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Module Title LI Policy Analysis
SchoolSchool of Social Policy
Department Soc Policy, Sociology & Crimin
Module Code 08 26859
Module Lead Lee Gregory
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-37 hours
Project supervision-4 hours
Fieldwork-12 hours
Guided independent study-147 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description What is a “policy”? How do governments develop and implement policies? How do we explore the effects of policy? This module is designed to introduce you to how we define a policy, various models of policy analysis and how these can be implemented and used to explore social policies. In doing so you will explore a range of different perspectives used to explore policy decision making and implementation to develop a critical appreciation of wider policy processes.

This module uses a flipped lecture approach. Each week there are short 20 minute lectures and quizzies to complete on canvas. In lectures students work in groups to engage in discussion and other learning activities to deepen their understanding and start to reflect upon the relevance of this knowledge for their projects and wider studies.

The first part of the module introduces students to a range of approaches to policy analysis. This is an introduction to broader, theoretical issues related to policy analysis. The second part examines different ways in which policies and policy processes can be examined from an analytical framework. Finally students engage in their own, group decided, policy analysis project. Supported by a member of staff students investigate a policy issue or concern with the aim of applying techniques introduced through the module to offer alternative policy approaches. Students then demonstrate the ability to communicate findings through a range of different media.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Identify key theories of policy making
  • Explain policy processes and the roles of evidence and ideology
  • Appraise policy analysis techniques
  • Apply policy analysis techniques to solving a particular social problem/policy concern
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate findings to multiple audiences
Assessment 26859-01 : 3500 Word Report : Coursework (60%)
26859-06 : Press Release : Group Assessment - Coursework (20%)
26859-07 : Radio Interview : Coursework (20%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments: 3500 word Report (60% of weighted overall mark)

a) Individual radio interview (20% of weighted overall mark) b) Press release (20% of weighted overall mark)

Reassessment: Resubmission of the failed elements of the assessment.
Other None
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