Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM002M: Management and Governance: Comparing Public Administration around the World

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will include the following topics in the order indicated:


1. Models, Myths and Paradigms; how do we know what we know;

2. The interpretation of facts and the importance of context;

3. Administrative Theories;

4. Administrative practice, the Anglo/American model; the European model; Administration in Africa; Asian models of Administration;

5. Global Governance and the de-territorialization of administration.

6. Issues and problems facing public administration.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching1010 Lectures (1 hours each)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching52 Workshop (2.5 hours)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching31 Guest Presentation (3 hours)
Guided independent study82Reading, thinking and preparing for lectures and workshops
Guided independent study100Assignment preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).