Evaluation of Public Policy

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Evaluation of Public Policy

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    International Studies, Public Policy Studies, Research Methodology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Evaluation of Public Policy
    Bachelor in International Studies
    ECTS Credits: 6.0
    Semester: 2

    COMPETENCES AND SKILLS THAT WILL BE ACQUIRED AND LEARNING RESULTS

    BASIC AND GENERAL COMPETENCES
    CG4 Be able to manage information: identify, organize and analyze relevant information critically and systematically within the context of international relations.
    CG5 Be able to debate and formulate critical reasoning, using precise terminology and specialized resources, when analyzing international and global phenomena, employing both the concepts and knowledge from different disciplines as well as the methods of analysis, paradigms and concepts pertaining to the Social Sciences.
    CB1 Be able to show that they possess and comprehend facts and contents in an area of study which, based on a previous general secondary school level, have been extended to those included in advanced textbooks and in some aspects proceed from the most advanced studies in this area.
    CB2 Be able to show that they have learned how to apply their knowledge professionally to their future jobs or tasks and that they possess the competences needed to develop and defend arguments and solve problems in that area of study.
    CB3 Be able to show that they are capable of collecting and interpreting the relevant data (normally within their area of study) needed for formulating judgments which require critical thought on social, scientific and ethical topics of relevance.
    CB4 Be able to show that they are able to transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions both to specialized and non-specialized publics.
    CB5 Be able to show that they have developed the learning skills required to perform further studies with a high degree of self-dependence.

    OVERLAPPING COMPETENCES
    CT1 Acquire the capacity to communicate knowledge in oral and written form, both to specialized and to non-specialized publics.
    CT2 Acquire the capacity to establish good interpersonal communication and to work both in interdisciplinary and international teams.
    CT3 Acquire the capacity to organize and plan workloads, taking correct decisions based on the available information, collecting and interpreting relevant data in order to provide assessments in that area of study.
    CT4 Develop the motivation and capacity to perform independent continuous learning for life, with an endowment to adapt to change and new situations.

    SPECIFIC COMPETENCES
    CE13 Be familiar with the principles of cost-benefit analysis and its application to basic problems.
    CE14 Be able to design and evaluate viable and sustainable political and socio-economic programs designed for social advancement.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES
    - Applied knowledge regarding methods of evaluation and preparation of a research design for evaluation.
    - Applied knowledge regarding the experimental method in public policy, treatment and randomization, types of experimental designs.
    - Applied knowledge regarding procurement, creation and performance of indicators that enable the measurement of effects and consequences of interventions and programs.
    - Applied knowledge regarding the preparation of evaluation reports.

    DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS: PROGRAMME

    Public policies at the international level: programs and interventions of states, supranational institutions, NGOs. Methodological problems of policy evaluation: causality, endogeneity and selection bias. Experimental methods: field experiments, natural experiments, quasi-experimental designs. Measurement and indicators. Fieldwork. Elaboration of evaluation reports. Case studies: peacekeeping missions, trade embargoes, military interventions, cooperation for development and development aid, economic and political reforms.

    ASSESSMENT SYSTEM
    - 40% Continuous assessment (assignments, labs, practicals, etc.)
    - 60% End-of-term exam

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.