UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

POLS5503 Public Administration

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 20172018
Content This unit is designed to provide students with an understanding of the key public administration practices required to deliver public outcomes effectively. Students acquire knowledge of contemporary issues and practices in public administration in Australia and internationally, including Asia-Pacific. The unit also equips students with an understanding of the significant roles performed by public managers, and the unique challenges faced by them in a complex public service environment. Students learn about the capabilities public managers and leaders need in order to facilitate the effective delivery of public outcomes. Topics covered include managing organisational change and development, red tape, e-government and public sector innovation.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand the key concepts, ideas and theories associated with public administration; (2) understand the key public administration challenges and develop an appreciation of the capabilities needed to address them; (3) demonstrate the ability to think independently, develop informed perspectives and persuasively communicate in the field of public administration; and (4) apply the concepts and theories to analyse contemporary issues in public administration.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) attendance and participation; (2) research paper; and (3) group presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Jeannette Taylor
Contact hours seminars: up to 3 hours per week

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