Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM001M: Risk, Responsibility, Regulation: Whose Policy is it Anyway (MPA only)

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will include the following topics in the order indicated:

 1. Regulating What? Introduction to Risk Issues and Risk Tradeoffs

2. Regulating How? The Emergence of Risk Governance and the Concept of ‘Public Risk’

3. Institutional Design and the Institutionalisation of Risk

4. Risk Governance by Society: What Place Citizens and Lay Knowledge?

5. Risk Governance by Numbers: Cost-Benefit Analysis

6. Drafting and Reforming Risk Regimes

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching9Nine Lectures (1 hour each)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching6Two Workshop (3 hours each)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching3One Guest Presentation (3 hours)
Guided independent study82Reading, thinking and preparing for lectures and workshops
Guided independent study100Assignment Preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Other Learning Resources

Useful journals and periodicals include: Science, Technology and Human Values, Risk and Regulation, Public Administration, Journal of Hazardous Materials.

Students will find it helpful to consult papers and reports from agencies including the WTO, OECD and government departments to keep abreast of a policy environment that continues to evolve rapidly.