Public Administration Ethics, Statesmanship, & Governance – PADM 700

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course provides a foundational perspective on the study of public administration. Students will research key areas relating to public administration, leadership, ethics in the public administration context, and governance. Students will be challenged to synthesize these concepts with a Biblical perspective on statesmanship.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Today, perhaps more than ever in the history of the great American Constitutional Republic, the study of governmental ethics, the cultivation of statesmen and stateswomen, and the furtherance of the understanding of governance, predicated upon the individual responsibility of informed active citizenship, must be taught to succeeding generations.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply a Biblical perspective on Ethics and Statesmanship in the overall context of Governance in the United States Constitutional Republic.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical evolution of the concept of American Statesmanship from the time of the founding of the Republic to present day.
  3. Discuss the ontological, or view of reality, foundations that undergird various ethical theories such as the utilitarian, normative, and deontological perspectives.
  4. Evaluate the impact of contemporary views on Ethics and Statesmanship upon the pressing public administrative, and public policy, issues and challenges facing the United States Constitutional Republic today.

Course Assignment

Students will take part in five (5) Discussions. In four (4) of these, you will conduct a case study of a an observed study in a public administration context. The analysis will be based upon the concepts you learned and discussed in the previous module’s essay assignment, writing 450-500 words in the initial thread.

For the case study, students are welcome to cite a scholarly source, but if they do, it must not be merely a theoretical/philosophical discussion. Instead, whatever source is used for the actual case study must focus on a real-world public administration situation that is being discussed and analyzed in the chosen article. Students will in turn apply concepts discussed in the previous module/week’s essay to analyze the situation, in addition to the required reading and presentations from the current module/week.

Then, students will post replies of 200–250 words each to 2 or more classmates’ threads. Each reply must be unique and must integrate ideas (and citations) from the required reading. The reply posts must also integrate ideas and citations from the required readings and presentations for the module/week, as appropriate, and at least two scholarly sources. Each thread and reply must follow current APA format.

The student will prepare an Annotated Bibliography of at least ten (10) peer-reviewed academic sources that are relevant to a research topic of interest to the student.

The student will prepare a Journal Article Review of one peer-reviewed academic source that is relevant to a research topic of interest to the student. This Review will be at least four (4) pages in length, and will follow current APA format.

The student will prepare a Literature Assessment covering at least ten (10) peer-reviewed academic sources that are relevant to a research topic of interest to the student. This Assessment will be at least eight (8) pages of content in length and will be in current APA format.