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Policy Analysis - Fundamentals

Module POL10700

This Module is offered by Department of Governance.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2016/7

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
SS 2020WS 2016/7

Basic Information

POL10700 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of soft-skill courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
180 h 60 h 6 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The module introduces the fundamentals of Policy Analysis, covering key concepts, theories and methods. At its core the module addresses the content, implementation and outcomes of government activities in various policy domains. According to Thomas R. Dye, policy analysis is concerned with finding out "what governments do, why they do it, and what difference it makes" (Dye 1977). Different answers to this question have led to the emergence of different schools of theory. Starting with an overview of the field of Policy Analysis, the module will work through the foundations of the main theoretical schools discussing them based on concrete examples.

Learning Outcome

After participating in the module’s courses, students will be able to define basic terms, concepts, theories and questions related to Policy Analysis; to use the basic scientific methods of Policy Analysis; to relate different theories and approaches of policy analysis to selected examples and review their explanatory power; to identify the constraints and determinants influencing the development of political communities; and to categorize criteria for evaluating policy outcomes in various contexts.


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Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

In the lectures, the basic concepts, theories and methods of policy analysis are presented making use of general examples. As part of accompanying exercises, these contents are more deeply examined and worked with making use of specific examples. During these exercises, students will have the opportunity to learn through contributing to in-depth discussions and practicing with concrete examples.


Course reserve readings, Online-Reader, PowerPoint, Exercices


Eduardo Jr. Araral, Scott Fritzen, Michael Howlett, M Ramesh, Xun, Wu (Hg.), Routledge Handbook of Public Policy, London, New York, Routledge, 2013. Frank Janning, Katrin Toens (Hg.), Die Zukunft der Policy-Forschung. Theorien, Methoden, Anwendungen, Wiesbaden, Springer VS, 2008. Klaus Schubert, Nils Bandelow (Hg.), Lehrbuch der Politikfeldanalyse 2.0, München, Oldenbourg, 2014.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Current notice in view of the restricted presence operation due to the CoViD19 pandemic: If the general conditions (hygiene, distance rules, etc.) for a presence test are not available, the planned form of examination can be switched to electronic (remote) testing in accordance with §13a APSO. The decision about this change will be announced as soon as possible, but at the latest 14 days before the examination date by the examiner after consultation with the responsible examination board.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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