Spring 2024 - EDUC 817 G031

Policy Processes (3)

Class Number: 5529

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA



This course examines three interrelated aspects of policy studies as a critical function of the educational leadership role: conceptual and theoretical foundations concerning policy, policy actors, and policy processes; current research in the field; and topical issues and problems. It also considers social, economic and political contexts (e.g. technologization, corporatization, pluralism) and how they affect education.


Meeting Dates:

Every Wednesday (Full term starting Jan 8 - Apr 12)

No class Feb 21 (Reading Break)

Meeting Times:

5:00 – 8:00pm


Gain a broad view and developed understanding of current issues in education policy through theory, research, policy, and practice.

Develop your understanding of tenets, strengths, and limitations of policy processes

  1. a) Understand the principles of policy analysis.
  2. b) Understand the principles of policy design.
  3. c) Understand the principles of policy implementation.             
  4. d) Understand the principles of policy evaluation.

Identify key stages and aspects of the policy cycle  

Develop an understanding of education policy as situated in BC

Survey a range of policy frameworks used to interrogate policy.

Engage in self-reflection and self-critique regarding your own policy framework assumptions and explore the limits of your knowledge, thinking and practice. Consider the frameworks of others in understanding the diversity of approaches to policy development and application.

Explore the role of assessment in the policy and practice of education.

Analyze policy processes in your practice as a leader.

Apply a policy framework to an issue in your practice. 

Develop policy recommendations relevant to a theoretical framework and action research projects.

  1. a) Identify key policy actors, coalitions, positions, and debates within the policy area, as appropriate
  2. b) Consider how the policy will interact with education organizations and systems, as appropriate
  3. c) Consider the ethical issues associated with the policy proposal, as appropriate.


  • Policy context 20%
  • Policy analysis 20%
  • Personal policy framework 20%
  • Policy proposal 30%
  • Contribution 10%



Policy theory and practice:

McKenzie, Brad and Wharf, Brian. (2016). Connecting Policy to Practice in the Human Services, 4th Edition. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press Canada. ISBN: 978-0-19-901106-3. Available online:


ISBN: 978-0-19-901106-3

Policy Writing:

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (2011). Food Security Communications Toolkit. Rome, Italy: Author. Available: http://www.fao.org/3/a-i2195e.pdf

Lesson 4.1-4.3: Writing policy briefs http://www.fao.org/3/i2195e/i2195e03.pdf


Education and Training


Advanced Education:

Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training


 Private Training Institutions Branch



College and Institute Act: http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96052_01

University Act: http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96468_01

Royal Roads University Act: http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/96409_01

Labour Relations:

Public Sector Employers' Council Secretariat: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/organizational-structure/ministries-organizations/central-government-agencies/public-sector-employers-council-secretariat

Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA BC): https://www.cufa.bc.ca

Federation of Post-Secondary Educators: https://fpse.ca


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Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


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Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the term are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.