1 ISA Master s Degrees in International Relations & Political Science Degree Title Master of Arts in Public Policy University University of Reading University Overview Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world and named as one of the UK's 20 most research intensive universities, the University of Reading is a global university that enjoys a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise. The University is home to several centers of excellence and conducts world-class research across a broad range of disciplines, with over 87% of the university's research categorized as having international standing. Reading is fully accredited and recognized by the UK Department for Innovation, Universities, and Skills. For its outstanding achievement in overseas matters, the University of Reading was the first university to win the Queen's Award for Export Achievement in The University was also awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education four times (1998, 2006, 2009 and 2011). The Graduate Institute of Political and International Studies (GIPIS) at the University of Reading brings together expertise from across a number of departments at the University. The teaching and research activities cover important aspects of: European political and economic integration and culture, diplomacy, international politics, international law, globalization strategy and defense, security and terrorism, arms control and noproliferation, trade, international political economy, development, the Middle East, political theory and public ethics. Program Information Students who complete the Public Policy track of the ISA Master's Degrees in International Relations & Political Science at the University of Reading will earn a Master of Arts in Public Policy. The MA in Public Policy is a multidisciplinary program that seeks to help graduates develop a deep understanding of the making and impact of public policy across a whole range of institutions at different levels. It gives students both breadth and depth of understanding of public policy in a systematic way and combines theoretical, methodological and practical issues relevant to the study of public policy. Students will also have a general familiarization with the full range of quantitative and qualitative research skills. All students will engage in a sustained piece of independent and critical research within the context of not only close and supportive academic supervision but also, wherever possible, direct practical experience. While designed to appeal in particular to students who have a first degree in Politics and/or Economics, applications are also welcomed from other related first degree disciplines who share a desire to work in the wide-ranging new public sector and non-profit sector in such employment areas as: government officials, administrators, policy analysts, budget analysts, program managers or as employees of private sector companies that work under contract to governments.
2 Course Outline The program is based around core taught modules, specialist pathways that reflect major public policy challenges, and a research dissertation or applied research project. There will also be opportunities, wherever possible, to undertake a placement, an internship or a short period of study abroad. The core modules provide a range of threshold concepts and key tools for a critical analysis of the Economics of Public Policy and the Politics of Public Policy. Increasingly evidence-based policy and research demands familiarity with key quantitative and qualitative techniques. As a consequence of this, the third core module relates to Research Training. The pathways are designed to give students the ability to tailor their studies to reflect personal or national interests as well as provide an issue-based focus for further in-depth analysis. In conjunction with this, students can also undertake dissertation and research projects that relate directly to their own work and national situations. Students may combine modules from different pathways or choose to specialize in a particular pathway. Up to (but not more than) 40 credits of pathway options may be taken from outside the School of Politics, Economics and International Relations. All pathway options are also subject to availability. Outline Program structure (12 months): Core modules (60 credits) Economics of public policy (20 credits) Politics of public policy (20 credits) Research training (20 credits) Pathways (60 credits) Global and Regional Governance and Institutions Security and Rights in the Modern World International Development and Emerging Markets Sustainable Environments Welfare and Social Policy Research Project / Placement (60 credits) Dissertation (60 credits) or Independent applied research project and placement/internship (60 credits) Compulsory modules: Economics of Public Policy* Politics of Public Policy Research Training* either Dissertation in Public Policy or
3 Applied Research Project and Placement/Internship *The degree does not require any prior economics knowledge. Students already in possession of an economics degree may or economics training may, in consultation with and at the discretion of the Program Director, study ECM607 Econometrics and PIM58 Research Design and Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences as alternative core modules. Pathways and Optional modules: Global and Regional Governance and Institutions International Security Studies (30 credits) Political Integration in Europe (30 credits) Regulation (20 credits) International Money and Finance (20 credits) Governance, Accountability and Development (10 credits) European Legal Frameworks: Constitutionalism, Citizenship and Democracy (20 credits) Security and Rights in the Modern World International Security Studies (30 credits) Conflict in the Middle East (30 credits) Terrorism in a Globalizing World (30 credits) International Law in Theory and Practice (20 credits) Contemporary Issues in International Law (only taken in conjunction with LWMTIL) (10 credits) International Development and Emerging Markets Macroeconomics for Developing Countries (20 credits) Microeconomics for Developing Countries (20 credits) The Economies of Financial Regulation (20 credits) Perspectives on Development (20 credits) Appraisal of Agricultural and Rural Development Projects (10 credits) Rethinking Agricultural Development (10 credits) Sustainable Environments Urban Economics (20 credits) Economic Theory for Climate Change (20 credits) Climate Change and Economic Policies (20 credits) Carbon and Renewable Energy Economics (20 credits) Environment and Development : Problems and Policies (10 credits) Environment and Development: Case Studies (10 credits) Planning Theory, Politics and Practice (20 credits) Welfare and Social Policy Economics of Social Policy (20 credits) Social Policy of Health and Ageing (20 credits)
