2276.23 - Public Administration

Course number
Public Administration
Upper secondary education and having passed the course Introduction to Political Science
The purpose of the course is to provide an understanding of how political science conceives of public administration, how public administration is organized, and what the role of public administration is in a modern democratic political system.
The course focuses on basic themes within public administration, which are: • guiding principles and models for the organization of a central administration, • bureaucracy, • the role of a public official, and the interplay between a public official and a minister. In addition, the course covers themes as: • public governance and public budget management, • implementation, and the role of street-level bureaucrats. • public administration on different levels: national (central), local (municipalities), and international (e.g., EU). • special Faroese factors like size of administrative units and the Home Rule system, and how this influences public administration in the Faroe Islands.
Learning and teaching approaches
Teaching is arranged as a mix of lectures and active teaching where the student participates by group work, minor written assignments and by actively engaging in analyses of topics in the classroom. Also, students hold presentations.
Learning outcomes
On completion of the course, students must be able to: - formulate and argue for a relevant research question related to a course theme - define relevant concepts and conduct theoretical analyses relevant for the research question - develop an overall research design for the investigation of the research question and make assessments about necessary data - analyse public administration themes assess how public administration works
Assessment method
The students choose a theme and a research question, which the teacher must approve, and individually write an assignment of 5.000 words +/-10%. The assignment must be defended in an oral exam.
Marking scale
The reading list on about 1.000 pages can be found on the Moodle site
Jens Christian Svabo Justinussen