Public Administration (PADM) 5000 - 001
Administration in Public Affairs
Fall Semester, 2001
Turlock Campus

Professor: Dr. Susan H. MacDonald
Class meetings: W: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Room XXX, Classroom Building
Office: 132 A Classroom Building
Office hours: 5:00–6:00p Monday in Stockton and Wednesday in Turlock
10:00a--1:00p Thursday in Turlock, and by appointment
Office phone: 667-3291 (direct line)
667-3388 (for appointments)

Required texts
Stillman, Richard, J. (1999) Preface to Public Administration: A Search for Themes and Direction. Burke, VA: Chatelaine Press.

Garvey, Gerald (1997) Public Administration: The Profession and the Practice; A Case Study Approach. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Shafritz, Jay M. and Albert C. Hyde (2001) Classics of Public Administration 5th edition, Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace College Publishers.

Course organization

This course is intended to introduce students to the field of public administration, its theoretical foundations, its controversies and challenges, and its tentative direction at the dawn of the 21st century. However, given that the field itself is applied and the master’s program is designed to educate students for the practice of public administration, the principal thrust of the course will be to integrate the theoretical literature with concrete cases, giving meaning to the theory and guidance to the practice. In the process, it is hoped that students will gain insight into their own positions within the field and the relevance of the profession to their lives.

add course competencies or learning objectives

The course will be part lecture, part discussion. Students will be expected to take an active role in class meetings by staying current with reading assignments, participating in class discussions, and leading the class on occasion.

Class attendance is expected. Occasionally people will become ill or working students will miss class for professional reasons. When this occurs, students are expected to inform the instructor of their inability to attend class in advance, but at least before class begins. Regardless of the reason, students who miss class will be expected to prepare summaries of any readings assigned for that day. Because the class meets for three hours only once a week, students who miss more than one class without permission of the instructor will have their final grade lowered 5 points for each additional session missed. Moreover, the instructor reserves the right to drop students who miss three or more classes (with or without permission) from the course.

Assignments and grading

First take-home exam (20%)
The first four weeks of the course will be devoted to the foundations of public administration and an orientation to case study research. At the end of this period, students will be given a take-home exam consisting of 3 or 4 questions from which they will answer a subset. Essays will be graded on their quality of thought, clarity of expression, mastery of the topic, and overall readability.

Class participation (10%)
Students will be expected to participate in discussions of all reading assignments, but especially of the cases in the Garvey book.

Presentation of Shafritz & Hyde reading (10%)
For each class meeting, a chapter from the Shafritz and Hyde book will be recommended. Students will be expected to select one chapter that they will read and report on in class. A 2-3 page written summary of the reading should be prepared for distribution to the class and the relevance of the chapter to other readings for that day mentioned.

Second and third (final) take-home exams (30% each)
Most of the cases presented in the Garvey book will be analyzed and discussed in class. However, at least two cases will be reserved for students to analyze on their own. This exercise is intended to give students practice in applying the lessons gleaned from class discussions to a concrete situation.


Intellectual honesty is central to any academic endeavor. However, in graduate work it is especially important—both for the student and the profession in which he or she is engaged. It is important for students to grapple honestly with the material so that they may find their place within the profession. Developing careful habits of independent thinking as well as attribution of ideas is vital to the intellectual endeavor. Intellectual honesty is equally important for the profession, which evolves only through the work of its participants. The classroom, then, provides valuable space for the open exchange of ideas and the nurturing of habits that promote and sustain intellectual honesty.

Course Outline
September 12 Introduction: Exchanging expectations
Overview of course readings and organization
Student interests and experience
What is a profession?
What does it mean to practice a profession:
…in a democracy?
…in a political environment?

September 19 Preface to Public Administration
Reading: Stillman (chpts. 1-4)

September 26 Preface to Public Administration (cont.)
Reading: Stillman (chpts. 5-8)

Take-home exam distributed (covers material through Garvey, chapter 1)

October 3 The Discipline of Public Administration
Reading: Garvey (chpt. 1)
Optional: Shafritz & Hyde (chpts. 1, 6, 17, 32, 42, 46)

Public Personnel Administration (Bureaucracy)
Reading: Garvey (chpt. 2)
Optional: Shafritz & Hyde (chpts. 5, 12, 28, 39, 47)

October 10 Organization Theory
Reading Garvey (chpt. 3)
Optional: Shafritz & Hyde (chpts. 3, 7, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 26)

Take-home exam due at beginning of class

October 17 Democratic Accountability versus Administrative Discretion
Reading: Garvey (chpt. 4)
Optional: Shafritz & Hyde (chpts. 2, 15, 30)

October 24 The Politics of Administrative Choice: Creating Winners, Compensating Losers
Reading: Garvey (chpt. 5)
Optional: Shafritz & Hyde (chpts. 2, 15, 30)

Second take-home exam distributed (covers Garvey, chapters 2-5)

October 31 What’s Private? What’s Public? What’s the Relationship between the Two?
Reading: Garvey (chpt. 6)
Optional: Shafritz & Hyde (chpts. 10, 19, 33, 34, 38, 45, 52)

November 7 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
Reading: Garvey (chpt. 7)
Shafritz & Hyde (chpts. 25, 54)

Second exam due at beginning of class

November 14 Public Service Ethics
Reading: Garvey (chpt. 8)
Shafritz & Hyde (chpts. 8, 35, 43)

November 21 Counting the Consequences: Formal Policy Analysis
Reading: Garvey (chpt. 9)
Optional: Shafritz & Hyde (chpts. 4, 13, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31, 37, 40, 44, 48, 49)

November 28 Making the Human Connection: Motivating the Worker, Serving the Citizen
Reading: Shafritz & Hyde (chpts. 14, 21, 36, 41, 53)

Final Exam distributed

December 5 Modern Decision Theory and Implementation Research
Reading: Garvey (chpts. 11 and 12)
Optional: Shafritz & Hyde: chpts. 33, 50, 51

December 12 Final Exam scheduled (not held)

Final Exam due by 5:00 p.m.
All late papers will have their grade lowered 5 points for every day they are late