• Offered by Policy and Governance Program
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Carolyn Hendriks
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course is concerned with how public policies are made, implemented and evaluated. It introduces students to central debates in policy studies and examines concepts, models and tools for making and evaluating policy programs. We will consider various actors involved in the policy making process, and the institutional and ideational structures within which they typically operate. We will also reflect on how values and interests influence what policy issues get attention, and how they shape decisions, outcomes and evaluation procedures. Throughout the course scholarly debates are combined with practical examples from Australia and abroad.

Learning Outcomes

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

On successful completion students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a working knowledge of key terms, concepts and ideas in the study of public policy
  2. understand and critically engage with relevant literature on public policy
  3. reflect on debates in public policy by drawing connections between theory and practice
  4. contribute to informed discussions on the politics and practices of making, implementing and evaluating public policy
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the methodological and political aspects of policy evaluation
  6. demonstrate the ability to think independently, develop informed perspectives and persuasively communicate in the field of public policy

Indicative Assessment



Mode of Submission

Due Date / Time


Learning Outcomes

Reading Responses

250 words each

In the tutorial

28 February

7 March

14 March

28 March








  1. A. Paper Outline



  1. B. Written Paper



250 words



1800 words



In the tutorial



Assignment box

(next to Student Services desk)



21 March



15 April














Evaluation Scenario Exam

60 minutes

In the lecture

(under exam conditions)

8 May



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Weekly lectures and tutorials (see timetable)

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with POGO8082

Preliminary Reading

Davis, G. et al. (eds) 1993 Public Policy in Australia 2nd edition, Allen & Unwin, pp. 157-164

Chapters 1,2 and 5 from

Colebatch, H. 2002, Policy, Open University Press

Assumed Knowledge

At least 2-3 years work experience in the public sector or non-government sector is essential.


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
2016 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3024 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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