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As previously noted, programs and courses in the field of Public Administration are offered by the Faculties of Law and Administration and Faculties of Political Sciences at the universities, by other public schools without university status and private (non-public) schools.

3.1. Law and Public Administration Faculties, M. Curie - Sklodowska University in Lublin, University in Poznan, University in Wroclaw

The programs of Law and Public Administration Faculties at the M.C. Sklodowska University in Lublin, University in Poznan and University in Wroclaw, present a combination of Public and Private Law and Economics, almost on an equal basis. There is a scarcity of specific of administrative and public policy perspectives at these universities.

Public Administration is predominantly taught from law perspective with an important interdisciplinary and economic component (see Chart 1). This has to be understood in the context of competence of the teaching cadre, taken mostly from Law programs. Administrative science is a minority among the courses offered (see Annex 2,1).

It must be noted that between World Wars, law courses constituted the core of Public Administration programs and administration as an academic discipline, which existed as an offspring of administrative law. Current university programs offered through Law and Administration Faculties are still dominated by law courses. For instance, the program taught in the Law and Administration Department at UMCS (University of Lublin) includes 30 law courses, 3 economics courses, 4 courses in social/political science, 3 interdisciplinary courses, and 1 elective. The program offered through the Law and Public Administration Faculty at the University of Poznan includes 24 law courses, 6 economics courses, 2 courses in social/political science, and 12 interdisciplinary courses. Public Administration program at the University of Wroclaw includes of 18 law courses, 5 economics courses, 1 course in social/political science, and 7 interdisciplinary courses.

The following charts illustrate the over all ratio of law courses to courses offered in other disciplines.

Chart 1.

The percentage relation of the courses lectured at Faculties of Law and PA at University of Maria Curie-Skłodowska in Lublin, University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań and University of Wroclaw

3.2. Political Science Faculties at Polish Universities.

Political Science Faculties at Polish universities are among only five Public Administration programs. Distribution of courses is quite different than what is common at most Law and Administration Faculties. Interdisciplinary courses (e.g. Contemporary Political Systems, Local, Regional and International Organizations in Polish Political Thought, Theory of International Relations, International Political and Economical Relations, Politics of Community, Minorities in Europe, Political geography, constitute the dominant group. Courses in this group constitute usually about 51% of a program, law courses - 15%, courses in economics – 5%, and social sciences – 26%. Please note that economic courses constitute only 5% of all courses offered in those programs. Chart 2 illustrates this situation.

It should be emphasized that the programs of studies at Law and Public Administration Faculties lack a defined Public Administration perspective, they do not present any autonomous scientific existence but just look at the composition of legal and economic theory without looking at the socio-political environment. These programs are based on the theoretical prospective without emphasizing a practical prospectus.

However this situation is now slowly changing, as seen below.

3.3. Non-public schools, Public Administration Faculties.

Public Administration in non-public schools is taught also from a legal perspective, but with strong participation of interdisciplinary, economics, social and other (mainly technical) courses. Though legal courses still play a relevant role within the programs under consideration (33%), other approaches – (interdisciplinary) administrative sciences, management, sociology, political sciences – are more widely represented, than in universities programs (see Annex 2,2 and Chart 3).

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