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By the end of the term, students should:
1. understand the main analytical concepts underlying comparative policy analysis
2. be able to assess competing explanations for variation in policy outputs and outcomes
3. have a good understanding of policy-making in substantive policy areas in cross-national comparative perspective
4. be able to identify current research puzzles and unresolved problems in the literature
Course content includes:
analytical strategies for accounting for variation in policy content and policy outcomes;
consideration of cross-national variation in a variety of policy areas such as economic policy, welfare state, environmental policy, health policy.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Autonomous Student Learning||
|Seminar (or Webinar)||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Assignment: Response papers on set readings, details in the course outline||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Essay: Topic and guidelines in course outline.||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: Book review||Unspecified||n/a||Graded||No||
|Remediation Type||Remediation Timing|
|In-Module Resit||Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
An outline or draft should be submitted prior to the first summative assignment, and formative (and ungraded) feedback is provided via Brightspace. This is not required prior to the second summative assignment, although students may do this if they wish. Individualized feedback as well as a grade is provided via Brightspace as soon as possible after each major assignment. All students may request individual meetings to discuss the comments on their written work, their progress, and any other concerns.
|Professor Niamh Hardiman||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|