Introduction to Public Policy and Administration
- Introduction to the public sector and private sector.
- Theories of bureaucracy and organization.
- Principles of economic decision-making
- Models of regulation and project evaluation.
- Economic considerations in policy design.
- Historical foundation of Federal-Provincial relations.
- Structure of government: federal, provincial, and municipal.
- Theories of economic regulation.
- Behaviour and history of Crown Corporations and Regulatory Agencies.
- Budget constraints, financial resources, and national resources.
- International and domestic influences.
Lecture and seminar.
|Mid-term examination(s)||25% - 35%|
|Essay, Project||20% - 30%|
|Participation, Assignments||0% - 10%|
|Final Examination||30% - 35%|
Students may conduct research as part of their coursework in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans, which can require obtaining Informed Consent from participants and getting the approval of the Douglas College Research Ethics Board prior to conducting the research.
At the end of the course, the student will be able to:
- Explain and evaluate the similarities and differences between the public and private sector.
- Explain and critique the theory of public organization and administration.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of policy making.
- Develop ways to implement policy and to measure performance.
- Accomplish project evaluation (contingent valuation)
- Analyze and apply the principles of economic regulation.
- Define and evaluate the role of Crown Corporations and Regulatory Agencies.
- Analyze and explain the nature of financial resources and spending limitations.
- Apply decision-making principles in the context of changing international and domestic forces.
- Explain and analyze the nature of Federal-Provincial relations.
Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:
One of: (instructor’s choice)
Kernaghan, Ken and David Siegal, “Public Administration in Canada”
Brander, James, “Government Policy Toward Business”
Dunn, Christopher, “The Handbook of Canadian Public Administration”
Inwood, Gregory, "Understanding Canadian Public Administration: Theory and Practice"
or text approved by department.
No corequisite courses.
Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:
- No equivalency courses
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see https://www.bctransferguide.ca
|Institution||Transfer Details for ECON 3101|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU ECON 2XXX (3)|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG ECON 2XXX (3)|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU ECON 2XX (3)|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU ECON 3500 (3)|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV ECON 2XX (3)|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC ADMN 3XX (1.5) or UVIC ECON 325 (1.5)|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||No credit|