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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP5346M Public Administration: Policy, Planning and Development in a Globalised World

30 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Dr Li Sun

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

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 the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:

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

1. Demonstrate awareness 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;

2. 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';

3. 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;

4. 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;

5. Demonstrate an ability to apply general theoretical insights to one or more applied fields in global governance, i.e. human rights, development, environment, security.

Skills learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:

1. Students should be able to have a global/cross-regional understanding of Policy, Planning and Development.

2. Students should be able to apply the knowledge of project cycle and analysis to their future work.

3. In-class presentation will equip students with presentation skills.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours271.00
Total Contact hours29.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative feedback will be provided to each student after their assignment. Face to face personalised verbal formative feedback will provide them with guidance and direction. Such feedback will help students to identify areas for improvement and apply those insights to the future writing.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 03/04/2024


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