This course aims to provide participants with both theoretical knowledge and practical tools to understand and meet the challenges that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) pose for governments devising public policies and delivery strategies to achieve them.
Since their formulation in 2015, the SDGs have entered the policy discourse of many developing countries, affecting policy-making and implementation processes. Rather than discussing the SDGs and their implications for development, this course will focus directly on the political and administrative capacities needed to pursue SDGs successfully. Issues that will be covered include strengthening of governance and stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, improvement of policy analysis and decision-making capabilities, advancement of public financial management systems and accountability, and the role that management control, monitoring and evaluation have in pursuing the SDGs.
The course will draw examples and case studies from various countries and different thematic areas including poverty, inequalities, sustainability, human capital, the environment, and peace and justice institutions.
On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
- Understand what SDGs are and how they matter for public policy and management.
- Explain how the pursue of SDGs affects the policy-making process.
- Explain how organisational and financial resources should be aligned to the pursue of SDGs.
- Explain how the attainment of SDGs can be measured, appraised and reported.
This course is worth 15 credits in the UK system. 15 credits are equivalent to 4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system.
If you intend to transfer credit to your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you apply. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however, please be aware that the decision to transfer credit rests with your home institution.
- A 2,500-word essay (70%)
- Group presentation (30%)
Week 1: Defining the roadmap towards the SDGs
- Applying policy analysis to SDGs aims
- Conducting stakeholder analysis
- Making public policies
- Partnering with other stakeholders
Week 2: Organising, resourcing and controlling the achievement of SDGs
- Developing organisational capacity
- Strengthening public financial management systems
- Using performance management systems
- Monitoring and evaluating policies and programmes
Week 3: Writing week before the submission of the final assignment
Teaching & Learning
Teaching will consist of a mix of lectures, guest lectures, tutorials and activities such as field visits. In tutorials, students will be required to do presentations on assigned topics that relate to SDG policy issues.
The students will learn the implications of SDGs onto the making and implementation of public policies. They will develop the capacity to critically argue about the role and impact of SDGs on public policy and management and to devise approaches to pursue SDGs that take into account the conditions of specific countries.
Fees and Funding
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £40 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.
- 10% discount if you apply by 31 March 2019
- 20% discount for our partner institutions
Accommodation is available to Summer School students at the SOAS halls of residence, Dinwiddy House.
In order to join our Summer School, you will need to meet the following entry requirements:
- A university student or a graduate at the time of attending the summer school, and 18+ years of age.
- Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.
- A minimum English language requirement if English is not your first language:
- IELTS, 6.5 overall or higher, with at least 6 in all subscores.
- TOEFL Paper-based test we require a minimum of 583 with a minimum of 53 in all skills and for TOEFL Internet Based Test we require a minimum of 93 with a minimum of 20 in all skills.
- Pearson Test of English a score of 59-64.
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Grade B.
- If you have studied in an English speaking institution, or have courses taught at your university in English (excluding English language courses), you may meet our requirements without having to supply a certificate. Evidence of this will either need to be included on a transcript or letter from your university.
- Applicants with an alternative qualification should contact us for advice.
- Applicants whose English language level do not meet out requirements may be interested in our subject-based courses with English language support.
Enrolment of Summer School applicants who don’t meet the entry requirements is at the discretion of SOAS – please get in touch to speak to us in detail about your application.
Once you have paid the £40 application fee and submitted the online application form, you will be informed as to whether you have a place on the summer school within 5 working days. Please do not pay your tuition fee prior to having received your offer letter.
31 May 2019