Seminar Digital Government - vervalt

Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode RGMST51306
Vaknaam Seminar Digital Government - vervalt
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II (Blok 3 en 4)
ECTS 6
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Seminar Digital Government - vindt niet plaats in studiejaar 2021-2022
Leerdoelen After this seminar, students can:
1. write an essay that meets the basic criteria for publication in an academic legal journal;
2. debate, by means of a comparative legal method, the fundamental principles in constitutional design of both states and international organizations.
Omschrijving This seminar introduces students to the functioning of digital government and aims to raise awareness for the problem of digital exclusion in public services. The digitization of public services allows governments to be more efficient and provide services that meet the modern needs of citizens. To illustrate, thanks to the ubiquitous data collection, smart cities can provide real-time information to citizens regarding traffic. This translates itself into the better flow of traffic. Smart cities also use digital technology to improve the efficiency of garbage collection, the safety of crowd management, and reduce emissions. Governments throughout the world are exploring the potential of digital technology to allegedly help citizens: for example, in the Netherlands, the Digital Agenda includes initiatives to detect whether citizens are at risk of not being able to comply with their financial obligations; in Spain, a controversial automated system was developed to assess complaints of domestic violence (‘Viogen’); and in many countries, school registration and university admissions are handled by algorithms. However, there is another side to digital government: the automation of administrative decisions that results in complex decisions that cannot be easily explained to citizens, the dehumanization of the contact between government and citizens, and the constant collection of personal data in exchange for digital services. This seminar will offer students practical insights on how government has evolved from a paper-based and human-to-human system with its advantages and flaws to an increasingly digital and data-driven government. In this course, students will reflect upon the advantages and shortcomings of digitization of the public sector and its implications for judicial protection and fundamental rights.

Each year, students work in small groups to develop a project that can help public officials improve digital government and ensure inclusive access to public services.
This seminar introduces students to the functioning of digital government and aims to raise awareness for the problem of digital exclusion in public services. The digitization of public services allows governments to be more efficient and provide services that meet the modern needs of citizens. To illustrate, thanks to the ubiquitous data collection, smart cities can provide real-time information to citizens regarding traffic. This translates itself into the better flow of traffic. Smart cities also use digital technology to improve the efficiency of garbage collection, the safety of crowd management, and reduce emissions. Governments throughout the world are exploring the potential of digital technology to allegedly help citizens: for example, in the Netherlands, the Digital Agenda includes initiatives to detect whether citizens are at risk of not being able to comply with their financial obligations; in Spain, a controversial automated system was developed to assess complaints of domestic violence (‘Viogen’); and in many countries, school registration and university admissions are handled by algorithms. However, there is another side to digital government: the automation of administrative decisions that results in complex decisions that cannot be easily explained to citizens, the dehumanization of the contact between government and citizens, and the constant collection of personal data in exchange for digital services. This seminar will offer students practical insights on how government has evolved from a paper-based and human-to-human system with its advantages and flaws to an increasingly digital and data-driven government. In this course, students will reflect upon the advantages and shortcomings of digitization of the public sector and its implications for judicial protection and fundamental rights.

Each year, students work in small groups to develop a project that can help public officials improve digital government and ensure inclusive access to public services.
Uren per week 2
Onderwijsvorm seminaar
(7 2-hour lectures (throughout the semester). Aanwezigheid verplicht.)
Toetsvorm opdracht(en), paper(s)
(Clinic assignment. Bonusopdracht in de vorm van presentatie.)
Vaksoort m5-niveau, juridisch
Coördinator prof. mr. dr. S.H. Ranchordás
Docent(en) prof. mr. dr. S.H. Ranchordás
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Compulsory readings will be uploaded on Nestor.
Entreevoorwaarden
  • For students of the Dutch-taught programmes: Only accessible to master students or to students that have been fully admitted to a master`s degree programme within the Faculty of Law (Eur and Int Law, Nederlands Recht and IT Recht).
  • This course is not open to non-law exchange students.
  • Not accessible for students who passed the course Seminar European Constitutions and Constitutional Law (f) before 1-9-11.
  • Not accessible for students who have passed Seminar Comparative Constitutional law before 1-9-2016.
  • Not accessible for students who have passed Seminar Constitutions Compared (RGMST51206) before 1-9-2020.
Opmerkingen Dit seminaar gaat niet door in studiejaar 2021-2022
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