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Public Organisation and Policy Theory


Admission requirements

Only Premaster students can take this course.


This preparatory master course provides basic knowledge on public organisational theory and policy theory. Further, the problems of policy implementation will be addressed. The literature in this course examines main concepts associated with public policy and organisational theory, and identifies and discusses major authors and scholarly works associated with this field.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course, students are expected to have acquired the following knowledge and skills:

  • knowledge about the main concepts, theories and authors in the field of public organisations and public policy,

  • appreciation of the variety of different analytical angles of how public organisations and policy may be examined,

  • the ability to write an effective (short) academic paper that applies a theoretical approach to analyze a real life situation / case study



Methods of instruction

The course is based on a combination of lectures, class discussions and some practical exercises.

Method of assessment

Two written examinations, one 40% and one 60% in weight.

You can find more information about assessments and the timetable exams on the website.
Details for submitting papers (deadlines) are posted on Blackboard.
On the Public Administration front page of the E-guide you will find links to the website, uSis and Blackboard.

Students will be permitted to resit an examination if they have taken the first sit and earned a mark between 3 and 5.5 or with permission of the Board of Examiners.

Resit written exam
Students that want to take part in a resit for a written exam, are required to register via uSis. Use the activity number that can be found on the ‘timetable exams’.


Blackboard is indispensable for this course. All assignments will be made available and need to be handed in via Blackboard. The page is available approximately one week before the course starts.

Other course materials/literature

The reading list containing a mixture of articles and book chapters will be made available on the blackboard page approximately one week before the start of the course.


Use both uSis and Blackboard to register for every course.
Register for every course and workgroup via uSis. Some courses and workgroups have a limited number of participants, so register on time (before the course starts). In uSis you can access your personal schedule and view your results. Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course.
Also register for every course in Blackboard. Important information about the course is posted here.


Dhr Brendan J. Carroll (Schouwburgstraat, B1.07), office hours by appointment, e-mail:
Dr. Sarah Giest, Schouwburgstraat, office hours by appointment, e-mail: