Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM160: Yes Special Adviser. Political Advisers and Policy Making in a Global Perspective

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Mr Athanassios Gouglas (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module provides you with an advanced introduction to the study of political advisers, also known as special advisers (SpAds) in the UK. You will learn about the political and policy work of political advisers in an internationally comparative perspective, using evidence from frontier research, as well as live accounts from practitioners, both advisers and civil servants. You will also learn to use the comparative method to draw insights about political advisers across different state and administrative traditions, over time and between the executive and legislative branch. The module will provide you with advanced knowledge and the necessary entry-level skills to be able to work at political advisory jobs in politics (parties; parliament; government; public affairs). The module is suitable for non-specialist students. Basic knowledge of the different political and administrative traditions across the world would be an asset, but not required. Experience with basic research methods/designs and extended essay writing at BA level is required.

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