Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM015M: Behavioural Public Policy and Administration

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits20 ECTS Value10
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (3 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Alice Moseley (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


How are policy makers using the insights of behavioural economics and social psychology to develop new and innovative ways of delivering public policy? What can public administrators learn from the insights of the behavioural sciences and psychology? This module addresses these questions which have contemporary relevance for practitioners across the globe.  You will learn about how ‘nudges’ are being used in policy areas like health, savings, climate change, and taxation, and discuss the theory and assumptions underpinning these approaches as well as controversies surrounding them. There are no prerequisites for this module which is open to all (and only) MPA students.

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