This course aims to enable students to discover a contemporary and critical perspective on evidence-based policy-making in relation to key policy areas and issues. The research needs of policy makers, practitioners and decision-makers are considered and the research literature about bridging the gaps between research, policy and practice is appraised. In emphasising the use of evidence for making and evaluating policy, the course complements and integrates learning about the classical theoretical approaches and policy processes that are studied in POL6201. Opportunities are provided for focused, in-depth comparative examination of topics drawn from a range of major policy issues that include areas such as ageing and care for the elderly, environmental policy and politics, healthcare policy; education policy, transport policy, housing policy, and economic policy, including issues relating to economic co-operation between regional partners, for example such as between Hong Kong and China or between Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. The selection of topics addressed each year may vary.