DSPS2301Course Outline

Policy Analysis and Design Thinking DSPS2301, 2022-23, First Term 1 The Chinese University of Hong Kong BSSc in Data Science and Policy Studies DSPS2301: Policy Analysis and Design Thinking First Term 2022/2023 Teacher: Dr. Daan WANG Lecture time: Thursday 2:30pm to 5:15pm Lecture venue: Wong Foo Yuan Building (FYB) , FYB-405 Email: [email protected] Phone: +852 3943 3009 Office Hours: CKB 517D, Wednesday 2:30-3:30 pm, Thursday 11:00-12:00 am, you may contact the teacher via email to make the appointment. 1. Course Description This course introduces public policy analysis and design thinking to give students an integrated and comprehensive approach of resolving public problems. Design thinking, with its key features of being solution-based, user involvement, co-creation of knowledge, co- evolution of solution and problem, complements the economics-based and analytical model of public policy analysis well, leading to solutions that are progressively refined through an iterative process of providing voice to end-users and engaging them in shaping decisions. This course intends to strengthen students' ability in serving the dual role of a capable policy designer and an effective analyst who solve the policy problem and satisfy the diverse concerns of stakeholders. This course offers learning experience for students on how policy analysis is executed to achieve better policy outcome and how design thinking is applied to meet the needs of the end-users of public policy and achieve better solutions for public issues.
Policy Analysis and Design Thinking DSPS2301, 2022-23, First Term 2 2. Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) Upon completion of the course, students will be able to: ¨ Knowledge and Understanding: Have the knowledge and techniques to understand and analyze public policies as the approaches to acknowledge the impacts of public policies on the society. Have the competency in applying the theories and practice of policy analysis and design thinking in further career or studies. Have the capacity to utilize the ideas of design thinking in policy design to generate solutions to policy challenges. Understand the strengths and limitations of different types of policy theories in policy analysis. Understand the strengths and limitations of design thinking as an approaches in policy analysis. Process effective monitoring and evaluation of public policies. ¨ Skills Apply sound policy analyzing skills and design thinking as tools to design public policies in order to pursue a better governance. Interpret and present policy research findings to different stakeholders. Attitudes Become sensitive to the importance of different stakeholders related to particular public policy. Become responsible to the society when designing and formulating public policy. Become aware of the importance of thorough understandings of the policy and public participation in policy making process. Have the knowledge and techniques to understand and analyze public
Policy Analysis and Design Thinking DSPS2301, 2022-23, First Term 3 3. Course Materials (E-copies will be provided) 1. Weimer, D. L., & Vining, A.R. (2017). Policy analysis: Concepts and practice. Florence: Routledge 2. Lewrick, M., Link, P., & Leifer, L. (2020). The Design Thinking Toolbox: A Guide to Mastering the Most Popular and Valuable Innovation Methods. New York: John Wiley & Sons Inc. 3. Stoker, G., & Evans, M. (2016). Evidence-based policy making in the social sciences: Methods that matter. Chicago, Illinois: Policy Press. 4. Mayer, I.S., Daalen, E.V., & Bots, P. W.G. (2004). Perspectives on policy analyses: A framework for understanding and design. International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, 4(2), 169-191. Hong Kong Policy Resources: Database on particular policy issues - Full list of specific policy issues, Legislative Council of the HKSAR ( https://www.legco.gov.hk/database/english/full.htm ) Public consultation papers of The HKSAR Government ( https://www.gov.hk/en/residents/government/publication/consultation/archi ves.htm ) Research reports of Public Policy Research (PPR) Funding Scheme ( https://www.pico.gov.hk/en/PRFS/ppr-reports.html & https://www.pico.gov.hk/en/PRFS/sppr-reports.html ) Global Policy Resources: Database on various policy research reports by The World Bank: ( https://www.worldbank.org/en/research/brief/policy-research-reports ) 4. Course Assessments The assessment is based on the following items: Class participation 15% Group presentation and written report 45% Individual Policy Research Paper 40%
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