GV4F4 Half Unit
Policy Advice in Theory and Practice
This information is for the 2018/19 session.
Prof Edward Page CON 3.05
This course is available on the MSc in International Migration and Public Policy, MSc in Public Administration and Government (LSE and Peking University) and MSc in Public Policy and Administration. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
This course is capped at 2 groups. The deadline for applications is 12:00 noon on Friday 5 October 2018. You will be informed of the outcome by 12:00 noon on Monday 8 October.
Many masters graduates in public policy and administration go on to work in organizations that produce or consume policy advice. With this in mind, this course will look at how policy advice is produced and used. It has three objectives: to introduce students to a range of theoretical and empirical scholarship on the issues involved in producing and using policy advice; to develop the practical policy analysis, advice and communication skills required of policy advisors; and to expose students to practitioners who produce and use policy advice. Students will develop their policy analysis and communication skills by working through real-world cases during the seminars and in the formative and assessed coursework.
8 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT.
In addition there will be between two and five guest speaker sessions.
There will be a reading week in Week 6.
Two formative essays (2,000 words) designed to help students in developing their project work, two presentations, and a mock examination.
Bardach, Eugene (2009) A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis, Third Edition. Washington, DC: CQ Press.
Stone, D.A., (2002). Policy paradox: The art of political decision making, New York: Norton.
Scott, C. and Baehler, K. (2010) Adding Value to Policy Analysis and Advice, Sydney: University of New South Wales Press
Weimer, David L. and Vining, Aidan R. (2005) Policy Analysis: Concepts and Practice, Fourth Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Exam (50%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Project (50%, 2000 words).
Student performance results
(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Total students 2017/18: 35
Average class size 2017/18: 23
Controlled access 2017/18: Yes
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Specialist skills
Course survey results
(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score
The scores below are average responses.
Response rate: 90%
Reading list (Q2.1)
Course satisfied (Q2.4)