Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1044: Introduction to Public Policy

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 4
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Sarah Cooper (Convenor)





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. It focuses on key themes in public policy literature and on crucial debates which have dominated public policy discussion historically and currently in various areas of economic and social policy. These themes are explored through interrelated lectures and tutorials, and the module forms an introduction to the public policy pathway informally supported by a number of UG modules. If students are interested in this subject matter they are strongly encouraged to take the Level 2 module ‘Explaining Public Policy’ that builds upon these introductory trends.

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