2023-2024 / SOCI2234-1

Construction of public policies


18h Th

Number of credits

 Master in agricultural bioengineering (120 ECTS)2 crédits 


Anne-Catherine Dalcq, Juliette Renard

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

1) Political systems
- Belgium: politica system, institutions, competences, orgaization of the State, political landscape
- European Union: main institutions (Parliament, Council, Commission)
2) Framing
- Definition of a public policy
- Roles and interventions of actors
- Sequencing and instruments of a public policy
- Innovation in the elaboration of public policies: citizen participation, co-creation, prospective and evaluation process, evolution of the role of politics
3) Development of public policies: case studies of European and/or regional policies: CAP, climate policy, local food systems

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

- Gain an overview of the institutions and frameworks for public policy making and decision making.
- Understand the power relations between actors
- Understand the issues and mechanismes of public decision-making in complex, multi-actor and multi-levels environments

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

There is no prerequisite

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Conceptual framework
External guest-speakers 
Formulation de questions

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

face-to-face : 18h

Recommended or required readings

The course contents are summarised in a PowerPoint presentation and the guest-speakers' presentations are handed out to the students at the end of the session.

Any session :

- In-person

written exam AND oral exam

- Remote

oral exam AND written work

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred remote

Additional information:

Written work and oral presentation.

Work placement(s)

No training

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

not applicable


Sabine Laruelle
Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (ULiège)

contact via mon mail privé : la.lambert@gmail.com

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