• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Ms Moira Byrne Garton
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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The course involves students in the guided application of theories, concepts and analytical tools to real world policy problems/issues. The Applied Policy Project is designed as a 'capstone' course that enables students of Policy Studies to synthesize and apply their learning from preceding subjects to the sorts of issues they are likely to encounter in the workplace. Students from other programs are welcome in the course provided they meet the required prerequisites.

Students will work through a range of contemporary policy issues/problems as a group and individually, with an emphasis on direct and active student participation. The course will involve a mix of lectures, workshops, student presentations with peer feedback, and role-playing. Students will develop a real sense of the way various actors and institutions engage in policy work and be encouraged to generate confidence in their abilities to be constructive participants in policy work.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Apply their knowledge of policy studies to real world cases.
  2. Communicate and defend their ideas in a professional manner.
  3. Conduct research and analysis in a policy context.
  4. Produce a substantial piece of written analytical work on a research topic connected to public policy (broadly conceived).

Indicative Assessment

1. Two 'Policy Brief' papers (750 words each) (20% each) [LO 1, 2, 3,4]

2. Applied Policy Analysis Report (3500 word) (50%)[LO 1,3,4]

3. General class participation (including reviewing work of peers) (10 %)[LO 1,2,3,4]

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
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 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8905 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person

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