Public Administration, Civil Society,
and Development in Liberia
See democracy in action: This course explores the relationships between public administration, civil society, and democracy in developing countries. Liberia is employed as a country case study to examine governance structures, processes, and intersectoral relationships. Over the course of the semester, students will examine Liberia’s history and background, its post-conflict development progress, the strength and capacity of democratic institutions, and the role of public administration and civil society in Liberia’s democratic development.
The course culminates in a two-week study abroad experience, which will coincide with Liberia’s national election on October 10, 2017. This will allow students to participate in international election observation, and to interact with the National Election Commission of Liberia and with the coalition of domestic election observers. Students interested in: politics and administration, elections and civic engagement, democratization and development, nonprofits and civil society, social enterprise, public health, and education policy can gain hands-on, global experience through this course.
Download a copy of the POLI 6550 Course Flyer.pdf and the POLI 6550 Course Application Questions.pdf
Physical Requirements: Liberia is a developing country in West Africa that has limited access to electricity and internet connectivity. In addition, is it hot and October is the end of the rainy season - expect humid and possibly wet weather.
This course is targeted for graduate students (MPA, Ph.D.) in the department of political science, however; well-qualified undergraduates and graduate students from other majors are welcome and encouraged to apply.
- 15 July 2017: Application and course registration deadline
- 21 Aug 2017: Course begins (on Auburn campus)
- 3 Oct 2017: Travel to Liberia
- 17 Oct 2017: Return travel from Liberia
- 15 Dec 2017: Course ends (on Auburn campus)
POLI 6550 (3 credits): Public Administration, Civil Society, and Democracy
Graduate students will be enrolled in POLI 6550 during the fall term at Auburn University. Undergraduates participating in this program will be enrolled in POLI 5550.
Students will stay in a hotel in Liberia's capital of Monrovia during the two-week travel abroad experience. Transportation will be provided to all excursions/meetings/etc.
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check www.travel.state.gov for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.
- Students will need a visa for travel to Liberia. Assistance will be provided.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please contact the Faculty Director of this program:
Kelly Krawczyk, Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science