Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3178: Policy Analysis for the Real World

This module descriptor refers to the 2015/6 academic year.

Module Aims

The module aims to equip you with the analytical and presentation skills required to operate effectively in the real world of policy, and speak truth to power. Notably, at the end of the module, you are required to produce a policy options paper which identifies a real world policy problem, assessing the pros and cons of different policy responses and makes a final recommendation as to the course of action. Such options papers are presented to decision-makers in government everyday by pressure groups, international organizations, civil servants and experts.

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. understand the nature and evolution of core concepts regarding the politics of the public sector
2. analyze policy problems and critically assess policy design
3. research a policy problem and propose and analyze different policy options to address it
Discipline-Specific Skills4. critically assess the utility of different public policy-oriented theories and methods deployed in policy analysis
5. assimilate and analyse a wide range of policy-relevant disparate data
6. place descriptive material within a conceptual and theoretical context germane to public policy and administration and to move from these abstract theories to the concrete world of decision-making
Personal and Key Skills7. communicate ideas succinctly in speech and writing
8. work independently and in groups to achieve the module aims
9. demonstrate advanced presentation and learning skills through the use of IT and other computer-based learning resources with minimum guidance