Political Science C, Policy Analysis 7.5 Credits

Statsvetenskap C, Policyanalys
First cycle, S0017N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2014 Sp 1 - Spring 2015 Sp 4
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Syllabus established
by 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Bo Jonsson, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 14 Feb 2014

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
Political Science
Subject group (SCB)
Political Science

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry reguirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Basic course A, Advanced course B.

More information about English language requirements


Selection B

Course Aim
How is public policy created, who has the power over policy and how can a sudden change in policy be explained? This course is about the public policy process. Based in political science concepts such as collective dilemmas, power and institutions, different theories about how the policy is created and different approaches to the study of the policy process are addressed.

After completing the course the student will demonstrate a thorough knowledge of political science theories and approaches through demonstrating the ability to:

●    Describe policy analysis, development and its application in political science
●    Describe and categorize the different meanings of the concept of public policy
●    Describe, analyze and compare different perspectives and theories on how public policy is created
●    Describe, analyze and compare different approaches to understanding the public policy process and ability to evaluate these in the study of public policy processes
●    Assimilate scientific articles
●    Apply theoretical knowledge in the study of empirical processes
●    Communicate the above skills both orally and in writing

The course covers different approaches within contemporary policy research. A number of key theories of the policy process, as well as different approaches to the study of public problem-solving and its organization are addressed, including:

●    Collective dilemmas, power and public policy concepts
●    Policy analysis development and application in political science

●    Theoretical perspectives on the policy process, including structural, institutional and interest-based perspectives
●    The Policy Process: from problem definition to implementation
●    Theoretical frameworks and models in the study of the policy process, such as the Advocacy Coalition Framework , Institutional Rational Choice , Multiple Streams, and Policy Network Approach

The first part of the course consists of lectures and seminars with associated reading materials. The lectures will introduce the course themes which are then followed up and addressed in seminars.

During the second part of the course the student individually writes a report that is submitted and then presented in a seminar at the end of the course. This task requires the application of the theoretical knowledge and methodological skills gained during the course on an empirical policy process.

The course is assessed continuously through seminar discussion of mandatory reading assignments (3.0 hp) and through a written report presented at a seminar (4.5 hp). The grades U/G/VG are given for both parts.

Students must register for the courses themselves or contact ETS educational administration, not later than five days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Annica Sandström

Transition terms
The course S0017N is equal to IES363

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2014 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Knill, Christoph och Jale Tosun (2012) Public Policy. A New Introduction. Palgrave Macmillan.
Sabtier, Paul A (2007) Theories of the Policy Process. Boulder, Colorado: West view Press.
Sanne, Marika (2000) Skrivråd för statsvetare. Lund:Studentlitteratur.
Vetenskapliga artiklar tillkommer som obligatorisk del av litteraturen (förteckning lämnas vid kursstart).

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

0001Report4.5U G VG
0002Seminars3.0U G VG