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Postgraduate Course: Engagement for Public Policy Practitioners (PGSP11380)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits15 ECTS Credits7.5
SummaryThis course will further develop student┐s understanding of engagement practice as policy work, exploring the theory and practice of engagement work at different stages of the policy process including development and implementation.

The course will explore and develop key skills for engaging stakeholders in the policy process including: communication, negotiation, facilitation, mediation and leadership skills.

The course will examine sociological and psychodynamic theories, which can aid policy makers in understanding and engaging with stakeholder perspectives in order to facilitate dialogue, deliberation, consensus building, and co-production. It will also look at some of the ethical dilemmas that can emerge from the engagement process and consider relevant concepts, such as power, democracy and reflective practice, as well as strategies, which policy makers might use to manage emerging challenges or resolve critical dilemmas.

The course will be delivered using a combination of seminars, case-studies and interactive sessions with academics, policy makers, practitioners (public involvement managers, partnership coordinators, community engagement officers, social workers, teachers, nurses, facilitators) and citizen stakeholders (service users, community leaders).
Course description The course content may include, but is not limited to:

Ethics of engagement
Who are the engagers?
Who are the stakeholders?
What is participation?
Forums for engagement
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 150 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 117 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 70%: Engagement plan for an identified policy issue
30%: Reflective writing exercise ┐ students will observe and participate in one policy forum/event/ meeting and reflect on the effectiveness of the participative structure and process and their own engagement
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
To have an in-depth and applied knowledge about the meaning(s) of engagement and the strategies that can be used to facilitate and develop engagement in a variety of policy contexts

To understand the dynamic nature of engagement practice in real-world settings, and develop analytical and practical skills for reflective practice

To identify and understand the position of relevant stakeholders in the engagement process including politicians, fellow policy makers, practitioners, service users, citizens and communities

To be able to apply theories and insights from sociology, political science and psychology to maximise the effectiveness of their engagement work

To be able to design and facilitate engagement processes by using a range of tools, techniques and formats

To be knowledgeable about cutting edge practices in participatory policy-making, collaborative governance and deliberative innovation

To understand the ethical issues surrounding engagement and be able to apply concepts and principles in-order-to real world ethical dilemmas
Reading List
Indicative reading list:

Acland, A. 2008. Dialogue by design. A handbook of public and stakeholder engagement. Surrey: Dialogue by Design.

Andersson, E., Burall, S. & Fennell, E. (2010a) Talking for a change: A distributed dialogue approach to complex issues. In: INVOLVE (ed.) London: Involve.

Andersson, E., Fennell, E. & Shahrokh, T. (2010b) Making the case for public engagement. London: Consumer Focus and Involve.

Andersson, E., Titter, J. & Wilson, R. (eds.) (2008?) Healthy democracy: The future of involvement in health and social care, London: Involve and NHS.

Braun, K. & Schultz, S. (2010) " ... a certain amount of engineering involved": Constructing the public in participatory governance arrangements. Public Understanding of Science, 19(4), 403-419.

Brodie, E., Hughes, T., Jochum, V., Miller, S., Ockenden, N. & Warburton, D. 2011. Pathways through participation: What creates and sustains active citizenship? : Institute for Volunteering Research, Involve and NCVO.

Callon, M., Lascoumes, P. & Barthe, Y. (2009) Acting in an uncertain world. An essay on technical democracy, Cambridge; London: MIT Press.

Chilvers, J. (2008) Deliberating competence - Theoretical and practitioner perspectives on effective participatory appraisal practice. Science Technology & Human Values, 33(2), 155-185.

Cornwall, A. & Shankland, A. (2008) Engaging citizens: Lessons from building Brazil's national health system. Social Science & Medicine, 66(10), 2173-2184.

CPD. 2000. Public dialogue: a tool for citizen engagement. A manual for federal departments and agencies. Centre for Public Dialogue & Canadian Policy Research Networks.

Cronin, K. (2008) The privatization of public talk: a New Zealand case study on the use of dialogue for civic engagement in biotechnology governance. New Genetics and Society, 27(3), 285-299.

Davies, S. R. (2011) The rules of engagement: power and interaction in dialogue events. Public Understanding of Science.

