• 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 UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Maria Maley
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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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.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

Indicative Assessment

2,500 word written work (50%), a final examination (35%) and tutorial participation(15%).

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Workload

Two hours of lectures and one tutorial a week.  Lectures will be recorded.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level POLS courses or POLS1002 and SOCY1002.

Preliminary Reading

Maddison S. and Dennis R., An Introduction to Australian Public Policy, (2009) (optional)

Howlett M. and Ramesh M., Studying Public Policy - Policy Cycles and Policy Subsystems, 2nd Edition (2003).

Majors

Minors

Fees

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:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1164
2004 $1926
2005 $2286
2006 $2286
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2004 $2916
2005 $3132
2006 $3132
2007 $3132
2008 $3240
2009 $3240
2010 $3240
2011 $3240
2012 $3240
2013 $3240
2014 $3246
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8906 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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