Policy Analysis

Course Description: 

Mandatory for all Year 1 MPA, Mundus MAPP and One-year MAPP  students

This mandatory 2 credit course examines the policy process in different political and geographical contexts. The course considers how policy problems are identified and framed, and how responses are formed and evaluated. Through interactive seminars based on core literature, policy material and case study work, students learn and apply key concepts in policy studies, deepen their knowledge of the policy cycle from initiation implementation and evaluation, and examine the actors, interests and institutions (domestic and external) that shape policy processes and outcomes.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • identify policy problems and critically engage with them with various analytical tools and methods.
  • understand key concepts in policy studies and apply them to/in specific problems/contexts
  • understand, articulate and critically discuss how policy issues are problematized and policy responses are designed, implemented, monitored and evaluated in different contexts 

  • and identify key actors and institutions structuring the policy process
  • Regular participation in class discussions and group work (10 %)
  • Presentation/interactive student input, in teams (30 %)
  • Final paper/Policy Brief (60 %)