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Postgraduate Course: International Dimensions of Public Policy (PGSP11311)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits15
Home subject areaPostgrad (School of Social and Political Studies) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course explores fundamental analytical problems and the implications of ongoing developments in the international system for the processes and substance of policy-making. The course draws on theoretical and empirical literature to understand the international dimensions of public policy and global governance. Attention is given to different analytical approaches that emphasise the comparative and changing roles of states and other actors (individuals, international organisations, transnational actors, non-governmental organisations, multinational corporations, etc.) and their influence on the foreign policy decisions of developing and developed countries. Through engagement with practitioners, the course explores both bottom-up and top-down influences of globalisation on policy-making at the international, national and subnational levels. Traditional and non-traditional areas of foreign policy are scrutinised as well as broader themes, including globalisation, international negotiation and international organisation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 150 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 147 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 60 %, Practical Exam 40 %
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Identify and understand the various theoretical approaches for explaining important changes in international public policy

2. - Compare the roles of states and non-state actors in international public policy-making and global governance
- Critically analyse and understand the effects of globalisation on domestic policy-making and the challenges faced by state and non-state actors

3. - Determine the most important obstacles to various actors' ability to exercise and enhance authority
- Identify the domestic political and legal institutions that provide the basis for actors' foreign policy and engagement with the international system

4. - Compare important changes in policy-making and global governance across several substantive policy areas
- Apply scholarly knowledge on the international dimensions of policy in a practical context

5. - Engage in effective group and individual projects and presentations
- Provide concise foreign policy briefings to policy-makers
Assessment Information
60% 3000-word foreign policy brief
20% Weekly group presentations (includes element of group assessment)
20% Individual policy brief presentation
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus In this course students will cover a range of topics that illustrate the challenges of making public policy that is international/transnational in scope, as well as considering the international constraints and dimensions of domestic policy-making. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, the following:

Conceptual frameworks of the international system

Policy-making through international organisations

International security policy and the decision to use force

International human rights law and policy

International dimensions of various domestic policy decisions

International constraints on governments

The role of non-state actors in the policy-making process

External policies of sub-national governments/authorities.

Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Smith, Steve, Amelia Hadfield, and Tim Dunne, eds. (2008), Foreign Policy: Theories, Actors, Cases, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Lechner, Frank J., and John Boli, eds. (2007), The Globalisation Reader, 3rd edition, Blackwell Publishing.
Ravenhill, John, ed. (2007), Global Political Economy, 2nd edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Chad Damro
Tel: (0131 6)50 6698
Course secretaryMrs Lindsay Adams
Tel: (0131 6)50 3315
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