Building on the interdisciplinary approach of the Brandt School, these modules include an introduction to public policy as a discipline as well as methods and concepts from other disciplines, which are useful when analyzing public policy. This part of the core curriculum comprises three modules and lays the foundation for the upcoming semesters:
In this part of the core curriculum, students learn about the organization, mission and management of public institutions, from the classic conception of Public Administration to New Public Management and entrepreneurial government. Students also acquire an understanding of the normative dimension of political and public office and institutions and train their leadership competences to be qualified for ethicial leadership in the public sector.
This part of the core curriculum offers a comprehensive introdution to public sector management, including the management of public finances. Students develop an understanding of the key issues of managing public service provision and of how to make sound policy decisions within the limits of financial budgets and offer public goods at low cost and high quality.
In this part of the core curriculum, students learn about research design and research methods in order to be able to independently plan and carry out a research project in the framework of their Master thesis. The courses provide comprehensive introductions into quantitative empirical approaches to policy analysis and widely used qualitative or mixed-method approaches (e.g. surveys, interviews, Qualitative Comparative Analysis).