• Offered by Policy and Governance Program
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Carsten Daugbjerg
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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Public policy is a puzzling phenomenon. Why do governments declare some social conditions to be problems that warrant the commitment of scarce public resources? And why do different governments that confront similar problems address them in very different ways? Why are there often such big gaps between the stated policy and that which is actually delivered to citizens? This course presents an introduction to policy analysis - a multidisciplinary social science endeavour devoted to answering these and many other intriguing puzzles that our daily experience of public policy throws up. It focuses on the institutions and processes by which public policy is made, accounted for and evaluated. Political institutions include formal elements of the constitution, such as the executive and legislative branches and the electoral system, together with less formal institutions, such as political parties.  We will present and utilise some of the main concepts and models that scholars employ to describe, explain and evaluate public policy-making. Students will apply these to policy practice by discussing and analysing real world examples.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On successful completion of this course you will have:

  • demonstrated a working knowledge of key terms, concepts and ideas in the study of public policy
  • considered the major political institutions and actors involved in the public policy process
  • debated the role of values in public policy
  • examined how public policy issues come onto the agenda, and how they are managed
  • demonstrated a working knowledge of policy instruments and their behavioural assumptions
  • contributed to informed discussions on various theoretical and practical aspects of public policy;
  • demonstrated the capacity to research and critically analyse public policy issues;
  • considered the implications of centralised and federal systems of government for public policy
  • reflected on the politics and practices of implementing and evaluating public policy
  • demonstrated the ability to think independently, and persuasively communicate in the field of public policy.

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

On Campus.

Indicative Assessment

  • Online discussion (30%)
  • Policy Project (50%)
  • Policy responses (under test conditions) (20%)

 Passing the course is conditional on passing all items of assessment.

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30 contact hours.

At least 30 hours outside of contact hours to complete the course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed POGO8012 or POGO8090.

Preliminary Reading

Howlett, Michael and M Ramesh (2003) Studying Public Policy. Policy Cycles and Policy Subsystems (Second Edition) Toronto, Oxford University Press


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1338
2014 $3582
2013 $3582
2012 $3582
2011 $3576
2010 $3570
2009 $3570
2008 $3402
2007 $3132
2006 $3084
2005 $2988
2004 $2412
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3672
2014 $4146
2013 $4140
2012 $4140
2011 $4134
2010 $4134
2009 $4002
2008 $4002
2007 $3864
2006 $3864
2005 $3864
2004 $3864
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7696 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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