University of Toronto - School of Public Policy and Governance
PPG 2021: Priority Topics in Public Administration
Description: This course focuses on the practice of public policy and public administration. It goes behind the scenes of major public policy events and government change projects to examine the interplay between policy, communications, program delivery and building the right capacity to do these things well in government.
The course is designed and taught by a public sector leader and practitioner and will focus on some of the complexities involved in the practice of public administration. Students will learn about the importance of leadership in making tough decisions about political and public service priorities; about thorny or “wicked” policy and public administration issues that confront almost all major governments, and the navigational skills necessary to address them. They will learn about the complex interplay of politics, policy and public administration. There is no “golden key” to getting things done well in government – progress is sometimes intermittent and complex with difficult trade-offs between good politics and good public administration. Students will confront the challenge of insufficient information to enable evidence-driven policy development and the challenge of making sense of too much information when clear advice is needed by the public in the middle of a crisis. This will equip students for the real stuff of work in government – communications, issues management and policy-making in action. At the conclusion of the course they will have a clear sense of how government works in practice, why and how leadership matters, how things get done in government and the important inter-relationships between the various strands of public service work.
Faculty: Tony Dean
Source: http://www.publicpolicy.utoronto.ca/mpp-elective-outline (accessed 23 February 2013)