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Public Administration (2012/2013)

Study Cycle: Second Cycle (Postgraduate)
Faculty: Contemporary Social Sciences
Academic year: 2023 / 2024
Title: Master of Public Administration
ECTS: 120 (2 years) Accrediation

The study program in Public Administration has been designed in order to prepare students in fields such as  management, consulting, politics, analysis, law, skills and competencies so that students may find jobs at higher levels of the public and non-governmental sectors.

Public Administration studies provides the educational requirements to support students to begin their professional career path in government, state and local government agencies, municipalities, public institutions, local schools administration, non-profit organizations, universities and corporations. 

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

-    Interprets and provides critical thinking in administrative procedures.
-    Planning and acting effectively in the management of public service organizations.
-    Shows ability to evaluate in the field of comparative public administration, taking into account relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects, and demonstrates awareness of ethical aspects in the work.
-    Recognizes the relationship between administrative processes and analytical activities for policy making.

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 implements them in an 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 ability to examine the models and to classify information, concepts and theories in public policy and administration.
-    Can design a new way of working in the Macedonian public administration using comparative advantages.
-    Ability 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 for students to be offered tools for the 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, finally putting all theoretical and practical actions in the design and writing the thesis.
  • [6 ECTS] Comparative Political Systems
    The course "Comparative Political Systems" aims to familiarize students with knowledge about most political systems in the modern world, of course without leaving aside the political systems of countries surrounding Macedonia and political systems of less developed countries around the world. This course is part of the undergraduate and postgraduate studies in most schools of public administration, law faculties and the faculties of political science. During the course, we will deal with parallelisms and comparative analysis between the functioning of the institutions of political systems in countries of interest, interrelated and in the case of the political system of the Republic of Macedonia towards finding good practices that would be promoted and political system of the Republic of Macedonia.
  • [6 ECTS] Applied Economy in the Public Sector
    The economy as a whole affects how we take care of our planet effectively, the future that we want to be part of it, 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 public sector aims to define the economy and the State's role in the economy, the role of public institutions in the economy. Aims to define the aggregate supply and aggregate demand, including the impact of fiscal and monetary policy on markets.
  • [6 ECTS] Comparative Aspects of Public Administration in EU Countries
    The course is structured to introduce students to comparative public administration. It aims to introduce students to the structure, behavior and processes of public administrations in comparative perspective. Special attention and emphasis of research is on the role of administrative systems within the broader political and democratic framework in which they are established and functioning. Attention will be concentrated on teaching and research of different administrative and political systems, focusing on the system of liberal democracies.
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course 1
    • Rhetoric
    • Multilingualism and Multiculturalism
    • Selected Chapters of Advanced Topics in IT Applications for Preparing a Scientific Paper
    • Selected Chapters of Advanced Applications for Statistical Data Processing
    • Professional Communication
    • Methodology of Teaching

Semester 2

  • [6 ECTS] Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis
    The purpose of this course is to focus on two general approaches of data analysis namely quantitative and qualitative. In terms of quantitative analysis focuses on the use of statistical analysis in terms of qualitative analysis which are defined as those approaches that do not include quantitative approaches or approaches that do not use numerical manipulation. This course will also analyze case studies; will present methods of research, parts of social science researching, approaches to research design, conducting empirical design and multivariable analysis.
  • [6 ECTS] Public Financial Management
    The course aims to present to students the standards and practices in the financial operations of CSOs, methods of use of funds and other appropriate techniques for management accountability in the financial operations of CSOs and includes review and analysis of technical aspects of accounting and preparation and interpretation of financial statements. The concept of efficiency in the use of resources represents the basic principles and procedures and allows setting the framework for the rational allocation of resources. The course provides an adequate balanced between theory and practice, analysis of various case studies and is also designed to increase the interest of students.
  • [6 ECTS] Administrative Law
    The main objective of the course is learning the material in order to better understand the organization and functioning of the administration from national and international aspects. Better knowledge of the legal acts, the types of acts, as well as the methodology for creating the tools and instruments to control the administration.
  • [6 ECTS] European Union: Institutions, Politics and Laws
    The course aims to familiarize students with the complexity and development of European integration, and thus the development of the institutions (political and legal), their nature and characteristics, legislation and policies. Furthermore, the aim is to familiarize students with major theoretical interpretations of the development of the European Union, and to give consideration to current and possible future challenges that the EU faces, especially in terms of its institutions, policies and law.
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course 2
    • Rhetoric
    • Multilingualism and Multiculturalism
    • Selected Chapters of Advanced Topics in IT Applications for Preparing a Scientific Paper
    • Selected Chapters of Advanced Applications for Statistical Data Processing
    • Professional Communication
    • Methodology of Teaching

Semester 3

  • [6 ECTS] Control of Administration
    The main objective of the course Control of Administration, is for students to gain information about the control and supervision, the subjects of surveillance, the types of surveillance procedures for supervision, internal and external control over the public administration, political control all legal instruments for its realization (deputy question, trust of government, inquiry commissions , budget approval as an important instrument of political and legal control, control by the Public Prosecutor, the Ombudsman, social control, court control over the proceedings before administrative courts). All these institutions will be studied comparatively.
  • [6 ECTS] Strategic Management
    This module is designed to train students to use tools, opportunities and frameworks for implementation of effective strategies for CSOs. Various topics include conceptual frameworks for understanding the role of strategic leadership, analytical skills to develop and evaluate strategies and approaches for working with various interest groups in order to mobilize commitment and methods in order to achieve changes. Also, this is a multidisciplinary module which explores the historical, political, legal, ethical and social environment in which CSOs operate. By default, each CSO should have an independent administrative body (assembly or Board), which manages the organization and brings strategic decisions. This module deals with the role of manager or executive director in the organization, the process of decision-making and management of staff, according to legal norms, as well as in accordance with the mission and strategic goals of the organization. Furthermore, the module covers the relationship between the board and executive managers and their impact on organizational development.
  • [6 ECTS] Public Policies Analysis
    The subject aims to enable students to define and illustrate the analysis of policy and its role in creating and transforming the information relevant for policy. There is no agreement on how precisely to define public policy. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with this field and to critically analyze the developments and events in the area of public policy. Analysis of public policies is a discipline for problem solving that draws knowledge of basic theories and methodologies of social sciences, the social professions and the philosophy of politics.
  • [6 ECTS] Evaluation of Programs in Public Sector
    The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with techniques for analyzing the effectiveness of organizations in the public sector. Students will gain skills in formulating evaluation questions, sampling, planning and collecting data, analyzing the results of the evaluation, designing a budget for evaluation, reporting and communicating evaluation results to various stakeholders, development of competencies related to ethical and political issues regarding evaluation.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course 1
    • Political Management
    • Leadership and Organizational Development
    • Political Ethics: Domestic, International and Diplomatic
    • Globalization as a Phenomenon in Contemporary Society

Semester 4

  • [30 ECTS] Master Thesis
    This module enables students to transfer their skills and knowledge to research and make more complex task of Master-Thesis. The module is designed to be fully practical and students to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to approach writing the paper. The module has 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.