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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP5345M Public Administration: Policy, Planning and Development in a Globalised World

30 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Dr Li Sun

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

SLSP5350MPublic Administration in a Globalised World
SLSP5351MPolicy, Planning and Development

Module replaces

SLSP5350M Public Administration in a Globalised World and SLSP5351M Policy, Planning and Development.

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module examines transformations and tensions in the logics and practice of public administration at global, regional and national level. It assesses the potentials, achievements and contemporary crises of evolving international experiments in governance, with a particular focus on the period since 1990. In particular, the module explores the dynamics of economic and demographic change in the creation of global inequalities, focusing particularly on two specific areas: (i) migration and development; and (ii) urban governance and development.


The module equips students with a high-level interdisciplinary and critical understanding of public administration as an academic field in a global context, enabling the application of conceptual, theoretical, empirical and critical insights from recent sociology, political science, political economy, law and business/management to key practical issues. In particular, the aims of this module are to equip students with a high level interdisciplinary understanding of key issues in, and policy responses to, global inequalities. It will provide students with a critical appreciation of how processes of demographic and economic change shape patterns of global inequality, and explore the impact of these dynamics in different regions. Through engagement with specific areas of theoretical interest - migration and development, and urban governance - the module will provide an opportunity for students to develop and enhance their skills in applied policy analysis of major contemporary global issues.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

- be aware of the central competing logics and tensions to be found in the development and application of public administration in a range of specific international contexts;
- demonstrate an understanding of and critical engagement with the key conceptual, theoretical, empirical and critical debates within sociology, political science and political economy concerning globalisation, comparative regional integration, governance and (critique of) 'neo-liberalism';
- assess the empirical evidence on the relation of supra-national to nation-state centered forms of governance;
- understand the main forms of international/supra-national/regional governance and global varieties of capitalism;
- assess the global crisis of democracy in the context of global capitalism and global governance;
- show a developed understanding of at least one major global region (i.e. Europe, North America, Latin America, East Asia, etc) in terms of political/economic integration, its development and failings;
- demonstrate an ability to apply general theoretical insights to one or more applied fields in global governance, i.e. human rights, development, environment, security.


The syllabus for his module will be drawn from a range of relevant topics:

Debates on the historical and contemporary logics and practices of public administration, particularly developments since 1990; debates on globalisation and the end of the nation-state; debates between Marxists and Liberal approaches to international political economy; the post-war settlement and the infrastructure of international politics; international governance; a world of regions; varieties of global capitalism; the EU and other regional projects; human rights; development and humanitarian projects; climate change and the environment; global security; global governance; democracy and the crisis of populism.

In addition, particular topics covered can include:

Debates on Global Inequalities (e.g. Sen, Piketty, Atkinson, Milanovic, Zucman et al.). A close reading of key recent texts and empirical evidence;
Introduction to Migration and Development: Theory and Concepts and Evidence on Migration and Development from 1990 to Present; I

Introduction to Theories of Urban Development and Urban Governance; Policy implementation and approaches: bottom up, incentives, sustainability, resilience;

Policy and Planning: Megacities, Regional Hubs and Peripheries;

Special Topics - students' choice (led by facilitator)of a topic or policy area (health, education, employment, environment, migration, urbanisation) of their choice, based in a region /city of their choice.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning111.0011.00
Private study hours279.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Students will identify, review and analyse large policy documents impacting diverse actors at a local and transnational level (45 hours).

Synthesise and critically review appropriate theoretical / conceptual material on global challenges as well as policy-relevant literature (45 hours).

Preparation and completion of briefing report and essays.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance and contributions at each workshop will be closely monitored, as will the submission of compulsory formative work.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Project1 x 3,000 words70.00
Oral Presentation1 x 10 minutes10.00
ReportBriefing note for key stakeholder (end user, politicians, enterprises, NGOs)20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit for oral presentation will be power point presentation plus 500 words outline.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 01/11/2022


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