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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

SUMMER16: Evaluation Society Revisited

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Time
Summer
Programme level Full Degree Master
Bachelor
ECTS 7,5 ECTS
Course responsible
  • Peter Dahler-Larsen (3-73676f436c6976316e7831676e)
    Thomas Schwandt
  • Department of Political Science
Course number: ASTK15657U

Course content

The course focuses on the anatomy of the contemporary evaluation society and takes a fresh, critical look at all its key components, such as “values”, “methods”, “evidence”, and “utilization” of evaluation.  The understanding of contemporary evaluation will be situated in the broader context of political and organizational frameworks.

Competencies:

The student will be able to pinpoint and describe key issues in evaluation. The student will be able to account for the present status of the discussion in the literature about these issues.

The student will be able to analyze exemplary evaluations or aspects hereof in light of the theoretical perspectives covered in the course.

The student will be in position to prepare the broad conceptual framework for a theoretical and/or empirical analysis of an evaluative phenomenon of potential use in a master´s thesis.

Themes:

- definitions of evaluation

- evaluation as social construction

- evaluation as a socio-historical phenomenon

- the role of theory in evaluation

- values and valuing in evaluation

- evidence and the use of evidence

- constitutive effects of evaluation

- evaluation in organizations

- the politics of evaluation

- empirical research on evaluation: trends, findings and gaps

 

Learning outcome

To account for the present academic debates about key concepts and issues that are central for an understanding of contemporary evaluation as a social and political phenomenon, thereby contributing to a well-reflected and critical engagement in evaluation

Recommended prerequisites

Students have completed a course on methods in the social sciences. Students have an intellectual interest in evaluation and are willing to go “all-in” in accordance with the intensive format of this course.

Remarks

The lessons take place one week in August. The lessons will be supplemented by web-based assignments before and after the lessons. In sum, the workload will be comparable to a regular seminar. The intense format makes it possible to invite Thomas Schwandt as co-teacher. Thomas is an internationally renowned thought leader in evaluation, and author of a new book in the field.

Sign up

If you are not enrolled at political science please use this form:

http://politicalscience.ku.dk/summer_school/application_form/

 

Please note that we will offer a 15 ECTS seminar in the fall semester with the same focus. Therefor you should only sign up for one of the courses.

Education

 

Bachelorlevel: 10 ECTS


Masterlevel: 7,5 ECTS

Studyboard

Department of Political Science, Study Council

Course type

Single subject courses (day)

Duration

Schedulegroup

August 8th to 12th + 23th
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Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, discussions, exercises. The intense format of the course does not allow time for student´s own engagement in conducting their own evaluations, but it does allow for intense and focused, interactive engagement with issues and exercises. The will be mandatory web-based assignments before and after the intense lessons.

Language

English

Literature

Peter Dahler-Larsen (2012): The Evaluation Society. Stanford University Press

Thomas Schwandt (2014): Evaluation Foundations Revisited. Stanford University Press.

Plus articles, in sum app. 1200 pages of literature. 

Workload

Category Hours
Class Instruction 28
English 28

Exam

Type of assessment

Written assignment
Written

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

  • Grade 12 is given for an outstanding performance: the student lives up to the course's goal description in an independent and convincing manner with no or few and minor shortcomings
  • Grade 7 is given for a good performance: the student is confidently able to live up to the goal description, albeit with several shortcomings
  • Grade 02 is given for an adequate performance: the minimum acceptable performance in which the student is only able to live up to the goal description in an insecure and incomplete manner

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