- Code SOCY2164
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Sociology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Sociology
- Areas of interest Sociology
- Academic career Undergraduate
- Mode of delivery In Person
A great deal of research, in many guises, is undertaken to support the formulation, implementation and evaluation of public policy. Moreover, many stakeholders in policy questions also engage in research to support their advocacy. An informed awareness of the practices and pitfalls of researching around the public policy process is crucial. Beginning with a focus on how policy questions are identified, defined and prioritised, we examine the role of research in assisting with the formulation of policy proposals within government. This necessarily involves the role of research in making sense of policy input - especially from stakeholder groups - garnered from inquiries and consultations. We also critically examine this in the context of calls for Evidence-Based Policy Making. Finally, research may be conducted by government or stakeholders seeking to evaluate impacts, efficiency or effectiveness of policy and programs. This course critically examines a range of styles of research and evaluation activity, as students develop research and evaluation skills suitable for the public policy realm.
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Understand the contribution of social research to public policy formulation, implementation and evaluation;
2. Recognise the strengths and weaknesses of calls for evidence-based policy making;
3. Demonstrate skills in applying desk-based methods of social research appropriate for policy evaluation;
4. Produce written analytical work on a research topic in an area of public policy; and
5. Present, discuss and critique their ideas, and the ideas of others, in a constructive fashion.
Indicative AssessmentPolicy Brief and critical reflection, 2500 words (45%) LO 1,3,4
Program Evaluation, 2500 words (45%) LO 1,2,3,4
Tutorial Participation (10%) LO1,2,5
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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- Band 1
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- 6 units
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