• 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
    • Dr Amanda Smullen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
    See Future Offerings

<iframe width="420" height="235" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eEGqV7QOVrg?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

The course aims to introduce students to the main concepts and theories of public management in a comparative and historical context, concentrating on the development of modern public administration in the developed democracies, particularly (but not exclusively) those of the English-speaking world. Topics covered include models of administration, bureaucracy and public management, privatising the state, governance and networks, institutions of accountability, public sector reform, public sector performance, community engagement and e-government. 

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrated ability to analyse and evaluate aspects of public management and administration in a comparative context;

demonstrated ability to participate constructively in class discussion of issues relating to public management;

demonstrated ability to develop a detailed proposal for reform of a particular public institution or process.

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

On Campus. 

Indicative Assessment

Three brief written assignments on set readings (50%)  and a final essay on a report proposal (50%)

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.


A two-hour class will be held weekly for 13  weeks.

Prescribed Texts

A ‘brick’ of prescribed  readings will be available for purchase.

Preliminary Reading

G. B. Peters and J. Pierre (eds), The Handbook of Public Administration (Sage 2003); O. Hughes, Public Management and Administration  Third edition (Palgrave Macmillan 2003)

Reading lists will be provided for each topic in the course outline


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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2015 $3762
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4566
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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2414 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions