Theory of Public Administration

645 Theory of Public Administration

  • Study programme and level: University degree programme Public sector governance 1st Cycle
  • 1st year
  • 8 ECTS
  • Course type: Core
  • Lectures: 60
  • Tutorial: 30
  • Other forms of study: 30
  • Individual work: 120
  • Lecturer: Tina Sever, PhD


1. Objectives and competences

General aims of the subject:

  • Student is acquainted with the basic theoretical knowledge on public administration as a substantive basis for further administrative-legal subjects in the program,
  • Student identifies the administrative science as an independent interdisciplinary scientific discipline and with that related questions
  • Student familiarises with the development of administrative science and with the theories of public administration and uses his own findings to solve problems.

Subject-specific competencies:

  • Student can express his professional opinions on everyday issues and practices on historic view of (evolution) of administrative science,
  • Student masters the fundamental concepts and techniques of administration
  • Student is able to obtain information for creating the necessary legislative solution
  • Student is able to evaluate the data in the field of administration in the light of social, professional and ethical aspects
  • Student is able to install the individual problems and the process of modernization of public administration in general elements of development through the use of scientific methods (deduction, induction, analysis-synthesis)
  • Student masters the use of critical analysis and theory development in solving work problems

2. Content

  • Administrative science as an interdisciplinary scientific discipline.
  • Basic concepts.
  • Developing the science of administration.
  • Theories of administration.
  • Political view on the science of administration.
  • Theoretical issues and modernization of public administration in Slovenia.

3. Readings

  • Shafritz, Jay M.; Russell, E. W. in Borick, C.: Introducing Public Administration, 7th ed., Longman 2011.
  • Smith, B. C.: Good Governance and Development, Palgarve Macmillian 2007.
  • Vlaj, Stane: Uvod v javno upravo, študijsko gradivo, Fakulteta za upravo, Ljubljana 2004.
  • Pusić, Eugen: Javna uprava i društvena teorija. Društveno veleučilište u Zagrebu i Pravni fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu, Zagreb 2007.
  • Pusič, Eugen: Nauka o upravi, Školska knjiga, Zagreb 2002.
  • Brezovšek, Marjan; Črnčec, Damir: Demokratična uprava in tajnost podatkov. Fakulteta za družbene vede, Ljubljana 2010.
  • Bučar, France: Uvod v javno upravo, Uradni list SRS, Ljubljana 1969.

4. Intended learning outcomes

Students win basic views on the functioning of public administration, its structure and differences in functioning and influence on the surroundings and vice versa. Students recognize the importance and the subject of study of administrative science as an independent interdisciplinary science. They learn the theories of public administration from a theoretical, partly practical view, with an emphasis on the characteristics of the development of the science and public administration in Slovenia.  

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • lecture,
  • Case study
  • e-learning

6. Assessment

  • Oral or written exam (100%)