Carleton University - School of Public Policy and Administration
PADM 5116: Policy Analysis and Contemporary Governance
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of public policy, decision-making, and the key elements of the policy process. The focus is in large part on Canada, but not exclusively so. The emphasis is on understanding contemporary theoretical and practical debates about public policy and public management. Readings will illustrate cutting-edge discussions in the field, but at the same time contribute to your grasp of the underlying frameworks that can help us understand the policy process. As much as possible, there will be a concerted effort to link theoretical discussions to practical concerns around policy formulation and implementation. The broad theme of the course is that the policy-making world has changed dramatically in the last decade, forcing reconsideration of the traditional tools of policy analysis and public management.
The course is a literature-based graduate seminar, and students will be expected to complete all the readings and be ready to engage in spirited but civil discussion at each class. Assignments and readings have been designed to provide the appropriate platform for strong participation and engagement.
The first part of the course emphasizes theory and the second part emphasizes applied policy analysis, but there is a balance of theory and application throughout the course since the two cannot be separated in the real world.
By the end of this part of the course, you will be able to:
- Identify key aspects and weaknesses of the analytical paradigm in policy studies
- Understand and explain the fundamental features of the changing domestic and international context of policy-making
- Apply new analytical skills to make sense of both the content of policy and the policy process itself
- Outline the major challenges governments face in making policy in the new millennium
Faculty: Alexandra Mallett (Fall 2012)
Source: At http://www5.carleton.ca/sppa/academics/course-information/2012-fall-course-outlines/ (accessed 4 April 2013)