593 Public Services

593 Public Services

  • Study programme and level: Master’s joint study programme Management in Administration 2nd Cycle
  • 2nd year
  • 7 ECTS
  • Course type: proffesional elective
  • Lectures: 21
  • Seminar: 11
  • Other study activities: 118
  • Individual work: 60
  • Language: English, Serbian, Slovene
  • Lecturer: Mirko Pečarič, PhD


1. Content (Syllabus outline)

  • Historical introduction: origins and development of public services
  • The concept of public services
  • Principles of public services
  • Regulation of public services: case studies
  • EU Law and Public Services
  • Constitutional and statutory legal framework for public services in Slovenia
  • Public services and universal service
  • Financing of public services
  • Education as public service
  • Health care as public service
  • Competition and public services
  • Public services: between market and solidarity

2. Readings

  • M. Pečarič, Javne službe: storitve splošnega pomena v službi javnosti (Beletrina, 2019), 545 str.
  • C. Wehlander, Services of General Economic Interest as a Constitutional Concept of EU Law, T.M.C. Asser Press (The Hague, 2016), izbrana poglavja.
  • W. Sauter, Public Services in EU Law, Cambridge University Press, 2015 (238 strani).
  • E. Szyszczak, U. Neergaard, J.W. van de Gronden, M. Krajewski, M., Social Services of General Interest in the EU (T. M. C. Asser Press, 2013), 1-119 str.

3. Objectives and competences

The main aim of the course is to teach  students to understand and comprehend legal field of public services. A detailed knowledge of this subject has a tremendous potential for future civil servants given the increasing importance of public services within the public sector. Another key aim of the course is to offer students a comprehensive and complex understanding of institutions and politics of public services, which in turn enables students indepedent critical evaluation of key developmental questions and issues in this field.
Students aquires competences which enable them to critically examine the most complex cases and issues and use that knowledge in their practice as civil servants. Second, students will also acquire competence to conduct an indepedent research work and to develop theoretical propositions. 


4. Intended learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding:
Student is capable of independent and complex study where aquired knowledge is tested with development of his capacity to solve specific and concrete issues. Student is capable of independent research and scientific formulation of specific issues as well as of forming policy advise on the level of top management in the given area.


5. Learning and teaching methods:

Lectures will be complemented with seminar work on solving concrete cases to be presented by experts from the practice. Students will be involved in workshops which will enable them to produce a scientific paper.


6. Assessment

Type (examination, oral, coursework, project): 70%
Written or oral exam, seminar 30%