Maastricht, Netherlands

Introduction to (European) Public Policy

when 20 July 2020 - 24 July 2020
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 598

Public policy is the language through which governments across the world communicate with their administrations and society’s. This course will focus on public policy practices, specifically within a European context. Throughout the course, students will learn about the various ways in which government operates to provide solutions in the public sector (e.g. decision-making at central and regional level, implementation and evaluation of policy) and the critical aspects to pay attention to when assessing how policies perform. At the end of the course, students will have a good understanding of key public policy terminology and the ‘classical’ phases through which a policy comes to fruition. The course will conclude by exploring current challenges faced by government in the light of new technologies, like blockchain.

1. Introduction to Public Policy: key concepts.
2. Public Policy process (1): policy formulation.
3. Public Policy process (2): policy implementation.
4. Public Policy process (3): policy evaluation & iteration.
5. Understanding European policy making (1): legal and policy framework
6. Understanding European policy making (2): fiscal and financial framework
(+ field trip to Brussels)
7. European Public Finance (1): budget & implementation (+simulation exercise)
8. The challenges of public policy in the technological era (block chain and artificial intelligence discussion).

Course leader

Irina Burlacu

Target group

The course is not aimed towards a specific major, but a background in sociology, social work or social policy is recommended.

Course aim

• To introduce students to fundamental principles in public policy and how it works in the European Union;
• To familiarize students with the main concepts and cycles of public policy;
• To identify different practices and concepts across the EU (and the US), by exemplifying cases from their own countries;
• To bring awareness towards different public policy practices and how these affect their community/country.

Fee info

EUR 598: Tuition fee