Summer semester 2022
European Postgraduate Workshop JMC Master Seminar
By Aleksandra Maatsch & Karolina Borońska-Hryniewiecka
The Jean Monnet Chair offers a Master seminar which is open to MA students writing their thesis at the JMC as well as external (guest) students pursuing their MA projects at different institutions. The format of the seminar envisages discussion on MA research projects and subsequent milestones. The thematic focus of MA theses should be linked to the European Union or comparative politics with a focus on EU member states. In terms of methods, the seminar welcomes both qualitative and quantitative approaches. Each semester, the MA seminar is attended by a guest speaker (from a different university/country) providing substantial feedback to MA students. The language of the seminar is English and/or Polish. The JMC also welcomes MA projects in these two languages.
Public Administration (lecture & seminar)
This course is designed as an introduction to public administration (PA) theory and practice in Europe. Its goal is to develop understanding of public administration concepts and comparative practice with an emphasis on important dimensions of policy formulation and implementation. Contents of the course include topics such as: market failure and the role of PA in governing; governance and multi-level governance; PA and democracy; accountability of PA; lobbying and PA; Europeanization of PA and PA of the European Union.
Self-government and local policy (seminar)
The aim of this course is to complement students’ knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of self-government and local policy in the European Union. Since regions and localities are key actors in the conception and implementation of around 80% of European policies, the effectiveness of EU development strategies depends to a great extent on the quality of regional and local governance. Moreover, when addressing issues such as climate change, growing inequalities, migration or urbanisation, local authorities are at the forefront when responding to the challenges on the ground and providing viable solutions for their communities. The workshop programme is divided into two parts: the conceptual and context-oriented followed by case studies analysis. In the first part, students will become familiar with various concepts indispensable to studying the dynamics of local self-government and policy-making such as polity, policy, governance, multi-level governance, subsidiarity and decentralization. They will also get to know the European Union’s context and influence on regional and local entities and their self-government and development. The second part of the course concerns case studies of regional and local self-government focusing on real-life examples.