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Mandatory Course 1: International Civil Servants and Public Administration
|Master programme in||
International Public Administration and Politics * / International Politics and Governance
|Type of activity||
|REGISTRATION AND STUDY ADMINISTRATIVE|
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|Number of participants||
|Responsible for the activity||
Sevasti Chatzopoulou (email@example.com)
|Head of study||
Sevasti Chatzopoulou (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ISE Studyadministration (email@example.com)
The course focuses on the role and position of the civil servant who either operates in an international environment or deals with international issues and problems at national or local levels. The course provides an in-depth understanding on how the international civil servant changes roles across different policy areas or levels of decision-making (local, national, regional, international) and thus acts as a manager, an executive, and a diplomat. This requires that the civil servant develops certain capacities and communication skill that differ from those of the national civil servant. Important questions addressed in the course are: Who are the people behind institutions and collective actors in in international policymaking? Which qualifications do they have, and which do they acquire? What challenges and opportunities they face?
For this purpose, the course introduces theories and concepts on how we study the bureaucracy at both the national and international level. The course includes International Public Administration and Organisation theories, International Politics, diplomacy, and current advances and challenges in the study of international public servants. Moreover, the course provides methodological tools and practical knowledge in writing for a policy audience (e.g. writing policy briefs).
The teaching consists primarily of lectures with the continuous interaction and involvement of the students in discussions and in the resolution of minor tasks. During the semester, the students must prepare one obligatory written assignments.
In addition, a full-day interdisciplinary workshop is included with the other two courses of the semester.
|Detailed description of content||
The course introduces theories and concepts on how we study bureaucracy at both the national and international level. The course includes International Public Administration and Organisation theories, International Politics, diplomacy, and current advances and challenges in the study of international public servants. Moreover, the course provides methodological tools and practical knowledge in writing for a policy audience (e.g., writing policy briefs).
|Course material and Reading list||
Course material consists primarily of academic articles.
|Overall plan and expected work effort||
Class teaching: 30 hours.
Other: 85 hours including policy brief/ peer review/presentations/exercises.
Preparation: 75 hours (5 hours per double session).
Examination: 80 hours including repetition, policy brief and oral exam having as a point of departure the policy brief but expands to all the literature (theories) covered during the course.
Total: 270 hours.
|Evaluation and feedback||
The activity are evaluated regularly regarding the study board evaluation procedure. The activity responsible will be orientated about a potential evaluation of the activity at semesterstart. Se link to the study board evaluation praxis here https://intra.ruc.dk/nc/for-ansatte/organisering/raadnaevn- og-udvalg/oversigt-over-studienaevn/studienaevn-for-internationale-studier/arbejdet-medkvalitet- i-uddannelserne/
|Overall learning outcomes||
|Form of examination||
Individual oral exam based on a written product.
The character limit of the written product is maximum 9,600 characters, including spaces.
The character limits include the cover, table of contents, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.
Time allowed for exam including time used for assessment: 30 minutes.
The assessment is an overall assessment of the written product(s) and the subsequent oral examination.
Permitted support and preparation materials for the oral exam: Outline on maximum one A4 size-page.
Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
Moderation: Internal co-assessor.
|Form of Re-examination||
Samme som ordinær eksamen / same form as ordinary exam
|Type of examination in special cases||
|Examination and assessment criteria||
Explain and assess the advantages and disadvantages of different theories for understanding international public administration
Apply international public administration theory to specific empirical cases
Compare, assess, and present alternative methods available to international civil servants in dealing with a concrete policy issue through a policy brief
Unfold a variety of management methods and solutions and assess their feasibility within specific settings
Identify and discuss challenges in managing international workplaces and assess strategies for addressing them.