IGNOU MA Public Administration Syllabus & Courses

IGNOU MA Public Administration Syllabus & Courses

The IGNOU MA Public Administration syllabus structure is quite simple to understand for all the students who wish to join this programme in January or July session. The programme code is “MPA”.

It’s a two year programme.Therefore, the Ignou MPA course syllabus has been divided into two years.Students have to complete total of 64 credits in minimum of 2 and maximum of 5 years to become eligible for award of master degree in Public Administration.

How to choose subjects in IGNOU MA Public Administration 1st & 2nd Year ?

Ignou syllabus for MA Public Administration 1st year first year constitutes 4 subjects with the value of 8 credits each.All these courses are compulsory.

In the 2nd year, there are total of 7 courses with different credit value associated with them. Out of these 7 courses, students have to choose only 32 credits.

As you can check in below table, MPA-15 and MPA-16 are compulsory courses with credit value of 8 each. Therefore, it is mandatory for students to choose these subjects in second year.

The remaining 16 credits have to be chosen from optional courses.These are MPA-17, MPA-18, MSO-02, MPS-03 and MPAP-2 (Project Work).

Note: It should be noted that MPA-17  (4 Credits) and MPA-18  (4 Credits) have to be taken together if chosen by any student. Students cannot choose only one out of these two.”

The university recommends MPAP-2 (Poject work) course to only those students who are interested in pursuing further studies in Public Administration. If they chose this course, then they have to write dissertation of 10000-15000 words.

Below, we have provided the latest courses & syllabus of Ignou Master of Arts in Public Administration (MPA) programme with the credit value associated with them.It is very important to know the number of credits associated with a particular course.Then only you can correctly choose the subject.

Alongwith Ignou MPA courses, we have also provided below the Ignou MA Public Administration syllabus in detail. It makes easy for the learners to choose subject as they know what syllabus they have to read in which course.

IGNOU MPA Course Code & Names

Below, we have provided the courses of first and second year of MPA in tabular form:

Course CodeTitle of the CourseCredits

IGNOU MA Public Administration 1st year Courses

MPA 11State, Society and Public Administration8
MPA 12Administrative Theory8
MPA 13Public Systems Management8
MPA 14Human Resource Management8

IGNOU MA Public Administration 2nd year Courses

Compulsory Courses
MPA 15Public Policy and Analysis8
MPA 16Decentralisation and Local Governance8
Optional Courses
MPA 17Electronic Governance(To be taken together)4
MPA 18 Disaster Management4
MSO 2Research Methods and Methodologies8
MPS 3India : Democracy and Development8
MPAP 2Project Work8
Total Credits64

IGNOU MA Public Administration 1st Year Syllabus

MPA-011 State, Society and Public Administration

  • Nature of State
  • Relationship between State, Society and Public Administration
  • Changing Role of State: Issues and Challenges
  • Liberal and Marxist Perspective of State
  • Neo-Liberal Perspective
  • Gandhian Perspective
  • Citizens and Administration Inter-relations
  • Democratic Public Movement: A Case Study
  • Changing Patterns of Social Equality, Participation, Flexibility and Autonomy
  • Social Participation: Gender, Weaker Sections and Environmental Issues
  • Changing Nature of Indian State
  • Role of Bureaucracy in Policy Formation, Implementation and Analysis
  • Contemporary Context of Indian Bureaucracy
  • Impact of Globalisation on Administration
  • Challenges to Traditional Bureaucratic Pattern
  • Flourishing Ideas: Neo-Public Management, Reconstruction of Government and Business Process Re-engineering
  • Government Institutions: Towards Reforms
  • Increasing Role of Civil Society Organisations
  • Conflict Resolving: Re-explanation
  • Ethical Issues of Public Administration

MPA-012 Administrative Theory

  • Public Administration: Meaning, Nature, Scope and Importance
  • Nature and Typologies of Organisation
  • Development and Growth of Administrative Theories
  • Scientific Management Approach
  • Administrative Management Approach
  • Max Weber’s Theory of Bureaucracy
  • Critique of Bureaucracy
  • Human Relations Approach
  • Views of Herbert A. Simon on Decision-making in an Organisation
  • Organisational Structure, Processes and Functioning
  • Socio-Psychological Approach: Views of Chris Argyris
  • Socio-Psychological Approach: Views of Abraham Maslow and Frederick Herzberg
  • Socio-Psychological Approach: Views of Douglas McGregor and Victor Vroom
  • Open and Cooperative System
  • Systems Approach: Views of David Easton and Chester Barnard
  • Concept of Learning Organisation
  • New Organisational Culture
  • New Public Administration
  • Perspective of Public Choice
  • Pertinence of Critical Theory
  • New Public Management Perspective
  • State of Administrative Theory in 21st Century

