MPAL6301 Public Leadership and Ethics

Course Description

Theories and readings in public sector leadership and ethical issues facing public leaders.

This course is designed to help students develop an understanding of leadership in public organizations. Specifically, it focuses on the historical evolution of American public service and public administration as an academic discipline, the social/political context in which public servants work, the meaning of public organizations in democratic society, and the importance of personal and professional ethics.

Course Credits: 3

Prerequisites: None

Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe public administration and leadership as a field of study.
  • Classify knowledge of the political and organizational context of public administration.
  • Analyze perennial issues in public administration.
  • Examine public service values including: personal and professional ethics, social responsibility, citizen responsiveness, expertise.