Public Administration Seminar – PADM 492

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This capstone course focuses on the context (political, legal, and social) in which public administration takes place, the meaning of public service in a democratic society, and the importance of personal and professional ethics using cases to relate principles and theories of public administration to concrete, real-world problems. Students will integrate coursework and theory as well as real-world experiences into the analysis of a public policy or public management problem and produce a final seminar paper. 


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This seminar course will provide students with a comprehensive integration of content from the major and allow them to hone their research and writing skills in the preparation of a seminar paper. The course serves as a capstone for the major.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply a biblical worldview to public service management.
  2. Identify best practices for ensuring ethical conduct in public administration.
  3. Analyze cases for real world application.
  4. Evaluate the best course of action for problem solving.
  5. Define the role of a public administrator in a democratic society.
  6. Synthesize theories and practices for application.
  7. Integrate knowledge and experience.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Case Study Papers (4)


Quizzes (2)

Exams (2)