MPA-013 Public System Management

  • Continuity and Change in Public Systems Management
  • Empowerment
  • Reforms and Change Management
  • Networking and Inter-institutional Coordination in Governance
  • Transparency and Right to Information
  • Responsiveness in Public System Management
  • Accountability
  • Future Designing Techniques
  • Selective Market Techniques
  • Work Measurement
  • Management Information System
  • Key Management Tools
  • Strategic Management
  • Materials/Logistics Management
  • Financial Management
  • Inter-governmental Relations in the Process of Governance
  • Governance: Role of the Legislature and the Judiciary
  • Governance: Role of Bureaucracy and Political Executive
  • Concept of Governance: An Introduction
  • New Technologies and Public Systems Management
  • Public Systems Management: Socio-economic Context
  • Public Systems Management: Political Context
  • Public Systems Management: Constitutional Context
  • Distinctiveness of Public Systems Management
  • Public Systems Management: Concept, Nature, Scope and Characteristics

MPA-014 Human Resource Management

  • Meaning, Nature, Scope and Significance of Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • Meaning, Nature, Scope and Significance of Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • Strategic Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • Human Resource Planning and Strategy
  • Job Analysis and Job Design
  • Recruitment, Selection, Appointment and Promotion
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Remuneration and Salary System
  • Rewards and Incentives Management
  • Employee Benefits
  • Training and Development
  • Redeployment and Reskilling
  • Learning and Development
  • Management Development
  • Employee Capacity Building Strategies
  • Total Quality Management
  • Employee’s Health and Safety
  • Human Resource Management and  Worker’s Participation
  • Industrial Relations
  • Discipline and Complaints
  • Effectiveness of Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Audit
  • Changing System at Workplace
  • Stress Management

IGNOU MA Public Administration 2nd Year Syllabus

MSO-02: Research Methods And  Methodologies (Research Approaches)

Cognitive Approaches Of Social Reality

  • Argument For Social Research
  • Empirical Approach
  • Various Arguments For Making Principles
  • Theoretical Analysis

Philosophical Basis Of Social Research

  • Issues Of Epistemology
  • Philosophy Of Social Science
  • Positivism And Its Critique
  • Hermeneutics

Contemporary Perspective

  • Comparative Method
  • Feminist Approach
  • Participatory Method

(Quantitative Techniques And Survey Methods )

Kinds, Methods And Components Of Research

  • Kinds Of Research
  • Research Methods
  • Components Of Research Model

Quantitative Methods

  • Sampling Methods And Specultation Of Sampling Size
  • Measurement Of Central Tendency
  • Variance Measurement And Variation
  • Statistical Inference : Hypothesis Testing
  • Correlation And Regression

Survey Research

  • Survey Method
  • Survey Format
  • Survey  Equipments
  • Survey Performance And Research Material Analysis

Qualitative Research Method And Techniques

  • Field Work–I
  • Field Work–Ii
  • Reliability, Validity And Triple Armed
  • Formatting Of Qualitative Data And Their Processing
  • Writing Of Qualitative Data

Analysis Of Data And Presentation Of Research Conclusions

  • Use Of Internet And Word Processing
  • Use Of Spss For Data Analysis
  • Use Of Spss In Report Writing
  • Tabulation And Graphic Presentation–Case Study
  • Directions For Research Project Work

MPS-03: India: Democracy & Development

  • legacy of national movement with reference to development,
  • rights and participation
  • debates on models of development
  • constitution and social transformation
  • diversity and pluralism
  • inequality: caste and class
  • political economy of development
  • structure and growth of economy: poverty, surplus and unevenness
  • legislature
  • bureaucracy, police and army
  • legal system and judiciary
  • federalism
  • devolution of powers and local self-government
  • political parties and political participation
  • workers and peasant movements in india
  • media and public policy
  • interest groups and policy-making
  • identity politics: caste, religion, language and ethnicity
  • civil society: social movements, ngos and voluntary action
  • human development: health, education and social security
  • gender and development
  • regional imbalances
  • migration and development
  • environment and sustainable development
  • economic reforms and globalisation
  • religious politics
  • ethnicity and nation-state
  • democracy and development in india: an assessment

