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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 SS 2020 (current)

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

The module exam consists of a 120-minute written exam in which students are expected to recall and remember basic theories, methods and empirical findings of policy analysis without any aids (foreign students are allowed to use a German dictionary). Both knowledge and transfer questions are asked, which must be answered with the help of independent formulations. The exam content consists of questions related to the contents of the lecture, literature, and exercises.

Exam Repetition

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

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