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Political Organization and Multilevel Governance

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeAORG326
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Teaching semester

Spring

Objectives and Content

The purpose of this course is to analyse the political-administrative system's structures and processes in the intersection of political and organizational theories. One of the aims of this course is to study administrative policies, administrative reforms and institutional change in a multi-level governance perspective. Many of the major challenges - both theoretically and in practice - when it comes to the formation and manner of operation of the political-administrative system lies in the interface between different administrational levels, ministerial areas, sectors and between elected and administrative bodies. An important question is how organization and management forms come to be and change through organizational innovations in the tension between democratic governance, public administration, and markets. New regulatory and supervisory policies, new control and audit forms, the emergence of new information and communication technologies, changes in relationships of trust, in accountability relations, in manners of coordination and specialization, and tensions between political control and professional autonomy in independent administrative bodies are studied.

Learning Outcomes

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

Knowledge

The student has knowledgde about

  • organization theory approaches to how formal organizations function.
  • multi-level governance, implementation, and transformative approaches.
  • an institutional approach, which combines instrumental models, cultural perspectives, and environmental adaptation.
  • european cooperation, constitutionalism, international integration and institution-building.
  • political governance, democratic control of the representatives, and accountability.

Skills

The student

  • can discuss and reflect on the relevance of theories and theoretical concepts.
  • understand why theory is important for empirical research.
  • is able to use theory and theoretical concepts to develop empirical indicators.
  • is able to read and understand advanced scientific articles.

General competence

The student has

  • analytical skills and competency in political science and public administration
  • enhanced competence to discuss academic literature with peers and others
  • improved ability to read scholarly literature instrumentally and critically
  • improved ability to identify relevant research questions in social sciences
  • improved competency to write an analytical paper

Required Previous Knowledge

Students must have completed a bachelor's degree in political science or an equivalent (subject to approval by the administration of the Department of administration and organization theory), or a bachelor´s degree in Social Sciences, Pshycology or Law.

Access to the Course

The course gives priority to students accepted to the Master's programme in Administration and organization theory and the students accepted to the Master's programme in public administration (MPA). Students accepted to other master's programmes in Social Sciences, Pshycology and Law can sign up if there are places left. Maximum students per course is twenty (20) students. If the number of students registered for a course is five or less, the Department may consider offering the course in seminar format.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, discussions and guest lecturers

At five or less registered students, course activities and teaching will be in the form of seminars and comprise lesser extent of activities than as outlined in the timetable.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Submission and presentation of a reflection paper of a scientific paper, maximum 1200 words. Full attendance to no less than 80 % of the class meetings is required to be able to sit for exam. Approved compulsory requirements are valid in the current and the following exam semester. The assessment is approved or not approved.

Forms of Assessment

Essay, maximum 4000 words, on topic of own choosing that utilized literature from the course syllabus.

Grading Scale

A-F

Assessment Semester

Spring

Course Evaluation

The course is evaluated every 3rd year.

Course Administrator

Department of Administration and Organization Theory

Contact

Contact Information

Studierettleiar@aorg.uib.no

Tlf 55 58 21 54