Postgraduate Module Descriptor


POLM201: Policy and Politics: the theory and Strategy of Delivering Public Services (MPA ONLY)

This module descriptor refers to the 2013/4 academic year.

Module Aims

The module aims to explore the different traditions and theories of policy analysis and the importance of using theoretical frameworks for the analysis and understanding of human endeavour, governance and progress. It also aims to explore what is meant by the term, 'the public sector', and the way in which policy making within the public sector is necessarily different to the approaches adopted in private sector organisations. The module will seek to examine how complex structures and institutions can be explained in ways which are meaningful and have an academic and practitioner currency beyond the borders of the state where they are located.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Critically examine the importance of current and classical policy analysis theory
2. Apply theoretical frameworks to real world examples informed by an advanced methodological and analytical skill;
3. Identify examples of best practice with regard to strategic policy making and evaluate their transferability to other jurisdictions
4. Explain the dynamics of political reform and strategic policymaking, with reference to a range of theoretical models
Discipline-Specific Skills5. Appraise and critically evaluate government reports and public policy
6. Synthesise and comment critically on a corpus of academic literature
7. Link public administration concepts and theories to real world examples
Personal and Key Skills8. Undertake independent/self-directed learning (including time management) to achieve consistent, proficient and sustained attainment.
9. Work as a participant or leader of a group and contribute effectively to the achievement of objectives
10. Reflect on the process of learning and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses