United Kingdom, London

Managing the Public Sector

when 4 July 2016 - 22 July 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1450

This course offers the opportunity to review, discuss, understand, and evaluate key themes in contemporary international discourse about capacity building for the effective and efficient implementation of public policies and programmes. Based on the latest scholarly writings, students learn the main theoretical approaches to the study of public management, understand the challenges posed by capacity building in the public sector, and acquire knowledge and skills related to the management of public sector organisations. In tutorials, students will be required to present assigned tasks and discuss case studies of public management drawing from a variety of countries from all over the world.

Course leader

Dr Gary Schwarz and Dr Ben Hardy

Target group

Current students, professionals + leisure learners

Course aim

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

Have knowledge of the fundamental theories for the study of public management;
Have detailed knowledge of functional areas of public management, such as strategic management of public sector organisations, management of stakeholders, organisational design and the management of organisational change, human resource management in public sector organisations, performance management and management control:
Understand current challenges and opportunities posed to public sector organisations, such as issues related to the co-production of public services, innovation and innovation management, e-government, and transparency and accountability.

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and typically our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.

Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and transcripts will be available on request.

Fee info

GBP 1450: Tuition
A tuition fee of £1450 will be charged per 3-week programme. This figure does not include accommodation fees.

Application fee
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £60 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.

An early bird discount of 10% is available if fees are paid by 31 March 2016.
15% discount for SOAS Alumni or if you take a combination of sessions 2 and 3.
20% discount for current SOAS students and our partner institutions.
Other discounts are available for groups, please contact us for further information.

Accommodation is available at an extra fee of £700 for 20 nights. For more details of how to reserve a room please our accommodation page.


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