Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1044: Introduction to Public Policy

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


  1. An Introduction to Public Policy
  2. Who are the Policy Actors?
  3. Citizen Attention and Issue Framing
  4. Government Attention
  5. Decision Making Models
  6. How do Institutions Matter?
  7. Policy in Space
  8. Policy in Time
  9. Policy Implementation
  10. Policy Evaluation
  11. Module Review

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities16.511 x 1.5 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities1111 x 1 hour tutorial. Tutorials are based on lecture topics. Every student will be expected to present a formative assessment during the semester.
Guided Independent Study5.5Preparation for formative seminar presentation
Guided independent study40Preparation and writing of essay
Guided independent study37Preparation and revision for examination
Guided Independent Study40Reading for Tutorials

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).