Beijing Institute of Technology
Graduate Course code: 20-120401-002-21
Last updated on March 30,2011
Spring Semester 2011
Monday, 10:10 am to 12:00 pm; Friday, 2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Classroom: Graduate Teaching Building 516
Dr. Ya Li
Department of Public Management, School of Management & Economics
Office hour: Friday 3:50pm to 5:00pm
In this graduate level course we will explore current practice of electronic government and the related issues for improving effective and efficient governance and service delivery. It focuses on management aspects rather than computer technology aspects.
The course consists of three parts. In the first part, after the introduction of basic concepts and theoretical framework of e-government, we will discuss E-government practices both in China and in the outside world from a comparative perspective. Part II will focus on some issues related to the development of e-government, which are especially crucial to China. These topics include government boundary and its functions, government knowledge management and process design, open and transparent government, and public participation and e-participation. Moving beyond traditional electronic government practices, the third part will shift the focus to the emerging Gov 2.0, which highlights the application of social media tools or platforms in public sectors.
The course will unfold along a mix of two threads: theoretical thread and practical thread. As for the theoretical thread, students need to read literatures to touch the research frontiers of this field. As for the practical thread, students will explore various government websites, conduct a site visit and a few guest speakers will be brought to class to discuss practices and challenges in the real world.
Acknowledgement: The design of the third part of this course (week 7 and week 8) was inspired by Prof. Ines Mergel (Maxwell School of Syracuse University) and her course “Government 2.0: The Interactive Web in the Public Sector” (Spring 2011). Most reading materials for week 7 and week 8 are borrowed from her course. I am grateful to Prof. Ines Mergel for her generous support to this course.
Grading and Courses Assignments
Class participation 20%: Students are expected to attend all class sessions and be on time. All readings must be prepared before class. Active discussion in class is expected. The site visit is requisite.
Assignment and presentation 40%: Each student is expected to make a presentation during class, reporting the assigned reading materials or learning content to the whole class. Presentation will be 35-45 minutes. The student is also expected to answer questions raised by other students and the instructor and lead the follow-up discussion.
Final project 40%: Students will be required to write a research paper (8000-12000 Chinese words). The topic of research paper can be one of the follows: (1) Choose a government agency and discuss its functions and e-government strategy; (2) China’s Government 2.0 applications; (3) A related research paper which is of interest to student and approved by professor. A one-page research proposal is due on April 15th 2011 at the beginning of the class. Students will have 30 minutes each to present their final research papers in the last week.
Note: Assignment and research paper must be typed on A4 pages with 5 point Song font, single-spaced and default margin settings.
Respect: Please treat everyone in the class with respect. Students enjoy freedom of speech in classes. Be tolerant and respect different ideas. No cell phone rings, no excessive private conversations, no other distractive practices.
Academic integrity: Please do assignments on your own. Cite others’ work appropriately and correctly. All kinds of plagiarism and cheating will result in a grade of “fail” for the course. If you don’t know exactly what is plagiarism, please visit http://www.plagiarism.org for details.
Late assignment: Please keep the deadline for the submission of the research paper. Each day of delay will lower your grade by 5 points.
Class absence: Please contact instructor in advance in case of emergency. Two class sessions are the most one student can be absent. Class absence (1 or 2) will lead to lower your grade.
Be professional: Please prepare all your presentations and research paper as professionals.
Weekly Topics and Reading Materials
All reading materials will be provided by the instructor.
Week 1 Introduction (March 14 and 18)
Assignment 1: Visiting government websites (see recommended website list, due on March 21)
Week 2 Government and Government Websites: A Comparison (March 21 and 25)
Student presentation 1: Two websites (March 21)
Student presentation 2: Literature reading report (March 25)
Week 3 Doing Right Things: Government Functions and E-government (March 28 and April 1)
Student presentation 3: Literature reading report (March 28)
Assignment 2: Select one government agency in China (at any level) and its counterpart in US to compare their functions. (One page, due on April 1, at the beginning of the class)
Week 4 Doing Things Right: Government Processes and E-government (April 4 and 8)
Student presentation 4: Literature reading report (April 4)
Guest Speaker: Ma Lin (Peking University, April 8)
Assignment 3: Site visit (Due on April 11, will discuss it in next week)
Week 5 Openness, Transparency and E-government (April 11 and 15)
Student presentation 5: Literature reading report (April 11)
One-page research proposal is due on April 15.
Week 6 Public Participation and E-participation (April 18 and 22)
Student presentation 6: Literature reading report (April 18)
Week 7 Social Media Application in Public Sectors (April 25 and 29)
Student presentation 7: Literature reading report (April 29)
Assignment 4: Visiting gov2.0 websites (see recommended website list, due on April 29)
Guest Speaker: Li Peng (Sina.com, April 25) Microblog in China and Its Public Sectors Application
Week 8 Social Media: A Catalyst for Social Change? (May 2 and 6)
Student presentation 8: Literature reading report (May 2)
Week 9 Wrap up and Final Presentation (May 9 and 13)
Presentation sequence will be set on May 2.