module specification

GI5007A - Governance and Public Policy (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Governance and Public Policy
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 150
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
105 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Report 2000 words
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Wednesday Afternoon

Module summary

This module critically examines the nature of governance and public policy at sub-national; national; supranational and international levels. It looks in detail at the key elements of policy making; the role of policy makers; the instruments of policy; and how policies are implemented and managed. It explores the nature, extent and influence of globalisation and its relationship with public policy. It analyses the significance of multi-level governance and examines constitutional changes that have occurred in Britain since 1997 such as devolution to the Celtic periphery. It proceeds to outline the development of the European Union and assesses the impact of the supranational tier of governance. It then looks at substantive areas of public policy including immigration, citizenship and identity; economic policy; environment policy; and international policy. It investigates recent developments in public policy. It concludes with a critical review of governance and public policy in the twenty first century. Employability will be an ongoing theme throughout the module.

Module aims

This module providing an intermediate examination of governance and public policy aims to:

  • equip students with the analytical and normative concepts required for critical evaluation of public policies and models of governance
  • critically evaluate  alternative public policy paradigms and associated policies and models of governance
  • analyse the policy process with reference to different levels of governance
  • develop the research and communication skills required for effective and informed presentation of knowledge, information and analysis by students in seminars and a report. The subject matter will aid the development of critical skills which are transferable to a variety of contexts, thus assisting employability prospects.


Governance and Public Policy an overview; Policy Making, Policy Makers and Instruments of Policy; Globalisation and Public Policy; Multi-level governance and Constitutional change; the EU and supranational governance; Immigration, Citizenship and National Identity; Economic policy; Environmental policy; International Policy; Recent Developments in public policy; Governance and Public in the twenty-first century: a critical review.

Learning and teaching

The module will be delivered through lectures, workshops and seminars. There will be a blended approach to learning so that contact time with academic staff is complemented by a range of on-line resources, particularly delivered by using Weblearn. As well as exploring the subject matter and concepts of governance and public policy, students will be encouraged to utilise methods applicable to the discipline, and will be given advice to further develop effective written and oral communication skills. Employability is an ongoing theme throughout the module drawing on the transferable and practical skills gained through understanding governance and public policy and examining real-world policy processes, as well as actors and roles in governance and policymaking.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • demonstrate critical knowledge of alternative models of governance and public policy;
  • provide empirically informed analysis of the policy process with reference to distinct tiers of governance;
  •  evaluate particular policies and policy outcomes;
  • present and defend their views and findings clearly and coherently in different seminar discussion,and written report contexts.These are key employability skills.

Assessment strategy

This assessment strategy is designed to ensure that learning outcomes can be demonstrated. Formative assessment is via seminar and workshop performance throughout the module, and via a report plan. Summative assessment involves a written assessment namely a report. The timing of assessment deadlines is spread out to facilitate formative feedback in workshops and seminars and on the report plan, and to manage the summative assessment workload for students and staff.


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