The Context of Public Administration PNAPP

Fall 2019
Class Size: 55
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Cali Ellis sqaure
public administration, public policy
Swetkis square
public and nonprofit administration, urban studies
The purpose of 1st year Core is to identify and explore the fundamentals of governing
and administering for the public good. In the fall quarter, we examine the foundations of
democracy and public service by investigating the enduring issues for public
administrators. We will increase our understanding of the political, social, cultural, and
economic contexts of public administration. Our goal is to gain an understanding of how
practitioners can apply theories of public administration through praxis. We will analyze
the roles and responsibilities of public administrators and their institutions at all sectors
of governing. In Winter quarter we will examine the knowledge and skills needed to
practice democratic public administration. Spring quarter we examine the policy and
fiscal foundations of doing public service.
Key questions:
● What is public administration as a field of study?
● Who are public administrators and who is the public?
● Why does public administration matter? What are the enduring issues and why?
Learning objectives:
● Develop the foundations of critical analysis and critical thinking
● Understand the history and tradition of public administration
● Recognize systemic inequity in the public sphere
● Develop the ability to work effectively in teams

Credits per quarter

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Class Standing: Graduate
Class Size: 55

Scheduled for: Evening

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9:00 am
LIB 4300 - Conference

Advertised schedule:

Thurs 6-10p & Sat Sept 28, 9a-5p (New Student Orientation)

Located in: Olympia