The course explores, from both practical and theoretical perspectives, planning and implementation of programs and services through government departments and agencies and “alternative” processes and structures, sometimes involving non-governmental actors. The course critically evaluates the changing role of bureaucracy; financial and human resource management; and the evolving concepts of responsibility and accountability.
Note: This course can be taken individually or as part of a certificate or diploma program.
By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
- Understand of the role that the bureaucracy plays in the Canadian system of government;
- Appreciate how various organizational theories have impacted the development of public administration in Canada;
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the organizational forms through which the government delivers a variety of programs and services to the public;
- Demonstrate an awareness of the evolution of New Public Management in Canada and elsewhere;
- Critically examine our system of public administration, particularly with respect to the significant changes ushered in with the advent of the New Public Management paradigm;
- Conduct research using numerous online sources (including government documents, department websites, and online journal articles) to complete a well-researched term paper.
- Use recent news sources to apply and to critically examine the various theories and concepts presented within the course material.
- Theories of Bureaucracy and Public Administration
- Forms of Governmental Organizations
- New Public Management
- Alternate Service Delivery (ASD)
- Public Service Values
- Bureaucracy and the Political Process
- Human Resource Management in the Public Sector
- Financial Management in the Public Sector
- The Future of Public Administration Reform in Canada
Prerequisite(s): POLS*1150 or POLS*1400
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