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Comparative Public Administration of the European Union (2012/2013)

Study Cycle: Second Cycle (Postgraduate)
Faculty: Contemporary Social Sciences
Academic year: 2023 / 2024
Title: Master of Public Administration / Field: Comparative PA of the EU
ECTS: 60 (1 year) Accrediation

Through the program, “Comparative Public Administration of EU” at SEEU, students will gain the skills, knowledge and competencies required for their constructive contribution to society through their future careers as managers, counselors, policy analysts in government and nonprofit organizations.

The one-year graduate program in Public Administration has been designed in order to prepare students in fields such as management, consulting, politics, analyses, law, skills and competencies so that they can seek employment at higher levels of the public and non-governmental sectors.

Knowledge and understanding
  • Has advanced knowledge of theories in public administration, research and practice.
  • Has knowledge and understanding of comparative public administration in Western countries.
  • Has a deep understanding of the organization and functioning of public administration in EU Member States
Applying knowledge and understanding
  • Interprets and provides critical thinking in the administrative procedure.
  • Planning and acting effectively in the management of public services organizations.
  • Shows ability to evaluate in the field of comparative public administration, taking into account relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects, and demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects in the work.
  • Recognize the relationship between administrative processes and analytical activities for policy making.
Making judgement
  • Evaluates and judges the different practices in government organizations.
  • Judgment about the problems that exist in the state administration, such as corruption, nepotism and political influence.
  • Uses reasoned arguments to evaluate evidence-based comparative studies in public policy and public management.
  • Can develop critical thinking about comparative aspects of public administration and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of administrative systems separately.
Communication skills
  • Participate in public debates and media, using appropriate vocabulary at the professional level.
  • Write, propose and manage research projects in the field of public administration.
  • Uses modern communication tools and new technology when dealing with different institutions.
Learning skills
  • Is able to identify personal needs for autonomous study and to realize it in the authentic way in the area of comparative public administration.
  • To assist in training and development of individuals for political and administrative positions in the public sector.
  • Shows the ability to examine the models and to classify information, concepts and theories in public policy and administration.
  • Can design new way of working in the Macedonian public administration using comparative advantages.
  • Able to plan and organize the functioning of public administration and institutions in accordance with modern democratic systems.

Semester 1

  • [6 ECTS] Research Methodology
    This course is designed for students who are preparing a Master thesis. The main objectives of the course is to offer the student the tools for construction of their thesis regarding the research question and creating methods for collecting data through qualitative and quantitative analysis. The subject is focused on problems of quantitative methods and techniques such as statistical analysis, texts related to the theory and testing hypothesis. In addition, of significance are topics of descriptive and causal inference, longitudinal, comparative and research case studies. Advanced information is offered for collecting data working with text. The aim is analyzing the data qualitatively, and in the end, positioning all theoretical and practical actions in the design and writing the thesis.
  • [6 ECTS] Comparative Aspects of Public Administration in EU Countries
    This subject will help the students acquire knowledge about the basic characteristics of public administration in EU countries. The main aim is to research the types and ways of action in public administration institutions in different societies so that the students can learn more about new concepts and developments in public administration. The importance of public administration in different countries and the comparative aspect will be the main focus of this course. The object of study will consist of basic notions and concepts about principles and public administration institutions, structures and functioning of the public administration throughout EU countries, new public management, globalization and the measures undertaken by the Republic of Macedonia in order to become a full member of the EU.
  • [6 ECTS] Applicative Economy in Public Sector
    An economy as a whole affects how we take care of our planet effectively, it relates to the future that we want to be a part of, on the resources we have available, on the extent to which we care for the poor and rich. But we need to emphasize that the economic principles and concepts regardless of the level of development of the economy do not change. The economy of the public sector aims to define the economy and the state's role in the economy, the role of public institutions in the economy. It aims to define the aggregate supply and aggregate demand and the impact of fiscal and monetary policy on markets.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course 1
    • Administrative Law
    • Public Policy Analysis
    • Strategic Management
    • Comparative Political Systems
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course 2
    • Administrative Law
    • Public Policy Analysis
    • Strategic Management
    • Comparative Political Systems

Semester 2

  • [24 ECTS] Master Thesis
    This module enables students to transfer their skills and knowledge to research and make more complex the task of Master thesis. The module is designed to be fully practical and for students to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to approach writing the thesis. The module has a unique return result-to enable students to write the master thesis with minimal difficulties and with maximum efficiency. The course aims to improve research techniques and style of writing paper, taking account to stop illegal means, such as plagiarism and infringement of copyright, which are prohibited by the Statute of SEEU.
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course 1
    • Management of Information Systems
    • Leadership and Organizational Development
    • Selected Topics in IT Applications for Preparing a Scientific Paper
    • Applications for Statistical data Processing