678 Legal Regulation of Public Administration

678 Legal Regulation of Public Administration

  • Study programme and level: University Study Programme in Administrative Information Science - 1st Cycle
  • 2nd year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Core
  • Lectures: 45
  • Tutorial: 30
  • Other forms of study: 15
  • Individual work: 90
  • Lecturer: Gregor Virant, PhD

    1. Objectives and competences


    • The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the basic legal regulation of public administration and wider public sector as a whole, as well as of the constituent parts of public administration and wider public sector.
    • Students acquire general systemic  and legal knowledge as a foundation for understanding and thus effective and detailed study of other specialized courses (e.g. administrative procedure, public services, local self-government etc.).

    Students acquire

    • systemic knowledge and understanding of public administration and wider public sector and their legal framework,
    • the ability to recognise legal concepts on which the legal system of the public sector is based
    • the ability to search for specific information in legal and other sources,
    • the ability to understand new information and knowledge in the context of the administrative science, legal system, system of public administration and wider public sector,
    • the ability to solve problems from administrative body practice that require knowledge of systemic legal framework of public administration and public sector,
    • the ability to follow systemic changes to the legal framework of the public sector and its application in practice.

    2. Content

    • Basic terminology (public governance, public sector, public administration, state administration)
    • Government (notion, functions, structure, processes)
    • State administration (functions, organization, territorial de-concentration, principles, processes)
    • Indirect administration (PGO’s,  privatisation of administrative functions)
    • Local administration
    • Public services
    • Civil servants and public servants
    • Public property and finance
    • Control of public administration (administrative, judicial, parliamentary and other forms)

    3. Readings

    • Virant, Gregor (2009): Javna uprava, Fakulteta za upravo, Ljubljana, 286 str.
    • Bugarič, Bojan et.al. (2004): Komentar zakonov s področja uprave (1. natis), Inštitut za javno upravo pri Pravni fakulteti, Ljubljana
    • Rabin, Jack (ur.) et. al. (2007): Handbook of public administration (3rd ed.), CRC/Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton, izbrana poglavja, do 100 str.

    4. Intended learning outcomes

    • Students should be able to understand the public administration and wider public sector, their functions, structures, principles and processes.

    5. Learning and teaching methods

    • The course consists of lectures, seminars and tutorials.
    • The following teaching methods will be used: oral explanation (monological method), interview (dialogical method), and working with text.
    • The following teaching forms will be used: frontal (ex cathedra), group and individual.

    6. Assessment

    Written or oral exam (100%)