Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2102: Explaining Public Policies

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


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

This module ran during term 1 (12 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Claire Dunlop ()





Available via distance learning


In this module you will explore key policy research theories in depth. You will be provided with a range of conceptual approaches that explore themes including: the role of stories in policy-making; the sources of radical policy change; the impact of policies on people and their self-identity. We explore these themes using case studies from contemporary policy-making including: LGBT policy change, gun control and capital punishment. The module provides the opportunity to think critically about the everyday issues faced by policymakers both in the UK and globally and is highly recommended to any students interested in public policy and wish to continue this pathway at Level 3.

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