Legal & Political Issues in Public Administration – PADM 480

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/12/2020

Course Description

This course covers the key legal and political challenges associated with the public administration arena. Students will examine the principles of administrative law and federal constitutional law that provide the foundation for the operations and decision-making processes of public administrators. To that end, the interface of legal requirements with political ramifications will be explored. Students will be challenged to link core public administration functions, particularly at the leadership level, with an understanding of political accountability and legal consequences.

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


The purpose of this course is to expose students to the foundational principles of administrative law and federal constitutional law and their political ramifications as it relates to public administration. It is important for students in the School of Government to understand fundamental public administration functions and operations and how politics impact decisions being made.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and explain the elements of public administration law.
  2. Read and analyze legal materials related to constitutional law and judicial and legislative review.
  3. Understand the significance of the law and articulate this understanding in writing.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of biblical and historical foundations of public administrative law.
  5. Identify legal issues in factual scenarios and accurately state and apply rules of the law, public accountability and legal consequences.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 125 words.

Activity (4)

After reading and reviewing the current module(s)/week(s) reading and/or presentation, the student will complete a corresponding activity. Answers to the questions must be well-organized and use proper grammar. Each activity must be at least 1.5 pages.

Midterm Essay

The student will write an 6-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on applicable law. The paper must include at least 6 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Tests (3)

Each test will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module(s)/week(s). Each test will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice, true/false questions or essays, and have a 1 hour and 30-minute time limit.