Module:Inspiring Change in Policy and Practice

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Philip Hudson
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    36 hours

Module content

  • The what, why and how of policy and policy making
  • How has policy making changed – the role and influence of social media
  • Who does policy and who to influence – Identifying key stakeholders in the policy matrix
  • The elements of the policy development process
  • Key themes for policy making in public health, environment, animal welfare and food security
  • The key skills for working in policy and making policy
  • Case studies e.g. Controlling Bovine TB, the rise of veganism
  • Theories of change related to activism and policy change
  • Influence and campaigning – examining different approaches – a contemporary look at Extinction Rebellion

Module outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Critique innovative examples of policy influences on public health, environmental impact, animal welfare and food security
  2. Propose opportunities for innovation and influence in the food and farming sector
  3. Review the leadership strengths and weaknesses demonstrated by individuals and organisations that have inspired change and worked with others to achieve a common goal
  4. Design an evidence-based initiative that is designed to bring about change within the food and farming sector


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Evidence-based initiative designed to influence policy or practice Up to 3000 words 100%

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