1648 Supervision in Public Administration

1648 Supervision in Public Administration

  • Study programme and level: Professional degree programme Administration 1nd Cycle
  • 2nd or 3th year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Lectures: 20
  • Other forms of study: 70
  • Individual work: 90
  • Lecturer: Jernej Buzeti, PhD


1. Objectives and competences


  • knows and understands the importance of supervision in the organization,
  • learn about the individual and group supervision in public administration,
  • know how to use techniques of supervision and how to manage individuals,
  • understand the importance of self-regulation and regulation in public administration.


  • understanding supervision in public administration, 
  • understanding the role of individuals and leaders and his troubles in the working environment,
  • qualification for autonomic, tolerant, careful and sensitive treatment of an individual or a group, passing no judgments
  • ability to use basic skills of supervision,
  • mastering the basics skills of self-regulation and regulation.

2. Content

  • The definition of supervision
  • The working environment and supervision
  • Models of supervision
  • Supervision process
  • Supervision in public administration
  • Role of the supervisor in public administration
  • Skills and knowledge of supervisor in public administration
  • Methods and techniques of supervision in public administration
  • Individual supervision in public administration
  • Group supervision in public administration
  • Self-awareness of supervisor in public administration
  • Regulation and self-regulation of supervisor in public administration

3. Readings

  • Lipton, L., Wellman, B. (2013). Learning-focused Supervision: Developing Professional Expertise in Standards-driven Systems.
  • Kobolt, A., Žorga, S., Tancig, S., Dekleva, B. (2013). Supervizija. Pedagoška fakulteta, Ljubljana.
  • Hawkins, P., Shohet, R. (2012). Supervision in the Helping Professions (Supervision in Context). Open University Press, 4th edition.
  • Leonard, E. (2012). Supervision: Concepts and Practices of Management, 12th International Edition, South Western Educational Publishing.

4. Intended learning outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify and understand the importance of supervision in public organization. They will gain the fundamental knowledge in the field of supervision and  develop the basic skills of self-regulation and supervision. They will understand the importance of methods and technique of supervision in public administration. 

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • lecture
  • practical work
  • coursework / project work
  • appearance and presentation
  • case study
  • problem based learning
  • e-learning

6. Assessment

  • Written (and/or oral) examination (condition: positive evaluation of the exam) (60%)
  • Active participation (individual and/or group work, e-learning, test, essay) group work and report (report of project work, oral presentation of project work) (40%)

Final assessment of the course is the sum of the written (and / or oral) examination and other partial estimates of commitments that are finished before the time of examination