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Legal & Political Issues in Public Administration
PADM-480

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course covers the key legal and political challenges associated with the public administration arena. Students will examine the principles of administrative law and federal constitutional law that provide the foundation for the operations and decision-making processes of public administrators. To that end, the interface of legal requirements with political ramifications will be explored. Students will be challenged to link core public administration functions, particularly at the leadership level, with an understanding of political accountability and legal consequences.

Requisites

Prerequisite

GOVT 200

Rationale

The purpose of this course is to expose students to the foundational principles of administrative law and federal constitutional law and their political ramifications as it relates to public administration. It is important for students in the School of Government to understand fundamental public administration functions and operations and how politics impact decisions being made.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the elements of public administration law.
  2. Read and analyze legal materials related to constitutional law and judicial and legislative review.
  3. Understand the significance of the law and articulate this understanding in writing.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of biblical and historical foundations of public administrative law.
  5. Identify legal issues in factual scenarios and accurately state and apply rules of the law, public accountability and legal consequences.

Course Resources

Required Resources

The resource below is provided in the course at no cost to the student. However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the resource, he or she may purchase it through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of physical copies is optional.

David H. Rosenbloom. Public Administration and Law. 3rd ed. Taylor & Francis, 2010.

Disclaimer: The above resource provides information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in this resource.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Office
  5. Turabian Formatting Guide: https://www.liberty.edu/academics/casas/academicsuccess/index.cfm?PID=11954

 

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 125 words.

Activity (4)

After reading and reviewing the current module(s)/week(s) reading and/or presentation, the student will complete a corresponding activity. Answers to the questions must be well-organized and use proper grammar. Each activity must be at least 1.5 pages.

Midterm Essay

The student will write an 6-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on applicable law. The paper must include at least 6 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Tests (3)

Each test will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module(s)/week(s). Each test will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice, true/false questions or essays, and have a 1 hour and 30-minute time limit.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (3 at 75 pts ea)

225

Activity (4 at 75 pts ea)

300

Midterm Essay

175

Tests (3 at 100 pts ea)

300

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

 

PADM 480

Textbook: Rosenbloom, Public Administration, (2010).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Rosenbloom: ch. 1

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

10

0

75

2

Rosenbloom: ch. 6

1 presentation

Activity 1

Test 1

75

100

3

Rosenbloom: ch. 8

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

75

4

1 article

1 presentation

Activity 2

Test 2

75

100

5

Rosenbloom: ch. 4

1 presentation

Midterm Essay

175

6

Rosenbloom: ch. 2

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

75

7

1 article

1 presentation

Activity 3

Test 3

75

100

8

Rosenbloom: chs. 5, 6, 9

1 presentation

Activity 4

75

Total

1010

DB=Discussion Board

 

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.