Doubleday, R. & Teubner, R. (2012) Public dialogue review. Lessons from public dialogues commissioned by the RCUK. RCUK, Involve, CSaP and Sciencewise.

Dryzek, J. S. & Tucker, A. (2008) Deliberative Innovation to Different Effect: Consensus Conferences in Denmark, France, and the United States. Public Administration Review 68(5), 864-876.

Escobar, O. (2009) The dialogic turn: dialogue for deliberation. In-Spire Journal of Law, Politics and Societies, 4(2), 42-70.

Escobar, O. (2010) Public engagement in global context. Understanding the UK shift towards dialogue and deliberation. QMU Centre for Dialogue, Working Paper 1, 1-18.

Escobar, O. (2011a) Public dialogue and deliberation: A communication perspective for public engagement practitioners, Edinburgh: Edinburgh Beltane -UK Beacons for Public Engagement.

Evans, R. & Kotchetkova, I. (2009) Qualitative research and deliberative methods: promise or peril? Qualitative Research, 9(5), 625-643.

Faulkner, W. (2011) Dialogue in public engagement: A handbook, Edinburgh: Edinburgh Beltane (UK Beacons for Public Engagement).

Fischer, F. (2000) Citizens, experts, and the environment: the politics of local knowledge, Durham [N.C.] ; London: Duke University Press.

Fischer, F. (2003) Reframing public policy: discursive politics and deliberative practices, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Fischer, F. (2009) Democracy and expertise: reorienting policy inquiry, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Fischer, F. & Forester, J. (eds.) (1993) The argumentative turn in policy analysis and planning, Durham; London: Duke University Press.

Fischer, F. & Gottweis, H. (2012) The Argumentative Turn Revisited: Public Policy as Communicative Practice, Duke University Press.

Forester, J. (1999) The Deliberative Practitioner. Encouraging participatory planning processes, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

Forester, J. (2009) Dealing with differences: dramas of mediating public disputes, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hendriks, C. M. (2006) When the forum meets interest politics: Strategic uses of public deliberation. Politics & Society, 34(4), 571-602.

Hendriks, C. M., Dryzek, J. S. & Hunold, C. (2007) Turning up the heat: Partisanship in deliberative innovation. Political Studies, 55(2), 362-383.

Herzig, M. & Chasin, L. 2006. Fostering dialogue across divides. A nuts and bolts guide from the Public Conversations Project.

Lawson, N. 2008. Machines, markets and morals: The new politics of a democratic NHS. Compass.

Moore, A. (2012) Following from the front: theorizing deliberative facilitation. Critical Policy Studies, 6(2), 146-162.

NCDD. 2010. Resource guide on public engagement. National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation.

NEF (1998) Participation works! 21 techniques of community participation for the 21st century. London: New Economics Foundation.

Pellizzoni, L. (2003) Uncertainty and participatory democracy. Environmental Values, 12(2), 195-224.

Pieczka, M. & Escobar, O. (2012) Dialogue and science: Innovation in policy-making and the discourse of public engagement in the UK. Science and Public Policy.

Prikken, I. & Burall, S. (2012) Doing public dialogue. A support resource for research council staff. RCUK, Involve, CSaP and Sciencewise.

Public-Conversations-Project. 2011. Constructive conversations about challenging times. A guide to community dialogue. Watertown, MA: Public Conversations Project.

Sciencewise. 2011a. International comparison of public dialogue on science and technology. London: BIS

Scottish-Health-Council. 2010. The Participation Toolkit. Supporting Patient Focus and Public Involvement in NHS Sctoland. Scottish Health Council.

Smith, G. (2009) Democratic innovations: Designing institutions for citizen participation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Stilgoe, J. (2007) Nanodialogues: Experiments in Public Engagement with Science. London: Demos.

Stirling, A. (2008) "Opening up" and "Closing down" - Power, participation, and pluralism in the social appraisal of technology. Science Technology & Human Values, 33(2), 262-294.

Wakeford, T. (2012) Teach yourself Citizens Juries, Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsPublic policy, knowledge exchange, impact, engagement, practice
Course organiserDr Oliver Escobar
Course secretaryMr Lee Corcoran
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