Postgraduate Module Descriptor


POLM706: Comparative Public Policy

This module descriptor refers to the 2008/9 academic year.

Module Aims

To understand theories of comparative public policy.
To understand practice in OECD and developing countries in policy fields such as macro economic, social and industrial policy and in policy instruments, such as audit and regulation.
To develop critical thinking about the relationship between policy theory and practice, both in terms of the contribution of theory to understanding practice and how well different theories perform when confronted by practice.

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 Skills

Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of theories and practice of public policy and how these theories relate and often present conflicting policy choices regarding ideas and instruments.

Discipline-Specific Skills

Synthesise and comment critically on a body of academic writing. Evaluate government produced publications in the light of this reading.

Personal and Key Skills

Undertake independent/self-directed learning (including time management) to achieve consistent, proficient and sustained attainment. Work as a participant or leader of a group and contribute effectively to the achievement of objectives. Reflect on the process of learning and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses.