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Master academic studies of public administration, local self-government and public policies

Master programme Public Administration, Local Self-Government and Public Policies gives students an expanded knowledge and acquisition of skills in the fields of public sector reform, public administration and governance, local self-government and public policies. In addition to theoretical knowledge, the programme is aimed at preparing students to increase democratic and developmental capacities of the society.

Therefore the experts who complete this programme should be:

a)      quality analysts in research organizations, media, NGO sector or parties;

b)      excellent staff and managers in governmental authorities, both in the state, province, district and at the local level (in municipalities and cities),

c)      trained members of political parties and politicians who will help democratization of society and its economic development, becoming in social sense the community of satisfied citizens.

Nature and structure of the programme

The programme is multidisciplinary. It encompasses the knowledge of plenty diverse fields (political science, economy, sociology, law, management, urban and other policies). The programme is structures in such a manner as to have only two mandatory and eleven elective disciplines out of which the student in both semesters choose five (2+5).

Mandatory disciplines are: 1. Public services and local economic development and b. New public governance. They include knowledge on contemporary changes in the field of governance, services in the state and in local self-government and analysis of reforms in the entire public sector.

This programme offers a large number of elective disciplines, the combination of which enables students for their own specialization according to the fields they are particularly interested in. Elective disciplines can be classified topic-wise into the systemic, dealing in details with certain aspects of functioning of the system and sectoral disciplines, opening possibility for students to profoundly analyze the most important aspects of certain sector policies.

  1. Systemic: Analysis of Public Policies, Public Finances, Decision-Making in Public Sector, Civil Society and Trade Unions, Human Resource Management and Public Sector Ethics.
  2. Sector public policies: Educational Policy, Health and Social Policy, Environmental Policy, Urbanism, Spatial Planning and Housing Policy and Policy of Justice.

All the above mentioned disciplines are, however, firmly connected; their subject matter enables theoretical understanding of the manner of functioning of contemporary society (separate analysis of the state of the facts in Serbia) and practical mastering of good governance skills.

The Head of the master studies Public Administration, Local Self-Government and Public Policies is Prof. Snežana Đorđević.

Implementation of knowledge

Upon completing these studies, students are expected to:

  1. adopt the knowledge of contemporary theoretical concepts of public administration, local self-government and public policies,
  2. develop managerial skills (management of projects, finances, budget, human resource and IT packages in administration) and skills of public decision-making,
  3. create capacity for independent critical thinking and action and
  4. adopt democratic values and ethics as extremely important for functioning of all levels of power and offering quality and accessible services to citizens in all fields.

Upon completing the studies students will be able to actively implement the acquired knowledge and skills in decision-making processes, public policy creation, preparation of quality developmental projects and packages of public services at all levels of power (state, local self-government).

This programme advocates for affirmation both of democratic values and of efficient and effective management and public service skills. Having in mind the problems which contemporary Serbian society (together with other societies in the region) faces with, students are encouraged to be protectors of public interest, to promote transparent and democratic manner of work, against corruption and other forms of pathology; to affirm inclusion of citizens and civil society in decision-making processes as well as to enable voices of minority, particularly suppressed and vulnerable social groups, to be heard.

Entrance examination

Successful attending of this programme implies that candidates have already obtained some knowledge from the field, and hence the entrance examination shall be carried out through an interview.

E-mail contact:

Prof. Snežana Đorđević, snezana.djordjevic@fpn,bg.ac.rs or sneska152@gmail.com

This study programme was accredited in 2015.


1st semester

Course Semester Status Workload

(lectures + seminars)

Local Self-Government, Public Policies and Local Economic Development 1 compulsory 2+1 6
Study research work 1 compulsory 6

Elective bloc 1 (18 ECTS to be chosen)

Course Semester Status Workload

(lectures + seminars)

Health and Social Policy 1 elective 2+1 6
Educational Policy 1 elective 2+1 6
Analyses of Public Policies 1 elective 2+1 6
Human Resource Management 1 elective 2+1 6
Public Finance 1 elective 2+1 6
Ethics of Public Sector 1 elective 2+1 6

2nd semester

Course Semester Status Workload

(lectures + seminars)

New Public Management 2 compulsory 2+1 6
Study research work 2 compulsory 10
Final paper defence 2 compulsory 2

Elective bloc 2 (at least 12 ECTS to be chosen)

Course Semester Status Workload

(lectures + seminars)

Conflicts and Dialogue_Civil Society_Trade Unions and Strategies of Changee 2 elective 2+1 6
Spatial Planning and Housing Policy 2 elective 2+1 6
Environmental Policy of Serbia 2 elective 2+1 6
Decision-Making in Public Sector 2 elective 2+1 6
Theories and Policies of Justice 2 elective 2+1 6