ASTB05011U International public administration
Public administration cannot be understood outside of its international context. The course in International Public Administration (IPA) provides a foundation for this understanding by focusing on the internationalisation of national public administration; the European administrative space; and the role of international bureaucracies. The course places emphasis on analysing the interaction of national, supranational and international administrative systems and the consequences of internationalisation on nationally-based public administration. The course will illustrate the interactions of multilateral IPA through a series of case studies of public administration and policymaking across national boundaries.
The course consists of ten weeks of lectures and classes placing a heavy emphasis on active learning through group learning activities. The course begins by introducing the context, paradigms, political analysis, and theories of IPA. Secondly, the course looks at the national, European, and international arenas of IPA, emphasising the multilevel nature of public administration within Europe. Thirdly, the course looks at a series of case studies of IPA in action in order to provide empirical illustrations of the interlinking of national, European, and international public administration. Finally, the course concludes by arguing the need to use the tools of IPA to understand the emergence of global public governance.
The course is taught through weekly learning activities that provide the foundation of knowledge, together with continuous assessment in the form of short learning assignments, and a final written assignment in summative form. The activities and assessments are design to ensure that student’s knowledge acquisition is cumulative and they are able to conceptualise, theorise, analyse and understand International Public Administration.
The course in international public administration provides competency to:
Understand why public administration must be studied in its international context;
Be familiar with the general conceptual shift from public administration to public governance;
Use theoretical tools to analyse international public administration;
Appreciate the realities of multilevel international public administration;
Use conceptual, theoretical and methodological means of understanding international public administration in action through case studies;
Understand the varieties of public governance that constitute international public administration.
The syllabus is 900 standard pages and is the same for all students. The syllabus is set by the Study Board.
- Class Instruction
- 10 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignmentThe final exam consists of a 3 days take-home assignment. The question is defined by the course coordinator and is published when the exam begins. The final exam is summative covering the entire syllabus of the course and is handed in when the course has finished. The take-home assignment is assessed with grades from the course lecturers.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment
Excellent performance demonstrating complete fulfilment of the course objectives.
Based on a basic knowledge of the interactions of national, European, and international public administration, and on independent reflection on and the use of the concepts and theories introduced during the course, the student demonstrates an excellent ability to analyse key international public administration problems systematically. The analysis is well structured and clearly communicated. The student demonstrates an excellent understanding of the problem addressed, and an independent and reflective use of relevant theory.
Good performance, which demonstrates fulfilment of the course objectives, with several deficiencies.
Based on a basic knowledge of the interactions of national, European, and international public administration, and on independent reflection on and the use of the concepts and theories introduced during the course, the student demonstrates a good ability to analyse key international public administration problems systematically. The analysis is structured and clearly communicated. The student demonstrates a good understanding of the problem addressed and good use of relevant theory.
Adequate performance demonstrating the minimal acceptable level of achievement of the course objectives.
Based on a basic knowledge of the interactions of national, European, and international public administration, and on independent reflection on and the use of the concepts and theories introduced during the course, the student demonstrates a certain ability to analyse international public administration problems. The analysis is communicated in an understandable manner. However, the overall answer to the question conveys a level of uncertainty.