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Theories of Public Organizations

  • Subject Number : 921.505A
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
  • This course intends to help you acquire the basic knowledge about organization theories and to develop your ability to think critically about managerial practices in organizations. While some attention will be given to private organizations, the primary focus will be on public and quasi-public organizations. Key themes that will be examined include organizational environment, goals, effectiveness, powers, decision-making, structures, leadership, cultures, and changes. This course will be organized into three sections: lectures on basic concepts and theories, presentationof short paper on assigned readings, and case discussion on team projects.

Human Resource Management in the Public Sector

  • Subject Number : 921.506A
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
  • The goal of thiscourse is to examine major concepts and theories of human resource management(HRM) in the public sector. Based on this knowledge, this course intends to develop students’ professional capacity by analyzing HRM practices and discussing recent cases. The focus of this course is on understanding the distinctive features of human resource management in the public sector as compared to HRM in the private sector. The course is organized into three parts: lectures on key concepts and theories, presentation of research by students, and case discussion.

Financial Administration

  • Subject Number : 921.507A
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
  • The goal of thiscourse is to examine major concepts and theories of human resource management(HRM) in the public sector. Based on this knowledge, this course intends to develop students’ professional capacity by analyzing HRM practices and discussing recent cases. The focus of this course is on understanding the distinctive features of human resource management in the public sector as compared to HRM in the private sector. The course is organized into three parts: lectures on key concepts and theories, presentation of research by students, and case discussion.

Local Administration

  • Subject Number : 921.513A
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
  • This course will mainly discuss the development of Korean local government system This course aims at providing students with an in-depth understanding of the local government by examining the following: the relationship between the central government and local government; making and implementation of local government policy; local politics; the mechanism of finance and budgeting system.

Comparative Administration

  • Subject Number : 921.516
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
  • This course will introduce the traditional and new comparative approaches and examine several models of various developmental stages It will make comparison of public administration systems and behaviors of selected countries that include the Asian developing countries, the socialist countries and the developed Western countries.

Government Enterprise

  • Subject Number : 921.517
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
  • This course will focus on the theory of public corporations It will examine the guiding principles and management of public corporations in the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia and Korea.

Administrative and Parliamentary Politics of Budgeting

  • Subject Number : 921.528
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
  • Budgeting is composed of three interacting aspects: the analytical contents, such asthe input, process and yield of resources; the political and administrative context, such as the preparation, authorization, execution and auditing of budget; accounting and management information system This course will deal with such aspects from the perspective of political process, with special emphasis on the case of Korea A comparative theory of budgetary processes will also be discussed.

Intergovernmental Relations)

  • Subject Number : 921.529
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
  • Enhancement of local democracy has increased the importance of the inter-communication and coordination between the central and local governments and among the local governments. Corresponding this change, this course deal with such topics as significance of IGR, governmental structures and IGR, coordination and cooperation inIGR, fiscal and functional IGR, comparative analysis of IGR and so on.

Governing the Welfare State in Post-modern Era

  • Subject Number : 921.530
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
  • This seminar will examine the governance of the welfare state in contemporary capitalist society from a comparative perspective. The seminar also aims at enabling the students to carry out original research in the field of social policy and governance. In terms of the scope, it will cover the welfare state in East Asia including that in Korea as well as those in Europe and North Africa. The seminar will pay special attention to challenges facing the welfare state and policy responses in the wake of the post-modern changes such as new family structure, flexible labour market and demographic change.

Conflict Management and Negotiation

  • Subject Number : 921.564A
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
  • In this course we will analyze the process by which conflict is generated among individuals, organizations and nations and examine the structure and role of conflict We will study how negotiation functions as a conflict resolution method First we will examine the methods of finding plans to increase joint interest between negotiation parties by analyzing relations of interest from the standpoint of decision-making theory Then we will study the ways to manage conflict generated among groups Thereafter we will do substantial analyses of the following, and also explore the alternatives: inter-organizational conflict; management-labor relations; long-term contract; arm control; trade negotiation.

Crisis Management

  • Subject Number : 921.566
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
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Environment and Public Administration

  • Subject Number : 921.567
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
  • Review our environmental history with an emphasis on human settlement behaviors, corporate powers, and government responses. Learn how increasing urbanization, population pressures, and consumption changes will impact water quality and quantity in different locations throughout the world. Learn the fundamental concept of environmental management with a special emphasis on innovative approaches to water supply, air quality and climate change, soil, and waste management. Identify how progressive communities are addressing environmental issues. Identify current site-specific, environmental best management practices and management tools. This class will be divided into three parts. The first three classes will provide an overview of environmentalissues and new paradigms. The second, and largest part of this class will focus on management toolsin the field of air quality and climate change, water supply, soil and waste management, and conservationon energy consumption. The final third of this class will focus on sustainable design at the site level.Each week, we will read detailed community case studies that present regional efforts and recount the successes and failures.

