Summer 2023 - POL 253 D100

Introduction to Public Policy (3)

Class Number: 3458

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 5016, Burnaby



Explores the political dimensions of public policy making in Canada. Reviews theories and techniques in policy analysis, and focuses on the contemporary dynamics of public policy in various economic and social sectors from the point of view of political ideas, interests, institutions, and decision-making. Breadth-Social Sciences.


Nearly every person falls under the purview of some governing authority whose primary function is creating public policy. This course will consider the conceptual framework of the policy process. Theoretical discussions will be related to practical concerns around policy implementation.  Policymaking has changed considerably in the last decade, due to factors, such as globalization, necessitating a reconsideration of the traditional tools of policy analysis.  Interest groups and non-governmental organizations are often involved in the policy process along with the citizens of a country. The course will focus on some of the significant policy fields that preoccupy Canadian policymakers at all levels of government. It will introduce the approaches to policy making in critical areas, such as macroeconomic, social, health, aboriginal, and environmental.



  • Three quizzes in the lecture 30%
  • Attendance and Participation in the tutorial 10%
  • Attendance and Participation in the lecture 10%
  • Short paper 20%
  • Term paper proposal 5%
  • Term paper 25%



Lydia Miljan, Public Policy in Canada: An Introduction 8th edition (Oxford University 2022) ISBN: 9780199038145  Available digitally from Vital Source


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