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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 such as digitalisation, data analytics and cyber security.

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

You will find the timetables for all courses and degree programmes of Leiden University in the tool MyTimetable (login). Any teaching activities that you have sucessfully registered for in MyStudyMap will automatically be displayed in MyTimeTable. Any timetables that you add manually, will be saved and automatically displayed the next time you sign in.

MyTimetable allows you to integrate your timetable with your calendar apps such as Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and other calendar apps on your smartphone. Any timetable changes will be automatically synced with your calendar. If you wish, you can also receive an email notification of the change. You can turn notifications on in ‘Settings’ (after login).

For more information, watch the video or go the the 'help-page' in MyTimetable. Please note: Joint Degree students Leiden/Delft have to merge their two different timetables into one. This video explains how to do this.

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

Conditions for participation in the final assignment are, on average, a sufficient grade 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.

Reading list

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

Artikelen en beleidsdocumenten, waaronder:

Van Huffelen, A.C. e.a.,* Hoofdlijnen beleid voor digitalisering. Tweede kamer, vergaderjaar 2022, kst 26643-842, 's-Gravenhage

Knops, R.W., I-strategie Rijk 2020-2025, Tweede kamer 2021, kst 26643-779, Den Haag

Knops, R.W., Jaarraportage bedrijfvoering Rijk 2020, Tweede kamer 2021, kst 31490-301, Den Haag

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

VVD, CDA, D66 en ChristenUnie, Colaitieakkoord 2021- 2025: Omzien naar elkaar, vooruitkijken naar de toekomst, Den Haag

Evt. overige documenten komen online beschikbaar.


From the academic year 2022-2023 on every student has to register for courses with the new enrollment tool MyStudyMap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information.

Please note that it is compulsory to both preregister and confirm your participation for every exam and retake. Not being registered for a course means that you are not allowed to participate in the final exam of the course. Confirming your exam participation is possible until ten days before the exam.

Extensive FAQ's on MyStudymap can be found here.


Programme Co-ordinator: ms. Esme Caubo


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

Important information about the course is posted in Brightspace.