- Code POLS2009
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Political Science
- Areas of interest Policy Studies
- Academic career Undergraduate
- Dr Maria Maley
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2017
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This course will provide an introduction to the study of public administration and public policy. Topics to be covered include: the role and nature of governmental bureaucracy; administrative politics; theories of bureaucracy and bureaucratic behaviour; governmental failings and corruption; governments, markets and 'the community'; trends in modern government; and the policy-making process. The course will contain a blend of theory and case studies.
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- understand the theoretical debates about the nature of government and bureaucracy, including administrative theory and bureaucratic behaviour
- understand the development of New Public Management, its rationale and critics
- understand the history and development of the public service in Australia and its current challenges, including politicisation, accountability and corruption
- analyse case studies of policy making using a variety of policy making theories
- demonstrate advanced skills in oral and written communication, research and critical analysis
2,500 word written work (50%), a final examination (35%) and tutorial participation(15%).
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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.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Maddison S. and Dennis R., An Introduction to Australian Public Policy, (2009) (optional)
Indicative Reading List
Howlett M. and Ramesh M., Studying Public Policy - Policy Cycles and Policy Subsystems, 2nd Edition (2003).
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 1
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|3620||20 Feb 2017||27 Feb 2017||31 Mar 2017||26 May 2017||In Person|