Public Administration


Department of Political Science
PUAD 265. Public Administration. 3 credits.
An introductory survey of the principles, functions and processes of public administration with specific emphasis on the political aspects and environment of bureaucracies, and the how and why of policy-making within an administrative system. Organizational structure, personnel, budgeting, public relations and government values, traditions, and objectives are analyzed. Prerequisite: POSC 225.
PUAD 315. Legal Environment of Public Administration. 3 credits.
A study of the constraints imposed on public administrators by law and judicial oversight. The course will address constitutions, judicial review, organizational and personal legal accountability, personnel law and procurement law. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
PUAD 325. Regional Planning and Organization. 3 credits.
Study of trends and issues in the public planning process with focus on regional planning and organization; the relationship of planners and the planning board to their committees.
PUAD 326. Urban Planning. 3 credits.
Study of urban planning through the examination of contemporary planning concepts, practices and theories developed in response to changing social, economic, political and cultural conditions. Includes the place of the planner and the role of planning boards in the political system.
PUAD 358. Public Policy. 3 credits.
Study of the political process of the conversion of public needs through policy into benefits. Also deals with the capacity of officials to make policy on the basis of a rational selection of the best options, and the constraints under which policy-makers must operate. Prerequisite: PUAD 265, MATH 220, and IDS 104 and 204.
PUAD 381. Budgetary Process. 3 credits.
An examination of the political planning and strategies of Congress and federal agencies in the budgetary process; politics of budgetary reform; state and local budgetary politics; and intergovernmental impacts on budgeting. Prerequisite: PUAD 265, MATH 220, and IDS 104 and 204.
PUAD 410. Administration in Criminal Justice. 3 credits.
A study of the major concepts of management in criminal justice and public safety agencies emphasizing functional and structural approaches and the concepts of leadership, decision making, and the effects of the social environment in the administration of the criminal justice system. (Formerly POSC 410.)
PUAD 420. Public Management. 3 credits.
Study of the management of public agencies from the executive viewpoint. Management control of public agencies will be explored including establishment of goals, policies, organizational structure and output of services. Case studies illustrate administrative behavior and managerial operations in local, regional, state and federal agencies. Prerequisite: PUAD 366 and 381. Does not count as part of the political science major or minor. (Formerly PUAD/MGT 420.)
PUAD 490. Special Studies in Public Administration. 3 credits.
Designed to give capable students in public administration an opportunity to complete independent study under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and department head.
PUAD 496.** Internship in Public Administration. 4 credits.
Provides students with opportunities for experiential learning in a governmental or nonprofit organization. A research paper and a presentation based on the experience are required. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing, 15 hours of public administration and permission of instructor.

** No more than four semester hours (in any combination of internships) can be counted toward a degree.

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1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
James Madison University