Administrative Information System

  • Subject Number : 921.614A
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
  • Basic elements of computer hardware, software and programming will be introduced. Concepts on administrative uses of computer, concepts of organization and management relevant to information systems, analysis of information requirements, processing methods, data management, and control of operations. In this course, an overview of theory and practice of planning, control and administration applied to management information systems will be discussed. The analysis and design of computer based information decision systems and its implications on administrative process and organization will also be studied.

Corruption and Government

  • Subject Number : 921.615B
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
  • This course introduces the study of corruption and corruption control. Corruption is considered individual, organizational, national, and international problems. What us corruption? The term “corruption” is applied in ways that are sometimes culturally specific, but which cover a broad range of practices. Does the pervasiveness of corruption really impose substantial and widespread societal costs, impeding economic development, limiting the efficiency of public services, and weakening political institutions by undermining trust in government? The causes and consequences of, and control strategies for corruption have been contested in various literatures. The purpose of this course is to understand the topic to systematic study, combining insights from several different disciplinary perspectives, including political science, economics, sociology, and public management.

Performance Management in Public Sector

  • Subject Number : 921.616B
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
  • Assessing the effectiveness of public programs is the answer to many issues with which public officials are struggling. It is part of the effort to improve the productivity of public programs, a strategy to strengthen the coordination of different agencies and the programs they manage. And it is a critical element in the public’s discourse with their elected officials about the role and purpose of government programs. With so many different goals, there is a risk that performance management becomes oversold. Assessing what performance management is, what it is best at, how to make it work, and what impacts it might have are the goals of the course. Students will learn about the context of performance management. They will develop skills in measuring public programs. And they will understand its role in the broader political framework of the government.

Civil Participation

  • Subject Number : 921.617A
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
  • This course concentrates on the civil participation. Based on understanding of various theories of democracy, concept and method of civil participation, attitude of civil services toward civil participation, and environment and governance structure for promoting the civil participation are dealt in this class. In addition, students will discuss e-participation, civil politics and relationship between power and participation as important topics on the civil participation.

State and Public Administration

  • Subject Number : 921.618
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
  • In this course we will study the status, functions, structures and decision making of public administration within the context of the state and civil society Discussion topics include the concepts and propositions of the forms, functions, apparatus, autonomy, strength and capability of the state We will also examine how the theory of the state is related to the study and practice of public administration.

Public Administration and Social Theory

  • Subject Number : 921.619
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
  • This is a graduate level introductory sociology course for public administration and public policy majors We will review the essential concepts, issues, research findings and perspectives in sociology, with special reference to the study of public administration and public policy.

History of Korean Public Administration

  • Subject Number : 921.623
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
  • In this course we will do a historical analysis of Korean public administration.

Government and Non- Governmental Organizations

  • Subject Number : 921.628
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
  • The purpose of this course is to examine the various roles of NGOs in democracy and market economy and to deal with the policy issues generated by the activation of NGOs This course will examine the performance and incentives of NGOs and the political, economic and social roles of NGOs from the perspective of political economy; discussion topics include the relations of NGOs with the government, market and civil society This course will acquaint students with the academical approach to the functions and roles of NGOs and the relations between the government and NGOs.

Public Administration and Business

  • Subject Number : 921.652
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
  • Originally titled Government Business Relationship, this course aims at helping students understand the dynamic and complex government business relations within the context of modern bureaucratic governance It will give special attention to the rapidly changing modes of cooperation between the government and business which tend to harness market mechanisms more heavily in the pursuit of national policy goals After examining the theories of the state, this course will go on to analyze the historical and institutional background against which the major countries have formed their own government business relationships It will cover industrial policy, financial policy, regulatory policy and privatization.
    policy as the major policy areas that most vividly reflect the unique aspects of the government business relationship It will also touch on the challenges of the globalization trend and examine the business strategies and response to the rapidly changing environment Subsequently, this course will evaluate Korea’s government business relationship and discuss the future direction of its development in the process of democratization and globalization.

Urban Policy

  • Subject Number : 921.665
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
  • In this course we will analyze in detail the administrative problems of modern large cities so as to help formulate urban policy We will examine the following topics: the typology of metropolitan governments worldwide; the comparisons of their advantages; new budgeting systems for efficient financial control currently at issue in the developed nations and its applicability in Korea; the issue of citizen’s participation in metropolitan administration.

Public Administration and Communication

  • Subject Number : 921.679A
  • Full credits: 3-3-0
  • This seminar examines the role of communication in public administration processes, with a special focus on how language and media shapes the extent and characteristics of communication between the government, political parties, stake-holders, the press, and the public. Students will learn communication theories and media theories and how these theories can be applied to the process of public administration. Specific topics include effects of media and communication, participatory and deliberative democracy and the public sphere, online journalism, the relationship between the government and the press, the structure and function of the press, media politics and elections, public relations of the government, strategic use of the media, and so forth.

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