824 Alternative Approaches in Understanding Public Administration
- Study programme and level: University degree programme Public sector governance 1st Cycle
- 2nd or 3rd year
- 6 ECTS
- Course type: Elective
- Lectures: 20
- Other forms of study: 70
- Individual work: 90
- Lecturer: Mitja Durnik, PhD
1. Objectives and competences
- in-depth understanding of the content and combining knowledge in the field of policy analysis and public administration with other scientific disciplines,
- Acquisition of a broader set of skills that assure students advantages in employment and professional career in public administration and broader,
- Raising the quality of work with individuals and groups,
- the ability of analytical and integrative thinking in the field of multidisciplinarity,
- the ability for critical analysis and problem solving, particularly in relation to vulnerable groups,
- the ability of self-reflection and ethical conduct in dealing with complex social problems and deeper understanding of the everyday problems of clients in administrative matters.
- The Changing Nature of Public Administration Operation
- Away from Predictable Models: »Public Policies are not Solely Measurable Category«
- Public Administration as Organism
- Lasswell's Starting Point: Pathology, Psychoanalysis and Policy Science
- Basics of Interpretive Analysis: Language, Political Psychology and Interpretation
- Critical Discourse Analysis QDA
- Language and the Unconsciousness: The Contribution of the Analytical Psychology
- Discourse Analysis in Public Administration Organizations
- Theory of Metaphor and Discourse Analysis
- Political/Public-Administrative Archetypes
- How to Understand Personal Complexes of the Staff in Public Administration?
- The Phenomenon of Cultural Complexes in Public Administration
- The Silence of the Agency: Mimicry and the Personnel in Public Administration
- Case Study A: How to Find the Exit from Mobbing Situation Using Counter-Discoursive Tecniques?
- Case Study B: Understanding the Traumatic Discourse of the Client in the Administration Process
- Case Study C: Public Servant's Approach to Resolve Issus Concerning specific Problems of a Particular Marginal Group
- Alschuler, Lawrence R. 2009. The politics of complexes. Psychotherapy & Politics International, vol. 7 issue 2, p108-121.
- Freire, Paulo. 2000. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York & London: Continuum (126-195).
- Jun, Jong S., 2006. The Social Construction of Public Administration. Albany: State University of New York Press (1-42).
- Kugler, Paul. The Alchemy of Discourse: Image, Sound and Psyche. Daimon Verlag (21-40) .
- Samuels, Andrew. 2007. Politics on the Couch: Citizenship and the Internal Life. Karnac Books (253 strani).
- Samuels, Andrew. 2004. The Political Psyche. Taylor & Francis (1-98).
- Yanow, Dvora & Peregrine Schwartz-Shea. 2014. Interpretation and Method: Empirical Research Methods and the Interpretive Turn. Armonk: M.E. Sharp (1-146).
- Vezovnik, Andreja. Diskurz. 2009. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za družbene vede (19-84).
4. Intended learning outcomes
Students will understand broader political and administrative processes. Unconventional approaches assure multi-level operation and dealing with professional issues concerning various social groups that require different understanding and approaches due to their specific position in society.
5. Learning and teaching methods
- practical work;
- use of e-communication tools to solve practical problems;
- seminar paper;
- group presentations;
- problem based learning.
Type (examination, oral, coursework, project):
- written exam(50%)
- coursework and active class participation(20%)
- seminar work (30%)