This course provides both practical and theoretical support for those working in government at the state and local levels by honing skills and tools necessary to operate in that demanding and dynamic governing environment. It will also serve as a means for those students who inform practice via research to understand the challenges for leaders at the state and local level.
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. You will take part in 2 Discussions in which you will post a thread presenting your own analysis (supported by citations) on the assigned topic, writing 500 words in current APA format. Then, the student will post replies of 250 words each to 2 or more classmates’ threads. Each reply must be unique and must integrate ideas (supported by citations) from the required reading and reflect current APA format. Merely posting the same reply in 2 places is not sufficient and may be treated as a form of academic misconduct. The original thread must incorporate ideas and citations from all of the required readings and presentations for that Module: Week. It must also address principles of local and state public leadership as part of a meaningful discussion of effective statesmanship. The reply posts must also integrate ideas and citations from the required readings and presentations for the Module: Week and previous weeks.
Case Study Assignments (4)
The student will, after reading a case related to local or state government, prepare a paper, at least 5 pages in length, in current APA format, analyzing the case. The case study paper will include an identification of the problem/challenge to practice presented by the case and the suggestions of best practices for future cases. Students should cite 5 sources outside of the course texts, presentations, and readings and the Bible. The citations should be more current than 10 years old unless part of an historical account or theoretical framework.
Position Paper Background Research Paper Assignment
In an effort to conduct background research on the Position Paper, the student will introduce and differentiate between intergovernmental management, intergovernmental relations, and collaborative public administration across local governments or between local and state governments. The student will also begin to identify skills needed by public administrators to manage collaboration and how effective public administration statesmanship engages in crucial organizational communication best practices during this collaborative process. And, a specific example requiring collaboration between local governments or between state and local governments will be discussed. In essence, this paper should be seen as a rough draft for the final Position Paper. The Position Paper Background Research Paper should be a minimum of 6 pages and written in current APA format.
Position Paper Final Assignment
In the Position Paper, the student will apply intergovernmental management, intergovernmental relations, and collaborative public administration across local governments or between local and state governments. Discuss the skills needed by public administrators to manage collaboration and how effective public administration statesmanship engages in crucial organizational communication best practices during this collaborative process. In essence, this paper should be seen as a synthesis among your intergovernmental collaboration, interpersonal and organizational leadership skills, and public administrator communication best practices. The Position Paper should be a minimum of 12 pages and written in current APA format.