module specification

GI5069 - Governance and Public Policy (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Governance and Public Policy
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
117 hours Guided independent study
33 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Report 2000 words
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Monday Afternoon

Module summary

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 theories 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 actors and levels of governance
• develop the research and communication skills required for effective and informed presentation of knowledge, information and analysis by students in workshops, seminars and the summative report. The subject matter will aid the development of critical skills which are transferable to a variety of contexts, thus assisting employability prospects.

Prior learning requirements

Successful completion of Level 4


Governance and Public Policy an Introduction; LO1
The Policy Process, Policy Making, Policy Makers and Instruments of Policy; LO1
Capitalism and Globalisation; LO2,LO3,LO4
Multi-level governance; LO3, LO4
The EU and supranational governance; LO3, LO4
Immigration, Citizenship and National Identity; LO3, LO4
Economic Policy; LO3, LO4
Environment Policy; LO3, LO4
Foreign Policy;
Recent Developments in Public Policy;
Governance and Public Policy in the twenty-first century: a critical review. LO1,LO2,LO3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

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 should be able to:
1. demonstrate critical knowledge of alternative theories and models of governance and public policy;
2. provide empirically informed analysis of the policy process with reference to distinct tiers of  governance and public policies;
3. evaluate particular institutions, policies and policy outcomes;
4. present and defend their views and findings clearly and coherently in different, workshop, 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. Summative assessment involves a written assessment namely a report.


Core Reading
Bevir, M. & Rhodes, R.A.W. (eds.) (2016) Rethinking Governance, Oxford, Routledge.
Bovaird, T. & Loffler, E. (Eds.) (2015) Public Management and Governance, Third Edition, Abingdon, Routledge.
Cairney, P. (2012) Understanding Public  Policy: Theories and Issues, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Daddow, Oliver, Jones, Bill and Norton, Philip (eds.) (2018) Politics UK, 9th edition, London: Routledge.
Moran, M. (2015) Politics and Governance in the United Kingdom, Third Edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Additional Reading
Bevir, M. (2009) Key Concepts in Governance, Los Angeles: Sage [Available as an ebook from the library website].
Bevir, M. (2012) Governance: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Caramani, Daniele (ed.) (2017) Comparative Politics, 4th edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Eliassen, K.A. & Sitter, N. (2008) Understanding Public Management, London: Sage.
Ferlie, E. et al. (2007) The Oxford Handbook of Public Management Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Flinders, M. (2008) Delegated Governance and the British State, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Flynn, N. & Asquer, A. (2016) Public Sector Management, 7th Edition, London: Sage.
Garnett, M. & Lynch, P. (2016) Exploring British Politics, 4th edition, Oxford: Routledge.
Hague, R., Harrop, M. & McCormick, J.  (2016) Comparative Government and Politics: An Introduction, 10th edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Hajer, M.A. (2009) Authoritative Governance, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Heffernan, R.  et al. (eds.) (2016) Developments in British Politics Ten, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Heinelt, H. & Kuber, D. (2009) Metropolitan Governance in the Twenty First Century, London: Routledge.
Hill, M. (2012) The Public Policy Process, 6th Edition, Harlow: Pearson.
Hughes, O.E. (2012) Public Management and Administration, 4th edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Knill, C. & Tosun, J. (2012) Public Policy: A New Introduction, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Leach, Robert and Lightfoot, Simon, (2018) The Politics and IR Companion, Second Edition, London: Palgrave.
McCann, Dermot (2018) The Political Economy of 21st Century Europe, London: Palgrave.
McConnell, A. (2010) Understanding Policy Success: Rethinking Public Policy, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Morlino, Leonardo et al. (2017) Political Science: A Global Perspective, London: Sage.
Moran M. et al. (2008) The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Newman, J. & Clarke J. (2009) Publics, Politics and Power: Remaking the Public in Public Services, London: Sage.
Peters, B.G. (2010) The Politics of Bureaucracy, Sixth Edition, Abingdon: Routledge.
Sobel, A. (ed.) (2009) Challenges of Globalization, London: Routledge.
Wilson, D. & Game, C. (2011) Local Government in the United Kingdom, Fifth Edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Bank of England
Centre for Legislative Studies, Hull
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
European Parliament
HM Treasury
House of Commons Treasury Committee
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Inter-Parliamentary Union
National Assembly for Wales
Northern Ireland Assembly
Scottish Parliament
UK Parliament
United Nations Public Administration Network
US Congress
World Bank: Administrative and Civil Service Reform; Governance and Public Sector Management
Where possible, the current version of reading materials is used during the delivery of this module.  Comprehensive reading lists are provided to students in their handbooks.  Reading Lists will be updated annually.