The Context of Public Administration Tacoma

Fall 2019
Class Size: 40
Credits per quarter

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public administration
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.


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:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
Class Standing: Graduate
Class Size: 40

Scheduled for: Evening

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 5:00 pm
TAC 104

Advertised schedule:

Wed. 5-9p & Sat, Sept 21, 10a-4p (New Student Orientation)

Room 104, Tacoma


Located in: Tacoma