Course code PolZ3001

Credit points 2

Organization of Local Municipalities

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation06.03.2013

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developers

author doc.

Jānis Ķusis

Dr. hist.

author lect.

Andis Kursītis

Mg. sc. soc.

Course abstract

Local municipality is an important part of democracy, therefore it is essential to explore the essence and major principles of local municipality work. The course gives an insight into various LM types, rise and development of local governments in Latvia, local government institutions, their competences, status and work of councillors and local government officers and decision making.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

After completing the course student will have:
• knowledge of: public Component, including the work of Latvian government and the EU, knowledge of local regulatory document preparation and elaboration policy in Latvia;
• skills - Understand the processes of society and make decisions according to changes in the situation, propose solutions, assess their impact on local municipalities, understand the processes and be able to assess the impact of a good knowledge of local administration of existing decision-making framework, responsibilities and reporting requirements; Apply acquired theoretical and practical knowledge in their work units and the effective administration;
• competence - the types of local policies, develop appropriate policy regulations and drafts to coordinate government policy, take part in a new government concept, strategy and development program and guideline preparation.

Compulsory reading

1. Vanags E., Vilka I. Pašvaldību darbība un attīstība. Rīga: LU Akadēmiskais apgāds, 2005. 384 lpp.
2. Rags Z. Pašvaldības un to darbības tiesiskais pamats demokrātiskā valstī. Rīga: Latvijas Policijas akadēmija, 2000. 306 lpp.
3. Rags Z. Vietējās pārvaldes organizācijas un darbības tiesiskais nodrošinājums ārvalstīs (ārvalstu pašvaldību tiesības). Rīga: LPA, 2004. 285 lpp.
4. Vaidere I u.c. Reģionālā politika un pašvaldību attīstība Eiropas Savienībā un Latvijā. Rīga: LU Akadēmiskais apgāds, 2006. 296 lpp.

Further reading

1. Par pašvaldībām: LR likums [tiešsaiste]. Pieņemts 19.05.1994.; stājas spēkā 09.06.1994. ar grozījumiem. [Skatīts 19.04.2013.]. Pieejams: Pieejams:
2. Pūķis M. Pašu valdība. Latvijas pašvaldību pieredze, idejas un nākotnes redzējums. Rīga: Latvijas Pašvaldību savienība, 2010. 512 lpp.
3. Ukolovs V., Mass A. u.c. Vadības teorija. Rīga: Jumava. 2006. 248 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Logs. Latvijas Pašvaldību savienības izdevums 2000-2010 ISSN 5888
2. Policy Analysis. 2004-2010. ISSN 6564
3. "The Economist." 2008 - 2011. ISSN 4788