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.
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 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.
- 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.
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.
The compulsory assignment must be approved in order to take the exam. Approved compulsory assignments are valid in the current and following two semesters.
Forms of Assessment
Written essay on topic of own choosing that utilized literature from the course syllabus, approximately 4000 words.
Assessment in teaching semester. Only students who have a valid document of absence will be entitled to take a new exam the following semester.
All courses are evaluated according to UiB's system for quality assurance of education.
Department of Administration and Organization Theory at the Faculty of Social Sciences has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.
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