SOCPY508-19B (HAM)

Techniques for Policy Analysis

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Social Policy

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Paper Description

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This paper exposes students to different policy analysis techniques and professional practices through an examination of the policy cycle. Students will be encouraged to reflect on the values and assumptions underlying different methods used to problem solve policy issues. In particular students are taught to apply policy methods critically and in context.
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Paper Structure

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The paper consists of one 2 hour interactive seminar each week. Students are expected to prepare in advance of the seminar by completing readings and commentary.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • evaluate a range of core practical, technical and professional skills central to policy analysis
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  • identify theoretical frameworks to critically evaluate literature
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  • describe key arguments from authoritative literature
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  • synthesize literature from policy evaluation studies
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  • create a policy briefing to workplace standards
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Participation
30
2. Assignment 1: Essay - critical thinking framework
22 Jul 2019
11:30 PM
20
  • Email: Convenor
3. Critical literature review
9 Aug 2019
11:30 PM
25
  • Email: Convenor
4. Policy briefing
4 Oct 2019
12:00 AM
25
  • Email: Convenor
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Each week students will be sent or assigned readings.
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Online Support

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This paper uses a blended learning environment incorporating Moodle and Talis.
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Workload

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This is a 15point paper that includes 150 learning hours, as such students will need to devote 4-5 hours each week preparing for seminar attendance that takes 2 hours. The remaining time should be used on completing internal assessment.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper connects well with graduate papers in sociology and public policy.
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Prerequisite(s)

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Restricted papers: HDVP506, SOCP508

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