Dissertation in Public Policy (MA only)
There is no taught element beyond supervision. You will be allocated a suitable supervisor taking into account your interests and professional experience. You have to produce a dissertation of 15,000 words.
Dynamics of International Social Policy
This module introduces you to comparative analyses of different welfare state models and approaches to social and public policy; institutions, issues and debates in international social and public policy; and methods of cross-country comparative analysis.
- Perspectives of international social policy
- Welfare state typologies and cross-national comparisons
- International institutions, standards and goals
- EU policy
- Welfare in less developed countries
- Globalisation and welfare states
- International migration and the boundaries of welfare
- Discrimination in a multicultural world
- International cooperation, policy learning and policy transfer
- Comparative research methodology
Economics and Policy Analysis
The module will provide an introduction to the application of economic theories and concepts to policy analysis and provide an overview of public sector economics and of current issues in public sector economic analysis.
Topics covered include public expenditure, competition and market failure/externalities, public goods, discount rates and cost benefit analysis. Although focused on the UK, other countries will be examined as a way of further understanding the ongoing policy developments.
The module is designed for 'non-mathematicians' and does not involve any econometric analyses. No prior knowledge of economics is required.
Globalisation, Europeanisation and Public Policy
This module provides an applied, critical and informed understanding of the concepts and processes of globalisation and Europeanisation, and the impact of globalisation and Europeanisation upon governance and public policy.
In particular, it examines the impacts of globalisation and Europeanisation upon the governance of and the making of public policy in Britain and other countries.
Policy Analysis: Concept and Theories
This module provides an applied, critical and informed understanding of policy-making and policy analysis in government.
It examines key concepts, models and theories of policy-making and policy analysis, and illustrates them by examining policy-making in Britain and other countries.
Public Management and Governance
This module will cover models of management and governance in the public sector.
It will critically examine comparative and historic trends in managerial practices and theory and contextually relevant ideas about management and governance in the public sector, including specific professional contexts.
This will include critically exploring specific debates about the alleged move from public administration to new public management and new public governance, from hierarchical to networked and marketised forms of organisation, and those involving communities in the design and delivery of public services.
Research Methods and Research Management
This module provides a general introduction to a range of key issues in the design and conduct of social research, plus guidance on writing both a dissertation proposal and a dissertation. The module combines more formal taught sessions with practical exercises, some of which are group-based.
By the end of the module you will be equipped with the methodological and practical skills to carry out independent research using a variety of research designs and methods.
You will choose 20 credits of optional modules, subject to approval.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.