• 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 Ann Nevile
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2015
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Public  sector decision makers operate in an environment where evidence may be patchy or non-existent; there may be debate about the nature of the available evidence; there may be multiple potential decision criteria; and decisions may have a profound effect on the lives of individual citizens.  Through an analysis of real life case studies, this course presents students with a series of decision-making dilemmas.  Students are expected to draw on their practical experience and prior studies to identify key issues, suggest alternative courses of action and rationales for each alternative, as well as debate the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. applying relevant public policy theory to public sector decision making;
2. devising alternative courses of action, based on conceptual understanding and professional expertise, to address a range of dilemmas facing public sector decision makers;
3.  identifying relevant decision making criteria;
4.  choosing between different courses of action using relevant criteria; and
5. providing a convincing rationale for suggested proposals.

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 


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
2015 $3762
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4566
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1576 18 Sep 2015 02 Oct 2015 02 Oct 2015 19 Nov 2015 In Person N/A

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