DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000490

Interest Groups and Lobbying

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rimgaudas Geleževičius (pmi@mruni.eu)

a. o: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rimgaudas Geleževičius

Institute of Political Sciences


3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

I

Not applicable

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

Face-to-face

2 semester

Lithuanian


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable


7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

50

112


8.

Purpose of the course unit

Develop general competences: 1. Understand the theories of policy process perceive its strong and weak points and be able to use it successfully in the process of management. 2. Concise, presice and clear presentation of information (both oral and written form), good knowledge of terminology. Productive participation in a discussion, debate or negotiation, giving appropriate arguments and expressing oneself fluently. 3. Be able to collect necessary information for work and scientific activities using available means of information; systematize, interpret and use the collected data in practice. Understand the genesis of the most important processes in the society, adjust to the changeable situation flexibly; improve one’s knowledge and skills constantly. 4. Work individually, plan one’s time and arrange priorities rationally while tackling political problems. Develop subject-matter of competence: 1. Understand the process of public policy well, starting with the identification and analysis of the problems of the public policy and ending with the formation of the public policy, decision making and implamentation of the political decisions (management) at all levels (political parties and non-governmental organizations municipalities and regional governmental structures, national and supranational institutions). 2. Competent dealing with practical public political situations, ability to analyse and evaluate the effectiveness and complexity of the decisions-made, ability to foresee the effects of the decisions made in the long-term and short-term perspective. 3. Separate specifics of the political decisions and enforcement at all levels, demonstrate good knowledge at evaluating the complexity of governmental decisions, opportuneness and appropriateness to specific situations. 4. Be able to deal with practical tasks and problems in the sphere of public policy and simulate various solutions. Be able to refer to the good experience of foreign countries and innovations of public policy, be able to adapt applicable models in order to deal with the practical problems efficiently.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods


9.

Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

1. Introduction. Course objectives, structure, content, methods of individual and classroom work, attendance and ways to account.

2

2

4

Read scientific literature.

2. Interest group: theoretical researches, notions of interest, interest group and pressure group, classification of interest groups, interest groups and state.

2

4

6

12

Read scientific literature.

3. Interest groups in Lithuania: historical development and the present, structure and influence on the government decisions.

2

4

6

8

Read scientific literature.

4. Conception of lobbying. Representation of intrests and influence on the decisions of the governmental institutions. Lobbying genesis and historical development.

2

4

6

12

Interview with a lobbyist- practitioner. Literature studies.

5. Lobbyism in the USA: law, institutions and organization.

2

2

4

12

USA Act (Lobbying Disclosure Act, 1995) independent analysis

6. Lobbyism in Germany, France, Great Britain, Canada, Scandinavian countries.

2

2

4

16

Read scientific literature.

7. Lobbying in the European Union: importance, lobbying law, lobbyists, organizing the lobbying and its perspectives.

2

4

6

20

EU Legal Acts study

8. Lobbying in Lithuania: genesis, the legal acts, real situation. Legal and illegal lobbying. Lithuanian euro lobbying.

4

4

12

Interview with a professional lobbyist. Legal Acts analysis.

9. Methods of lobbying activities. Modern IT and lobbying. Electronic lobbying.

2

4

6

10

Students gather information about particular lobbying methods independently. Comments on the colleagues work.

10. Lobbying and ethics. Code of ethics of American lobbyist league. Ethics and principles for the lobbyists of European Union and Lithuania.

2

2

4

10

Comparative analysis of the codes of ethics of lobbying activities of the USA and Lithuanian lobbyists.

Overall

18

32

50

 

112

 


10.

Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Review

30

During the semester.

3 points: active in carrying out the tasks, constant participation in discussions, critical analysis of scientific literature, report preparation, conclusion making in discussion, etc.; 2 points: rather active but not as inquisitive, critical, original; 1 point: passive, formal attitude towards the carrying out of the tasks; 0 points: hardly ever participates in the discussions, not ready for them, does not analyse scientific literature in advance, misses the classes – up to 33 per cent of seminars

Examination

70

During the session

Test includes various questions – starting with the problem-oriented, requiring non-stardard answers and ending with explanation of definitions. The questions are either open-ended or close ended. Total sum for all correct answers – 70. Assessment system: 7 (mark) – 61-70 points 6 - 51-60; 5 - 41-50; 4 - 31-40; 3 - 21-30; 2 - 11-20; 1 - 5-10; 0 - 0-4; The highest mark is for excellent knowledge and skills. For the answers of the lower quality a student is given points in the descending order. 0 is given for the knowledge and skills that do not correspond the minimal requirements.