Public Administration Professionalism

Pro­vides an intro­duc­tion to the pro­fes­sion of pub­lic admin­is­tra­tion with the empha­sis on the local lev­el. The rela­tion­ships among prin­ci­pal actors involved in local gov­er­nance will be exam­ined, and stu­dents will explore the self-knowl­edge required for admin­is­tra­tive prac­tice in local administration.

Course at a glance
  • Aimed at individuals interested in moving into higher level responsibilities in the local government field; our student body includes municipal government employees in planning, corporate services, economic development, operations, finance, and more.
  • Fully online asynchronous course, accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Participate in online discussions with peers from all over Canada and expand your professional network.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Analyze the key elements of the theory of professionalism.
  • Evaluate the degree to which local government administration is a profession in theory and practice.
  • Understand traditional versus New Public Management values and their practical applications in real-life work settings.
  • Analyze ethical situations and their applicability to public administration.
  • Analyze and evaluate various municipal governance structures in the context of professionalism.
  • Develop an appreciation for the professional aspects of public administration that can be used in real-life situations.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • Additional learning materials are provided through eClass.
  • For those interested in pursuing the NACLAA Level I certificate, this course is recommended to be taken at the beginning of the program.
Currently counts towards:

Applicants intending to enrol in a program are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to lock in their course requirements since they are prone to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

Scheduled for Fall/Winter:

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