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School of Politics and International Relations

POL350 Analysing Public Policy

(POL350A – Autumn)

Level: 6

Credits: 15 credits

Semester: A

Contact: Dr Patrick Diamond 

Overlap: None

Prerequisite: POL100 

Associate Availability: Full year and Autumn students


The aim of this module is to examine the theory and practice of policy-making in modern liberal democratic political systems. The module explores the way in which public issues and problems are triggered, defined and constructed, how policy agendas are set, how decision making takes place, and how policies are implemented. The module is comparative in scope and focuses primarily on case studies from the UK and USA.

Assessment: 1 x Extended Essay (4000) words (100%)