2463.20 - Politics and Administration and Welfare in Small States and Islands

Course number
Politics and Administration and Welfare in Small States and Islands
Bachelor in History, Social Science, Politics and Administration or equivalent qualifications.
The purpose of the course is to provide the students with advanced conceptual and theoretical competences within the study of Politics and Administration in relation to welfare in small states and islands.
Based in the field of small states and islands: • Key concepts and theories in the study of Small States and Islands. • Key concepts on the relations between parliament, government, administration and civil society. • Selected concepts and theories on welfare and how to measure welfare. • Selected concepts on welfare in political systems. • Selected concepts on modern administration of welfare. • The role of political interest groups. Selected issues on democracy and public administration.
Learning and teaching approaches
The course is based on a combination of lectures, student presentation, seminars and group work.
Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course, the student shall be able to: • Communicate orally and in writing an advanced interdisciplinary understanding of politics and administration. • Analyse and discuss the key aspects of politics and administration in relation to welfare societies. • Compare and contrast different theories and theoretical approaches with regard to politics, administration and welfare. • Identify and define concrete problems and methods in the study of politics, administration and welfare. Reflect upon the above-mentioned issues in relation to small states and islands.
Assessment method
In-class presentation and submission of paper (max 10 pages, i.e. 4.500 words): 50% of final grade. Time bound written individual assignment (max 10 pages, i.e. 4.500 words): 50% of final grade. To pass, students must pass both assessments individually.
Marking scale
Bibliography will be available on Moodle.
Erika Anne Hayfield