Teaching plan for the course unit

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General information


Course unit name: Public Policies I

Course unit code: 362540

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Lluķs Medir Tejado

Department: Department of Political Science, Constitutional Law and Philosophy of Law

Credits: 6

Single program: N



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 150


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture with practical component




Supervised project


Independent learning




Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— Explain how public policymaking takes place, how policymakers define the public’s needs and problems and how they set agendas.
— Identify specific features of decision-making procedures and describe the separation of powers between the different actors involved.
— Identify the institutional scenarios in which political policymaking takes place and is implemented and evaluated.

— Discuss the gender perspective in public policymaking.


Referring to abilities, skills

— Value the importance of reading in specialist areas as a form of professional and in-service training.
— Use specialist reading skills to analyse and interpret scientific texts.
— Retrieve and select data and use them in research.
— Use report writing skills such as the ability to summarise and explain ideas.
— Use critical public speaking skills.
— Work with the methods, techniques and models that are most commonly used in public policy analysis.
— Apply procedures of public policy analysis to specific case studies.


Referring to attitudes, values and norms

— Participate actively in class.
— Defend ideas using discussion skills.
— Engage in teamwork.
— Show ethical responsibility in the preparation of assignments and tests.



Teaching blocks


1. Defining a public policy

*  1.1. Polity, politics and policy
1.2. Basic principles
1.3. Public policy analysis. Approaches and models.
1.4. Classification by content. Dimension of public policies.
1.5. Stages in public policymaking

2. Defining public problems and getting them onto the agenda

*  2.1. Problems and non-problems
2.2. Types of agenda and agenda setting: public or systemic agendas versus institutional or governmental agendas
2.3. Windows of opportunity. Policy entrepreneurs. Agenda setters. 
2.4. Problem definition and the impact of dominant definitions. The importance of the gender perspective in the formation of public problems.
2.5. Participation of different actors in agenda setting. Affected groups and political actors.

3. Formulating alternatives

*  3.1. Formulation of alternatives and public policy design
3.2. Alternatives from a gender perspective
3.3. The role of experts and evaluators. Think tanks.
3.4. Technical viability
3.5. Political viability

4. Decision-making

*  4.1. Non-decisions (excluding issues from an agenda). Political decision-making. Legal decision-making.
4.2. Rational and bounded rationality decision-making
4.3. The incremental model
4.4. The "garbage can
" model
4.5. Gender-based models

5. Implementing policy

*  5.1. Top-down models
5.2. Bottom-up models
5.3. Introduction to traditional public administration and new public management
5.4. Principles of public management: plans, projects and programmes
5.5. Introduction to governance and multi-level policy

6. Programme evaluation

*  6.1. Objectives
6.2. Types
6.3. Interests during the evaluation process
6.4. Utility and effects
6.5. Retrospective action

7. Cross-disciplinary aspects

*  1. Models of change

2. Institutions

3. Public policy instruments

4. Public policymaking from a gender perspective





Reading and study resources

Consulteu la disponibilitat a CERCABIB


AGUILAR, L.F. La hechura de las políticas. México : Miguel Ángel Porrúa, 1996.

Enllaē al CCUC  EnllaƧ
Edició de 1992  EnllaƧ

AGUILAR, L.F. Problemas públicos y agenda de gobierno. México, D.F. : Miguel Ángel Porrúa, 1996.

Enllaē al CCUC  EnllaƧ
Edició de 2000  EnllaƧ

AGUILAR, L.F. La implementación de las políticas. México : Miguel Ángel Porrúa, 1996.

Enllaē al CCUC  EnllaƧ

ESPING-ANDERSEN, G. Fundamentos sociales de las economías postindustriales. Barcelona : Ariel, 2000.   EnllaƧ

KINGDON, J.W. Agendas, alternatives, and public policies. New York : Harper Collins, 1995.   EnllaƧ

LINDBLOM, C.E. El proceso de elaboración de políticas públicas. Madrid : Ministerio para las Administraciones Públicas, 1991.   EnllaƧ

MORAN, M.; REIN, M.; GOODIN, R.E. Oxford handbook of public policy. Oxford [etc.] : Oxford University Press, 2006.   EnllaƧ

SABATIER, P.A. Theories of policy process. Boulder, (Colo.) : Westview Press, 2007.   EnllaƧ

SUBIRATS, J. Análisis y gestión de políticas públicas. Barcelona : Ariel, 2008.   EnllaƧ

SUBIRATS, J. Análisis de políticas públicas y eficacia de la Administración. Madrid : Instituto Nacional de Administración Pública. Ministerio para las Administraciones Públicas, 1989.   EnllaƧ

Krook, M., & Mackay, F. (Eds.). (2010). Gender, politics and institutions: Towards a feminist institutionalism. Springer.

Stone, D. A. (1997). Policy paradox: The art of political decision making (Vol. 13). New York: ww Norton.

https://cercabib.ub.edu/discovery/search?vid=34CSUC_UB:VU1&search_scope=MyInst_and_CI&query=any,contains,b2531206*  EnllaƧ

Mouffe, C., & Laclau, S. (2007). En torno a lo político. Buenos Aires: Fondo de cultura económica.

https://cercabib.ub.edu/discovery/search?vid=34CSUC_UB:VU1&search_scope=MyInst_and_CI&query=any,contains,b1821601*  EnllaƧ