- Code SOCY3123
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Sociology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Sociology
- Areas of interest Australian Studies, Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Social Research, Sociology
- Academic career UGRD
- AsPr Darren Halpin
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2014
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A current mantra of governments worldwide is that they are committed to 'evidence-based policy making'. This course critically examines that commitment. It begins by focusing on the question of how we might asses policy success, emphasising that this does not simply involve policy evaluation. Rather, there are also process and political dimensions to success and often tensions between these dimensions which shape policy developments and outcomes. One particular issue we shall consider is the argument made in some critical literature that, in Westminster democracies like Australia, we have politically-driven evaluation, rather than evaluation-based policy.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
i) Use specific examples to explain key concepts in policy and program evaluation.
ii) Develop a critical analysis of policies and programs based on application of these concepts.
iii) Understand the contribution of sociological theory and research methods to policy and policy evaluation
i) Essay of 1,500 words on the key concepts covered in the course 30%.
Learning Outcomes 1 and 3
ii) Essay of 3,500 words in which students apply the concepts to a particular area of Australian public policy 70%.
Learning Outcomes 2-3
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There will be one two hour lecture and one one hour tutorial every week. Students will be expected to undertake 6 hours independent learning each week.
Requisite and Incompatibility
McConnell, A. (2010), Understanding Policy Success: Rethinking Public Policy, Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke.
Marsh, D. and McConnell, A. (2010), "Towards a Framework for Establishing Policy Success", Public Administration, Vol. 88, No 2, pp. 564-583.
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|4797||17 Feb 2014||07 Mar 2014||31 Mar 2014||30 May 2014||In Person||N/A|