Local Government in the Baltic Sea Area. Present Challenges







Objectives
 A main objective of this IP is to increase the quality and the volume of student and teaching staff mobility between the six partner institutions in the thematic area of local government. Our endeavour is directly connected to the location of the partner institutions in the sense that they are scattered around the Baltic Sea Area. There are three Nordic institution and three East-European institutions involved. This geographical aspect settles a frame of making continuous comparisons between two countries with a long tradition of liberal democracy and market economy and three countries who share a communist past and who are on their road to being stable democracies with market economy. We look upon this background as something very worthwhile to exploiting for reciprocal academic benefits for many years to come.

Target groups
The course aims at attracting students who have successfully finished 30 ECTS of topics related to public policy and 30 ECTS related to public administration/social work at bachelor level or to have a solid background from at least three years of working in this field as administrator or politician.

Main activities
Activity 1: The students have to read a selected part of the course literature and to deliver 2-3 pages of assignment before they convene at the course. The assignment has to be delivered and accepted by one of the teachers before the student convenes at the course. 
Activity 2: The two weeks course is a mixture of lectures, teachers advising students individually, teachers attending sessions of small groups, visit to a municipality, student presentation of group topics, and students working with the obligatory final assessment.
Activity 3: The students shall write an assignment of 6-8 pages on a topic selected by the student him/herself and accepted by one of the teachers.

Expected outputs
The partner institutions expect that this IP will ease the intended increasing of their cooperation along the lines of Erasmus teacher and student exchange and the ambition of working out integrated programmes of study leading to recognised double or joint degrees.