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Course Descriptions

Review our Public Administration course descriptions to see if Flagler is the right fit for you.

Fall 2019

Session A - 8 weeks

PAD 305 Management in the Public Sector

An introduction to the role of management in the successful operation of public sector organizations.  Representative topics include executive-bureaucratic linkages, human relations, and strategic management. 

PAD 410 Public Sector Human Resource Management

A review of the personnel function in public organizations.  Representative topics include position analysis, job evaluation, recruitment, selection, promotion, employee benefits, training, collective bargaining, and conflict resolution.

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Session B - 8 weeks

PAD 362 Administrative Leadership

A study of leadership theory and how it applies to real situations. Topics include an examination of the strengths and criticisms of the various approaches to leadership, the differences between leadership and management, and the use of communication, vision, and courage ineffective leadership.


PAD 340 Emergency Management

An introduction to Emergency Management, including such topics of study as the evolution of Emergency Management in the United States, managing natural hazards and disasters and managing man-made hazards and disasters.

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Spring 2020

Session A - 8 weeks

PAD 470 Current Issues for Public Managers

The course examines the array of challenges faced by public managers in the 21st century. Students will study how to successfully manage in an era of reduced revenues, a decreased public sector workforce, difficult decisions on service levels, and increased public and policymaker scrutiny. Representative topics of study include: sustaining revenue and budgets, reengineering service delivery, public employee health care and pensions, contracting and public-private partnerships, use of technology, and effectively communicating with stakeholders and citizens.  

PAD 440 Behavior in Public Organizations

An examination of human behavior in public organizations. Representative topics include organizational change, personal development, and team building.

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Session B - 8 weeks

PAD 401 Grant Writing and Administration

An examination of the practice of grant writing, including analysis of the different kinds of grants, the market for grants, the preparation of grant proposals/applications for submission and successful management of the grant and the relationship with the funding agency. 

PAD 420 Administrative Ethics

A study of the definition and philosophy of ethics.  Students will learn to recognize ethical problems and gain skills to approach them with honesty, sincerity, and confidence. Special emphasis is given to public service ethics for public administrators. 

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Fall 2020

Session A - 8 weeks

PAD 372 Intergovernmental Relations

An examination of how the various levels of government, local, county, state, and federal, share authority and power in their constantly changing relationship of joint action.

PAD 460 Program Evaluation

An examination of the evaluation of public programs. Topics to be covered include planning, monitoring, and conducting program evaluations. Students will also study cost-benefit analysis and evaluation design.

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Session B - 8 weeks

PAD 425 Issues in State and Local Government

Broad introduction to the structure and operations of state and local governments. Included among the topics of study are the role and power of state and local governments, interest groups, political parties, and state constitutions. 

PAD 445 Research Methods for Public Administrators.

This course emphasizes the important role of research in public affairs. Topics include research design, measurement, survey design and implementation, observational techniques, quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis, and research ethics. 

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