Module details for Public Policy and its effect on organisations


In this module students will develop the skills to assess, analyse and evaluate the impacts of the policy making process to organisations business in terms of the economic and broader social contributions it makes. In addition it will help provide a foundation for students to understand the important and complex role that government plays with all businesses, including businesses focused on sustainability the effect of public policy on business, the factors that influence public policy, the different views of the relationship between business and government, and the occurrence of market failures and the role of public policy.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with a critical and theoretical understanding of policy development and its effects on organisations and vis versa.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Demonstrate a critical understanding of the public policy process

2.  Apply theories and frameworks to the understand of policy implementation

3.  Analyse and Evaluate strengths and limitations of public policies on organisations through case studies

Indicative Content

1 What is public policy

PP is the process by which governments translate their political vision and ideologies into programmes and actions to deliver outcomes and desired changes in the real world.

2 The policy process

Explore the foundations, importance and goals of public policy by exploring the stages of the policy cycle and the political factors that influence each stage

3 Theories of power and the policy process

Apply the theory learned from the course such as, Rational Actor Theory and Institutional theory and apply it to real-world policy case studies

4 How organisations shape and impact on policy

Explain how organisations and industry representatives such as lobbyist can inform, persuade, pressure and influence governments, policy makers and public policy and to help serve their interest

5 Public policy and the operation of organisations

Explain how public policies and government influence markets for sustainable businesses; Understand why public policy is important to sustainable business and business more generally; Discuss the key influencers and impacts this relationship of public policy and why public policymaking does not always serve the public interest

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Practical Activity 24
Assessment 50
Independent 102
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


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