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Module Title LI Politics and Policy
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 07 20792
Module Lead Dr Whiteman
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 20
Semester Full Term
Restrictions BSc Business Management with Government
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Seminar-20 hours
Guided independent study-160 hours
Total: 200 hours

This module is interested in studying the `how' in Lasswell's well-known definition of politics as being `who gets what, when, how'. Policy can be understood as the product or output of politics. Contemporary examples of public policy include the development of high speed rail links (HS2), cuts in public expenditure, education policy, environmental policy and investment in sport – all are the result of public policy decisions by politicians and bureaucrats.

The module introduces students to ways of understanding how and why such policy is developed by both the traditional institutions of government and more widely, in the era of governance, the wide range of actors influencing the policy decision making process. Indeed, the shift from `big' government to `new' governance by and through bureaucracy, networks and partnerships is a key theme throughout the module.


Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to:
  • Examine and assess the ways in which public policy is formulated and implemented;
  • Understand the contribution and limitations of the literature on policy making;
  • Demonstrate how policy is the outcome of politics and political decisions
  • Comprehend the policy making and implementation process
  • Develop student's capacity to present and discuss policy ideas both orally and written form.
Assessment 20792-02 : 1500 word summative essay : Coursework (40%)
20792-03 : Presentation : Presentation (10%)
20792-04 : 2 hour examination : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions 1 x 1500 word essay (40%) ; 1 x 2 hour exam (50%) ; Presentation (10%) Reassessment: 2 hr Examination
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