In this unit students will examine the relationships between politics, policy and impact, in their chosen area. Students will analyse the role of advocacy, agency and power dynamics in influencing and implementing policy. Students learn how to proactively manage the impact of politics and policy on their professional identity and practice. As policy is normally written in the context of a community of thought, students will undertake all assessments in this unit in small groups or pairs. Part of the learning in this unit involves negotiating their role and the roles of others within these working groups. Students will be supported through this process.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify opportunities to influence policy through advocacy;  
  2. llustrate how to exercise agency in shaping and implementing policy;  
  3. Develop policies in a way that thoughtfully considers power dynamics;  
  4. Reflect on the impact of politics and policy on their professional identity and practice.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Review Critically review and collaboratively respond to existing policies, identifying the purpose and impact of those policies. 20%
Report Illustrate examples of how practitioners exercise agency in implementing policy. 40%
Presentation Present an explanation of a new policy to a chosen audience. 40%

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