Master of Public Administration

Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Social Science (FASS)

Department: Department of Public Administration

Program: Master of Public Administration

Objective

• Allow students precisely compare different administrative systems and public management practices in different contexts and countries including major trends in public management reforms, major factors that drive changes or planned reform efforts. • Analyze development administration both as a concept and in practice within the socio- economic, political and resource contexts of a given society. • Understand and contribute to public policy, critically analyze policies, programs, problems, and issues and finally make pertinent recommendations. • Talk and debate on institutionalization of public institutions and state building and eventually identify challenges and opportunities in the functioning of major public institutions. • Enable to design their own research, understand the research process in general, and interpret research studies undertaken by others and tools and techniques of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method research. • Promote an understanding of the diversity and complexity of challenges in the fields of entrepreneurship development as well as corporate governance and to encourage critical thinking about the construction of effective management responses and strategies.

Mission

The program stresses the acquisition of academic theory and practical skills to foster an ethical and enduring commitment to the public service values of serving the public interest with accountability and transparency; serving professionally with competence, efficiency, and objectivity; acting ethically to uphold the public trust; and demonstrating respect, equity, and fairness in dealings with the public and fellow workers.

Vision

The Master of Public Administration Program addresses public service in an integrated manner. We prepare the next generation of public service leaders who administer domestic and international, governmental, non-profit, environmental, and any other organizations with professional and disciplinary expertise.

1st Semester

Objectives

  • 1. To learn the fundamental/ basic theories of Public Administration. 2. To learn the insights & functional usage of the theories of Public Administration on ground. 3. To understand the basic debates in the existing theories of Public Administration.

Outcomes

  • After the completion of this course, a learner will be able to:

References

  • Public Management Reform- A Comparative Analysis
  • Mastering Public Administration
  • Perspective in Administrative Theory

Objectives

  • This course will familiarize students with key development concepts, philosophical debates, and theories on development. Students will also learn technical concepts, how these are measured and interpreted. At the end of the course they are expected to read and criticize reports on development and poverty, debate on development policies, and give arguments on alternative policy choices.

Outcomes

  • familiarize with key development concepts, philosophical debates, and theories on development.
  • learn technical concepts, how these are measured and interpreted.
  • read and criticize reports on development and poverty, debate on development policies, and give arguments on alternative policy choices.

References

  • Handbook of Comparative and Development Public Administration.
  • The Social Science Perspective and Method of Public Administration: Public Policy and Development Administration Approach
  • Development Administration: Search for Alternatives
  • Community empowerment: A reader in participation and development
  • Fiscal stress: The new system of local government finance in England. Urban Studies
  • Environment, development, social movements

Objectives

  • To know the present status of and the initiatives for e-governance in Bangladesh
  • To study the websites of some selected ministries and divisions for examining how they are organized to serve and connect citizens through using e-governance.
  • To identify the strengths, weaknesses and challenges of e-governance in Bangladesh.

Outcomes

  • review the present status of and the initiatives for e-governance in Bangladesh.
  • appraise the levels of aptitude, awareness, perception and attitude towards e-governancein the Bangladesh.
  • develop policy guidelines for successful e-governance in Bangladesh.

References

  • Building the Virtual State: Information Technology and Institutional Change
  • Reinventing Government in the Information Age: International Practice in IT-enabled Public Sector Reform

Objectives

  • To design their own research, understand the research process in general, and interpret research studies undertaken by others.
  • To learn major philosophical and technical concepts involved in designing and conducting a research and some of the tools and techniques of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method research required to complete a research effectively.

Outcomes

  • Comprehend the research process in general.
  • From writing down a research proposal to conduct a whole research.
  • Collect data, choose appropriate method to analyze these data, and interpret the analysis.

References

  • The practice of social research
  • Methods of social research
  • Practical social research: Project work in the community
  • Behavioral Research and Government Policy: Civilian and Military R&D
  • Method in Social Science: Revised 2nd Edition
  • Qualitative and quantitative approaches.

Objectives

  • Because of taking this class, students will have a clear understanding of the various leadership and motivation theories and management and decision-making techniques. This course will begin with an introduction that will help further the distinction between leadership and management, and then they will be introduced to major theories and models of leadership. Next, they will be introduced to the process of decision-making in a variety of leadership settings. They will then study of how group is formed and how to do better in a team work as well. The final unit will focus on managing groups and teams. Students may not be a leader after concluding this course, but they certainly will have a better understanding of the qualities of leadership and management even in a critical situation.

Outcomes

  • • Develop critical and reflective thinking abilities for effective decision making • Exhibit responsible decision-making and personal accountability • Exhibit the ability to work effectively with those different from themselves • Demonstrate an understanding of group dynamics and effective teamwork • Develop a range of leadership skills and abilities such as effectively leading change, resolving conflict, and motivating others.

References

  • Organizational Behavior Author: Stephen P Robbins and Judge, 13th edition, Pearson International Edition, London.

2nd Semester

Objectives

  • To achieve clear understanding of the contemporary issues of public administration both in the country as well as outside of the country.
  • To analyze the contemporary issues of public administration from different perspectives.

Outcomes

  • Understand the causes and consequences of different contemporary issues of public administration in Bangladesh.
  • Make any recommendation on different contemporary issues of public administration in Bangladesh.

References

  • Stewarding Sustainability Transformations: An Emerging Theory and Practice of SDG Implementation
  • The New Public Service: Serving, Not Steering
  • Total Quality Management (Tqm)

Objectives

  • The objective of this course is to enable students methodically compare public policy processes and dynamics under different political systems and culture. They will learn the ontological and epistemological importance of comparison in understanding why some public policies work or time in one place but fail to work in another place or time, why policy contents and priorities vary across nations and culture. They will learn types of actors and institutions that shape the policy making process in different contexts.

Outcomes

  • Compare public policy processes and dynamics under different political systems and culture.
  • Understand different types of actors and institutions that shape the policy making process in different contexts.
  • Know the administrative systems in developing and developed countries.

References

  • Public Sector Management
  • Comparative Public Administration
  • Public Administration. A Comparative Perspective

Objectives

  • The aim of the course is to expose the students to the fundamentals of public policymaking, institutions and actors involved in the public policy making, the political economy of public policy making and role of private sector and non-state actors in public policy making.

Outcomes

  • Understand the policy formulating, implementing and evaluating process in general.
  • Know about the institutions and actors involved in the public policy.
  • Understand important approaches to evaluation and techniques and tools of policy analysis.

References

  • Public Policy Making
  • Policy Analysis for the Real World,
  • Policy Making in Bangladesh: A Study of the Health Policy Process,

Objectives

  • To learn the process of development of entrepreneurship and its functions and types.
  • To understand the stages of entrepreneurial process, conducting opportunity analysis, developing the plan and setting up the company.
  • Identifying and solving large-scale problems in entrepreneurship in a country.
  • To understand the fundamental theories and practice of corporate governance.

Outcomes

  • Acquire the knowledge of development of entrepreneurship.
  • Understand the stages of entrepreneurial process, conducting opportunity analysis, developing the plan and setting up the company.
  • To understand the fundamental theories, rules and regulations and practice of corporate governance in national and international level.

References

  • The Companies Act, 1994
  • The Companies (Foreign Interest) Act, 1918
  • The Undesirable Companies Act, 1958
  • International Corporate Governance: A Comparative Approach
  • Corporate Governance: Financial Responsibility, Controls and Ethics
  • Corporate Governance and Accountability
  • Incentives, Control, and Development: Governance in Private and Public Sectors with Special Reference to Bangladesh

Objectives

  • The aim of this course is to introduce students with both theoretical and practical perspectives of leadership of the 21st century and its linkage with development. The course employs theoretical concepts and models, coupled with case studies based on the experiences of academicians and practitioners in development field to understand how to develop potential and personal skills central to leadership in oneself and others. It will also help the students to develop their own lens in understanding the role of culture, systems, authority and leadership in contemporary organizations.

Outcomes

  • Know the theoretical and practical perspectives of leadership and its linkages with development.
  • Learn the concepts and models of how to develop potential and personal skills central to leadership in oneself and others.
  • Understand the role of culture, systems, authority and leadership in contemporary organizations.

References

  • Leadership: Theory and Practice
  • The Sage Handbook of Leadership.
  • The Routledge Companion to Leadership

Objectives

  • To conduct research
  • To prepare a research design
  • To demonstrate data analysis
  • To generate new knowledge

Outcomes

  • To learn how to conduct research
  • The student is prepared and has the foundations to conduct independent empirical research. Presents and evaluates their results responsibly, critically and objectively.
  • Communicates about data and conclusions from research understandably, using adequate indicators, tables, and graphs.
  • Understands ethical standards for scientific research, uses them, following principles of scientific integrity. Is aware of and follow the basic principles of behaviour in an academic community
  • Has a sense of responsibility for using acquired psychological knowledge in professional settings.
  • Follows the psychologist‘s code of ethics in relation to his chosen specialization.
  • Recognizes that the complex nature of links between psychological research and other fields of knowledge causes these fields to be in constant development, which as a consequence requires constant learning and updating knowledge.

References

  • Supervisor will assign
  • Thomas, Gary (2009) Your Research Project. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Objectives

  • To conduct research
  • To prepare a research design
  • To demonstrate data analysis
  • To generate new knowledge

Outcomes

  • To know how to write thesis
  • The student is able to find, analyse, evaluate, select and integrate information using various sources, also from fields of knowledge beyond psychology, and from critical judgements on its basis, as an exit point to planning his own studies.
  • Can formulate research questions and hypotheses, and operationalize them. Can create a research plan adequate to the research question.
  • Presents research questions with statistical concepts and translates them to hypotheses, which he then verifies using appropriate methods of statistical inference.
  • Has advanced research skills encompassing construction of research tools and conducting experiments, which allow for solving complex problems in various fields of psychological research.
  • Has advanced oral presentation skills, in Polish or a foreign language, on various topics within psychology, and can prepare a presentation in the form of a research report or conference poster.
  • Uses computer programs: statistical packages, calculation spreadsheets, text editors, to perform calculations and describe results from empirical studies.
  • Can determine the ethical value of his own research and scientific pursuits.
  • Can conduct substantive argumentation, utilizing personal views that are based on critical analysis of works from various fields of knowledge, and can create synthetic summaries on their basis.
  • Can refer to appropriate psychological theory to explain a specific psychological issue.
  • Can critically analyse popular psychological publications and separate views based on common sense from scientific data.

References

  • Supervisor will assign
  • Thomas, Gary (2009) Your Research Project. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Objectives

  • To know how to attend viva-voce
  • To access comprehensive knowledge
  • To explore oral skill

Outcomes

  • To learn how to attend viva-voce.
  • To learn comprehensive knowledge
  • To explore oral skill

References

  • All reading materials
  • Murray, R. (2003). How to Survive Your Viva. United Kingdom: McGrawHill.