After following the course the student:
- has knowledge of different theoretical perspectives on organisational sciences;
- has knowledge of different theoretical perspectives on public administration and policy making;
- has developed an insight in the complexity of relationships between societal developments and public policy and organisations;
- has developed skills in analysing and evaluating practical situations from a theoretical public administration and organisational science view.
Societal developments make our world increasingly complex. These societal developments, such as globalization or digitalisation, have implications for those studying government and organisations. For example, governments increasingly need to rely on collaborations with private organisations to deal with threats like cyber security, organizations need to adjust their management practices to solve social problems, and governments and organizations need to create public value with the services that they provide. As such, it is governments and organizations around the world who have enormous potential to shape our everyday lives, through policies or organizational practices. While most of the activities of governments and organizations that shape our everyday lives take place in the context of organisations, how these organisations actually work is more than ever a ‘black box’.|
In a world that is ever more centred around knowledge. In a world where borders slowly disappear. In a world where experts play an ever-growing important role in the work of organisations. In a world where the citizenry and their demands of the public sector are changing. In that world, it is important to understand how (public and private) organisations work and how (public and organisational) policies are created.
The course Public administration and Organisations offers an advanced introduction in the (for a large part overlapping) disciplines of Public Administration (focussing on the political science element of policy making) and Organisational science. Central concepts and important theoretical themes of both disciplines are introduced and the practical implications of theories are explored and practised. Teaching methods include two-weekly course work to prepare for the exam, introduction to and feedback on writing an advisory paper for an organizational problem, and in-class simulations.
Please note that this is a high intensity course in terms of study materials and student contribution to the course.