MA Political Science - Governance and Public Policy Pathway (Research Route) / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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- examination of the nature and problems of policy making in the contemporary world;
- how in a globalised world public decision making can be constructed in a way that delivers legitimacy and effective capacity to act;
- the impact of governance arrangements on policy outcomes and the relationship between the state and citizens.
This course unpacks core concepts to do with citizenship, participation, and the formation and implementation of public and social policies.
It draws on a variety of contemporary materials and will appeal to those interested in governance and policy making at any level: neighbourhood, local, national, European and global. It provides a base either for those intending to take a PhD in the area, or seeking employment requiring advanced research skills in the public, private or voluntary sector.
You take five compulsory training courses and two compulsory core courses, which are: Understanding Governance and Governance and the Welfare State.
Further options include a choice of at least one course unit in public policy with further related options available from all of our other MA courses.
Teaching and learning
Part-time students complete the full-time course over two years. There are no evening or weekend course units available on the part-time route.
You must first check the schedule of the compulsory units and then select your optional units to suit your requirements.
Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your unit choices during induction week with your course director.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Dissertation Research Design||POLI60312||15||Mandatory|
|Understanding Governance: Policymaking in the 21st Century||POLI70272||15||Mandatory|
|Philosophy of Politics Research||POLI70771||15||Mandatory|
|Governance and the State||POLI70891||15||Mandatory|
|Qualitative Research Methods||SOCY60230||0||Mandatory|
|Introduction to Quantitative Methods||SOST70511||15||Mandatory|
|Comparing Capitalisms in the Global Political Economy||POLI60032||15||Optional|
|Political Parties in Contemporary Britain||POLI60122||15||Optional|
|Using Documents in Social Research||POLI60252||5||Optional|
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You will be supported by first-class resources, in addition to the networked study areas.
You will also have access to the one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the country.