Postgraduate course

Public Policy

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeAORG322B
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The focus of the course is on what governments do, why they do it, and how they do it. The aim is to give the students an overview of different traditions, perspectives, problems and possibilities of public policy analysis and governance. It does so by providing an examination of the broad approaches to the subject matter, and inventories of the relevant policy actors, institutions and instruments that are involved in the public policy making from agenda setting, policy adoption, policy implementation, policy evaluation, and system of governance. In this regard, policies aimed at administrative reforms and organizational change as well as different policy areas such as, administrative policy, education, health, and social welfare will be studied. Emphasis will also be given to complex and not easily resolved policy issues often called "wicked" problems. The course begins with policy studies and ends with the analysis of recent policy trends and reforms in public administration with emphasis on "quality of government", "good governance", and "New Public Management" and "Post- New Public Management".

Learning Outcomes

A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • has developed advanced knowledge of "the state of the art" as well as recent developments in the field of public policy and governance
  • has acquired relevant knowledge on how public policy and governance issues are analyzed from different perspectives
  • can use the knowledge in analyzing different and new areas of public policy and governance
  • can provide empirical and theoretical analysis on the basis of the history and distinct character of the academic field


The student

  • has developed critical thinking and can conduct independent analysis in assessing, diagnosing and addressing policy and governance related challenges
  • can provide independent analyses and applications of existing theories, approaches and empirical work within the research field
  • can use the knowledge to develop and conduct independent research

General competence

The student

  • can discuss, analyze and apply the course materials to answer relevant research questions and objectives
  • can apply the knowledge and skills to various areas of public policy
  • can communicate and identify relevant problem issues and how to analyze them with regard to public policy and governance to different stakeholders of public policy and administration
  • can contribute to the theoretical development of the academic field and the application of different methods in conducting research

Recommended Previous Knowledge

AORG101, AORG104, AORG103 / AORG105 / AORG109 / AORG107, AORG209 / AORG210

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Total course overlap and full point reduction in relation to AORG322A, AORG318 and AORG320.

Access to the Course

The course is open for students who have been accepted to the Master's programme in public administration. Exchange students may be accepted upon application.

Teaching and learning methods

2-3 seminars and 8-9 lectures. The format of teaching is primarily based on class lectures and students' presentations of course materials followed by discussions. Students are expected to actively participate in the discussion and comment at least one time on another student's presentation.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Students are expected to actively participate in the discussion and give a presentation of an essay to be written on the basis of the syllabus. In addition, each student is required to at least one time comment on another student's oral/written presentation. This requirement is compulsory and valid for the current and the following assessment semester.

The task must be completed and approved to take the exam.

Forms of Assessment

A four-hour school exam

Grading Scale


Assessment Semester


Course Evaluation

The course is evaluated every 3rd year.

Course Administrator

Department of Administration and Organization Theory


Contact Information


Tlf 55 58 21 54

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam. Candidates must check their room allocation on Studentweb 3 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination (New exam)

    20.02.2020, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam