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School of Economics and Political Science
EUROPEAN AND GLOBAL STUDIES
Course unit
PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND POLICY EVALUATION (MOD. B)
EPP8084301, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
EUROPEAN AND GLOBAL STUDIES
EP2444, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track EUROPEAN POLICIES [002PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND POLICY EVALUATION (MOD. B)
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA

Lecturers
Teacher in charge PAOLO ROBERTO GRAZIANO SPS/04
Other lecturers EKATERINA DOMORENOK SPS/04
MARIA STELLA RIGHETTINI SPS/04

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge
EPP8084300 EU POLICY DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION (C.I.) PAOLO ROBERTO GRAZIANO

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/04 Polticial Science 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Syllabus

Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of political science.
Target skills and knowledge: The course will allow students to understand policy cycles and governance processes of the EU in a broader perspective, and will be specifically focused on policy design, implementation and evaluation. At the end of the course the student will be able to detect policy objectives, principles, procedures and instruments, will be capable of analysing them in a critical fashion, will unveil the main actors involved, their interests and interactions. Furthermore, the student will be able of connecting the policy content with various evaluations techniques (ex ante, in itinere and ex post).
Examination methods: The assessment methods have been designed in order to stimulate active involvement in the course and to develop a mix of knowledge and know-how. The grade breakdown is as follows:

Final written exam – Module A: 35%
Final written exam – Module B: 35%
Individual or group assignment (written or oral): 30%
Assessment criteria: Conceptual clarity and analytical capacity

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: Following what learned in Module A, Module B will develop some practical features of EU public policies with specific reference to policy implementation, project management and policy evaluation.
Therefore, in the first part of Module B specific EU programs will be examined, putting particular emphasis on the practical policy implications and implementation gaps or administrative capacities failures within the broad perspective of the principal analytical approaches linked to policy implementation (top-down vs. bottom-up).
In the second part of the module we shall focus on unpacking the policy process in project development and management, analysing how policy formulation and policy implementation may be seen as policy development and policy management processes with a broad involvement of political, social and private actors.
The third part of the course illustrates the evolution of the approach adopted by the European Commission to evaluate policies and programs through the various cycles of programming. It also analyzes the different theories of evaluation (neo-positivist, realist, pragmatist and structuralist) and their functionality along the European policy cycle and at the various levels of governance and implementation.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The active participation of students is foreseen through the analysis of cases and other interactive techniques aimed at favoring group work that enhance the ability to define expected results, implementation techniques and identify suitable tools to meet the evaluation demand along the policy cycle and prepare an evaluation plan that includes indicators of ouput, outcome and impact.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Howlett M. (2011), Designing public policies. Principles and instruments, London and New York: Routledge, Parts I and III
Peters G.B., Public Policy, Chapters 7 and 8, Edward Elgar, 2015.pp.127-168.
Lehtonen M., Indicators: tools for informing, monitoring or controlling?, Jordan A.J. and Turnpenny J.R., The Tools of Policy Formulation, Chapter 4, Edward Elgar, 2015, pp. 76-99

Downloadable articles on project development and policy evaluation will be made available on moodle.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Problem solving
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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