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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Social and Political Science : Postgrad (School of Social and Political Studies)

Postgraduate Course: Comparative Analysis of Social and Public Policy (PGSP11104)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces students to the main methodological approaches in comparative policy analysis. Its aims are to give students an understanding of key issues involved in comparative social research and to develop their analytical skills in systematic comparison that may add rigour to their research and help achieve valid and well-founded generalizations and evaluations of social and public policy developments in national and international context.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  45
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 4,000 word essay chosen from the topic list supplied. Alternatively write an essay on a topic of your own choice that relates to the issues discussed in the course. Please note, if you select your own topic you need agreement from the course convener.
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. have a good understanding of the role of theory and modelling in comparative analysis
  2. have a good knowledge about data sources and their limitations [including web-based sources]
  3. be able to appreciate comparative methods and problems of inference from data
  4. have explored aspects involved in policy learning and policy transfer
  5. engaged with substantive issues in comparative policy analysis
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Mode of delivery
The course will run as a series of ten two-hour weekly lecture and seminar sessions. Each week, students will learn a different aspect of comparative method, aided by group discussion based on one or two selected texts. Students are expected to have read and prepared these readings prior to each session. The final session will be organised as a panel where staff members discuss their comparative approaches and practical experiences with conducting empirical comparative research.
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Contacts
Course organiserDr Jochen Clasen
Tel: (0131 6)50 9922
Email: jochen.clasen@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Kate Ferguson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5122
Email: kate.ferguson@ed.ac.uk
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