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Public Policy Analysis - ECO00039M

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  • Department: Economics and Related Studies
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. William Jackson
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2022-23 to Spring Term 2022-23

Module aims

To survey the main economic concepts and principles used in the analysis of social policy and demonstrate how they can be applied in practice.

Module learning outcomes

On completing the module a student will be able to:

identify the economic aspects of social policy

understand the economic techniques used to analyse and appraise social policy

apply these techniques to current policy questions

reach an independent critical judgement about social policy matters


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam -less than 24hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Public Policy Analysis
3 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam -less than 24hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Public Policy Analysis
3 hours 100

Module feedback

Students will receive feedback on formative work submitted in tutorials and on summative assessments at the end of the marking process.

Indicative reading

Useful as preliminary background reading are:

N. Barr (2020), The Economics of the Welfare State, 6th edn, Oxford University Press.

Culyer, A.J., The Political Economy of Social Policy, Gregg Revivals, 1991.

Blakemore, K. and Griggs, E., Social Policy: An Introduction, 3rd edition, Open University Press, 2007 Ch. 2.

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