Finding solutions to real policy challenges is at the heart of the Blavatnik School’s work, and this approach informs our teaching. Our Case Centre on Public Leadership, founded in 2017, develops real-world case studies to aid in learning, marrying disciplinary research and policy teaching. From banking reform to healthcare, our cases use real situations to illustrate complex policy challenges. They help students sharpen the analytical, decision-making and implementation skills needed in governments across the world.
Cases form a distinctive element of our flagship Master of Public Policy programme, furthering its strong focus on applied policy. Read more about the value of learning through the case method in this blog post by a former MPP student.
Professor Karthik Ramanna, the Case Centre’s director, is a prolific author of case studies. His team of experienced case writers, including Sarah McAra, were awarded 2019 Outstanding Case Writer in the international Case Centre awards, dubbed by the Financial Times ‘the business school Oscars’. Professor Ramanna had previously received the award in 2017.
Bringing the case method to public policy education
Case method teaching is a pedagogy of active learning aimed at developing empathy, collaboration and decision-making skills. In contrast to a conventional classroom environment where experts share deductive knowledge, the case method requires students to analyse problems, consider alternatives and make recommendations.
While the case method has long been popular in law and business schools, it has remained uncommon in schools of public policy. The Case Centre seeks to adapt the case method to the unique context of public-leadership education.
On 22-23 June 2020, we will be hosting a workshop on using the case method to unite teaching and research in public policy education. Find out more about the Case method for public policy workshop and how to apply.