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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

TRAN5233M Global Transferability of Policies

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Paul Timms

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Geographic transferability is defined as the process through which a policy that has been implemented in one location is subsequently implemented in a second location. It is of particular interest when the characteristics of the second location are highly different to those in the first location. The module addresses various aspects of policy transfer through a combination of state-of-the art theory and up-to-date information on specific case studies.


The aim of this module is to equip students with the ability to critically examine the applicability of policies in different geographical and political contexts from those where they originated. On successful completion of this module students will have acquired knowledge of the theories underlying the transfer of policy, and will have gained an understanding as to the ways that such theories are frequently framed as being geographically-specific. The module gives students the opportunity to develop research skills through in-depth study of policy and policy-making transfer case studies whilst also developing breadth of knowledge through the participation in lectures and workshops. Students will be encouraged to share their own experiences of policy and policy-making transfer in these participation exercises.The module allows the students to consider alternative futures with more sustainable transport systems in different geographical settings and will provide an overview of the history of past attempts to construct visionary futures. The module will emphasise the connections between different types of future and changes in society and lifestyles, and how these connections vary by geographic location. Distributional and ethical aspects are important elements to be considered.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:

1. Develop knowledge of the theories associated with the transfer of policy.
2. Critically reflect ways that theories are frequently framed as being geographically-specific, particularly in terms of the global north and the global south.
3. Critically evaluate the roles of transfer agents in the policy transfer process, and how these roles are impacted by global and local power contexts in detailed case studies.
4. Recognise possibility of alternative futures, with particular emphasis upon the visioning of desirable futures and how policy transfer feeds into such visioning.
5. Reflect and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of transdisciplinary, interdisciplinary and single disciplinary approaches, examining these in a variety of contexts.
6. Develop an understanding of the various alternative philosophical approaches underlying different elements of the module.

Skills Learning Outcomes
Skills outcomes relevant to Assessment 1 (essay):

SO1: Students will develop critical analytical and research skills through assessing articles from academic sources.
SO2: They will develop and apply academic writing and presentation skills through the coursework assignment.

Skills outcomes relevant to Assessment 2 (group presentation):

SO3 Students will learn how to conduct participatory planning approaches through organisation of workshops.
SO4: Students are required to work across interdisciplinary and international teams when preparing presentations and organising of workshops, and will need to develop skills of sensitivity to the issues raised by those from differing geographic locations.

Skills outcomes relevant to both assessments:

SO5: Students will need to practice presentation and writing skills for non-academic audiences and to employ creative and critical thinking.


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

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours128.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Many opportunities for formative feedback are given. One workshop is devoted to formative feedback on the coursework whilst one workshop is devoted to formative feedback on preparations for the group visioning exercise. One-to-one formative feedback takes place on an ad basis, e.g. through emails.

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: 17/04/2024


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