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Module Code: INR308
Module Title: Public Policy and Cultural Diplomacy
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: International Relations
Pre-requisites: N/A
The aim of this module is to provide students with a set of conceptual frameworks for analysing the political environment of public policy, soft power and policy research, and to provide the intellectual and critical tools to frame effective strategies for policy analysis and design, program evaluation and advocacy. Students will start learning how to shape policy strategies by studying the dynamics of political environments and institutions, cultural factors, and notions of political and social psychology. As possible future participants in public policy making, policy analysts, executives, and administrators, students will learn how to understand current issues in a comparative framework, putting concepts in perspective and considering a selected range of domestic policymaking environments. A connected topic is the use of culture by a State on different levels, as a way of promoting interests and an international position. Students will explore the concept of power (soft, smart and other declinations) to understand, both in theory and practice, the notion of cultural diplomacy as an exercise of power by State and non-State actors towards other countries’ citizens as well as elites and leaders.

Learning outcomes 
A Understand the central components of policy making processes, including actors and institutions that influence it from all sectors

B Understand the relationships between actors and institutions across sectors throughout the stages of the policy making process

C Develop a strong foundation of knowledge concerning major public policy process theories and develop the ability to adopt these theories to study different aspects of the policy making system

D Use appropriate research skills

E Produce academic writing which is appropriate for the discipline

Method of teaching and learning 
Lectures, seminars and private study
Research methodology and approach

- issues and approaches to the study of public policy

- context and participants in the public policy process

- cultural diplomacy and soft power: methodological approaches

The impact of Public Policy on citizens' lives

- policy development: participants, goals, solutions, tools

- the role of the State in the economy

- the role of non-State actors in public policies

- case studies in a comparative perspective, including debates about immigration, welfare, public health, climate and energy

- Science, Scientists and Public Policy

Cultural diplomacy as a new tool of soft power

- Culture as an increasingly important aspect of international relation

- The role of state and non-state actors in elaborating cultural narratives and conducting cultural diplomacy

- Symbols and narratives of cultural diplomacy

- Cultural diplomacy and the redefinition of knowledge and perceptions about a country people, culture, society, politics in academic and political circles and among Ă©lites

- Cultural diplomacy as a way to redefine alliances and security patterns in global and in local contexts

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 19.5  19.5        111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Policy Paper/Journal Article Critical Assessment 15.00
2 Policy Paper Design And Writing 35.00
3 Essay 50.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 12/16/2019 7:00:58 AM