SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Public Policy and Strategy

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Term 2

Please note this module will not be available after the 2019/20 session

This course will enable students to understand and contribute to the process of governmental policy-making, strategic planning and evaluation. Whether in managerial, administrative or political positions, people need to be able to understand the policy process in order to manage it or operate effectively within it. This involves both an understanding of the technical processes of policy and strategy making and of policy evaluation. The course draws on cases and examples from a wide variety of countries and institutionsaccounts and the more we need to learn about the relevant concepts to enable us to understand and run them

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  • A critical understanding of policy-making processes in a variety of settings
  • The ability to assess whether a proposed policy is likely to be successful
  • Knowledge of international policy-making settings
  • An understanding of how some of the world’s major policy decisions were made
  • Facility with the methods of strategic management used in different types of public sector organisation



This module consists of a 1-hour weekly lecture over 10 weeks of term plus a revision lecture in term 3 as preparation for the final examination. Students will be supplied with a syllabus with a breakdown week by week of required and additional reading. Reading materials are usually accessed electronically from the BLE and students should come to class prepared.


This module also has a weekly 1-hour tutorial where the questions posed by the tutor relevant to the lecture are explored and discussed by the students. Students also prepare and deliver a short presentation.

Total Work load:

Students on this module will have 2 taught hours each week. Additionally, adequate personal study time should be allocated for reading and class preparation.

Scope and syllabus

  1. The Policy Analysis Model and Alternatives
  2. The Political, Institutional and Economic Contexts of Public Policy
  3. Policy Design 1 – Stakeholders, Data Collection and Analysis
  4. Policy Design 2 – Choice of Instruments, Programme Design
  5. Policy Design 3 - Service Design and Delivery Mode
  6. Implementation
  7. Monitoring, Evaluation and Performance Management 1
  8. Monitoring, Evaluation and Performance Management 2
  9. Policy Networks
  10. Policy Transfer - Policy in a Globalised World

Method of assessment

Assessment for this module is in three elements:

  1. One tutorial presentation at 10%
  2. One essay of 2,500 words at 30%
  3. One unseen 2-hour written examination at 60%

All elements except the presentation may be resubmitted.


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules