|Owning Department/School:||Department of Social & Policy Sciences|
|Level:||Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)|
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
Academically, the unit aims to provide a critical introduction to
* the theoretical understanding of the policy process with special emphasis given to social policy
* the techniques and practice of policy analysis
Pedagogically, the unit aims to
* enhance the development of the students' interpersonal skills
* develop skills relating to policy investigation and analysis.
* provide the student with opportunities for collaborative learning.
By the end of the unit, students should be able to understand and critically discuss:
* the conceptualisation of policy as a process involving interrelated stages
* the major macro-theoretical paradigms informing policy analysis
* the relationship between policy process and different types of power
* the determinants of policy making: actors, institutions, processes, resources and constrains
* the major meso-theoretical perspectives on policy formulation, decision making and policy implementation
* the types of policy evaluation and the techniques of policy analysis
* the role of the policy analyst in the policy process.
* to think creatively and analytically.
* to communicate an argument.
* To evaluate others' arguments and research.
* To critically evaluate and assess research and evidence as well as a variety of other information.
* To gather information, data, research and literature from a number of different sources (i.e. library, web-based, archives etc.).
* To select appropriate and relevant information from a wide source and large body of knowledge.
* To synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding.
Professional and practical skills
* To effectively and efficiently apply principles of sociological/social policy analysis within a variety of environments.
* To develop sensitivity to the values and interests of others
* To develop study & Learning skills (note taking, avoiding plagiarism, using the library, gathering and using information, constructing a bibliography, referencing)
* To develop basic Information and Computing Technology skills (word processing, email, using the web to search for information)
* To develop inter-personal and communication skills
* To develop essay research, preparation and writing skills
* To construct a bibliography of varying complexity
* To develop time-management and administrative skills
* To develop presentation skills and verbal communication (i.e. oral presentations, seminar and tutorial contributions)
* To develop team and group working skills
* To reflect upon his/her own academic and professional performance and take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development.
* To understand career opportunities and challenges ahead and begin to plan a career path
Each lecture covers a topic, including:
* Introduce theories of institutional continuity and change
* The changing role of the state
* The analytical value of the concept of governance
* Introduction: conceptualising policy as a process
* Conceptualising politics, Power and the State
* Theories of power/State and critiques of State intervention
* Actors, institutions, constraints and policy instruments
* Agenda setting and policy determinants
* Policy Formulation and policy subsystems
* Models of Policy Decision-Making
* Policy Implementation: theory and reality
* Policy evaluation - the art and craft of policy analysis
* Conclusion: the political role of the policy analyst
In addition specific case studies will be introduced within the unit.
SP20005 is Compulsory on the following programmes:Department of Social & Policy Sciences
SP20005 is Optional on the following programmes:Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies