• 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 Ian Thynne
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2014
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In this course students engage in a detailed examination of a series of case studies to focus on managerial dilemmas faced by public managers. In doing this, they can draw on their practical experience and prior studies to identify key issues and suggest alternative means of addressing the challenges involved. This provides them with an opportunity to link theory with practice in developing skills in analysis, problem-solving and providing advice. It also provides them with an opportunity to critically reflect on their own experiences in the workplace, including considering how they go about identifying and addressing dilemmas in different contexts.

Cases are selected to reflect critical challenges in managing in the public sector. This includes focusing on defining and clarifying organisational missions and goals, understanding the relationship between public managers and their authorizing environments, and developing organisational capabilities.  Such issues present very differently in different contexts, providing students with an excellent opportunity to share experiences and learn from other members of the class.

The course comprises interactive syndicate work related to each case and also to the final projects that students produce as part of their assessment.

Learning Outcomes

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

During the course, it is envisaged that students will develop the capacity

  1.  to understand important concepts and principles of public sector management;
  2.  to confidently apply theory to practice;
  3.  to devise alternative courses of action, based on conceptual understanding and professional expertise, to address complex managerial dilemmas;
  4.  to choose between different courses of action using relevant criteria;
  5. to provide a convincing rationale for suggested proposals;
  6.  to work productively in diverse groups; and
  7.  to present ideas competently in class and in written assignments.

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

The course is taught on-campus via intensive delivery. This includes a half day workshop which will help students develop their case analysis and writing skills.  

Indicative Assessment

Assessment is comprised of two 1500 word responses to set case studies (30% each) and one 2500 final project (40%) which draws on the students practical experience.

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Class contact time: Five days 9.00AM-4.00PM and a half day introductory workshop


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

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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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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5585 18 Jul 2014 15 Aug 2014 15 Aug 2014 27 Nov 2014 In Person N/A

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