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Applied Policy Transfer Project (Theory & Practice) - SPY00107M

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  • Department: Social Policy and Social Work
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Neil Lunt
  • Credit value: 40 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module summary

An independent project around policy transfer and lesson drawing. It involves the application of theory and more practical investigation.

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2021-22

Module aims

Working under the supervision of a supervisor and selecting and specialising on a specific policy issue that is of professional interest, students complete an Applied Policy Transfer Project (Theory and Practice) in which they examine cross-national evidence to identify potential ‘policy lessons’ that might be transferred from one set of countries/one country to another.

The aims of the Project are:

  • to understand the challenges in drawing cross national policy lessons
  • to explore cross-national variations in policy within a specific policy context
  • to use evidence and theoretical policy analysis tools to address applied questions relating to specific policy problems

Module learning outcomes

The Project contributes towards academic and graduate skills development by ensuring students are able to:

  • draw policy lessons from complex cross national evidence
  • search and review for evidence relating to a case example of lesson drawing
  • reflect critically on policy learning within different contexts and cultures (national, organizational)
  • reflect on the limits to cross-national lesson drawing in practice
  • challenge their own assumptions regarding policy transfer and how it could be managed within the policy process


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Four routes.

1) Essay plan (formative)

2) Presentation (formative)

3) One-to-one supervision (upto 3 one-to-one supervision discussions).

4) Group reflection and supervision activities (two group discussion about progress and challenges)

Indicative reading

Rose, R. (2005) Learning from Comparative Public Policy, London: Routledge.

Pawson, R. (2013) The Science of Evaluation: A Realist Manifesto, Sage

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