Foundations of Public Administration is the first quarter in a year long core program for first year MPA students. Through interdisciplinary study, collaborative learning, speaking across differences, and personal engagement we will address the following four questions throughout the year:1) What is public administration?2) Who are public administrators?3) Why does public administration matter?4) What is the power and knowledge nexus? Where is it?The foundations course is designed to enhance the body of knowledge for practitioners and scholars alike through praxis: the dynamic interaction of theory and practice. Through readings, class participation, and applying critical analysis, the intent is to gain an understanding of the enduring issues in public service. We will discuss and analyze what public administrators do at the federal, tribal, state, county, city and non-profit levels. Further, we will analyze and critique the theoretical underpinnings of the discipline and practice of public administration. Finally, we will be forward looking and assess the challenges and opportunities in public administration.
Administration , Public
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