Bachelors in Social Sciences

Public Policy

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Public policy degrees deal with the network of interrelated decisions that lead to the creation of new rules, laws and regulations. Public policy makers consider objectives, means and resources they need to use in order to achieve effective and lasting social change. Proposed policies have to be authorised by legislation, so they need to take into account factors such as relevance, effectiveness, and the interaction with governmental institutions and other policies.

The difference between the study of public policy and related disciplines such as political science or economics, is that the former focuses more on applying theory to practical solutions. Public policy creates the basis of constitutions, laws and judicial decisions. The public policy discipline integrates theories and methods from economy, sociology, public management, political science and finance.

Public policy students will gather in depth information on topics such as applied econometrics and public policy, political psychology and public policy, management aspects of public policy, public budgeting, business of non-profits, and more.

Apart from communication and presentation skills, public policy degrees will equip students to methods in disputing public regulations. They will also be experts in policy analysis and implementation.

Students pursue careers in a wide range of sectors including: policy-making and governance, non-profit leadership, international development, social entrepreneurship, strategic and management consulting, public administration and defence, public affairs and communications.

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