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Public Policy Making – From idea to realization

  • Autumn 2024
  • Next course: 18. November - 29. November 2024
  • CRD Core Course | 4 ECTS
  • Course:CRD1004

About the course

The course gives students an insight into the process of how an idea or a need for public intervention could turn into policy in practice. The policy-making process is studied with a focus on agenda-setting theories, i.e. how an issue gets onto the government agenda and what explains that sometimes an issue becomes realized but sometimes not. It also covers different aspects of the public policy process, problem definition, agenda setting, policy formulation, implementation and accountability. Competing views and interests are considered regarding efficiency, equity, individual freedom, and social cohesion when defining public policy objectives. Students gain insight into the methods the government employs to reach its goals by covering the various tools of government.

The teaching is conducted through lectures, interactive sessions and a field trip. The real-life examples that are discussed in relation to the policy-making process are centered on regional and local development with special attention to the challenges of coastal communities.


Learning outcome

On completion of the course a student:

  • has the ability to relate regional and rural policy to a global perspective.
  • can identify the main theories in the field of public policy, describe the various stages of the public policy-making process and explain how it operates.
  • can identify and describe the main competing views and interests within the various sectors in society in which public policy play a role.
  • can identify and define the main policy actors in the policy-making process
  • can compare different characteristics of the various tools of government and contrast them while evaluating their impact on the economy and social behavior.
  • has the ability to present and explain findings from the scientific literature and policy documents and discuss them with peers.
  • has developed their critical thinking, written and verbal communication skills.


Prerequisites: No prerequisites registered for the course

Assessment: written assignments 75%, in class presentation 15%, participation 10%

Final Exam: Assignment