The course is one of the optional intermediate courses under the Study Track in Politics and Organisations.
Introduction to Politics and Organisations; Decision-making in Finland and the European Union; Theoretical Approaches to Politics and Organisations; Organisation Research
After completing the course, students will be familiar with the central content of a chosen topic in public administration and the most important related research approaches. In addition, they will be able to analyse the significance of questions related to the topic from the perspective of institutions of public authority and civic society, as well as apply their learning to social activity and professional expert positions.
Third year of studies
The course will deepen students’ understanding of research in public organisations in a separately chosen field. Specific course content may vary from term to term. Potential subject matters include the international organisation of administrative activities, collective activity in organisations, the effects of administrative reforms on the operations of public organisations, and challenges in controlling public organisations.
Three from the following:
- Michael W. Bauer, Christoph Knill, Steffen Eckhard (eds.): International Bureaucracy: Challenges and Lessons for Public Administration Research. Palgrave Macmillan 2017. 210 pp
- Bruce Bimber: Collective Action in Organizations: Interaction and Engagement in an Era of Technological Change. Cambridge University Press 2012. 240 pp
- Christopher Hood & Ruth Dixon: A Government that Worked Better and Cost Less?: Evaluating Three Decades of Reform and Change in UK Central Government. Oxford University Press 2015. 256 pp
- Jonathan G S Koppel: The Politics of Quasi-Government: Hybrid Organizations and the Dynamics of Bureaucratic Control. Cambridge University Press 2008. 256 pp
Graded on a scale of 0 to 5 (0=fail, 1=pass, 2=satisfactory, 3=good, 4=very good, 5=excellent)
Language of instruction: Finnish/Swedish or English
Contact teaching is not necessarily offered on an annual basis. If the course is not on offer, major subject students in the study line for administration and organisations who began their studies on 1 August 2016 or earlier can complete the course by taking an online book examination in the Examinarium facility. The book examination covers all required literature and substitutes for the entire course. The book examination can be taken throughout the academic year.