Study programme

The first year of European public administration

Module 1: Society as a Complex System

The topics
Arguably, the most fundamental organizational principle underlying modern human societies is the nation state, which can be defined as a territory with a population and a government. This nation state is described and changed by the institutions that influence it. In the module society as a complex system you will describe and understand the complex structure of institutions, at various levels, in modern society.

The project
Understanding how institutions are important for society is best done by digging in a complex question important for our current society. By finding out how to secure data streams, and how that influences our privacy, we will arrive at all kinds of institutions in different levels society is involved with. As a project group you will focus on a certain aspect of data security and describe which institutions are involved, taking a series of smaller steps to guide you through the process.


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Module 2: Societal challenges

The topics
In society to get from an unwanted situation into a better one, two things are very important: How do you get the challenge on the (political) agenda? But also how do you formulate or describe the situation in such a way that we can work on it. You will focus on the challenge of mass migration. In this module we will also introduce important basic information on how to do well in research, and how research can help to formulate wicked problems.

The project
The theme of this project is migration in Europe. We are all familiar with images of flimsy boats arriving at Lampedus. Or failing to arrive. It is obvious that there is no simple solution, or one-size-fits-all cure for this challenge. It is also obvious that these problems are not solvable without collaboration in Europe and between nation states. In this project you will, step by step, try to understand how to research wicked problems and how technology can help making wicked problems more understandable.

Module 3: Smart interventions

The topics
In module 1 and 2 we learned about modern society and it's challenges. Now, how are we going to make this world a little better? How to influence behavior of individuals and groups of citizens? You will learn how to design a successful intervention on the subject of health.

The project
By creating a way to make individual information more visible and by aggregating data from a group of students, you will find out for yourself how an intervention can work. In this project we use smart wearables as devices to influence behavior towards a healthier life style.

MODULE 4: good governance

The topics

In this module you will become acquainted with the different actors, levels and networks that play a part in public governance. Good governance is about being trustful, but also about being legitimate, using democratic ways to get there. In this module we focus on water and water management as a vehicle to understand good governance.

The project

Water management: The Dutch are well known for it. How can we on the one hand make sure we will keep dry feet, while on the other hand assure we have fresh water each moment we open the tap? What is the best way to make sure both of these elements are met in the way we work with water?

The second year

In the second year of your studies you will take modules in public management and governance with a focus on Europe. You will also have the possibility to specialize in European Studies or Public Administration. Take a look at the study programme for Year 2.

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