COURSE SYLLABUS

Governance in theory and practice 7.5 Credits

Politisk styrning i teori och praktik
First cycle, S0038N
Version
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2019 Sp 3 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Bo Jonsson, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 14 Feb 2014

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 09 Nov 2018

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG
Subject
Political Science
Subject group (SCB)
Political Science
Main field of study
Political Science

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Completeted course Political Science A, Swedish Politics and Public Adm. 7,5 credits (S0006N) or course Local Government A 15 credits (S0023N) or equivalent


More information about English language requirements


Selection

The selection is based on 1-165 credits.



Course Aim
The course introduces theoretical perspectives and concepts for the understanding of political governance. The course departs from the shift from government to governance in the creation of public policy. There is an ongoing development from state-centered and hierarchical steering systems towards new forms of governance systems, in which a multitude of public and private actors, on different levels, participate. This trend is described and analyzed. A central part of the course deals with how values like democracy, effectiveness and legitimacy are sustained, and accounted for, in these new systems of governance.
After the course the student should be able to:
•    Describe the concept of governing and discuss different ways to conceptualize it in the public policy process
•    Describe and categorize different connotations of governance and its applications in the fields of political science and public administration
•    Describe and compare the characterizing features of different governance models, such as new public management, network governance, multi-level governance and collaborative management
•    Provide examples of, and analyze, the shift from government to governance in the Swedish context and discuss how different models of governance account for central values, e.g. democracy, effectiveness and legitimacy
•    Demonstrate skills in verbal communication and in writing

Contents
Public governance is all about realizing political goals and to account for the public will. However, political goals are essentially conflicting; the issues are complex and the expectations held by the public highly set. There is therefore a great challenge to find appropriate models of governance, which are considered as legitimate, democratic and effective. The course covers the topic of how different governance models within the public administration sustain and account for these central values. The course deals with public governing and different governance models from a theoretical perspective while it also exemplifies and problematizes these phenomena as they are played out in the Swedish context.
The following areas are dealt with:  
•    Political governance and the public policy process
•    Democracy, effectiveness and legitimacy and the role of these values in organizing public problem solving via different governance models
•    Governance; the rise of the concept, different connotations and applications in the fields of political science and public administration
•    Different models of governance; new public management, network governance, multi-level governance and collaborative governance, etc.
•    Governance in the Swedish context: examples and analyses
•    Written and oral presentation techniques

Realization
The course consists of lectures and seminars.

Examination
The course is assessed through seminars (3.0 credits) and an Oral exam (4.5 credits).

Remarks
Students must register for the courses themselves or contact ETS educational administration eduets@ltu.se not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place

Examiner
Annica Sandström

Literature. Valid from Spring 2019 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Andersson, S., Bergh, A., Erlingsson G. och M. Sjölin (latest edition) Korruption, maktmissbruk och legitimitet. Studentlitteratur: Lund.
Hysing, E. och J. Olsson (latest edition) Tjänstemän i politiken. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Karlsson, L. (latest edition) Vad är offentlig förvaltning? Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Dahlström, C. (ed.) (latest edition) Politik som organisation. Förvaltningspolitikens grundproblem. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Additional references can be added.

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

Items/credits
NumberTypeCreditsGrade
0003Oral Exam4.5TG U G VG
0004Seminar 11.0TG U G VG
0005Seminar 21.0TG U G VG
0006Seminar 31.0TG U G VG

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.