Public Administration: Multi-Level Governance
Introduction and target group
This minor targets second and third year Bachelor level students who are interested in the functioning and improvement of the public sector in all its facets. This necessitates attention for the interactions between public and private actors at various levels of governance, and requires an understanding of how research is conducted in public administration. At the same time, students should be open to and get acquainted with multiple disciplines in order to be able to benefit from the insights other related academic disciplines offer for a better understanding of the functioning of the public sector.
This minor consists of courses which enable students to analyze complex governance problems in a national and international context. The public sector is increasingly a multi-level system, with interactions between public and private actors on the national, sub-national (provinces, regions) and international (e.g. EU, OECD, UN, WTO) level and various public, semi-public and private organizations that perform public tasks. In this minor students pay attention to decision-making processes in and interactions between and within those levels and organizations. The minor addresses a broad range of topics. We discuss which organizations the public sector actually consists of and what the relationships are between organizations and levels. Contemporary problems and developments are discussed, such as decentralization to municipalities, ‘good’ governance, privatization of public tasks, Europeanization, and the role of international organizations in forging multi-lateral agreements. Ethical argumentation and normative questions are also discussed. Moreover, the minor enables students to assess and conduct proper social scientific research to critically investigate public administration and to offer solutions current and future challenges of governance. In this minor students will also follow some state-of-the-art SPOC courses (Small Private Online Courses, mixed in with some face-to-face seminar sessions). These courses make use of new and exciting ways to interact with other students, the lecturers and the study material! In this minor special attention is also paid to the skills you need to be successful in the every-day practice of public administration.
NB: Completion of the minor program offers students the possibility, if certain other conditions are met, to enter one of the Master programs of the Institute of Public Administration (see here) without following a pre master program. Please ask our study advisors for more information on the topic. To be eligible students must at the very least choose Research in Public Administration (level 200, 5 ECTS) in block 2.
Block 1 (Semester 1)
Introduction to Public Administration (level 200, 5 ECTS)
Management and Performance (level 200, 5 ECTS)
Professional skills for Public Impact (level 200, 5 ECTS)
Block 2 Choose 3 out of 4 courses (Semester 1)
Research in Public Administration (level 200, 5 ECTS)
Public Values & Ethics (level 300, 5 ECTS)
European Union Politics and Policy (level 200, 5 ECTS)
International Administration (level 300, 5 ECTS)
The minor can also be followed in a 15 ECTS version (only for Erasmus students, Leiden University students are supposed to follow the 30 EC version).. The following courses are part of this program:
Introduction to Public Administration (level 200)
European Union Politics and Policy (level 200)
International Administration (level 300)
See the link on the right side of this page
Working group attendance
Minor students attend specific work group sessions. The activity code for registration is published in the Schedule on the right side of this page. .
All classes will take place in The Hague.
There are different application procedures for different groups of students.
•Students at Leiden University •Students at TU Delft or Erasmus University Rotterdam •Other students from outside Leiden University
Students from Leiden University can register for the minor via U-Sis from 1 May 2017 until 1 August 2017 via Usis 6000MPAMN (stud. act./class # 1415)
It is not possible to follow only one course, as the minor is a consistent package of courses designed to help you build your knowledge in a logical and connected order.An exception is made for minor courses that are also electives. These courses can be followed individually by elective (such as exchange) students.
Students who follow the regular bachelor program Public Administration (tracks EBM and BBO) cannot register for the minor Public Administration, as already stated in art. 3.2.6. of the Course and Examinations Regulations of the bachelor Public Administration. That means that also all individual minor courses are excluded from participation, even if they are also electives. Exceptions are made in block 1 of 2017-2018 for the courses Professional Skills for Public Impact and Introduction to International Relations and Organizations, so that students who follow the regular bachelor program Public Administration are allowed to participate in these two courses. Permission from the exam committee does not need to be obtained for this.
Dr. A.D.N. Kerkhoff