MPA-016: Decentralisation And Local Governance

  • Decentralisation: The Road Ahead
  • Sustainable Development and Challenges to Decentralised Governance
  • Capacity Building of Grassroots Functionaries
  • Structural Reforms: Resources, Finances, Powers and Functions
  • Micro Level Plans: Formulation and Implementation
  • Development Planning: Nature and Scope
  • Intra-Local Government Relationship- II- Urban
  • Intra-Local Government Relationship-I:- Rural
  • Organisational Structure of Urban Local Bodies
  • Organisational Structure of Rural Local Bodies
  • Features Of 73rd and 74th constitutional Amendment
  • Evolution of Local Governance (Before 73rd & 74th) Amendment
  • Impact of Decentralised Development
  • Partnership Between Local Government and Non-State Agencies/Actors
  • Partnership Among Different Levels of Government – II: Local Authorities and Special Purpose Agencies
  • Partnership Among Different Levels of Government – I: Union and State Governments
  • Components of Decentralised Development – III Equal Distribution of Benefits of Development
  • Components of Decentralised Development – II: Socioeconomic and Politico-administrative
  • Components of Decentralised Development – I: Empowerment
  • Understanding Decentralisation in Contemporary Settings
  • Contextual Dimensions of Democratic Decentralisation-Ii: Social, Economic and Geographical
  • Contextual Dimensions of Democratic Decentralisation-1: Political, Constitutional and Administrative
  • Concept, Evolution and Significance of Democratic Decentralisation

MPA-015: Public Policy And Analysis

  • Policy Analysis: Optimisation Studies
  • Disinvestment Policy: A Case Study of India
  • Policy Analysis: Methods and Techniques-II
  • Policy Analysis: Methods and Techniques-I
  • Policy Analysis
  • Ascertaining Policy Impact
  • Understanding Policy Evaluation
  • Monitoring of Public Policy-II
  • Monitoring of Public Policy-I
  • Policy Implementation Problems
  • Role of Various Agencies in Policy Implementation
  • Public Policy: Implementation System and Models
  • Telecom Policy: A Case Study of India
  • Constraints in Public Policy Formulation
  • Role of International Agencies in Policy-Making
  • Role of Civil Society Organisations in Policy-Making
  • Role of Cabinet Secretariat and Prime Minister’s Office in Policy-Making
  • Role of Planning Commission and National Development Council in Policy Formulation
  • Role of Inter-Governmental Relations in Policy-Making
  • Policy Sciences
  • Importance of Public Policy: Contemporary Context
  • Models of Public Policy
  • The Policy Cycle
  • Understanding Public Policy

MPA-017: Electronic Governance

  • ICT Implementation in Governance: Issues and Challenges
  • ICT Implementation in Governance: Issues and Challenges
  • Information Policy: Right to Information Act 2005
  • E-Seva: ICT Project in Self-Help in Andhra Pradesh
  • Saukaryam: ICT Project in Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, Andhra Pradesh
  • ICT in Indian Railways
  • Delivery of Citizen Services: Role of ICT
  • E-Commerce
  • E-Learning: Role of ICT in Education and Training
  • Panchayati Raj Institutions: Improving Self- Governance Through ICT
  • Role of ICT in Rural Development
  • Administrative Organisation Culture: Towards ICT Based Reforms
  • Role of ICT in Administration
  • ICTs: Roles and Applications
  • Information and Communication Technology: Concept and Components
  • E-Governance: Concept and Significance

MPA-018: Disaster Management

  • Disaster Management Strategies
  • Disaster Manager
  • First Responders
  • Disasters and Development
  • Rehabilitation and Reconstruction
  • Damage Assessment
  • Distribution of Relief Material
  • Temporary Shelter, Warehousing And Stockpiling
  • Search, Rescue and Evacuation
  • Community Based Disaster Management
  • Disaster Mitigation
  • Resource Analysis and Mobilisation
  • Vulnerability Analysis and Risk Assessment
  • Disaster Prevention
  • Disaster Preparedness: Indian Context
  • Disaster Management – Recent Trends
  • Disaster Management Cycle
  • Meaning and Classification of Disasters

MPAP-2 Project Work

The learners who wish to do higher studies in the field of Public administration are advised to choose this course.

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