Public Administration

 

PADM 4220         The Nonprofit Sector                                                                     3 cr.
An introduction to how nonprofit organizations, the third sector of the U.S. economy, provide solutions to community problems locally and worldwide.

PADM 4221         Collaboration, Partnership and Coalition Building                                                    3 cr.
A survey of the knowledge needed to create effective partnerships and collaboration among nonprofit leaders and with individuals and organizations in other sectors of the economy.

PADM 4222         Legal and Ethical Issues in the Nonprofit Sector                                                    3 cr.
An introduction to key legal and ethical issues involved in organizing and leading nonprofit organizations.

PADM 4223         Financial Administration and Development for Nonprofit Organizations              3 cr.
AADM 5223 and PADM 5223 are cross enrolled. A summary of financial and accounting tools needed to build and diversify resources for nonprofit organizations and to manage their fiscal affairs.

PADM 4224         Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations                                                                      3 cr.
A review of established leadership theories and their applicability to local nonprofit leadership examples.

PADM 4800         Studies in Special Urban Problems                                                          3 cr.
This course is a study of urbanization, the city as a social and cultural environment and the social problems of cities.  Topics vary by semester.  May be taken up to 3 times for a total of 9 credit hours.

PADM 4810         Environmental Justice in Urban Environments                                                        3 cr.
This course examines the treatment of all groups in the US with respect to benefits and burdens from the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and processes. Particular emphasis is given to the problems of the disproportionate siting of hazardous waste treatment, storage, disposal, and recycling facilities in poor and minority neighborhoods.

PADM 4900         Independent Study                                                                        3 cr.
Department consent required.  Independent research under the direction of a designated member of the faculty.  May be taken 2 times for a maximum of 6 credit hours.  Offered each semester.

PADM 5220         The Nonprofit Sector                                                                                                     3 cr.
An introduction to how nonprofit organizations, the third sector of the U.S. economy, provide solutions to community problems locally and worldwide.

PADM 5221         Collaboration, Partnership and Coalition Building                                                 3 cr.
A survey of the knowledge needed to create effective partnerships and collaboration among nonprofit leaders and with individuals and organizations in other sectors of the economy.

PADM 5222         Legal and Ethical Issues in the Nonprofit Sector                                                    3 cr.
An introduction to key legal and ethical issues involved in organizing and leading nonprofit organizations.

PADM 5223         Financial Administration and Development for Nonprofit Organizations                3 cr.
AADM 5223 and PADM 5223 are cross enrolled. A summary of financial and accounting tools needed to build and diversify resources for nonprofit organizations and to manage their fiscal affairs.

PADM 5224         Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations                                  3 cr.
A review of established leadership theories and their applicability to local nonprofit leadership examples.

PADM 5800         Studies in Special Urban Problems                                                          3 cr.
This course is a study of urbanization, the city as a social and cultural environment and the social problems of cities.  Topics vary by semester.  May be taken up to 3 times for a total of 9 credit hours.

PADM 5810         Environmental Justice in Urban Environments                                                  3 cr.
This course examines the treatment of all groups in the US with respect to benefits and burdens from the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and processes. Particular emphasis is given to the problems of the disproportionate siting of hazardous waste treatment, storage, disposal, and recycling facilities in poor and minority neighborhoods.

PADM 6001         Research Methods in Public Administration                                                            3 cr.
A graduate introduction to research design and the application of selected quantitative and qualitative methods to problems typical of public and nonprofit sectors.

PADM 6010         The Profession of Public Administration                                                                 3 cr.
This course is a graduate-level introduction to the study of public administration.  Public administration involves the "core activities" of government that are usually performed by highly trained professionals in specialized organizations.  The course employs lecture, readings, case studies, discussion, and practical exercises to provide an overview of the profession of public administration, including its historical development, values, and issues.

PADM 6020         Bureaucracy and Democracy                                                                       3 cr.
Prerequisite:  PADM 6010 The Profession of Public Administration.  This course focuses on the relationship of the bureaucracy to its broader political environment and the many important questions related to the place of bureaucracy in a democratic society.  It emphasizes the role of professional administrators in the policy process from the passage of laws to interpretation, rule making, implementation, accountability, and revision.

PADM 6110         Public Budgeting                                                                             3 cr.
The course will provide an overview of public budgeting in the United States.  The course will combine both theory and practice.  The course format will be primarily lecture/discussion, but all students will participate online as well.  In addition to weekly readings in the text, various budget exercises and Blackboard discussion board assignments, students enrolled for graduate credit will prepare one brief research paper and act as team leaders for budget simulation exercises.

