Public Policy Analysis
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Valdkonnapoliitikate analüüs
Course title in English
Public Policy Analysis
ECTS credits
Assessment form
lecturer of 2022/2023 Spring semester
Sandra Haugas (language of instruction:English)
lecturer of 2023/2024 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
To obtain knowledge and analyze different processes and management in public policies; form opinions in policy making.
Brief description of the course
Basic concepts: public policy, policy context, policy cycle.

Public policy-making: policy process, policy design, defining policy problems, creating and choosing policy instruments, policy implementation, policy evaluation.

Main public policy areas: educational policy, family policy, pension policy, health policy, environmental policy, housing policy.

Types of policy analysis: cost-benefit analysis (CBA), cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA), decision tree, impact analysis, Delphi technique, feasibility assessment technique, implementation analysis.

Lectures: online in Zoom or independently listening the audio file created beforehand by the lecturer (will be specified at least one week before the lecture).

Seminars: online discussion of assigned literature (the list of articles will be given at least one week before the seminar).

Labs: working independently with online free access databases to describe concrete areas of public policies in given countries/ regimes, implementing the task in written form and sending it to the lecturer for assessing.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- has the knowledge on the main concepts and dilemmas of public policy, public policy making and public policy analysis;
- has a brief overview of the main public policies (e.g. educational policy and family policy), including their main basis of comparison, practical skills on analysing contemporary public policy problems, ability to engage in discussions on various public policy related topics.
Sandra Haugas