Early Career Professional

Case Teaching and Case Study Writing for Public Policy

This workshop is designed to develop skills that faculty in policy-focused universities and training institutions can use both to develop interactive and participant-centred teaching styles and to help faculty develop skills in case writing.

In the three-day format that includes both case teaching and case writing, the initial sessions focus on “how to” lessons on both teaching and writing, interspersed with activities where the participants work in teams where they prepare case teaching plans and class openings to present to all of the participants. The initial emphasis is on case teaching, since before participants can write a successful case, they must understand how learning in a case-oriented classroom takes place. The workshop includes case discussions on several existing cases, combined with a “post-mortem” of what worked and what did not in both the written case and the case discussion. Core teaching strategies will be discussed to include development of time management plans, whiteboard management plans, how to pose opening questions, “cold-calling” versus “warm calling,” and how to close a case-discussion class with “Take-Aways.” Participants will analyse actual cases of teaching situations to discuss strategies of classroom management as well.

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy National University of Singapore 469C Bukit Timah Road Singapore 259772

Mon 25 June 2018 to Wed 27 June 2018

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Fri 11 May 2018

The workshop aims to enhance a public sector organisation’s knowledge and technical capacity by developing its own pool of trained case writers. It does this by helping the participants of the workshop:

  • Understand the principles of case writing;
  • Gain insights on participant-centred learning, and how case teaching is done;
  • Select and develop their case study topics; and
  • Document recent policy decisions in a way suitable for teaching and engaging future generations of public officers

This programme is designed to develop skills in policy focused public organisations and training institutions by developing its own pool of trained case writers. It is also suited for policy analysts, strategists, researchers who are at the forefront of research work in public and non-profit institutions.

Programme cost:

S$2,200 + 7% GST;

S$1,980 + 7% GST (for group registrations of 3 and above)

S$1,760 + 7% GST (for LKY School Degree Programme/Executive Education Programme Alumni)

*Fee is inclusive of lunch, refreshments and learning support materials


Executive Education Department
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
469C Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259772

Tel: (65) 6516 8697
Fax: (65) 6872 9291

Application Deadline:11 May 2018

In discussing case-writing, the course addresses issues such as how to decide on a case theme and learning objectives, what material should be included and left out (or relegated to appendices), and how to build participant engagement into the way a case is written. Later workshop sessions will include topics such as how to write multi-player simulation exercises that have students play roles of participants in the policy situation.

Beginning on the first day of multi-day case writing workshops, participants will spend some time working on cases of their own choosing, and it is expected that many of the participants will come to the workshop with very rough drafts of potential cases. By the middle of the second day, the emphasis shifts more to the cases that they are working on preparing themselves. On the final day, participants will have an opportunity to present preliminary versions of their cases and get feedback from the entire group.


Day 1

Day 2

Day 3


Session 1

Introduction to Case Teaching and Participant-Centered


Group Activity: Preparing Discussion Plans and

Case Openings


Using Simulations and Role-Plays in Case Discussions

Session 2

Case Discussion and Review of Discussion

Leading a Participant Oriented Discussion 2


Case Development Session


Session 3


Introduction to Case Writing

Group Activity: Preparing Case Whiteboard Plans and Closings


Case Development Session

Session 4

Leading a Participant-Oriented Discussion 1

Refining Case Writing Skills

Presentation of Cases and Lesson Plans by Participants; Wrap-Up Discussion and Take-Aways

Session 5

Case Development Session

Case Development Session


Professor Kent Weaver

Distinguished Professor, Comparative Government Field Chair, McCourt School of Public Policy

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