Governance in Theory and Practice

Course Description:

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 will offer online lectures, online discussion boards, assignments, weekly tutorial meetings to discuss readings and assignments, and an oral exam at the end of the course.

The course is structured in 5 learning modules. The learning process will feature a series of online lectures, tutorial supervision, online movie screenings, and assignments.

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

Course completion, ECTS, edugadges and estimated workload:
The course is completed once you fulfill the course requirements and pass the final assignment and oral exam. Your coursebook will also include the explanation of resit options. Participants will receive 2 ECTS equivalence credits and the certification will be offered through an online educational badge. The estimated workload is 60 hours, including 10-15 hours per week and 10-15 hours per assignments/oral exam.

500 euro

Required Readings:

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 course will start, upon receipt of your materials.

Below the ISBN-number to order the course materials for the online courses ‘Governance in Theory and Practice’
Anne Mette Kjaer, Governance (Key Concepts), Polity Press
(only for the Governance course)
ISBN: 978-0745629797 (4th edition)

Starting date, enrollment time and payment:

Upon a successful enrollment, every participant will start the course on an individual basis, immediately after the acquisition of the course materials. Your tutor will reach out to you to agree on a timeline.

You will be enrolled for 10 weeks, including 1 week to access the platform and become familiar with the materials, 4 weeks of coursework, 2 weeks to submit the final assignment and do the oral exam and 3 weeks for potential resit time.

In case you prefer to use the 10 weeks in a different way, please agree with your tutor during your first exchange.

To pay the tuition fee, please make the transfer to the following account. Upon payment, you will be registered as student, and contacted by your tutor. On average this takes 1-2 weeks.

Bank account no.
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

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Christabel Tsoto ‐ Online course tutor

"The thing I enjoy most about online course tutoring is that my students are often in very different countries. I found this to be enriching as they are able to connect what they are learning to the situation on the ground in the countries that they are in. That makes discussions lively."
Christabel Tsoto,