Department of Public Administration
Course Descriptions


Economics for Public Administration

The principles of economics are taught with focus on themes deeply related to public administration and policy research. Emphasis is placed on cases where economic principles are utilized in the public policy area.

Introduction to Public Administration
Focuses on understanding what public administration is (object of study), why it is studied (development process), and how it is studied (approaches). Gives a brief introduction of the fields composing public administration. Lays the foundation for would-be public administration majors and other social science majors.

Constitutional Law
Basic theories as well as concrete content are studied such as the fundamental principles of constitutions, the fundamental laws that define a nations' basic structure and activities; relationship between constitutional government and democracy; basic rights; and governance structure. The course also includes the establishment, change, and practical operation of the Korean Constitution.

Theories and Practices of Anti-Corruption Initiatives
This course delivers lectures on the conceptual definition of corruption; the causes and structure of corruption; status of corruption at home and abroad; corruption control strategy and restraints; and national comparison of anti-corruption systems and practices.

Principle of Sociology
This course presents core theories on the basic theories and methodologies of contemporary sociology. Data analysis methods are also utilized to identify various social phenomena.

Introduction to Policy Sciences
Aims to promote understanding of the general theory and practice of politics. Focuses on understanding the background and development process of policy science and each element of a policy framework with particular emphasis on policy process.

Local Government & Citizen Participation
Theories and systems about local government are introduced and the local government process is analyzed in connection with actual operational aspects. The situation of Korea is used to explain the relationship between central and local governments and citizen participation including regional elections.

Public Choice and Decision Making
The goal of this course is to impart a comprehensive understanding of the public choice theory that explains and predicts political and administrative phenomena using economic tools. Based on theoretical knowledge, a public choice approach is applied to better understand Korea's public administrative phenomena.

Administrative Systems of International Organization
This course looks at such increasingly important international organizations as the UN, EU, WTO, OECD, and APEC and how these organizations are administratively managed and operated. The ability to critically diagnose opportunities and restraints is raised.

Social Psychology
Human actions and psychology as well as their interaction with society will be looked at. Details of this course include the history of social psychology, relevant research methods and status, prejudice, organizational actions, love, and aggressive actions.

Theory of Public Personnel Administration
Teaches management theories and techniques relating to civil servants, a major government resource, and facilitates understanding of how personnel administration is conducted both in Korea and other major foreign countries. Studies how personnel management might be employed as a core instrument in governmental reform.

Local Government & Citizen Participation
Introduces the theories and institutions relating to local autonomy and analyzes its implementation process. Explains the relationship between central and local governments, citizen participation, including in local elections, and how it all applies to the case of Korea.

Public Financial Administration
Studies the basic theory and practice relating to public financial administrative organizations, the development process of budgetary institutions, the concept, functions, principles, types, and classification of budgets, and the budgeting process.

Strategic Planning
The goal of this course is to gain an understanding of the independent methods of strategic planning in the public area. It introduces the purpose and necessity of planning and related theories and explains each step of strategic planning and the definitions. The analytical methods of strategic planning are also explained such as SWOT analysis while selected examples of the public area show how to apply planning-related knowledge and techniques.

Relationship of Government and Business
As a result of globalization and informatization of the economy, public companies are being privatized and governments are having difficulty intervening in the business strategy or governance structure of private enterprise. This course comprehensively deals with relations between governments and companies, policy decision-making process and companies' response, market-social systems, etc. The experiences of advanced as well as developing countries are collectively considered to identify directions and methods that contribute to establishing sound government-corporate relations.

Policy Implementation
The goal is to provide an understanding of the process of implementing government policy. General theories and examples related to policy implementation are explained and political and public administrative dynamics that occur in the policy implementation process are considered.

Introduction to Policy Sciences
Aims to promote understanding of the general theory and practice of politics. Focuses on understanding the background and development process of policy science and each element of a policy framework with particular emphasis on policy process.

Theories in Public Administration
Explains the chronological history of the organization theory and conducts comparative analysis of the research directions of leading scholars who spearheaded theoretical progress. Examines the basic structure, operation methods, and goal setting of public organizations, particularly administrative organizations. Identifies the differences between public and private organizations. Expounds on the scope of the role and behavior of bureaucrats, qualifications and styles of leadership, and decision-making models. Compares Max Weber's ideal bureaucratic model and future organizational models expected to emerge in organized societies.

Theory of Public Bureaucracy
The political, economic, sociological, and public administrative theories that are related to public bureaucracy are scrutinized to understand the necessary evils of public bureaucracy and to explore alternative policies for bureaucracy to work with democracy.

