PRACTICES IN BETTER AND EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE
2018/2019, Semester 2
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Lee Kuan Yew School Of Public Policy)
Modular Credits: 4
This module will help the student to understand better the practice of governance and learn how to build better and effective governance. The student will be exposed to insights and practices of governance and the delivery of public services that draw from examples from across different countries. The emphasis is on the practices of better and effective governance, rather than the theory. Each week, students will discuss an aspect of governance and then offer their own thoughts on the subject using their country (or another country that they have intimate knowledge of) as setting. Towards the end of the course, the student will propose solutions that may help towards achieving better governance in their country.
PP5189 PRACTICES IN BETTER AND EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE
2018-2019 Semester 2 LKYSPP
Tan Yong Soon
As citizens, we want a government that function well and effectively, that create jobs, ensure security and improve our quality of life. We have a vital stake in improving the government’s performance.
Governance is largely, but not exclusively, about the government. It is also about how other players within the national governance framework – the businesses, the civil society organisations, the media, and indeed the citizens – play a role in influencing and deciding on matters of public concern.
Good governance is not just about adopting correct principles, but ensuring good system, processes and practices to produce desired performance and results.
The student will learn what is important in good governance and how he/she can help to contribute towards better and effective governance in his/her country.
learning emphasis of this module is on the practice rather than the theory of governance.
The student will learn largely through his/her own reading, research, class discussion, presentation and written assignments working on proposals to improve governance in his/her country.
Practitioners will be invited to the class to share their experience and practice with the students. Case studies will also be introduced.
No required book need be purchased.
Students are required to attend class and participate actively in discussion.
Class participation, including some pre-class preparations and brief written summaries, will account for 20% of the overall grade.
Students are required to do a class presentation, followed by Q & A session, on a specific topic of governance.
Class presentation, together with a written summary (about 1000 words or less), will account for 20% of the overall grade
Students are required to submit two written assignments:
Written assignment #1
(about 2500 words or less)
on their examination/critique of the principles, practice and performance of governance in their country.
This assignment will account for 30% of the overall grade
Written assignment #2
(about 2500 words or less)
proposing how to achieve better governance in their country, focusing on one area of governance (different from the class presentation).
The written assignment will account for 30% of the overall grade
There will be no written examination in this module.
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week