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Policy Masterclasses - SPY00168M

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  • Department: Social Policy and Social Work
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Neil Lunt
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Summer Semester 2024-25

Module aims

This series of intensive master classes will help students prepare for the second stage of their programme. There will be three core Masterclass themes delivered annually. Masterclasses will advance students’ skills in evaluation and design within policy decisions and the role of behavioural science in shaping policy. Additional revolving themes will include topics such as the contribution of big data to decision making, innovations in implementation, and administrative redress.

Module learning outcomes

Outcomes to be developed include

  • understanding the challenges in drawing national policy lessons

  • understanding the challenges in systematically assessing national and local policy initiatives

  • understanding how assumptions around cognition and evidence shape policy decisions

  • understanding of principles and evidence underpinning innovations for policy making and implementation

  • policy lesson-drawing from complex cross national and national evidence


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback will be given in accordance with the University Policy on feedback in the Guide to Assessment as well as in line with the School policy.

Indicative reading


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