Policy in Context

Select ONE individual from the list below and write a commentary of 1300 words (+/- 10%) that answers the following questions:

    The introduction to your commentary should provide a brief summary of your selected individuals professional background and an explanation of her/his area(s) of expertise.
    What has been the contribution of your selected individual to the development of policy and/or our understanding of policy?
    What research methods has your individual used in her/his research and why have these methods been selected?
    The conclusion to your commentary should present an overall evaluation of her/his contribution to policy and/or our understanding of policy.

Gary Craig
Barry Goldson
Carol Hedderman
Ruth Lister
Coretta Phillips
Tracy Shildrick
Peter Squires
Alan Walker

This assignment has been designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your achievement of the following module learning outcomes:
LO 1    Evaluate the contribution of research to the emergence of policy initiatives
LO 2    Demonstrate an understanding of some of the main methods employed by social science researchers
    You must demonstrate an understanding of the area(s) of research that your selected individual writes about and the methods that s/he uses
    Ensure that you use different types of sources written or co-written by your selected individual to help you with this assessment (e.g. a book chapter, journal article, research report).
    In addition to these scholarly sources, you may refer to other material that has been produced by your selected individual (e.g. if s/he has written a blog or newspaper article or made a YouTube video about his/her work)
    You must reference your material within your essay and include a reference list at the end.  The reference list is not included in the word count.
    Summarise in your own words (paraphrase) the material you use and reference appropriately.  You can quote from the work of your selected individual, but quotations should be a phrase or sentence and supported with a reference. 
    You may use sub-headings in your commentary and your assessment must have a proper Introduction and Conclusion.
    You should write in a scholarly style.  Avoid writing in the first or second person (I, you or we)
    Remember the focus of this assessment is your discussion of examples of research written or co-written by your selected individual, not their life-story.

Referencing and research requirements
Please reference your work according to the [name of style] style as defined in Cite Them Right Online (http://www.citethemrightonline.com). This information is also available in book form: Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2019) Cite them right: the essential reference guide. 11th edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Copies are available via the University library.

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