Applied Social Psychology: Evaluation of Public Policies and Programmes



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

There is a growing interest in our days towards the evaluation of public policies. It is becoming evident that some of the public policies are having a high vulnerability as far as politics is concerned. It is especially true when the target of the public policy is a social phenomenon which is interpreted in a moral space (R.Room, 2005). During the course the students would become acquainted with the most important theoretical and practical approaches of policy making and policy analysis. The course is aiming at providing the students with the opportunity to get insight in the practicalities of policy formulation and evaluation. The problem of evidence based/evidence informed policy making will be discussed in details.

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