First year, at Peking University
All courses are one semester long. Course outlines are for indicative purposes only, and final names and contents may vary. Not all courses may run in every year.
At Peking University, you take four compulsory courses. You will also choose two courses from a range of optional courses. In order to complete the first year you are expected to write, submit and defend a dissertation on a topic relevant to your studies.
Chinese Politics and Public Policy
Chinese Economic Development and Reform
Quantitative Methods for Public Policy
Two courses from a range of options
More details about the courses at PKU.
Second year, at LSE
At LSE, you will follow the programme of the MSc Public Policy and Administration, including a range of compulsory and optional courses, as well as completing a research-based dissertation. By taking appropriate combinations of courses you have the opportunity to obtain your MSc with a specialised stream in Comparative Public Policy or Public Management, which will be noted on your degree certificate.
(* denotes a half unit)
Approaches and Issues in Public Policy and Administration
Examines major issues in understanding public administration and policy.
Public Management Theory and Doctrine*
Focuses on the key areas of public management with reference to both developed and lesser developed world contexts
Comparative Public Policy Change*
Examines explanations of policy change using cross-national comparison
Policy Advice in Theory and Practice*
Focuses on how policy advice is commissioned, produced, managed and used.
Introduction to Quantitative Analysis*
Covers the foundations of descriptive statistics and statistical examination and inference
Applied Regression Analysis*
Concerned with the deepening understanding of the generalised linear model and its application to social science data.
Courses to the value of one unit from a range of options
You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
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