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Course module: 202100505
Smart Interventions and Policy
Course info
Course module202100505
Credits (ECTS)15
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. P.J. Klok
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dr. I. Bouzguenda
dr. C. Fischer
prof.dr. M.A. Heldeweg
Contactperson for the course
dr. P.J. Klok
dr. P.J. Klok
Academic year2021
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
  • Students have a basic understanding of the concepts and approaches of policy studies.
  • Students are able to apply these approaches to simple examples aimed at behavioural change.
  • Students are able to describe the converging technologies revolution with a focus on health technologies and identify the ethical issues that come with it.
  • Students are able to carry out simple and multiple regression analyses on a given data set using R for statistics
  • Students can interpret all standard output of simple regression and multiple regression using R for statistics
  • Students demonstrate the correct use the basic concepts of inference: confidence intervals, standard errors, t-tests and null hypothesis testing and p-values, and know the distinction between the sample data and the population that one wants to make inferences about.
  • Students are able to design a basic policy solution to a health problem in which technologies in combination with societal factors play a role in shaping behavior.
  • Students are able to write a policy memorandum containing a policy proposal.

The module contains a component (policy, behaviour and technology) that teaches students the core concepts of and the main approaches to policy studies. These concepts and approaches stem from policy studies as a specific (inter)discipline and from the main disciplines in public administration. Teaching is organized along the line of different stages in the policy process: policy formation, policy implementation and policy evaluation. This part will focus on the relation between policy, (health) technology and (healthy) behaviour.

The module contains a data analysis component that teaches students how to investigate differences between groups and the relationship between variables. This part includes the principles of hypothesis testing, calculating and interpreting confidence intervals and describing and interpreting relationships between variables. This will be done using R for statistics.

The module contains a project on health interventions. Students design a policy that is aimed at improving health behavior using technological and other interventions. Groups of students use a number of methods for policy analysis in designing a policy. These include methods for problem analysis, methods for generation and evaluation of policy solutions. The specific design aspects of the policy proposals are taught in a separate module component (policy design), were students individually develop a single policy intervention.The final result is a policy memorandum, containing an integrated policy advice. Specific skills needed for group work and to give (written) policy advice are part of the project.
Module 3
Participating study
Bachelor Management, Society and Technology
Required materials
Knill, C. and J. Tosun, Public Policy A New Introduction, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012 ISBN 9780230278394
Volti, R. (2017) Society and Technological Change, 8th edition. New York: Worth Publishers
Kathy Turner, Lynette Ireland, Brenda Krenus and Leigh Pointon, Essential Academic Skills, Second edition, Oxford University press, ISNBN 978-0-19-557605-4, ISBN-13:978019-5576054
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

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Presence dutyYes

Project supervised
Presence dutyYes

Self study without assistance

Policy Behaviour and Technology

Written exam

Data Analysis 1

Written exam

Project: Health Interventions

4 assignments and a presentation

Policy Design

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