This unit aims to develop skills for undertaking policy research and analysis. The unit takes a multidisciplinary approach to familiarise students with fundamental frameworks and methodologies that can be applied to analyse policy from multiple disciplines including public health, social and political sciences, behavioural sciences, public policy and history. Learning outcomes. By the end of the unit students will be able to: (i) Apply a critical analysis to questions of policy success or failure; (ii) Understand and explain the different methodological approaches that can be applied in policy analysis and research; (iii) Identify appropriate research methodologies, data collection methods and analysis for specific policy research questions; (iv) Design a health policy research project.
Block mode with compulsory Intensive workshops on Campus or online only mode. Block mode 2 x 2 day workshops plus online discussion or online only with pre-recorded lectures and online discussion.
1x2500 word assignment (35%), participation grade (5 x short online or face-to-face learning activities) (15%), 1x3000 word policy research project proposal (50%)
Sarantakos, S. (2013). Social Research (4th ed.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Other required and recommended readings and reference lists will be available through eLearning.
Students need to demonstrate at least one year's work experience in a related field. A waiver would be granted for studets enrolled in MHPOL or MBA as this is already a course requirement of these programs