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Course Description

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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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Course Topics

  • 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

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): POLS*1150 or POLS*1400

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight
Discussions 20%
Online Quizzes 15%
Term Paper 30%
On-Campus Final Exam 35%
Total 100%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Public Administration and Governance
Type
Online
Dates
January 06, 2020 to April 03, 2020
Contact Hours
36.0
Delivery Options
Online  
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,504.99 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes
Note: If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above. You must register through WebAdvisor.
Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Public Administration in Canada: Brief Edition by Paul Barker and Tim Mau Nelson Higher Education, 2016 2nd Edition edition ISBN 9780176502393
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