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About this minor

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 organisations that perform public tasks. In this minor students pay attention to decision-making processes in and interactions between and within those levels and organizations.

What will you learn?

The minor addresses a broad range of topics. We discuss which organisations the public sector actually consists of and what the relationships are between organisations and levels. Contemporary problems and developments are discussed, such as decentralisation to municipalities, ‘good’ governance, privatisation of public tasks, Europeanisation, and the role of international organisations 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 to current and future challenges of governance.

Structure of the minor

This minor is taught in two consecutive blocks of 8 weeks each.

In block one, students will become acquainted with some basic building blocks of the discipline, with an introductory course on Public Administration and a course on politics of international regulation. In addition, students will be introduced into governance and digitalisation, which is a strongly emerging topic in public administration.

In block two, students will go in-depth into several sub topics of the discipline where they have a choice. Here, the research component can be taken with an online course, mixed with face-to-face elements. This course is especially useful (mandatory!) for students who wish to continue in a Master’s program in Public Administration but who do not have a social science background (see also next tab Important Information). In addition, there are courses on EU politics and policy, on international administration, on public management and organisations and Public Values and Ethics (about normative and ethical questions of governance). All courses are worth 5 ECTS.


Block 1 (semester 1)

  • Introduction to Public Administration (level 200, 5 ECTS).

  • Governance and Digitalization (level 200, 5 ECTS)

  • International Regulation (level 300, 5 ECTS)

Block 2 (Semester 1) (Choose 3 out of 5 courses)

  • Research in Public Administration (SPOC) (level 300, 5 ECTS). NB: this course is essential for students who wish to continue in the Master programme of Public Administration without having to follow a pre Master – see next tab Important Information). This course is taught mainly online combined with face-to-face elements.

  • Public Management and Organisations (level 300, 5 ECTS).

  • Public Values & Ethics (level 300, 5 ECTS). NB: This course is taught mainly online combined with some face-to-face elements.

  • European Union Politics and Policy (level 200, 5 ECTS).

  • International Administration (level 200, 5 ECTS)

Elective courses (15 ECTS)

Parts of the minor can be followed as a programme of three elective courses. These courses, once passed, will be shown as electives on your diploma but do make up a coherent program of 15 ECTS of Public Administration. It concerns the following courses:

  • Introduction to Public Administration (level 200), block 1, semester 1

  • European Union Politics and Policy (level 200), block 2, semester 1

  • Public Management and Organisations (level 300), block 2, semester 1

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