- 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
- Dr Annie Carroll
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2015
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A great deal of research, in many guises, is undertaken to support the formulation, implementation and evaluation of public policy. Moreover, many stakeholders in policy questions also engage in research to support their advocacy. An informed awareness of the practices and pitfalls of researching around the public policy process is crucial. Beginning with a focus on how policy questions are identified, defined and prioritised, we examine the role of research in assisting with the formulation of policy proposals within government. This necessarily involves the role of research in making sense of policy input - especially from stakeholder groups - garnered from inquiries and consultations. We also critically examine this in the context of calls for Evidence-Based Policy Making. Finally, research may be conducted by government or stakeholders seeking to evaluate impacts, efficiency or effectiveness of policy and programs. This course critically examines a range of styles of research and evaluation activity, as students develop research and evaluation skills suitable for the public policy realm.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Understand the contribution of social research to public policy formulation, implementation and evaluation;
2. Recognise the strengths and weaknesses of calls for evidence-based policy making;
3. Demonstrate skills in applying desk-based methods of social research appropriate for policy evaluation;
4. Produce written analytical work on a research topic in an area of public policy; and
5. Present, discuss and critique their ideas, and the ideas of others, in a constructive fashion.
Policy Brief and critical reflection, 2500 words (45%) LO 1,3,4
Program Evaluation, 2500 words (45%) LO 1,2,3,4
Tutorial Participation (10%) LO1,2,5
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A two hour lecture and one hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake 7 hours independent study each teaching week over the semester (total 130 hours).
Requisite and Incompatibility
AAlthaus, C., Bridgeman, P., & Davis, G. (2013) The Australian Policy Handbook. (5th edition). Allen & Unwin
Colebatch, H. K. (2009) Policy. (3rd edition). McGraw Hill
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3353||20 Jul 2015||07 Aug 2015||31 Aug 2015||30 Oct 2015||In Person||N/A|