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PSMA 6001 The Environment of Public Service Management


Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks

An overview of the political, social, legal, and ethical realities affecting public service management in nonprofit organizations such as government agencies, churches, schools, museums, and community service organizations. Topics include theoretical as well as operational perspectives, particularly as they distinguish public administration from business administration; the power of the public service professional and values of public service systems; and political processes, legal factors, and other mechanisms of accountability.


Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of PSMA 6001, you will have the skills to:

  • Identify and address social, legal, and ethical issues currently impacting public service management.
  • Examine political processes through theoretical and operational perspectives.
  • Distinguish public administration from business administration.

Assignment Spotlight

Connect-the-Dots Paper

The final project for the class is a paper where you will build on connect-the-dots discussions. In this paper, you will be asked to identify linkages across the semester’s readings and discussions and then formulate a series of three to five central ideas or themes that you discovered throughout the semester. The goal is a 10- to 12-page paper, not a 35-page dissertation. The specific format for this will be provided later in the semester. However, you can expect that you will also be turning this paper into a blog post, email, and tweet.

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