Course code Soci5014

Credit points 2

Development Programms

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures8

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours56

Date of course confirmation30.09.2020

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developer

author Sociālo un humanitāro zinātņu institūts

Dace Kaufmane

Dr. oec.

Prior knowledge

PolZ5009, Public Administration

Course abstract

Master students in the study course acquire the importance of system approach in developing development programs and in sustainable planning, theoretically and practically acquire the types of different development programs on the specifics of development: territorial development programs, organization development programs and developmental planning related to social and economic spheres of the society and monitoring conditions for the implementation of development programs.
The aim of the study course: to provide master students with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the analysis of development programs.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge –in-depthand expanded knowledge on systemapproach and sustainability in development planning, knowledge on the content, types and egulator base of development programmes, knowledge of planning methods and theoretical approaches. (Independent works, presentations, tests)
Professional Skills –ability to understand how a mechanism of the development planning system functions; they have ability to carry out an analysis of development programmes in the context of system theory, sustainability and different planning approaches. (Independent works, discussions, situation analyzes).
Soft skills - is able to plan his / her time in the tasks, is able to work in group work and discuss (Independent and group work, discussions, situation analysis classes)
Competences –Ability to critically analyse development programmes in the context of particular research interests; ability to assess and integrate acquired knowledge and skills on development programmes in the research of organisations and societal processes. (Independent works, presentations, tests.).

Course Content(Calendar)

Lecture topics:
1. Systems approach in planning.(1h)
2. Sustainable policies and sustainable action.(1h)
3. Types and content of the development programs, realization of development programs.(2h)
4. Methods of development programs.(1h)
5. Strategy building theories. (2h)
6. Public participation and conditions coordinating the development of programs in Latvia.(1h)
Topics of practical work and seminārs:
1. Territory as a complex system. (4 h)
2. Organizational development programs. (4h)
3. Economic sectord evelopment programs. (3h)
4. Development programs for various spheresofpubliclife.(3h)
5. Test. (2h)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Independent work on the analysis of the territories, organizations and development programs of the national economy sectors should be presented at the planned time of the classes.

Acquisition of the study course in distance learning is organized in accordance with the order of the Vice-Rector for Studies “On the procedure of e-studies at LLU”, a study course acquisition schedule is created for each semester. Students acquire the topics included in the study course independently, using the materials created and inserted by the lecturer in the e-learning environment Moodle. Feedback on the acquisition of topics in lectures and seminars in distance learning is organized in the form of self-examination tests, discussion forums and individual assignments, as well as face-to-face or online consultations, lectures and final examinations according to the schedule.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Independent work on the analysis of the territories, organizations and development programs of the national economy sectors should be presented at the planned time of the classes.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The master students pass the test if at least 50% of the questions are answered correctly.
Independent works is evaluated according to the quality requirements of the fulfillment of the tasks.

Compulsory reading

1. Attīstības plānošanas sistēmas likums. Pieejams:
2. Par Latvijas Nacionālo attīstības plānu 2014.-2020.gadam. Pieejams:
3. Par Latvijas Nacionālo attīstības plānu 2021.-2027. gadam (NAP2027) Pieejams:
4. ES pieeja ilgtspējīgai attīstībai. Pieejams:
5. Politikas veidošanas rokasgrāmata. Pārresoru koordinācijas centrs. [tiešsaiste] Pieejams:
6. Sustainable Development Goals. Pieejams:
7. Faludi A. (ed). European Spatial Research and Planning. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2008, ISBN 978-1-55844-177-4. Pieejams:
8. Program Design & Development Resources, United Way, Toronto &York Region, 2016, 59 p. Pieejams:

Further reading

1. Inovatīvi risinājumi ceļā uz ilgtspēju: sabiedrība, ekonomika, vide: kolektīvā monogrāfija/ zin. red. AijaZobena. Rīga: LU Akadēmiskaisapgāds, 2018, 292 lpp.
2. Praude V. Menedžments. 1. grāmata. Rīga: SIA" Burtene", 2012. 496 lpp.
3. Praude V. Menedžments. 2. grāmata. Rīga: SIA" Burtene", 2012. 305 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Latvijas Republikas tiesību akti. [tiešsaiste] Piejams:
Plānošanas reģionu sadarbības komisijas. [tiešsaiste] Piejams:


During the study course, master students acquire the importance of system approach in elaboration of development programmes and in sustainable planning, learn the types of various development programmes on the specifics of development conditions for the monitoring implementation. All topics are supplemented with an analysis of practical territorial development programmes, organization development programmes and development plans, and development programmes related to social and economic spheres of society.