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Mandatory Course 4: International Policy Analysis

Mandatory Course 4: International Policy Analysis
Master programme in
International Public Administration and Politics * / International Politics and Governance
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Responsible for the activity
Sevasti Chatzopoulou (seva@ruc.dk)
Head of study
Sevasti Chatzopoulou (seva@ruc.dk)
Study administration
ISE Registration & Exams (ise-exams@ruc.dk)
Exam code(s)
Overall objective

This course focuses on international policy and how it is affected by international politics and governance. While International policy analysis presents certain similarities to that at the state level, it differs significantly. This course aims to provide a deep understanding of the rationale of international policy analysis and on how we can combine international relations and international public administration theories in this endeavor. International Policy Analysis focuses on the policy processes that are characterized by cooperation, negotiation, and/or conflicts involving various actors during the different phases of the policy cycle.

The international policy processes differ among policy areas and across governance levels (e.g. local, national, regional and international). The course provides theoretical knowledge on how policy is designed, decided, implemented, and evaluated in order to address international policy problems.

To enable the students to understand how international policy making occurs, the course provides empirical knowledge on specific policy areas (e.g. environmental or foreign policy) related to current events and policy initiatives (e.g. United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Strategy). The course focuses on policy instruments and how they differ across policy areas: From policy areas characterized by binding rules and sanctions to policy areas that are based on soft law and guidelines.

Policy areas include social policies, labor policy, pension, climate change and environment, Health and Food as well as foreign and security policies. Important overarching questions include: How do we define an international policy problem? Why and when do we need international policy solutions? What are the benefits and limits of the policy cycle framework in international policy analysis? Who are the actors and institutions involved in the different phases of the policy cycle? How these actors operate at different levels in selected policy areas? Which institutions operate at different levels in selected policy areas with which mandates and competences? How does their influence differ across countries and regions, and why?

Teaching consists primarily of lectures and continuous interaction and discussions with the students on a specific policy area. Each lecture concentrates usually on one policy area and introduces a relevant theoretical perspective depending on the type of policy area.

Detailed description of content

Students wil pick a question by drawing lots, with a preparation time of 30 minutes. The exam starts with the student answering the selected question. Following the student's answer to the selected question, the examiner and co-examiner will ask questions, which will cover the entire currciululum of the course.

Course material and Reading list

The pensum consists of the entire course literature, as specified on Moodle.

Overall plan and expected work effort

Expected work effort 10 ECTS, equivalent to about 300 work hours, of which 20 hours for classes, 220 hours for class preparation, and 60 hours for exam preparation.

Evaluation and feedback

A mid-term evaluation will take place in class, with a view to adadpting the remainder of the course in response to student feedback, where feasible.


Programme will be available on Moodle

Overall learning outcomes
  • To identify, analyse, and discuss international policy problems.

  • To select and apply key theories and methodologies in policy analysis.

  • To identify and explain differences in policies, policy processes, and policy instruments across policy areas and governance levels.

  • To disseminate policy analysis to the academic world and practitioners.

Form of examination
Individual oral exam with time for preparation.

Time for preparation including time to pick a question by drawing lots: 30 minutes.
Time allowed for exam including time used for assessment: 30 minutes.

Permitted support and preparation materials: All (only notes written during the preparation may be brought into the exam).

Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
Moderation: Internal co-assessor.
Form of Re-examination
Samme som ordinær eksamen / same form as ordinary exam
Type of examination in special cases
Examination and assessment criteria

Individual oral exam with time for preparation. Time for preparation including time to choose a question by drawing lots: 30 minutes. Time allowed for exam including time used for assessment: 30 minutes. Grading is based on the Danish grading scale, which consists of seven grades.

Assessment criteria (4) Students will be assessed on their ability to 1. Unfold and assess the various dimensions of international policy problems 2. Develop and describe alternative solutions to solve policy challenges, for instance, diplomatic discussions, international agreements, sanctions, etc. 3.Compare and evaluate the feasibility, or lack thereof, of policy solutions and the necessary resources and policy tools. 4. Apply methods of policy analysis covered in the course, such as the policy cycle model or case study research, to international policy problems

Exam code(s)
Exam code(s) : U60140
Last changed 06/03/2023

lecture list:

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Thursday 09-02-2023 12:15 - 09-02-2023 14:00 in week 06
International Policy Analysis (IPG)

Thursday 16-02-2023 12:15 - 16-02-2023 14:00 in week 07
International Policy Analysis (IPG)

Thursday 23-02-2023 12:15 - 23-02-2023 14:00 in week 08
International Policy Analysis (IPG)

Thursday 02-03-2023 12:15 - 02-03-2023 14:00 in week 09
International Policy Analysis (IPG)

Thursday 09-03-2023 12:15 - 09-03-2023 14:00 in week 10
International Policy Analysis (IPG)

Thursday 16-03-2023 12:15 - 16-03-2023 14:00 in week 11
International Policy Analysis (IPG)

Thursday 23-03-2023 12:15 - 23-03-2023 14:00 in week 12
International Policy Analysis (IPG)

Thursday 30-03-2023 12:15 - 30-03-2023 14:00 in week 13
International Policy Analysis (IPG)

Thursday 13-04-2023 12:15 - 13-04-2023 14:00 in week 15
International Policy Analysis (IPG)

Thursday 20-04-2023 12:15 - 20-04-2023 14:00 in week 16
International Policy Analysis (IPG)

Tuesday 25-04-2023 12:15 - 25-04-2023 14:00 in week 17
International Policy Analysis (IPG)

Thursday 27-04-2023 12:15 - 27-04-2023 14:00 in week 17
International Policy Analysis (IPG)

Thursday 04-05-2023 12:15 - 04-05-2023 14:00 in week 18
International Policy Analysis (IPG)

Tuesday 06-06-2023 08:15 - Friday 09-06-2023 18:00 in week 23
International Policy Analysis - Exam (IPG)

Friday 25-08-2023 08:15 - 25-08-2023 18:00 in week 34
International Policy Analysis - Reexam (IPG)