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Course module: 630033-B-6
Policy Analysis in Public Administration
Course info
Course module630033-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg Law School; Tilburg School of Politics and Public Admin.;
Is part of
B Public Governance
B Public Governance
PM Public Governance
PM Public Governance
Convenant TLS
Lecturer G. Bekebrede
Other course modules lecturer
dr. E.E.A. Wolf
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
Registration openfrom 14/08/2019 up to and including 02/08/2020
At the end of this course
  • the student understand the importance of public policy analysis for the policy process.
  • the student can structure policy problems according to the methods of Dunn.
  • the student can understand policy from the market and Polis thought of Stone.
  • the student can recognize policy theories, reconstruct and evaluate them.
  • the student can apply various techniques for policy analysis and implementation (such scenario technique, forecasting, etc.)
  • the student can write a policy report and present a policy advice in a team.
The grading consists of an exam, a policy report /  advice and a reflection on the process
You need a sufficient for the reflection. before the grade for the policy report / advice is valid.
At the end of the study year all partial grades will expire.
Required Prerequisites
Public Policy Making (1 year Public Administration) or equilivant
Recommended Prerequisites
Courses on research methods in general and qualitative research methods
As public administrator / policy analyst you need to be able to analyse policies and know how to deal with uncertainty (like incomplete information) of policy processes. How can the so-called wicked problems be recognized and understood? Which techniques can be used to structure these wicked problems? Is it possible to develop scenarios related to these issues and how can you do that? Based on studying literature, playing with practical examples and (partly) executing a policy analysis process you will be able to answer these questions.

This course builds on the course Public Policymaking. This course builds upon that knowledge and students will learn to recognize and analyze strategic policy issues. There are also various analysis techniques that will allow to analyze.
Type of instructions
Guest lectures
Working groups
Type of exams
Written exam (60%)
Assignments (40%)
Reflection (minimal sufficient)
Course available for exchange students
Bachelor level
Contact person G. Bekebrede
Timetable information
Policy Analysis in Public Administration
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01SM 1115-10-2019
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01SM 1204-12-2019
Required materials
This book is part of the required literature. We prefer the sixth edition. However the fifth edition is also possible
ISBN:978 1 138 74384 7
Title:Public Policy Analysis An Integrated approach
Author:William N. Dunn
This book is part of the required literature.
ISBN:978 0 393 91272 2
Title:Policy paradox: the art of political decision making
Author:Deborah Stone
To be announced
Some additional articles will be published via Canvas.
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