Public Administration (PUB) - Courses
PUB 210 Cr.3
Introduction to Public Administration
An introduction to the principles of bureaucracy, decision-making organization theory, individual and group behavior, personnel and budgetary policies, and the regulatory process within public agencies at all levels of government in the United States. Offered Fall, Spring.
PUB 320 Cr.3
Public Budgeting and Finance
An examination of the public budgetary process. Included are studies of the various approaches to taxation, decision-making and policy evaluation. Prerequisite: PUB 210. Offered Fall.
PUB 330 Cr.3
An intensive, in-depth analysis of selected public policies - their development, administration, effects and relationship to the broader political system from the perspectives of the policy maker and policy analyst. Prerequisite: POL 102 or junior standing. Offered Fall.
PUB 332 Cr.3
An in-depth analysis of the forms, functions, and problems of urban governments with special attention to metropolitan areas. Field work and the materials of contemporary urban politics will be used. Prerequisite: POL 102 or junior standing. Offered Fall.
PUB 334 Cr.3
An intensive, in-depth analysis of health policies - their development, administration, effects and relationship to the broader political system. The perspectives of the policy maker and public policy analyst are emphasized. Prerequisite: POL 102 or junior standing. Offered Alternate Years.
PUB 338 Cr.3
An in-depth exploration of environmental politics and policy making beginning with American environmentalism in the 1960s and concluding with global environmental politics in the 21st century. Environmental issues, ethics, institutional problems, philosophical approaches, economic analyses and implementation problems will be studied. Prerequisite: POL 102 or junior standing. Offered Spring.
PUB 340 Cr.3
Public Personnel Administration
The study of principles and problems of public personnel management and behavior. Prerequisite: PUB 210. Offered Fall.
PUB 342 Cr.3
An examination of the politics and policy problems facing urban administrators. Emphasis will be placed on policy formulation and implementation, particularly the systematic approaches to urban service delivery. Prerequisite: PUB 210. Offered Spring.
PUB 344 Cr.3
Examination of the policy, political and management problems facing health administrators and policy analysts. Emphasis will be placed on policy formulation and implementation. Prerequisite: PUB 210. Offered Alternate Years.
PUB 346 Cr.3
Ethical Decision Making in Government
This course familiarizes students with a set of concepts, frameworks, and approaches for reasoning, arguing, and writing about the normative issues that confront public administrators. We will connect concepts from political philosophy and applied ethics - including utility, liberty, justice, rights, and deliberative democracy - to assess real-world challenges facing government administrators. The course also addresses why ethical failures occur by explaining such concepts as administrative evil, lying, blind spots, moral hazard, and how deviancy is justified. Last, students will understand the various ways of combating unethical behavior, to include whistleblowing, inspectors general, and expressing loyal dissent. Prerequisite: PUB 210 or legal studies minor. Offered Annually.
PUB 399 Cr.3
Special Topics in Public Administration
An introduction and study of selected topics in public administration. Local officials, visiting lecturers, or persons specializing in a particular sub-area of public administration will be invited to present a course focusing on a particular topic. To be on an ad hoc basis. Repeatable for credit - maximum six. Offered Occasionally.
PUB 450 Cr.1-12
Internship in Public Administration
An academically relevant work experience within the federal, state, or local government structure, or within other political organizations such as nonprofit organizations, as arranged by the department. The experience will be supervised closely both by the local internship coordinator and the departmental staff. A written report relating the field experience to academic training will be required. Repeatable for credit - maximum 12. Consent of department. Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.
PUB 451 Cr.3
Civic Engagement and the Wisconsin Idea
The study of the Wisconsin Idea of Community Service and late twentieth century communitarian and service learning philosophies are examined. The course includes service learning work in non-profit and local governmental agencies as well as the study of the meaning of democracy, citizenship, personal political efficacy, leadership and political culture. Lect. 1, Lab 4. Prerequisite: junior standing. Offered Fall.
PUB 453 Cr.3
The management of nonprofit organizations has become an increasingly important field of study given the importance and role of nonprofit organizations within our society. This course will provide students with a general overview of management practices that are specific to nonprofit organizations. Specifically, this course will examine the scope, dimensions, and roles of nonprofit organizations, particularly those designated by the IRS as 501(c)(3), in order to understand their distinctive characteristics and functions in society. Prerequisite: POL 102 or junior standing. Offered Alternate Years.