SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Risk and Policy Analysis

Module Code:
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Taught in:
Term 2

The Risk and Policy Analysis course teaches a core set of skills required public, private and non-profit sector policy professionals, including: analysing, assessing and managing risks, understanding cost-benefit analysis, analysing stakeholders, scenario mapping, writing policy analysis, assessing policy impacts, and strategically communicating (policy) positions. Cases analysed are drawn from a wide range of policy fields and the skills profile taught is transferable across sectors in both policy and corporate settings. The training is conducted through lectures and tutorials run in cooperation with external practitioners representing government, NGO, think tank, risk advisory and business backgrounds.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  • Excellent risk and policy analysis skills; formulate policy goals and
    objectives; identify risks, scenarios and policy options; propose deliverables
    and effective implementation strategies.
  • Excellent ability to conduct policy-relevant research; understand and utilize complex data sets; analyse, assess and manage risks.
  • Demonstrate an advanced critical understanding of cost-benefit analysis in theory and practice.


The module will be taught over 10 weeks with a 2-hour workshop-style seminar each week.

Method of assessment

  • Assignment one (1500 words); 30%
  • Assignment two (3500 words); 70%


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