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E-Learning course: The Public Policy Process (in cooperation with Maastricht Graduate School of Governance / UNU-MERIT (Maastricht University)) (2 ECTS); 31.08-05.10.2020; 05.10-14.11.2020; 14.12-06.02.2021 (incl. holidays)

In conjunction with UNU-MERIT/Maastricht Graduate School of Governance

Credits: 2 ECTS


Content overview

The world of policy and politics, governance and government can be murky with seemingly transparent and tangled connections. Who gets to define the agenda, what type of policy will come to the fore and who is accountable? This course sheds light on some of these concepts using the work of respected authors in the field. It allows learners to understand how a critical analytic and descriptive framework can help understand who is involved in the policy process, how it operates and ultimately leads to a discussion about who is accountable. The answers to these questions help lay a solid foundation for further exploration of policy analysis and formation in other courses.


Learning objectives

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Understand the distinction between policy and politics; government and governance
  • Understand how the national political discourse affects policy making and decision making
  • Understand the stages of the policy cycle and their interactions
  • Be able to think critically about the actors in the policy making process in their own country and the influences and motivations they may have in the policy process
  • Be able to distinguish between outputs and outcomes, monitoring and evaluation
  • Understand the importance and relevance of the policy process and all stages of the policy cycle, thereby laying an important foundation for the next course on the techniques for monitoring and evaluation
  • Overall, the student should be able to critically reflect on the literature provided and be able to distil this knowledge into their own country context.


The course instructions and all readings are given in English. Fluency in English, both reading and writing, is essential, in both technical and common language.


Teaching and assessment

The course is offered as a self-paced e-learning course, providing flexibility to the students to enter and complete the modules at their convenience. The teaching materials consist of lectures and lecture-style slides with mandatory and recommended readings for further understanding. There are also case studies provided which will form the basis of the written assignment. At the end of each unit there is a self- assessed quiz to help the learner measure their understanding. Organizational questions may be directed to the IT administrator and course coordinator while technical questions can be directed to your tutor in the online learning environment. The course is designed to be 56 hours, including viewing the online lectures, reading the mandatory reading materials and participation in the online tutorials.


Grading and assessment

Participants’ learning will be assessed on:

  • A written case study-based assignment
  • Full completion of the modules and quizzes within the modules
  • Active participation in technical discussions on the platform of the course

General Admission € 380 without ECTS                            

                                 € 500  with ECTS


All applications should be submitted online. 

When? Start date: 01/01/2020 03:00
End date: 31/12/2020 11:55

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