Agenda Setting and Public Policy
Course Code: PUBLG039
Course Tutor: Dr Peter John (Department of Political Science)
Assessment: One 3,000 word essay
Credit Value: 15 credits
About this course
Agenda Setting and Public Policy is about how political participants seek to influence the policy agenda. The course has as its main focus the agenda-setting role of the media and public opinion on public policy. Drawing on recent work in Public Policy, the course places special emphasis on the extent to which the internet and the use of social media has challenged decision-makers and affected the policymaking process. Topics to be covered are: agenda setting, power, the media, social media, public opinion and punctuated equilibrium. In addition, students will have the opportunity to work with data from the Policy Agendas Project.