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Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 2-4 hours of study, 4-5 hours of active project work...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
7 hours to complete

Getting Started

In this module, after a brief introduction, we will start our policy advice by defining the issue and finding sources. Check out our Resource section if you have not yet decided on an issue for your project. Perhaps you would like to use one of our cases and engage in a simulation?...
4 videos (Total 28 min), 14 readings, 3 quizzes
4 videos
Defining an Issue5m
Finding Evidence and Data7m
Podcast: Analysing Martin Luther's95 Theses7m
14 readings
Meet the instructor & his team5m
Welcome to Leiden University5m
Complete our short survey10m
Community Guidelines & Academic Toolkit10m
Tips for studying online5m
Readings "Defining an Issue" (optional)10m
Readings "Finding Evidence and Data" (optional)10m
How to use these sections5m
Historical Decision Makers5m
International Relations5m
Practical Policy5m
Military Strategies5m
Business & Management5m
Skills Lab Module 115m
1 practice exercise
Mini Quiz Module 110m
Week
2
5 hours to complete

Writing the Position Paper

In this module we will learn how to construct an argument, which will form the backbone of your position paper or policy advice, and think about how to visualise the data supporting the argument. This is the second stage towards your policy advice. ...
3 videos (Total 20 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
3 videos
Choosing a Visualisation6m
Podcast: Analysing Florence Nightingale's Visualisation6m
3 readings
Readings "Constructing an Argument" (optional)10m
Readings "Choosing a Visualisation" (optional)10m
Skills Lab Module 220m
1 practice exercise
Mini Quiz Module 210m
Week
3
8 hours to complete

Writing the Policy Advice

In this module you will turn your position paper into a policy advice, but first, we will teach you to apply a SWOT Analysis and Risk Assessment. Do not forget to use the Skills Lab from module 2....
3 videos (Total 26 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
3 videos
Writing the Policy Advice10m
Podcast: Analysing NSC-688m
3 readings
Readings "SWOT Analysis and Risk Assessment" (optional)10m
Readings "Writing a Policy Advice" (optional)10m
Skills Lab Module 315m
1 practice exercise
Mini Quiz Module 310m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Presentation and Reflection

In this module you will create a presentation to present your policy advice to your target audience, and we will reflect on the course....
3 videos (Total 19 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
The Real World8m
Podcast: Analysing the cuba missile crisis6m
4 readings
Readings "Preparing a PowerPoint Presentation" (optional)10m
Readings "The Real World" (optional)10m
Skills Lab Module 420m
Complete our short survey10m
1 practice exercise
Mini Quiz Module 410m
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By LSFeb 7th 2018

Thank you for the opportunity to improve my research and reporting skills, I really enjoyed the class!

By AWOct 26th 2016

Its a very useful course. Just what I was looking for and we should have more of such courses.

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Richard Thomas Griffiths

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Faculty of Humanities

About Universiteit Leiden

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Our motto is: Praesidium Libertatis — Bastion of Liberty....

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