Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3119: The Modern Civil Service: Working in Government

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

 An introduction to public administration and public management studies

  • The emergence of ‘classical’ bureaucracy, and the ‘modern’ civil service
  • The structure of contemporary government and bureaucracy, including critical perspectives on the bureaucracy
  • Contemporary currents & challenges effecting the civil service: the Weberian legacy, joined-up government, the hollowed-out state, turf wars and austerity
  • An expose into departmental public administration research: street level bureaucracy, the green state and others

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 Teaching Activities1111 x 1-hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities1111 x 1 hour seminars. The seminars will offer a mixed format of reflective discussions coupled to career development elements. This will include activities, research time, guest speakers and supported learning to support learners engagement with their professional development pathway towards the Fast Stream.
Guided Independent Study80Reading and preparation for weekly lectures and seminars
Guided Independent Study48Coursework preparation and writing

Online Resources

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

There will be a significant volume of additional resources available on ELE.