Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2060: Public Policy and Administration

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


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Sarah Cooper ()





Available via distance learning


This course enables you to develop an understanding of the theory and practice of public policy in the UK and other Western liberal democracies. Using contemporary examples of policy problems, the module aims to explore the lifecycle of public policies. Where do policy issues come from? How do groups and elites get decision-makers’ attention? How are policy issues framed by policymakers? What are the cognitive dimensions of decision-making? Why do countries copy each other in their policy responses? Once a public policy is made can it ever be reversed or terminated? What role does knowledge and evaluation play in decision-makers’ policy reckonings? To address these questions the course focuses on key themes in public policy literature and on key debates which have dominated public policy discussion historically and currently in various areas of economic and social policy. These themes are explored through lectures and seminars. While this module is located in the public policy sub-field of political science, its successful completion does not assume that students have completed any policy modules.

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