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SP50253: Policy analysis apprenticeship project with area specialism

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 12
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Essay (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To allow study fellows the opportunity to develop a more in depth analysis of a key policy issue, under the supervision of a departmental expert from an international, comparative or national perspective.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit students will have identified and examined in considerable depth a specialist public policy issue (related to research conducted in the department and associated research institutes and centres) from an international, comparative or national perspective.
They should have a deeper, more coherent, and more analytical of the selected topic.

Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (e.g. essays) (Taught/Facilitated)
Ability to select, analyse and present numerical data (T/F/Assessed)
Ability to select, summarise and synthesis written information from multiple sources (T/F/A)
Ability to develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and models (T/F/A)
Ability to synthesise multidisciplinary perspectives on the same problem (T/F/A)
Ability to formulate a research question, then develop and present an original & coherent answer (T/F/A)
Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines (T/F/A)
Ability to work independently, without close supervision of guidance (T/F/A).

This unit is available under Pathway A: Public policy, social welfare and the economy, in Semester 2. It allows students to research a public policy area related to the research expertise available in our Department and associated research institutes and centres. There will be no formal teaching but students will have to:
a) attend at least 3 (three) x 2-hour 'Round Table' events where guest speakers - academics and policy practitioners - will discuss key public policy topics from a national/ regional/ international perspective.
b) attend at least 5 formal tutorials with their project supervisors during the semester.
* Indicative list of topics covered: Poverty, Work & Social Justice, Governance, Public Management, Global Political Economy and the changing role of the state, Migration, Pensions and Social Security,Family, Childhood & Youth, Environment & Sustainability, Health & Wellbeing
* Indicative list of area foci: UK, United States, China, European Union, Northern Europe, Southern Europe, Middle East, Latin America, South East Asia, Africa.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP50253 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.