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Political Science, Ma, Evaluation Method, 7,5 Credits

General data

Code: SK024A
Subject/Main field: Statsvetenskap
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Humanities and Social Sciences
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 3/1/2013
Date of change: 10/2/2015
Version valid from: 8/29/2014


The course aims at developing students’ theoretical knowledge of implementation of policy decisions, how policies can be evaluated and which methods that can be applied for that purpose. The main focus of the course is evaluations; the theoretical concepts underpinning evaluations and the application of these methods.

Course objectives

After the course is completed the student should be able to:

- Describe and critically analyze theories regarding implementation of public policy.

- Describe and critically analyze different types of evaluations and theories that found these.

- Be able to independently suggest suitable evaluations based on different problems in society, prove how these are to be conducted and to be able to apply theories of evaluation.


This course is divided into three parts and consists both of theoretical orientations as well as practice in evaluation methods.

In the first part the theoretical concepts of implementation of public policy are dealt with. This part is related to implementation theory from political science.

The second part deals with evaluation of public policy. Different types of evaluations are discussed and together with different theoretical perspectives of evaluation.

The third part deals with methods of conducting evaluations. Both qualitative as quantitative methods are discussed and applied on practical cases.

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree with a major (90 Credits) in Political Science.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

Teaching will take place as lectures and seminars.

Examination form

Examination will take the form of written examination and active participation at seminars.

Grading criteria: see subject-specific grading criteria at

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Author: Alkin, M. C. (red)
Title: Evaluation Roots: Wider Perspective of Theorists Views and Influences
Edition: senaste upplagan
Publisher: Sage

Author: Davidson, E. J.
Title: Evaluation Methodology Basics: The Nuts and Bolts of Sound Evaluation
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Sage

Author: Hill, M. & Hupe, P.
Title: Implementing Public Policy
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Sage

Artiklar eller annat skriftligt material som tillhandahålls tillkommer.

Scientific articles and other written material will be added.

Other information

Demands for compulsory attendance may be specified in a student’s guide. If demands for attendance are not met, the student has an opportunity to complete that the next time the course is given.