Short Title:Public Administration
Full Title:Public Administration
Module Code:PBAD H1001
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Basic / broad general programmes*
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Author:Paul Gormley
Module Description: To introduce students to the workings of the public service. • To enable students to think critically and debate the impact of public administration on the provision services in Irish society • To provide students with a foundation in the devising and administration of social policy.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify the institutions of public administration.
LO2 Critically evaluate the system of public administration (the work of the Executive and Civil and Public Service) in Ireland and its impact on social care areas.
LO3 List and describe the relational characteristics between public administration and national and european legislative processes.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Assignment Students will complete an essay on an aspect of public administration as it relates to an aspect of Irish local/national government policy and procedure. 2,3 30.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3 70.00 End-of-Semester

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 3.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Dooney S. & J. O’Toole 2009, Irish Government Today, Gill & Macmillan Dublin
Recommended Book Resources
  • Bemrose, C. & J. MacKeith 1996, Partnerships for Progress: good practice in the relationship between local government and voluntary organisations, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Kirby P. & D. Jacobson (Eds) 1998, In the Shadow of the Tiger: New Approaches to Combating Social Exclusion, Dublin City University Press Dublin
  • Sweeney, P. 1990, The politics of public enterprise and privatisation, Tomar Publishing Dublin
  • Daly, M. (Ed) 2001, County and town: one hundred years of local government in Ireland, lectures on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Local Government Ireland Act 1898, IPA Dublin
  • Duignan, S. 1996, One Spin on the Merry-Go-Round, Blackwater Press Dublin
Required Article/Paper Resources
  • Dibben, P. and D. Bartlett 2004, Local government and service users: empowerment through user-led innovation?’, Local Government Studies, Vol 27, No 3, 43-58
  • Eager, C. 1991, ‘Spitting images – Women and the Irish Civil Service’, Seirbhis Phoibli, 12:111, pp 15-23
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSOCA_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Care Practice 2 Mandatory