Advocacy / Media Skills Course – Register Interest & Sign Up

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Time

Every Tuesday from 7pm-9pm for 10 weeks from 30 September, 2014.

Venue

Queen’s University, Belfast.

Objective

To deliver a practical awareness of what devolution means and how it works, and how you can monitor and influence it.

Outcome

Awareness of:
• how devolved institutions are financed and what the limitations of this are (both on public policy development and on application of devolved powers);
• what policy areas are devolved (both in practice and in theory);
• how devolution developed – the structure and culture of devolved institutions and how they came to develop this way;
• the future of devolution – including some comparison with similar situations elsewhere (notably Germany, Spain and the United States);
• public understanding of and attitudes towards devolution;
• lobbyists’ understand of and attitudes towards devolution; and
• the distinction between good and bad advocacy in a devolved setting.

The actual mechanics of devolution (e.g. how legislation is passed) will be noted, but do not form a fundamental part of the course (as they will usual be covered in other political or legal modules).

Method

Rather than a dry series of lectures about the theory of how policy and legislation is debated in devolved legislatures (and committees), the aim is to develop an interactive course from which students will derive a practical understanding (largely in fields of their own interest) of the challenges presented by devolution – both to those operating it and those seeking to influence it.

Delivery

The course will be delivered by Ian Parsley and Stephen Herron (see Team for bios).

Register

Register an interest here:

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