PADM 6130         U.S. Disaster Policy         3 cr.
This course familiarizes students with disaster policy within the United States, including the occurrence, magnitude, and distribution of a broad variety of hazards, and discusses appropriate public policy responses in order to protect public safety and to reduce physical and economic damage.

PADM 6160         Law and Ethics of Public Administration                                                                3 cr.
This course will examine the legal and ethical context of administrative practice in the United States, including the legal and ethical constraints on the exercise of administrative discretion in the public sector and the relationship between professional and personal values and its consequences for public management.

PADM 6180         Human Resources Administration in the Public Sector                                       3 cr.
This is a course for administrators who want a broad understanding of the function of human resources management in program and policy implementation.  This course provides an overview of human resources management in public organizations (government and nonprofit) and introduces students to elements of personnel policies and practices that can be applied in a broad range of organizational settings.

PADM 6201         Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation                                                                 3 cr.
Prerequisite:  URBN 6001 - Research Methods.  An examination of techniques, procedures, and limitations of policy analysis and program evaluation.  Topics covered include policy analysis, the planning and organizing of project evaluations, the writing of evaluation designs, evaluation methodologies, data collection and verification, analysis and interpretation of findings.  The theme of the course is the necessity of accountability in public programs.

PADM 6300         Managing Change Public Organizations                                                                3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. A seminar on the ways in which public organizations approach and resist change. The theme is how planning, budgeting, and evaluation are used by administrators to bring about change.

PADM 6401         Administrative Behavior                                                                                              3 cr.
A primary goal of public administrators should be assuring that the technical and ethical performance of public employees and the emerging service delivery are highly effective.  This course is designed to help prepare public administrators accomplish this goal.  It approaches public administration and management as a challenging enterprise that requires practitioners to demonstrate effective leadership, solve problems, motivate and monitor employee performance, resolve conflicts, and enhance interpersonal and organizational communication.

PADM 6410         Technology in Public Organizations                                                                        3 cr.
This course is a graduate-level introduction to the use and impact of technological  systems in public and nonprofit organizations.  It is designed to provide administrators with an understanding of the basic practical and normative issues raised by innovations in information technology.  The course covers the major concepts and theories explaining the role of computers and related technologies in public and nonprofit organizations.

PADM 6501         Criminal Justice Administration                                                                                3 cr.
This course is designed to provide an overview of criminal justice administration and insight into court management in U.S. federal and state courts. Rather than focus on the law itself, and by extension the U.S. Supreme Court, this course concentrates on institutions and actors that constitute the criminal court system. The core of the course will be devoted to how criminal courts do business, the politics surrounding them, judicial policymaking, and court reforms.

PADM 6900         Independent Study                                        3 cr.
Department consent required.  Offered each semester. Independent research in the graduate student's area of specialization under the direction of a designated member of the graduate faculty. May be taken two times for credit for a maximum of six credit hours.

PADM 6901         MPA Capstone I                                               3 cr.
Prerequisite:  24 hours of work toward the MPA degree including URBN 6001, Research Methods, and PADM 6201, Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation.  Students who do not have significant public service experience should take this course in conjunction with their internship.  This course is the first part of a two-semester sequence for students who are nearing the completion of their MPA degree and who choose a project instead of a thesis.  The class is organized as a seminar in which students share their experiences and critique and help each other work on projects.  In Capstone I each student will produce a research design for the capstone project, including a thorough review and analysis of relevant literature.

PADM 6902         MPA Capstone II                                                              3 cr.
Prerequisite:  24 hours of work toward the MPA degree including URBN 6001, Research Methods, PADM 6201, Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation, and PADM 6901, Capstone I.  This course is the second part of a two-semester sequence for students who are nearing the completion of their MPA degree and who choose a project instead of a thesis.  The class is organized as a seminar in which students share their experiences and critique and help each other work on projects.  Each student will complete and defend a project report before a committee of graduate faculty and at least one practitioner having substantial professional experience with the subject matter of the project.

PADM 7000         Thesis Research                                                               1 min. cr. - 9 max. cr.
Department consent required.  Offered each semester. May be taken additional times for credit until thesis is accepted.

PADM 7040         Examination or Thesis Only No credit                                                                    0 cr.
Department consent required.  Open to students who have only the final editing and acceptance of their thesis or to students in a non-thesis program who have only to pass the final examination to complete graduation requirements.