LOCAL PUBLIC POLICY
Overall objective of the course is that students acquire a full mastery of the tools of analysis of public policies. In particular, the first part of the lessons focuses on the main research perspectives available in the field of public policies and provides knowledge on the topics that are most relevant for understanding and designing policies. So related to the actors and the policy cycle, to the decision-making, implementation and evaluation processes. The second part of the lessons provides knowledge on specific policies undertaken and pursued within a framework of multilivel governance. This year, immigration policy, social policy and local development policy will be discussed in particular. Students will be asked to place the public policy under consideration in a comparative picture; critically evaluate the state of the literature in this regard; identify the main dimensions of variations; show that you know and handle the basic research tools; identify and analyze it in the course and in the contents. This with the aim of favoring the students' ability to apply the acquired knowledge and this also through the preparation of project work and the discussion of the cases presented by the teacher. The students' autonomy of judgment is developed through the study and comparison of a plurality of methodological approaches in the lectures and through the classroom discussion of the project work and of the cases presented by the teacher. Communication skills are developed through the presentation of project works. Learning skills are developed through lectures.
The general objective of the course is that students acquire a full mastery of the tools for the analysis of public policies in particular those in the local area. To this end, they will be able to grasp its unfolding in the various phases - from conception to implementation and evaluation - and critically analyze them. The course opens with its presentation to the students in all its essential aspects for an expected duration of 2 hours. Topics and contents covered will be illustrated, as well as the times and methods of conducting lessons, supplementary and further training activities, opportunities to verify the acquired knowledge that together contribute to determining the final grade. As always in the course, we will actively work to solicit the interests of students towards current themes in the scientific debate of the discipline. The course is divided into several parts: the first lasting 38 hours focuses on the main theoretical perspectives in the study of public policies and its analysis tools such as: policy cycle, arenas, resources and stakes. The second part of the 40-hour course is aimed at applying the content acquired in the first part of the course through individual research by students on specific policies. Also this year the first part of the course revolves around a specific theme which is the affirmation of new inclusive policy making models, based on the involvement of several actors in the construction of public choices, with particular reference to the local scale. The second part of the course is fed by the contribution of attending students who are called to carry out individual research on specific policies. These may vary in extent and originality but always aim to: place the public policy under consideration in a comparative picture; critically evaluate the state of the literature in this regard; identify the main dimensions of variations; show that you know and handle the basic research tools; identify and analyze it in the course and in the contents. This year specific research topics for this part of the course are: immigration policy, social policy and local development policy.
Traditional plus active involvement of students in the production of case studies, projects works and papers
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There are 3 methods: 1) the first evaluate the knowledges acquired in the first part of the course. After it there is a discussion on the weakeness shown to finish them. 2) the second evaluate in progress the written tests (for example essay and project works) and the oral test (the presentation done in classroom) done. The evaluation consider knowledges, analysis and ability of the students 3) the third is a oral examination of the case the student studied for the course for evaluate the capability of to use of the theory in the practice.