Case method for public policy: connecting teaching and research

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Blavatnik School of Government or online
£1,095 for in-person; £795 for online
20-21
June 2022
Workshop

This workshop, hosted by the Oxford Case Centre on Public Leadership, is for faculty at schools of government, leadership, and public policy looking to develop the skills of case method teaching and to use cases to bring their research into the classroom.

The case method is a pedagogy of active learning aimed at developing both academic and leadership skills. In the classroom, students develop empathy, collaboration and decision-making skills as they 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. This workshop is a unique opportunity to learn how to develop and teach case studies tailored for public-policy education. 

The programme

The workshop will run over two half-days and participants can join either online or in-person for a hybrid experience. The programme includes practical tips for case method teaching, as well as broader strategic discussions about using the case method to connect faculty research to teaching, especially in schools of government, leadership, and public policy. 

To develop and strengthen the skills of case method teaching, participants will: 

  • Experience a case session; 
  • Examine the teaching methods used in a case discussion; and 
  • Take part in case-teaching practicums to trial the methods for themselves. 

To further explore how cases can be adapted for public leadership education, participants will:

  • Learn more about writing cases tailored for a public policy curriculum; 
  • Explore how cases can be used to connect research and teaching; and 
  • Consider how schools can establish their own case-writing programmes. 

Details

Sessions will run from 2pm-5:30pm UK time on 20 and 21 June 2022. In-person attendees will be able to enjoy lunches on both days, a dinner featuring a keynote speaker on the first day, and optional recreational activities in the morning of the second day. 

The fee for attending in person is £1,095, which includes tuition, learning materials, accommodation, and meals for the programme. The fee for attending online is £795, which includes tuition and learning materials. All workshop participants will be granted three years’ access to authorised Blavatnik School cases to use in their own teaching.

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About the case centre on public leadership

Since 2017, the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government has been adapting the case method to the unique needs of public policy education. Our team at the Case Centre on Public Leadership was recognised with the 2019 Outstanding Case Writer award by the international Case Centre organisation – the independent home of the case method. We use our cases to bring cutting-edge faculty scholarship into the classroom, thus marrying disciplinary research and policy teaching. Our case collection is available here

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