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Policy Analysis (Module)

Module description

This module provides an introduction to policy analysis: understanding how policy is made and its impact. The module introduces the concept of the policy process – understanding policy-making in terms of decision, implementation and evaluation. We will seek to understand why governments do some things, but not others, why policy is often not implemented effectively, and how we can judge and measure policy success and failure.  One of the aims of the module is to provide those students interested in writing a policy-focused dissertation in their third-year with the tools of policy analysis.

Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year

Staff information


Teaching pattern

2x 1-hour lecture & 2x 1-hour seminar weekly

Module assessment - more information

2-hour examination (50%) & 2,500-word essay (50%)

Key information

Module code 5SSPP231

Credit level 5

Assessment coursework

Credit value 15 credits

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module No