Theories and Practices of American Public Administration
Various actual public administration cases are used to explore how the American government and public administration organizations have formed in history; what things are carried out in which way within them; and theoretical frameworks to systematically understand and criticize this from the perspective of citizens.

Theories and Practices of Electronic Government
The concept and logic of the public administration information management system are defined, and changes in the characteristics of the decision-making process of public administration that occur according to the use of the system are explored. Influence that impact the terms of operation skills, user behavior, etc., is analyzed, and future changes expected in the public administration organization are diagnosed.

Public Policy Evaluation
This course explores the basic logic and practice of evaluation that is conducted on policies established and implemented by the government. Students learn about the practices of policy evaluation conducted by the governments of Korea and major advanced nations to acquire basic knowledge required of policy evaluators.

Scope and Methods
Teaches the meaning of explanation and prediction, two goals of social science. Explains the role and significance of theories, facts, ideologies, values, and variables in the process of knowledge generation in social science. Classifies and summarizes types, procedures, and tools of research. Explains the content and sequence of research design. Introduces sampling techniques, scaling and measurement, questionnaire creation and simple computer-aided statistical analysis techniques. Reviews the opportunity cost roles of social science students in theory development and in inducing social change.

Theory of Organizational Behavior
Same as Theory of Organization Development

Administrative Law (1), (2)
Administrative law is an appropriate framework that begs conformity for efficient public administration. It reduces injudicious discretionary power and provides principles for public administration. This course is divided into an introduction and more detailed subject matters.

Public Auditing
Aims to promote understanding of the general theory and practice related to auditing of government agencies. Focuses on an in-depth understanding of financial legal auditing (traditional auditing) and performance auditing (modern auditing).

Theories in Public Enterprises
Explains the development background of public enterprises and the value of their existence in functional terms. Examines the current state of public enterprises by industry, especially in terms of reverse functional aspects such as corporate performance and human resource management practices. Investigates the characteristics of nationalization and privatization of public enterprises by each administration. Compares and analyzes the privatization methods for adoption by Korean public enterprises. Analyzes the (non-utility) utility of policy alternatives such as the restructuring of public enterprises, ownership system reform, and people's ownership of formerly public company stocks.

Welfare Policy
Studies the basic principles, theories, and application of social welfare policies administered by the government for the socially underprivileged. In particular, this course reviews policies in the areas of labor, education, housing, and social welfare.

Theory of Comparative Administration
Focuses on comparative analysis of the actual state and characteristics of public administration in several countries, and deals with important related aspects, approaches, and theoretical discussion. Promotes understanding of public administration in developing countries and ways to improve it.

Theories and Practices of Information and Communication Policies
This course introduces theories and practices to systematically understand the characteristics of information and telecommunication policies which are emerging as core national development strategies. Focus is placed on the understanding of the primary decision-making areas of information and telecommunication policies; political, economic, and public administrative conditions, constraints, and cases of overcoming them; relevant budgets and laws and regulations, etc.

Policy-Making Process
Basic theories about the policy-making process and the roles of major participants are taught.

Special Lectures on Public Economy
Lectures on public economy will be given so that students can grasp the essence of public finance symptoms, and futhermore, understand the significance of public finance in the flow of the national economy.

Quantitative Analysis of Public Administration(1),(2)
Focuses primarily on discovering the principles of public administration, using statistics and quantitative economics. Students each select a theme for application of statistical and quantitative economic techniques.

Administration & NGOs
This course will focus on what roles were played by citizens during the course of administrative democratization, and on the functions and activities of NGOs. This course will also introduce various documentary records related to citizens' participation in administration and in politics.

English Lecture on Public Administration
English texts related to public administration are used and lectures are presented in English to enable students to accurately grasp their content and terminology and increase their understanding of public administration theories.

Science & Technology Policy
Based on public policy theory, students will systematically review science and technology-related policies that form the infrastructure of a knowledge-based society. The aim of this course is to assess Korean policies on science and technology, research foreign cases, and define a future direction for relevant policies in Korea.

Urban Administration
Studies the rapid urbanization, urban growth, and expansion of urban functions in modern societies and how the resulting social problems are being addressed at administrative and policy levels. Discusses proper policy directions and alternatives.

Industrial Policy
This course theoretically and empirically analyzes national strategies for industry or regional development and how such strategies may be different according to values or the political and economic context. Korea's competition strategy is studied in connection with national leadership, national management, and policy for each area from empirical, normative, and prescriptive perspectives.

