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GOVT6159: Emotions, Agenda Setting, and Public Policy

From the ban on 'Supertrawlers' to investigating the 'live baiting' of greyhounds, modern public policy addresses contemporary issues in ways that mobilise or mitigate public sentiment. Understanding policymaking increasingly depends on analysing how the emotionality of a topic and the salience of an issue create penalties for actors and may influence policy responses. This unit focuses on the way emotional issues rise on the political agenda and can lead to short-term policy responses

Code GOVT6159
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate a wide-ranging and detailed knowledge of short-term and long-term processes of public policy making and implementation, focusing on a variety of OECD nations
  • LO2. demonstrate an awareness of the complexity of highly emotional policy issues, including current debates
  • LO3. demonstrate independent thinking and individual responsibility for learning
  • LO4. have developed their written and oral communication skills, including clear and logical expression of complex arguments.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.