Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3089: Policy in Action

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

Module Aims

This module aims to ensure:


  • You are familiar with the basic approaches and perspectives of analysing the implementation of public policies.
  • You understand the different stages, outcomes and particularities of implementation processes.
  • You have basic knowledge of the existing evidence regarding different factors affecting the successful implementation of public policies.
  • You have acquired the analytical skills to evaluate the implementation of public policies on your own, and to reflect critically on other implementation studies

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. Explain the role and perspectives of different actors involved in policy implementation;
2. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the complexities of implementing public policies at different governance levels;
3. Evaluate critically settings to implement public policies;
4. Identify examples of policy implementation good or bad practice in the literature and produce a critical evaluation of the lessons that can be drawn;
5. Describe the main difficulties in reaching a successful policy implementation;
Discipline-Specific Skills6. Think critically, analyse debates and present coherent arguments on politics;
7. Evaluate the effectiveness of policy;
8. Understand in-depth the reasons for and barriers to policy intervention;
9. Critically apply theories of political science and international relations to real-life political situations;
Personal and Key Skills10. Effectively communicate complex topics in a coherent and well structured manner;
11. Interact with fellow students in a cooperative manner
12. Reflect critically on learning outcomes;
13. Work independently, within a limited time frame, and without access to external sources, to complete a specified task.