United Kingdom, London

Governance and Public Management

when 1 July 2019 - 19 July 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 1995

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 course 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 course 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.

Course leader

Dr Christian Schuster is a Lecturer in Public Management 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), worked as an Economist for the World Bank and

Target group

This is a level two module (equivalent to second year undergraduate). Students are required to have completed at least one year of undergraduate study in a related discipline.

Course aim

This module seeks to equip students with the requisite foundational knowledge and skills for effective management in public sector and non-profit contexts. It does so by introducing students to key public management techniques and concepts, and by providing them with an understanding of how changing governance contexts shape what works in public management. Given the module’s focus on solving real-world public management problems, students are exposed and work through real-world public management challenges for each topic. The module is suitable for undergraduate students aspiring to work in public or non-profit organizations, but equally for graduate students and professionals currently working in central, local or international public or non-profit organizations.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 1995: GBP 1950: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition discount of £390.
GBP 1000: UCL offers accommodation in a vibrant area in the heart of London which costs £1000 per 3-week Session.