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School of Politics and International Relations

POLM050 International Public Policy: Concepts and Practice

Credits: 30 credits

Semester: Semester A

Timetable: Tuesday 13:00-14:00 & 14:00-15:00 & 15:00-16:00 

Contact: Corina Lacatus 

Availability: Compulsory module for MSc International Public Policy students, optional module for MA International Relations students


This module will examine the key concepts, debates, actors and processes within international public policy in the contemporary period. Concepts explored include cooperation, international law, globalisation and governance, and regionalism. The module will explore the role of various agents, including states, international organisations, regional organisations, private authorities and NGOs in the processes of international public policy-making. The course also examines these issues through a series of case studies, including climate change negotiations, the global financial crisis, human rights regimes, European policy-making and the International Criminal Court.


  • Item 1: 50% Policy brief (2500 words)
  • Item 2: 50% Research proposal (2500 words)
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