies

PUB 321 - Imaging Identities (3 credits)

This course will focus on a historical survey of how artists of the 21st century have represented human experiences. Students will examine contemporary narratives in visual art, film, and literature that speak to the ethical responsibilities of creative representation of the self and others. This course can only be taken by students in the College Unbound Program. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.

PUB 322 - Cities & Communities (3 credits)

This course will focus on connecting students to conversations with local speakers, businesses, and community-based organizations that are conducting similar action-research projects, in order to examine how they disseminate, persuade, and advocate. Students will meet in cohorts to examine the local factors enabling or barring change in their field. Course texts revolve around histories of generational shifts, city planning, migration, and development. Students apply theories of change to their individual projects as well as to the design of a group project where they are tasked with arranging appropriate guest lectures from their local communities. This course can only be taken by students in the College Unbound Program. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.

PUB 329 - History of Labor (3 credits)

This course will focus on U.S. labor history from the mid-19th century to the present. Specifically, students will study major changes and key events impacting the nature of work, the experiences of working-class people, and the role of the American labor movement. Students will examine the intersections between labor, citizenship, and “American identity” to explore how workers from different and varied origins and cultural heritages have both individually and collectively challenged their working conditions and wage-earning status, as well as the the social discrimination they encountered in their workplace and communities. Other topics include: how certain notions of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and citizenship contributed to moments of solidarity and/or fragmentation among working men and women in their jobs, unions, and communities, and how government officials and state activism sometimes intervened to regulate the power of corporate capitalism and other times mobilized to limit the power of unions and workers. This course can only be taken by students in the College Unbound Program. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.

PUB 340 - Sustainable Impact (3 credits)

This course will focus on engagement in Participatory Action Research, with the aim of learning to create change within social and cultural spheres. Students will learn the theories and practices of Participatory Action Research, and will apply these theories in order to influence decision making in their chosen environments. Different types of source material will be evaluated and applied in research, and students will learn to develop and refine research questions. This course can only be taken by students in the College Unbound Program. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102, & Lifelong Learning Seminar (CCAP)

PUB 499 - Public Administration Capstone (3 credits)

This is the capstone course for the Public Administration concentration and should be taken in the student's last semester. The student can have no more than 6 credits remaining in their concentration to complete in their degree program prior to enrolling in this course. The goal of the course is for students to integrate the knowledge gained in the Public Administration concentration courses. The course must be taken at Charter Oak State College. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101, ENG 102.


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