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E16: Civil Servants in International Public administration and politics with methods and skills course on Communication in an Intercultural Context (Mandatory course)

Course for students enrolled September 1, 2015 and after.

uddannelse International Public Administration and Politics
Kursustype Kandidat 1. modul
Undervisningssprog English

Sign up for the course via STADS-self-service: Between 1st and 15th May 2016.

ONLY for students enrolled 1st September 2016: Please register via STADS-self-service between 1st and 31st August 2016.

Kursus starter 05-09-2016
Kursus slutter 05-12-2016

LEARNING GOALS Knowledge • Knowledge about how the civil servant’s position and role is being changed and challenged by a context in which policy problems and solutions commonly cross territorial, administrative and sectoral borders • Knowledge about how position and role of a civil servant varies according to administrative levels, political processes and multi-level decision making processes. • Knowledge about the civil servant’s communication need and methods in an intercultural context. Skills • Analyse the civil servant’s position and role according to different administrative levels, governance modes and stages in the policy process. • Analyse and react to challenges facing modern public administration in the above mentioned context. Competencies • Manage a professional situation under time constraints and be able to prioritise and structure time and matter. • Give and receive constructive feedback on one’s own and others work • Communicate professional knowledge in an easy accessible way both orally and written.


The course focuses on the many roles assigned civil servants in times when public policy problems often cross territorial, administrative and sectoral boundaries and, moreover, in times when the way in which these problems are addressed often rely on different modes of governance. The course further focuses on the civil servants’ different communicative tasks and methods used depending on where in the administrative structures the civil servant is working and at which point in the policy process the communication is meant to play a role.


See Moodle

Reinalda, Bob (2013) Routledge Handbook of International Organization, Routledge. You have free accessto the electronic book in the RUC library through the link: http://molly.ruc.dk/login?url=http://ruc.eblib.com/patron/FullRecord.aspx?p=1211720. Plus additional academic articles and books chapters; policy/legal documents for each lecture that you will find on moodle.


Students of International Public Administration and Politics


In order to gain access to the final examination each student must hand in two assignments during the course and the final 48-hour written assignment - (the policy brief): Oral examination on the basis of this written assignment.

Look at the study curriculum


1st assignment: The dates for this assignment will be given to you by the course convener

2nd assignment: The dates for this assignment will be given to you by the course convener

The final assignment will be sent out on 14th December at 10 a.m.. and you must upload your paper in https://eksamen.ruc.dk before 16th December at 10.00 a.m.

Final examination: oral examination on the basis of a written assignment: 12th - 13th January 2017 in building 24.1.063 and preparation in 24.1.021

Aktivitetsansvarlig Sevasti Chatzopoulou (seva@ruc.dk )
Kursussekretær Pernille Kaplan (pernilo@ruc.dk )
Underviser Peter Triantafillou (triant@ruc.dk )
Sevasti Chatzopoulou (seva@ruc.dk )
Bodil Damgaard (bodam@ruc.dk )
Kirsten Mogensen (kmo@ruc.dk )
Jacob Torfing (jtor@ruc.dk )
Ole Helby Petersen (olehp@ruc.dk )
STADS stamdata
belastning : 10 ECTS aktivitetskode : U25738
prøveform : Skriftlig/mundtlig bedømmelse : 7-trinsskala censur : Ekstern censur

05-09-2016 10:15 - 12:00
1. The role of civil servants in different modes of governance

12-09-2016 10:15 - 12:00
2. Civil servant– an innovator in the policy process

19-09-2016 10:15 - 12:00
3. The civil servant as metagovernor

26-09-2016 10:15 - 12:00
4. Civil servants in evaluation and accountability

03-10-2016 10:15 - 12:00
5. How to write a policy brief

10-10-2016 10:15 - 12:00
6. Civil servants at the supranational, transnational and international levels

17-10-2016 10:15 - 12:00
7. International civil servant and policy

24-10-2016 10:15 - 12:00
8. Political Communication

31-10-2016 10:15 - 12:00
9. Civil servants in vertical, horizontal and diagonal cooperation

07-11-2016 10:15 - 12:00
10. Civil servant on civil servant in the negotiations

14-11-2016 10:15 - 12:00
11. Public Diplomacy

21-11-2016 10:15 - 12:00
12. From bureaucracy to Diplomacy

28-11-2016 10:15 - 12:00
13. The role of cultural differences in international public administration

05-12-2016 10:15 - 12:00
14. Concluding session The international civil servant after BREXIT vote