4 Housing Economics (20 credits) Poverty, Inequality and Livelihoods (10 credits) Social Policies for Development (10 credits) Microfinance (10 credits) Course Disclaimer: Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change. Next Steps For students interested in receiving their Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Reading through the ISA International Relations & Political Science Masters Degree program, please submit your application here. Summary of Teaching and The teaching and assessment arrangements for each module varies in terms of the proportion allocated to lectures, seminars and classes. All modules involve assessed coursework, but again the ratio between coursework, examinations and other forms of assessment will vary from module to module. Full details are provided in each module description form. Mark Interpretation % Distinction 60-69% Merit 50-59% Good standard (Pass) Failing categories: 40-49% Work below threshold standard 0-39% Unsatisfactory Work For Masters Degree to qualify for Distinction, students must gain an overall average of 70 or more over 180 credits and a mark of 60 or more for the dissertation, and must not have any mark below 40. To qualify for Merit, students must gain an overall average of 60 or more over 180 credits and a mark of 50 or more for the dissertation, and must not have any mark below 40. To qualify for Passed, students must gain an overall average of 50 or more over 180 credits and a mark of 50 or more for the dissertation. In addition, the total credit value of all modules marked below 40 must not exceed 30 credits and of all modules marked below 50 must not exceed 55 credits. For PG Diploma To qualify for Distinction, students must gain an overall average of 70 or more over 120 credits and must not have any mark below 40. To qualify for Merit, students must gain an overall average of 60 or more over 120 credits and must not have any mark below 40. To qualify for Passed, students must gain an overall average of 50 or more over 120 credits. In addition, the total credit value of all modules marked below 40 must not exceed 30 credits and of all modules marked below 50 must not exceed 55 credits. For PG Certificate To qualify for a Postgraduate Certificate, students must gain an overall average of 50 or more over 60 credits. In addition, the total credit value of all modules marked below 40 must not exceed 10 credits. Program Outcomes KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
5 A. Knowledge and understanding of: 1) Key issues in public policy, including political, economic, strategic, legal and social issues, together with the process of interdisciplinary analysis of national, international and global aspects of policy making. 2) The inter-relationship of political and economic processes in the making of public policy. 3) How proposals and ideas are translated into policies. 4) A range of research methodologies sufficient to formulate appropriate and relevant research questions and conduct independent research in public policy methodologies and techniques. 5) A select range of pathway options to broaden, as well as deepen, understanding of the making and impact of public policy at an advanced level. Teaching/learning methods and strategies: The basic knowledge in all taught modules is provided by seminars, although some modules may include lectures and other forms of teaching strategy. All seminars allow a student to gauge his/her progress in that module and will require significant input into the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge. The critical input into learning is provided by a student's own reading and preparation for group discussions, as well as through engagement with both secondary and primary sources. Modules adopt a variety of assessment methods but all modules utilize either summative assessed work or an end of year unseen, timed examination. The majority of modules utilize a combination of both methods of assessment. Skills And Other Attributes B. Intellectual skills - able to: 1) Formulate research questions and identify strategies for exploring them. 2) Recognize and evaluate methodological issues arising from the selection and use of data. 3) Think logically and coherently. 4) Analyze problems and issues. 5) Discriminate between relevant and irrelevant material. 6) Understand technical material. 7) Apply relevant knowledge effectively. 8) Construct defensible arguments and exercise critical judgment. 9) Communicate the evaluation and conclusions of key issues effectively, both in written and in oral form Teaching/learning methods and strategies Logic, analytical skills and the ability to apply relevant knowledge is inherent in the study of all aspects of the program and these skills are particularly encouraged and developed in seminars. Both formative and summative assignments assess all these skills either directly or indirectly. C. Practical skills - able to: 1) Draw on the knowledge base in the field of study to analyze critically policies and strategies designed to achieve political, economic and social objectives.
6 2) Evaluate alternative policies and strategies. 3) Evaluate current theoretical and empirical research in the field of study. 4) Identify potential sources of information and analysis relevant to the issues and problems in the sphere of policy making. Teaching/learning methods and strategies Students are required to undertake a wide amount of reading, both of specific references and through researching their own source information. Discussion in lectures, seminars and workshops emphasizes formal academic reasoning, practical experience, the use of statistical and empirical evidence and the strengths and weaknesses in alternative theories, methodologies and approaches. Written and oral forms of summative assessed work and/or formal examinations. The dissertation and/or applied research project will also require all these practical skills. D. Transferable skills - able to: 1) Engage in independent study. 2) Evaluate evidence using reasoned arguments. 3) Structure complex arguments. 4) Articulate one's own thoughts in a coherent fashion. 5) Oral presentations with and without visual aids (Power Point). 6) Identifying themes and trans-disciplinary questions. 7) Effective management of time and work-loads. 8) Demonstration of self-direction and independence in exercising own initiative and personal responsibility. 9) Use IT (e.g., internet sites and electronic databases) and other scholarly sources. Teaching/learning methods and strategies These skills are taught by means of seminars with student presentations and structured discussions, some individual tutorials, essay writing, workshops and the writing of a dissertation and/or applied research project. Additional training is available to students through study visits to the library and other research resources, and through the support of Study Advisers. The transferable skills developed during the program form an integral part of knowledge and intellectual skill acquisition and are assessed throughout the program in coursework, examinations, the dissertation and/or applied research project as well as in placement opportunities.
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