The course aims at presenting and discussing main theoretical and methodological issues in public and social policy research. Participants in this course will discuss core texts on policy analysis, evidence-based policy-making, methods for policy evaluation and policy implementation (based on classical texts or recent contributions in these research areas). Building on this body of literature participants will identify and discuss policy problems, respective policy design options, and policy evaluations in selected policy areas.
Building on the study of selected theories and methodological approaches in public and social policy research, participants will
You can miss a maximum of 4 hours (or two 2-hour-units) during the whole semester. Ideally you don’t miss any classes.
Grading is based on
active participation, feedback to other colleagues’research (10%)
group presentation of a policy problem applying a policy analysis framework (30%)
presentation and critical reflection of a (published) policy evaluation(30%)
written paper & paper review (30%)
Specifics of the assignments (and expectations) depend on whether you pick this course as a Research Seminar I-IV, as " "Dissertationsrelevante Theorien und Literatur-Review" or as a course in "Theorien des Feldes".