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, NGO staff, civil and international servants.

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.

4-week course, to be completed within an 8-week time period.

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

Estimated Workload:
60 hrs

Course Activities:
Online lectures, online discussion board, assignments, weekly tutorial meeting to discuss readings and assignments, and an oral exam.

ECTS equivalent credits obtained:
Participants will receive 2 ECTS equivalent credits, upon the successful completion of the course requirements, and oral exam. This certification will be offered through an online educational badge.

The course is completed once you fulfil the course requirements and pass the oral exam. Your coursebook will also include the explanation of resit options.

500 euro

Required Readings:
The cost of the course does not include books or hard copies 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 of the course:
Individually decided.
Upon successful enrolment, 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

For group based enrolment the starting dates are:
1 April
1 June
1 October

Enrollment time:
Upon registration, you will be enrolled for 8 weeks, including 1 week to access the platform and become familiar with the materials, 4 weeks of coursework, 1 week to submit the final assignment and 3 weeks for potential resit time.
In case you prefer to use the 8 weeks in a different way, please agree with your tutor during your first exchange.

Payment Upon:
registration, you will be requested to pay the tuition. 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
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