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

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject 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.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

Course not yet scheduled

This course is not currently scheduled, but may be offered in an upcoming term.

New course schedules are announced each June and November.


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