Aims/Description: Students will prepare, organise, conduct, and report original research using policy analysis or programme evaluation on a topic of their choosing. Students will either be expected to collect original material to investigate the topic, or to perform secondary analysis on information drawn from existing sources. The finished product is presented in the style and length of a long journal article (and similar to that of a UK government Command Paper in many ways). It represents the culmination of learning and skills development within the interdisciplinary PPE course and demonstrates a student's ability to select a suitable topic, find and evaluate the relevant and available evidence, and recommend a course of action.

Restrictions on availability: Only available to students taking BA/BSc PPE.

Staff Contact: HARTMAN TODD K
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study,
Assessment: Course work, Project work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Sheffield Methods Institute):

Teaching timetable


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