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Governance and Public Management (Level 2)

Key Information

Module code
ISSU0061
Taught during
Session One
Module leader
Dr Christian Schuster
Pre-requisites
Yes. Please refer to module pre-requisites below.
Assessment method
Group presentation (25%); Memorandum (75%)
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Governance and Public Management (Level 2)

Module overview

Many central and local governments around the world are under stress. Austerity has cut into their budgets, and citizens distrust governments, yet demand an increasing array of services from them. Governments thus need to do more with less, putting a premium on effective management. Yet, public management is uniquely challenging. For example, how do you set strategy and performance targets without a clear for-profit bottom line as in private businesses? Or how do you motivate staff if you cannot pay performance bonuses?

This module equips students with the requisite foundational knowledge and skills for effective management in such public sector and non-profit contexts. Blending scholarship with real-world case applications, the module introduces students to key public management techniques and provides them with an understanding of how changing governance contexts shape what works in public management. It is suitable for anyone aspiring to work in or currently working in public or non-profit organizations.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Understand the unique challenges in managing people and organisations in the public sector
  • Apply management techniques to effectively address internal public management challenges, such as staff motivation
  • Apply management techniques to effectively address external public management challenges, such as coordination with other public sector organizations
  • Evaluate how changing governance contexts shape what works in public management
  • Draw on research to formulate evidence-based solutions to public management challenges

Module prerequisites

This is a level two module (equivalent to second year undergraduate). In addition to the standard UCL Summer School entry criteria, applicants will be expected to have completed at least one year of undergraduate study in a related discipline.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.

Assessment

  • Group presentation (25%)
  • 2,000-word memorandum (75%)

Module leader

Dr Christian Schuster is an Associate Professor in Public Management and Head of Teaching at UCL’s School of Public Policy, where he teaches on MPA, EMPA and MSc programs. Dr Schuster previously taught at the London School of Economics (LSE) and at Sciences Po, and has won UCL Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Education at UCL and Outstanding Teaching in the School of Public Policy. Beyond his academic work, Dr Schuster has worked as an Economist for the World Bank and a Visiting Scholar for the Inter-American Development Bank, and is frequently advising national governments and international organisations on public management reforms. He obtained his PhD in Government from the London School of Economics (LSE).

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