HSEM 180 : Public Administration

This course provides an overview in the structure and issues of public service. Course participants will examine the context of public administration: the political system, the role of federalism, bureaucratic politics and power, and the various theories of administration that guide public managers today. Course components include public administration, personnel, budgeting, decision-making, organizational behavior, leadership, and policy implementation. Lessons will be drawn from the most current applications of public administration today, such as Hurricane Katrina efforts and Homeland Security.

Course Outcomes

  1. Explore historical developments in public administration and relate them to current trends and practices in America.
  2. Explain the basic concepts, theories and principles in the field of public administration.
  3. Analyze the political, legal and social environment of public administration.
  4. Identify and apply competing models of public administration to emergency management.
  5. Recognize the importance of the administration, and/or management, of public affairs.
  6. Examine policy and the decision making process in public administration.
  7. Analyze how the changing global society and multicultural environment impacts the management of the public sector.
  8. Examine and apply the budget process and planning.
  9. Discuss the function and operation of human resource personnel.
  10. Examine the impact and influence of government regulation and administrative law over public affairs.