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210144 VO Public Policy (2020W)

Environmental and Natural Resource Policy. (engl.)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft

Die Lehrformate für das WS (digital, hybrid, vor Ort) befinden sich in Entwicklung. Die Lehrenden werden die geplante Organisationsform und Lehrmethodik auf ufind und Moodle bekannt geben. Aufgrund von Covid19 muss mit kurzfristigen Änderungen in Richtung digitaler Lehre gerechnet werden.

Nicht-prüfungsimmanente (n-pi) Lehrveranstaltung. Eine Anmeldung über u:space ist erforderlich. Mit der Anmeldung werden Sie automatisch für die entsprechende Moodle-Plattform freigeschaltet. Vorlesungen unterliegen keinen Zugangsbeschränkungen.

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Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

***** Due to the newest developments, the lecture is - for now - changed to an online course. For details see moodle! *****

Wednesday 07.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 14.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 21.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 28.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 04.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 11.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 18.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 25.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 02.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 09.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 16.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 13.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 20.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Wednesday 27.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

***** The lecture will be taught on site. Later on it can be changed to an online course if required by Covid19-related developments. *****

This lecture introduces students to the basics of public policy and policy analysis. It provides an overview of historical developments of the field and introduces main theories as well as different approaches to policy analysis. A major goal of this course is for each student to develop a set of general conceptual skills for thinking about policy problems, policy-making processes and policy solutions. Referring to various disciplines (political science, economics, public administration, public policy research, etc.), the students will learn how to analyze decision-making processes, identify political actors and interests, and understand the (relevance of) policy determinants and framework conditions. The knowledge and skills will be applied to examples from the field of environmental and natural resources policy (e.g. climate policy, water policy, natural hazard risk management).

The main objectives of the course are:
- Understand the complexity of policy-making processes and the challenges for public policy analysis.
- Get to know basics of public policy and policy analysis (policy determinants, policy problems, policy solutions, implementation challenges, etc.).
- Develop critical thinking.

Topics covered in the lecture are:
- Public policy as field of social science
- Basic terms and concepts (policy, public policy, policy output, policy outcome, policy change, policy actors, stakeholders, policy entrepreneurs, etc.)
- Historical development of public policy (analysis)
- The policy cycle (and other approaches)
- Actors and networks
- Structures and institutions
- Policy design and instruments
- Agenda setting and policy discourse
- Science-policy interface (evidence-based policy-making)
- Policy impact
- Policy evaluation
- Policy learning, policy transfer
- Determinants of and constraints on public policy (economic constraints, political feasibility, institutional constraints, social and cultural factors, globalization)
- Democratization and participation
- Comparative policy research
- Policy analysis as policy advice

Assessment and permitted materials

Final written online-exam.

- You have to be registered for the exam!
- Wednesday, 27th January 2021, at 03:00pm you will be able to download the examination sheet on moodle (word format).
- You have to answer two questions (in English). Each of the essay-like answers has to be minimum one page, maximum two pages long.
- Please upload the filled out sheet on moodle (as pdf format!) until Friday, 29th January, at 03:00pm.

Second date: Wednesday, 17th February 2021; Download of examination sheet starts at 03:00pm; Upload of the filled out sheet on moodle (as pdf format!) 48 hours later (19th February).

Third date: Wednesday, 28th April 2021; Download of examination sheet starts at 03:00pm; Upload of the filled out sheet on moodle (as pdf format!) 48 hours later (30th April).

Fourth date: Wednesday, 26th May 2021; Download of examination sheet starts at 03:00pm; Upload of the filled out sheet on moodle (as pdf format!) 48 hours later (28th May).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The course is part of the “Extension Curriculum Understanding and Shaping Policy”. It is directed at students from all disciplines.

No specific previous knowledge in this field are required. However, students need to be able to read and understand English publications from various social sciences.

Examination topics

Lecture contents and compulsory reading.

Reading list

Literature will be announced at the beginning of the semester and provided via moodle.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Tu 27.04.2021 21:08