Theories and Practices of Public Administration in Asian Countries
This course takes a general look at public administration in major Asian countries. It boosts a complete understanding of not only their public administrative culture and structure but also characteristics and issues occurring in their process of public administration development.

Government Regulation
Primarily focuses on learning theories related to governmental behavior that regulates the actions of enterprises and citizens. The course divides the regulations into economic and social regulations and examines their legitimacy and effectiveness.

Policy Analysis
This course aims at an understanding of general theories and practices related to policy analysis and evaluation, a major part of policy studies. Focus is placed on fostering a basic understanding of the development background of policy analysis and evaluation theories, their execution process, and important techniques. By completing this course, students will be able to cultivate the ability to systematically respond to major issues occurring in society and come up with a scientific design for a policy evaluation study.

English Lecture on Policy Studies
English texts about policy studies are used and lectures presented in English to accurately grasp their content and terminology and increase an understanding of policy theories.

Studies on Public Service Aptitude Test
This course is for students wishing to pass a national exam selecting public administrators to become high-ranking public officials. As preliminary tests for the national exams for public, foreign service, and technical officials have recently been integrated into the public service aptitude test, the ability to solve questions given in the test's logic, information interpretation, and situation judgement areas are cultivated.

Theories and Practices of Public Administration in European Countries
This course takes a general look at public administration in major European countries. It enhances the overall understanding of not only their public administrative culture and structure but also characteristics and issues occurring in their process of public administration development.

Special Lecture in Public Policy
This course deals with major points in policy studies. Based on the knowledge learned in Introduction to Policy Sciences, students select an issue to deal with in depth, conduct systematic research, and present the results.

Theories and Practices of Korean Public Administration
Studies how Korea’s public administration agencies have historically been structured, the nature and mode of the work carried out by the agencies, and the theoretical framework with which to understand and criticize the agencies and their work from a citizen's point of view.

Practice in Public Administration
Deals with the specifics of public administration, with an emphasis on public administration development process, organization theory, organizational planning, policy decision-making process, and national admini- stration. Provides students with opportunities to make topical presentations and to engage in discussions with other students.

Government Innovation;Theories and Practices
Cases of government innovation at home and abroad are used to learn the basic strategies of government reforms, various problems occurring in the reform process, and various measures implemented to overcome them. Ultimately, the possibility to set up a theoretical model is explored to help understand government administration reform in general.

Welfare Policy
Studies the basic principles, theories, and application of social welfare policies administered by the government for the socially underprivileged. In particular, this course reviews policies in the areas of labor, education, housing, and social welfare.

Practice in Policy Sciences
Students deepen their understanding of policy sciences by applying the theories and techniques of policy sciences to actual policy cases and solving problems. Diverse policy successes and failures are collected and analyzed to build the capability to develop policy alternatives.

Theories and Practices of Public Administration in Latin American Countries
This course takes a general look at public administration in major Latin American countries. It enhances the overall understanding of not only their public administrative culture and structure but also characteristics and issues occurring in their process of public administration development.

Theory of Local Government
Focuses on understanding local government related issues such as local administration, autonomy, integrated administration of a larger area, and regional development. Examines the current organization, operation, function, and state of affairs of local government and ways to improve them.

Administrative Culture
Reviews administrative culture that influences the administrative practice of a country. More specifically, the course examines the concept of administrative culture, methods of studying Korean administrative culture, and the characteristics of the administrative cultures of each region and country.

Internship of Public Administration and Public Policies
Experiencing actual public administration at public agencies promotes students' actual understanding of public administration and inclination toward scientific research.

Philosophy of Public Administration
Philosophical study of the fundamental positions and premises underlying the theory and practice of public administration. More specifically, this course offers insight into the relationship between public administration and philosophy, examines research methods of public administration from the perspective of philosophical science, and reviews questions of values and ethics in public administration.

Special Lectures on Public Administration
Focuses mainly on developing a more complete understanding of actual public administration not fully achieved through other courses, with experienced guest speakers from different government agencies giving lectures on their topics of expertise. Of the different methodologies, the quantitative method is stressed. The lectures deal with theoretical discussions of the quantitative method as well as its practice as a requirement for researchers. To take this course, basic knowledge of statistics at the undergraduate level is required.

Theory of Environmental Policy
Students will learn more about environmental issues, which are directly linked to the existence of mankind from a broader perspective, and which are closely connected to national competitiveness, from the narrow view. Based on critiques of problems witnessed in past environmental policies, students will look for ways to make changes in people's attitudes as well as systems to carry out more effective environmental policies in the future.