International Public Policy

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Public Policy

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module will examine public policy in a comparative, international and global perspective. A key theme will be the challenges that globalization poses to politics and policy in the contemporary context. Gender, race, class and colonization will inform our comparison of policies and policy systems. This module also explores the increasing internationalization of public policy and the advent of global public policy, whereby international organizations play a powerful role in shaping public policy development in the developing world and in post-communist states. Topics covered may include comparative methodology and international variation in formulation and response to issues, such as climate change, poverty, health, immigration and welfare. This module will include staff inputs and guest speakers.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    -Detail and evaluate the major theories and key concepts used by social scientists to analyse comparatively the development of modern public policy systems and public policies.
    -Critically assess the contribution of social scientific analyses to an understanding of public policy in a comparative and international perspective including the role of gender, race, class and colonization in shaping the development of policies and policy systems.
    -Evaluate the empirical trends and patterns identified by social scientists exploring issues such as: the increasing internationalization of public policy and the advent of global public policy and the international variation in formulation and response to issues, such as employment, housing, domestic violence, poverty, health, and child welfare.
    -Develop an independent and critical perspective on the social scientific analysis of modern public policy systems and public policies.

    Teaching & Learning methods:
    24 lecture hours.

    Continuous Assessment: 50%
    University scheduled written examination: 50% (60 minutes)

    Continuous Assessment detail(s): Essay

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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