SOCPY500-22A (NET)

Techniques for Policy Analysis

30 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Sociology and Social Policy

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: rosie.webb@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This paper exposes students to different policy analysis techniques and professional practices through an examination of the policy cycle. Students will be encouraged to reflect on the values and assumptions underlying different methods used to problem solve policy issues. In particular students are taught to apply policy methods critically and in context.
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Paper Structure

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This paper is an asynchronous online paper. Each week there are set tasks including assigned readings that need to be completed at your own pace but no later than the end of the teaching week Friday at 5pm. There will also be office hours provided through zoom each week for you to talk with Gemma and the other students in the paper. The online exercises are also designed to provide peer-based learning opportunities. Talking through ideas and expressing ideas online or through zoom is a vital part of graduate learning and you will be encouraged to connect with each other to form study groups and work together independently.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Evaluate a range of core practical, technical and professional skills central to policy analysis
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  • Identify theoretical frameworks to critically evaluate literature
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  • Describe key arguments from authoritative literature
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  • Synthesize literature from relevant context and policy evaluation studies
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  • Compose a submission on a policy under development
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  • Devise a case study topic and prepare relevant online teaching materials
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Assessment

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Assessment is embedded into Moodle using a range of software applications including Turnitin Feedback Studio and Perusall. This is to ensure clear rubrics are used to assessment your assignments and weekly tasks in this paper. Time will be allocated at the beginning of the paper to familiarize you with these applications as needed.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Perusall weekly tasks
35
  • Other: Work is submitted within Perusall
2. Policy Submission: Draft
7 Apr 2022
11:30 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Policy Submission: Final
18 Apr 2022
11:30 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Case study presentation
20
  • Email: Convenor
5. Case study 2: Policy Briefing
10 Jun 2022
11:30 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Set readings will be specified on the reading list and within Perusall.
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Recommended Readings

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If you have not taken a social policy paper before it is recommended that you look through the following texts:

These two texts will also ensure you are familiar with the Aotearoa New Zealand context.

Hassall, G. & Karacaoglu, G. (Eds). (2021). Social policy practices and processes in Aotearoa New Zealand. Massey University Press.

Cheyne, C., O’Brien, M., & Belgrave, M. (2008). Social Policy in Aotearoa New Zealand. Oxford University Press.

These latter two texts are British but still provide relevant information given our parlimentary system is adapted from the British system and a great deal of policy ideas from Britain have been imported to Aotearoa.

Alcock, P., May, M., & Rowlingson, K. (Eds.). (2008). The Student's Companion to Social Policy (3rd ed.). Blackwell. - select the most recent version

Drake, R. F. (2001). The Principles of Social Policy. Palgrave.

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Other Resources

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Students are encouraged to obtain support and advice on their essay writing as needed from services such as Studiosity or Student Learning (links below in the Student Support section).
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Online Support

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This is an online paper that uses Moodle and additional embedded software applications including Perusall and Feedback Studio.
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Workload

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This is a 30point paper which has 300 learning hours attached to it. Your workload has therefore been designed based on the assumption that you are able to dedicate approximately 20 hours every single week. This workload includes the need to complete 1-3 readings per week and associated tasks. The weekly office hours are not part of this workload and are designed to provide opportunities for you to talk with Gemma and perhaps others in the paper in person.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper connects well with graduate papers in sociology and public policy and provides insights that may be of use in geography, education and society, environmental planning and history.
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