Schedule of Classes Course Description

Medgar Evers College
Course Prefix: PA                                     Course Number: 214                                    
Course Title: Organizational Theory in the Public Sector
Subject: Public Administration
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


This course is designed to provide students with the historical development of organizations and how they function on a daily basis. It will examine organizations in the public sector, non-profit, and private sectors, and make important distinctions between them. We will begin with the classical theories from Weber, Wilson, Gulick, Simon, and more, and move on to the daily complexities of organizational behavior. We will analyze what makes these organizations distinctive amongst each other, but more importantly, understand the different lenses and approaches that these institutions are analyzed and studied from and how they have evolved through different eras. We will cover important topics on decision-making, division of labor, bureaucracy, leadership and management, diversity, organizational learning and culture, and the relationships between organizations and our environment.

Prerequisite: PA 103. ENGL 112.
Corequisite: ENGL 112.
  • On that note, we will be applying this course to the organizations that we work in and interact with daily.

Start Date:    09/30/2009                         End Date: