SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1M208687
Module Leader n/a
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Management
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

The aims of the module are principally two-fold. On the one hand, it aims to provide students with a broad introduction to public administration and management by alerting students to key structures, processes, issues and debates with regard to theories of government, public administration and management. On the other hand, it aims to encourge students to think critically about these structures, processes, issues and debates.


THEORIES OF GOVERNMENTWhat is politics - politics as compromise; politics as power; politics as authority.Theories of governance - democracy, representation, parliamentary sovereignty.Theories of the state - dimensions of the state; state and government, state and society.Key institutions of the British polity.THEORIES OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATIONThe politics-administration distinctionTheories of bureaucracy.The evolution of public administrationThe advent of public management.THEORIES OF MANAGEMENTThe classical school of management.Scientific management.The Human Relations approach.Recent approaches: e.g. systems theory; contingency theory; social action theory.The relevance of management theory to the study of the public sector.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module, students should be able to:-Describe the broad nature, structure and processes of public administration and management in Britain.Comprehend the main debates, themes and issues pertaining to theories of government, theories of public administration and theories of management.Satisfactorily complete essay-type assignments, make both formal and informal contributions to seminars and answer a range of essay questions on material covered by the syllabus.Transferable skills accruing are oral and written, and pertain to communication, assimilation of information, analysis and `problem solving.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered over one semester. Lectures will provide students with an `introduction, to main themes and issues, whilst seminars will allow group discussion on specified topics - thus allowing students a substantial degree of autonomy and self-direction in terms of their input into these. At the beginning of the semester, students will be given a booklet which lists a wide range of general and specialist reading on the range of issues covered by the Module. Students will be encouraged to utilise this `base, for essays/seminars/examinations, but will also be encouraged to adopt a self-directed approach and supplement this through use of relevant quality newspapers, journals etc.

Indicative Reading

P. Drucker, Managing for the Future, Butterworth Heinnemann, 1992H. Elcock, Change and Decay: Public Administration in the 1990s, Longman, 1991N. Flynn, Public Sector Management, 2nd Edition, Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1993J. Greenwood & D. Wilson, Public Administration in Britain Today, 2nd Edition, Unwin Hyman, 1989D. Hellriegal & J.W. Slocum, Management, 6th Edition, Addison Wesley, 1992O. Hughes, Public Management and Administration: An Introduction, Macmillan, 1994G. Jordan, The British Administrative System: Principles and Practice, Routledge, 1994J. Kingdom Government and Politics in Britain, Polity Press, 1991A. Leftwich (ed) What is Politics? Basil Blackwell, 1984H. Minzberg, The Nature of Managerial Work, Prentice Hall, 1980G. Morgan, Creative Organisation Theory: A Resource Book, Sage, 1989L.J. Mullins, Management and Organisational Behaviour, Pitman, 1993B. Guy Peters, The Politics of Bureaucracy, 4th Edition, Longman, 1995G. Ponton & P. Gill Introduction to Politics, 2nd Edition,Martin Robertson, 1989D. Pugh, Organisation Theory: Selected Readings, 3rd Edition, Penguin, 1990

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 36.00
Seminars (PT) 12.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 60.00
Assessment (PT) 60.00
Independent Learning (FT) 78.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Independent Learning (PT) 84.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 20.00 40% n/a
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 60.00 40% n/a
Coursework 0.00 20.00 40% n/a