Governance in Theory and Practice

Are you too busy to be a full time student for 10 weeks while looking, at the same time, to increase your understanding of the theory and the practice of governance? If yes, we have the solution. Enrol in our governance online course and you will have a quick, yet a rigorous access to the foundations of the governance realm.


Governance is a complex concept which is often used but not always correctly understood. It is an elusive notion, defined and measured in various ways. Sometimes, the idea of governance is differently placed in practice or wrongly conceptualised theoretically. This course will guide participants through key theoretical debates surrounding the concept of governance while at the same time presenting a range of empirical examples to illustrate how governance works in practice. The framework of the course will comprise and tackle the following facets of governance: governance as an analytical term, governance and public administration, governance and globalisation, governance as decision-making, (good) governance and international organisations. The target group of this course is oriented but not limited to students, policy practitioners, NGOs staff, civil and international servants.

The course is structured in 5 learning modules stretched across 10 weeks. The learning process will feature a series of online lectures, tutorial supervision, online movie screenings, and assignments. The design of the course is structured as such as to allow mobility in the work and schedule for every participant.

In parallel or upon the completion of this course, participants have the option to follow a complementary online course, namely “Introduction to Political Science”.

Prerequisites: A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent). Candidates with any educational background are welcome to enroll.

ECTS (credits obtained): Participants may receive 2 ECTS upon the successful completion of an oral exam.

Costs: Participants may opt for one of the three choices of cost-enrolment.

  • 250 euro: Basic course enrolment (no final assignment, no course certificate, no ECTS credits)
  • 300 euro: Certified course enrolment (final assignment, course certificate, no ECTS credits)
  • 400 euro: Accredited course enrolment (final assignment, course certificate, oral exam and if successful, 2 ECTS credits)

The cost of the course does not include books or hardcopies of the course material. Course materials can be bought, ordered or downloaded by the participant him/herself. The cost of the course does not include books or hardcopies of the course material. Course materials can be ordered by the participant him/herself.  The course will start, upon receipt of your materials.

Below the ISBN-number(s) to order the course materials for the online courses ‘Governance and Political Science’:

Andrew Heywood, Politics, Palgrave Foundations
(only for the Political Science course)

ISBN: 978023036380 (4th edition)

Anne Mette Kjaer, Governance (Key Concepts), Polity Press
(only for the Governance course)

ISBN: 978-0745629797 (4th edition)

Starting the course: Upon a successful enrolment, every participant will start the course on an individual basis, immediately after the acquisition of the course materials.

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Contact: info-governance@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Please make the transfer to the following account:

Bank account no. 65.76.18.705
IBAN NL05 INGB 0657 618705
Swift or BIC code INGBNL2A
Beneficiary Maastricht University
Bank name ING Business Banking
Bank address P.O. Box 90153
5600 RE  Eindhoven
The Netherlands
Payment specification your last name and 38.10.00.02N