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Public Administration Theory

  • Subject Number: 920.611
  • This course deals with the present state of research, theory building, and practice in public administration more generally, and in public management in particular. Over the last few years, theories and practices of public administration have changed significantly. First of all, a heavily multidisciplinary approach has characterized its development. While PA was indebted to political science in its early stages, it has gradually absorbed ideas of organizational theory, psychology, sociology, economics, business management and other disciplines. Secondly, dynamic changes in the political, economic, and social environment significantly affected PA. The relationship among public, private, and non-private sectors has changed dramatically. This change is not only restricted to a specific country but has become a world-wide trend. Thirdly, public organizations have begun to find opportunities and threats from a changed environment. Government reform activities such as NPM (New Public Management) or result-driven management have changed the hard and soft-structure of the public sector. After finishing this course, students will understand such intellectual history and stream of thoughts and will be able to apply them to their own research.

Quantitative Analysis

  • Subject Number: 920.625
  • This course is a graduate-level introduction to statistical reasoning, probability and elementary statistical tests, and linear regression for one or more variables. As future decision makers in an environment of uncertainty, students should learn statistical reasoning. We frequently have to read and evaluate statistical studies during policy making. Therefore, the emphasis in the course is given not only to perform statistical tests but also to know how to interpret their results. After finishing this course, students will be able to summarize and analyze data using SAS, and interpret the results.

Research Methodology

  • Subject Number: 920.651
  • This course is on how to conduct research. The aims of this course are as follows: (1) understanding the theoretical principles on which scientific research is based; (2) seeing how those principles are reflected in the established research designs and techniques for doing research; (3) examining how the researchers actually adopt the these designs and techniques to solving their research questions. To achieve these goals, this course will cover scientific methodological topics such as the role and principles of research design, constructing researchable hypothesis, and critical literature review, valid and reliable measurement for construct, quantitative and qualitative research designs, data collection, etc. In addition, we will examine some papers published in academic journals to see how the authors of the papers adopted the methods in their real research. Special attention and care will be given to GMPA students to meet their professional needs.


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