POL5401 - Values and Choice in Public and Social Policy

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public Policy
Credit Units
Course Duration
One semester
Equivalent Course(s)
Course Offering Term*:
Semester A 2015/16

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course aims to
  • examine the rationale and the context of the study of public policy
  • analyse the relationship between the state, society and public policy
  • assess policy capacity in Hong Kong
  • discuss the concept of globalization and its consequences on public policy
  • develop ideas about the relationship between values and the normative basis of public policy
  • examine, compare and evaluate different moral principles and ethical theories shaping public policy and service delivery
  • enable students to develop their ideas about the moral basis of public policy making in Hong Kong   

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Conceptual Essay: 15%
Tutorial Participation/Presentation: 10%
Tutorial Essay: 15%
End-of–term examination: 60%
Examination Duration: 2 hours
Detailed Course Information


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Department of Public Policy