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Administrative Unit:
Course Prefix and Number: PADM 495
Course Title: *Independent Study in Political Science and Public Administration
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Culminating experience for graduation with a B.A. in Political Science and BA or BS in Public Administration. Requires original research project and final paper. Grade of C or higher required. Cross-listed as POSC 495. Prerequisite: POSC/PADM 395.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):


Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Spring.

Instructor should choose texts and/or journal articles that allow students to consider contemporary political or administrative questions from the perspective of a variety of subfields. Suitable themes for this course might include democracy, globalization of the role of the state in contemporary society.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify and apply key concepts and theories in political science
  2. Develop an appropriate and original research question  with testable hypotheses
  3. Analyze data using appropriate methods
  4. Prepare a research article similar to those found in political science or public administration journals that contains, at minimum, a literature review, hypotheses, methods, findings and conclusion written to the best standards of the discipline.
  5. Present research findings in a professional manner.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:

A major objective of the course is the writing of an original research paper requiring the students to collect and analyze data on an appropriate political science or public administration topic. Students enrolling in the course as PADM 495 must choose a topic related to government or other area relevant to public administration. The paper should be consistent in style and format to research articles appearing in peer-reviewed political science or public administration journals.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: David Roebuck Date: September 11, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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