Public Administration Courses
R Pad 201 (= R Pub 201) Living with Large Organizations (3)
Exploration of basic ideas about people in large organizations, the social structure in such organizations, and how they interact with their environment. Only one of R Pad 201 & R Pub 201 may be taken for credit.
R Pad 303 Public Administration and Management (3)
Introduction to the field of public administration as its theory and practice have developed in the United States, emphasizing current trends and problems of organization and management in such areas as personnel policy, budget making, policy research, and planning. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing.
R Pad 304 (= R Pos 303 & R Pub 303) Public Policy in Theory and Practice (3)
Examines the theoretical foundations of public policy research, of alternative models of public policy formation, their methodologies, and the relationship between the theory and practice of the policy series. Inquiries into the practice of public policy; focuses on actual policies in a substantive area. Only one of R Pad 304, R Pos 303, & R Pub 303 may be taken for credit.
R Pad 329 (= R Pos 329) Bureaucratic Politics (3)
Examination of political behavior within and among administrative agencies, focusing on the sources of power in the bureaucracy, and the ways in which agencies use their political resources to shape public policy. Only one of R Pad 329 & R Pos 329 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): R Pos 101M or 101G and 102M, or junior or senior class standing.
R Pad 411 Special Topics in Public Administration: Program Evaluation Training (1)
This class will introduce participants to the concepts that are essential to evaluation. Topics discussed will include: program measures (methods, management characteristics, etc.), participant measures, intervening measures (changes in economy, management, demographics, etc.), impact measures, different viewpoints of evaluation (program participants, program staff, policy makers, etc.), and measurement levels (individual vs. agency vs. society). This course is the shared resources equivalent of the graduate course R Pad 511.
R Pad 414 (= R Pub 414) Policy Analysis in Public Administration (3)
Overview of operations and techniques used in systems analysis. Examples are used to demonstrate how these analytical methods can be employed to make more informed policy decisions. Only one of R Pad 414 & R Pub 414 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing.
R Pad 424 Systems Thinking and Strategy Development (4)
The course represents a set of concepts and tools for thinking through complex system-wide problems that challenge government managers' ability to design and manage cross-agency and intergovernmental policies and programs. Students will learn to diagnose and solve complex system-level problems by applying systems thinking and strategic planning tools to case examples. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.
R Pad 499 (= R Pub 499) Program Seminar-Energy: Crisis and Policy (3)
Exploration of the nature and future of the energy problem. Public policies (e.g., production, regulation, development of alternative sources, conservation, foreign trade, and public safety) are emphasized. Only one of R Pad 499 & R Pub 499 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing.