Department of Government, Law & International Affairs
Murray State University

Course: POL 370-01     Credit hours: 3
 Semester: Fall 2004

I.  Title: Introduction to Public Administration

II.  Course description: The theory and practice of the administration and management of governmental operations; politics, policy, and the bureaucracy.

III.  Instructor:  Dr. Winfield H. Rose
        Office location:  5A-10 Faculty Hall
        Phone numbers: (270) 762-2662 (office); 753-0126 (home); 762-2688 (fax)
        Office hours:  9:00 - 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon MWF
                              10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. TTh
                              1:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Th

IV.  Class location and meeting time:  12:30 - 1:45 p.m. TTh, August 21 - December 4, 2003, FH 509.

V.  Required texts:  (1)  Michael E. Milakovich and George J. Gordon, Public Administration in America, 7th ed. Bedford/St. Martin's, 2001.  (2)  Rudolph W. Giuliani, Leadership, Hyperion, 2002;  and (3) POL 370 Supplement.  The books are available at the bookstores and the supplement is available at Copy Express on the first floor of this building (BBS).

VI.  Content outline:  See Milakovich & Gordon, table of contents.

VII.  Instructional activities:  Classes will be a combination of discussion and lecture.  Students should come to class with their assignment read and they should be prepared to ask as well as answer questions. Class attendance is important and roll will be taken every day.  There will be two major tests and a comprehensive final examination at the officially designated time.  There will be no exemptions from this exam.  Absences from tests should be avoided unless extremely necessary; students should obtain permission in advance if possible and they should have a reason verfiable in writing.  "I just haven't had time to get ready" is not an acceptable reason and neither is having a doctor's appointment - schedule it for some other time.  If it is absolutely necessary to miss a scheduled exam, all make-up's will be given Friday afternoon December 5 at 3 p.m.

VIII.  Course requirements:  In addition to class attendance and two major tests and a comprehensive final examination, all students will be expected to read and write a review of the Giuliani book according to instructions given later in this syllabus.

IX.  Grading procedures:     Test 1:  20%                                              A:  91-100%
                                               Test 2:  20%                                               B:  82-91%
                                               Final exam:  30%                                       C:  73-82%
                                               Book review:  15%                                     D:  63-73%
                                               Attendance and participation:  15%           E:  below 63%

X.  Academic honesty:  The policy on academic honesty adopted by the Board of Regents on February 14, 1975 and reprinted in the Undergraduate Bulletin is hereby incorporated into this syllabus.

XI.  Class policies:  There are eight complete and total prohibitions:  (1) talking to one another when it is time for class to begin or after it has begun; (2) Walkman radios/cassette and CD players or similar gear; (3) wearing caps in class; (4) eating in class; (5) habitual tardiness; (6) reading or studying other material or doing homework for another class; (7) leaving or preparing to leave before class is dismissed; and (8) having cell phones and pagers which sound in class.  Drinking soft drinks and coffee and laptop computers for taking notes are acceptable, but please turn off all cellular phones and pagers when class beginsIf these rules are not compatible with your values, you need to drop the class.

XII.  Purpose and objective:  The purpose and objective of this course is to give the student a basic knowledge and understanding of public administration in general and American public administration in particular so that he/she may be a better informed citizen and and more effective participant in the political process.  You should be different for having been here and taken this course; you should know more and understand more on December 4 than you did on August 21.  If you do not, you have failed and I have failed.  (See "Philosophy of Teaching" on my homepage.)

XIII.  Students with disabilities:  Students with bona fide disabilities should contact me privately and appropriate arrangements will be made.

XIV.  Newspapers and television:  Introduction to Public Administration is a political science course that is timely and relevant.  Public administration takes place all the time and is reported in the media constantly.  Illustrations of principles and ideas discussed in class and in your text occur almost every day.  It is imperative for the good student and good citizen to keep abreast of these developments by reading newspapers, magazines, and watching television news.  You should read at least one good newspaper a day; better yet would be one national paper, one regional paper, and one local paper every day.  One of the best features of newspapers is columns written by nationally-syndicated political analysts such as George Will, David Broder, Georgie Anne Geyer, Thomas Sowell and others; these are usually found on the editorial page and provide excellent analysis and interpretation of the news as well as news itself.  To be an intelligent voter in particular and a good citizen in general, your learning must be a continuous, diligent, and life-long process.  You must read every day.

XV.  Outside Writing Assignment:  Your outside writing assignment for POL 370 is to read and write a review of the book Leadership by Rudolph (Rudy) Giuliani.  Your review should adhere to the following format. Please repeat each question before answering it.

    (1)  Does the author have a thesis, theory, or hypothesis he is testing?  If not, what was the purpose for writing the book?

    (2)  What kinds of data, that is, what are the principal data the author brings to bear in the book?  Is the book empirical, historical, intuitive, experiential, or a combination?

    (3)  Summarize his most important findings, conclusions, and positions.

    (4)  What contribution, if any, does this book make to the study of public administration and to the clarification of contemporary political issues in the United States?

    (5)  What is your general assessment of the book?  Is it well written?  Are the author's conclusions easy to follow?  Is his argument clear?  Would you recommend the book?  Why or why not?

    Your book review should consist of eight to ten typewritten, doube-spaced pages, using a #12 font.  It should not be thrown together at the last minute, and it should be entirely your own work.   Excessive errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation are not acceptable. You should follow my handout "Tips on Good Writing" which can be downloaded from my homepage.  Your paper will be due November 13.  I suggest you not delay in purchasing the book because at some point the bookstore will return unsold copies to the supplier.

Tentative Schedule of Assignments

August 21:  Organizational session

September 25: Test 1, on Part I, chapters 1-4 and
Herbert Kaufman, "Emerging Conflicts in the Doctrines of Public Administration."
American Political Science Review, Volume 50, Issue 4
(December 1956), pp. 1057-1073  (Supplement) and
 Highlights in the History of Public Administration (online).

October 23: Test 2, on Part II, chapters 5, 6, & 7;
Irving L. Janis, Victims of Groupthink: A Psychological Study of
Foreign Policy Decisions and Fiascoes (synopsis), (Supplement); and
Steven G. Rogelberg et al, "The Stepladder Technique: An Alternative
Group Structure Facilitating Effective Group Decision Making." Journal of
Applied Psychology, 1992, Vol. 77 # 4, pp. 730-737, (Supplement).

November 13: Book review due

December 9 (1:30 p.m.):  final examination on Part III, chapters 8, 9, 10, & 11
(plus articles and tables in last part of supplement) and
a re-take of assessment test.

This schedule should be regarded as tentative.  I must
reserve the right to change it as circumstances may require.