• Offered by Policy and Governance Program
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • EmPr Richard Mulgan
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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The course takes a comparative and thematic approach to issues in public sector management, and encourages students to consider their relevance to their own countries and workplaces. The course gives particular emphasis to issues of public sector reform and draws on leading-edge research by academic staff at the Crawford School

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and Graduate Certificate in Public Administration.

Learning Outcomes

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

After successfully completing this course you will be able to clearly and confidently:

1. understand the key concepts, ideas, theories and terminology associated with public sector management;

2. identify contemporary management issues, dilemmas and problems in both specific national contexts and across the world;

3. identify practical reforms and apply complex theories to actual scenarios;

4. conduct independent research after careful assessment of the academic worth of sources;

5. analyse resources with a critical awareness of bias and conflicting perspectives;

6. contribute to academic debate and discussion with peers;

7. question and comment on peers' work;

8. use information technology to work efficiently and to locate academic resources.

Other Information


The lectures are also used by students in POGO8032 

Delivery Mode:

On Campus over 10 weeks: I hour a week lecture and two hours tutorial.

Indicative Assessment

Class Activities involve active participation in small group discussion with verbal contributions throughout the semester in tutorials (10%), and in online activities with written contributions in laboratories and during non-contact hours (20%).

Students will be assessed based on: how successfully they integrate material from the readings in non-familiar situations; how successfully they support, develop and refine their opinions with academic evidence; and how they consider and respond to the contributions of others. The Case Study should be written in the form of a mini-essay (1,000 words), which outlines a contemporary public sector management issue, dilemma or problem. Students will be assessed based on: their selection of an appropriate case; the clear identification of the most relevant management issues; the use of academically appropriate references from credible sources; and the clarity of expression.

The Reform Proposal should be written in the form of a major essay (2,500 words), with the aim of persuading a government that it needs to implement a particular reform and that is it achievable. Students will be assessed based on: the selection of appropriate reforms; how they respond to the questions and comments of their peers; the level of critical analysis; the structure; the use of academically appropriate references from credible sources; and the clarity of expression. Detailed criteria and ‘How to' sheets will be distributed in the labs/tutorials.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


10 X I hour lectures and 10 X 2 hour tutorials plus approximately 10 -15 days of work throughout the semester to write the case study and reform proposal-

Prescribed Texts

A reader of photocopied articles is available from Student services in Crawford School.

Assumed Knowledge

Students are assumed to have several years experience working in the public sector of their home country.


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.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

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
7677 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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