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Working for the Government as ICT Expert


Admission requirements

Not applicable


The aim of this course is to gain insight into the functioning of the democratic constitutional state, the organization and organization of the central government and the position of IT (developments) within it.

Governments and companies have different social functions. This gives a different orientation in, among other things, decision-making processes and the organization and operation of organizations. This results in working in an official organization entailing different dynamics than working in a company. Knowledge and insight into IT and the functioning of the central government means that IT professionals can operate effectively within the government service.

Course objectives

Operation of a democratic constitutional state / state structure

  • Gain insight into the structure of the state and the basic principles of (the structure of) the democratic constitutional state;

  • To have knowledge of the different layers of government with their responsibilities and powers

The organization (of the) central government and IT

  • Gain insight into the organization of central government and its IT.

  • Take note of current (IT) themes and dilemmas within the government

Public finances

  • Understanding of the government's budget cycle, decision-making moments, forums and rules of the game.

  • Experiencing why, how and when you, as an IT person, have to connect with the budget cycle.


The schedule can be found on the Leiden University student website

Check MyTimetable (manual) and use your ULCN account to login.

Detailed table of contents can be found in Brightspace.

Mode of instruction

6 x 3 hours of interactive lectures, working visit.

Assessment method

  1. (Homework) assignments / presentations
  2. Degree of (active) participation
  3. Final assignment / exam

Conditions for participation in the final assignment / exam are, on average, sufficient for 1. assignments and 2. participation.

The teacher will inform the students how the inspection of and follow-up discussion of the exams will take place.


To be announced

Reading list

Monnickendam, H. (2010), Waar blijft mijn geld? Het huishoudboekje van de overheid. Den Haag: Uitgeverij SDU.

Artikelen en beleidsdocumenten, waaronder:

Blok, S.A, Vernieuwing van de rijksdienst; Brief regering; Strategische I-agenda Rijksdienst, Tweede kamer, vergaderjaar 2016-2017, KST791892, 31490, nr. 221, Den Haag

Elias, T. e.a, Parlementair onderzoek naar ICT-projecten bij de overheid. Tweede Kamer, vergaderjaar 2014–2015, 33 326, nr. 5, kst-33326-5 ISSN 0921 – 7371, ’s-Gravenhage

Plasterk, R.H.A, Vierde voortgangsrapportage kabinetsreactie Eindrapport Tijdelijke commissie ICT- projecten, vergaderjaar 2016-2017, 2017-0000147352, Den Haag

Evt. overige documenten komen online beschikbaar.

Signing up for classes and exams

You have to sign up for classes and examinations (including resits) in uSis.
Check this link for more information and activity codes.

There is only limited capacity for external students. Please contact the programme Co-ordinator

Contact information

Programme Co-ordinator: ms. Esme Caubo


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