The subject provides an overview of the key elements of policy analysis. Key theoretical models are used to equip students with an analytical framework for conducting detailed policy analyses. The approaches covered include the rational model and evidenced based policy-making; incrementalism; network analysis, governance, and interpretive policy analysis. The subject covers key facets of policy making such as implementation and evaluation, and the main tools of analysis, stressing the importance of narratives to effective policy analysis.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Produce an analysis of a specific policy problem
- Apply skills in policy analysis
- Analyse the context in which policies are developed and implemented
- Review and critique existing examples of policy analysis
The module offers a chance to apply the skills of analysis and communication to real-world policy problems.
Delivery entails a mix of workshops, lectures, group work and independent study.
Content will centre around understanding the context of policy decision-making and building the practical skills for effective advocacy and analysis. The module will focus on the theory, and real-world cases and examples, of policy advocacy and analysis in action.
Materials will include a mix of academic readings, pragmatic guidance around influencing and understanding policy work, and practical cases/examples, including from university knowledge brokers and policy professionals.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures by the course leader
Group discussion of ‘Harvard style’ case studies of policy making.
Seminars with visiting speakers, predominantly senior practitioners or users of policy analysis. Group based problem-solving exercise focused on current policy problems
|Total study time||200|
Resources & Reading list
Public Policy @ Southampton. Practical resources and guidance on policy analysis, evidence reviews, briefing reports and presentations will be made available with support from PPS.
30% Policy Brief Report in groups
70% Evidence Review is a policy analysis for senior decision maker
100% Evidence Review on different topics
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
|Policy Brief Report||30%|
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External