Allied Option-Political Science

The following graduate Political Science courses have been approved for the allied field requirement in the Technical Communication Graduate Certificate. Consult the Political Science Department for further information, such as relevant prerequisites for students without a Political Science degree.

PSC 510 Public Management Profession: Theory and Practice

Examines the theory, practice, issues, and ethics associated with the profession of public management through the study of selected readings and cases in the field. The focus of the course will be public managers: who they are, what they do, why and how they manage. By identifying critical antecedents of the issues and cases, outlining various solutions, and assessing the consequences of various strategies, the course not only address the specific topics analyzed, but provides the conceptual and practical tools for further studies in the field. Uses case studies method.

PSC 639 The Sociology of Complex Organizations Instructor

This course is designed to help students develop a critical, sociological perspective for understanding formal, complex organizations in industrial societies. A variety of theories and research will be used to provide a basis for students' own interpretations of the development of managerial bureaucracy in America, its structure, processes, contradictions, conflicts, and alternatives. [Also fits well with PSY 502] Prerequisite: graduate standing

Some Political Science courses have variable content. PSC 605, 611 and 615 fit that description. The following courses, taught by Dr. Jo Ann Moorman, were approved for Certificate students.

PSC 611 Public Personnel Administration

Designed to investigate the theory and practice associated with the administration of personnel in public organizations (e.g., governmental agencies, schools, hospitals, etc.). Illuminates the diverse and dynamic options in applying public personnel policies within a given organization context subject to multiple environmental pressures. The course will reject a "one best way" approach to personnel management, but instead will ask, "How relevant is what we know about personnel management for the problems that managers in public settings really face?" Compares private and public personnel administration theory and practices, with a view to the value-laden dimensions of the public personnel world. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

PSC 615 Special Topics in Public Administration

Few topics are as central to an understanding of the dynamics of organizational and political life as power. This course will examine classical and contemporary theories of power through the study of selected readings, cases, and research in the field, as well as explore the nature and sources of power and hot it is acquired and used in public organizations. Additionally, we will examine the relationship of power to leadership and the human consequences of power in terms of its moral and ethical aspects. Prerequisite: graduate standing.