• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2016
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This course is offered 1, 4, 22, 29 April, 2 and 6 May 2016

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Policy Advocacy is a graduate course in policy communication, requiring no specialist knowledge or experience of public policy or administration. The course forms part of the ANU Master of Public Policy degree but may be taken by students enrolled in most other master degrees. The course examines strategies and tactics used by policy advocates inside and outside government when marshalling argument and evidence to promote their preferred outcomes. The aim is not to train students in the arts of policy advocacy but to strengthen students' understanding of the nature of advocacy and of place of policy advocacy in the policy process. The course materials draw on many disciplines: history, literature, rhetoric, philosophy, as well as the contemporary social sciences, including social psychology. Examples include many Australian cases but the aim is more general: to stimulate learning about the many ways that policy advocacy shapes policy choice, especially in political systems with open forms of deliberative democracy.

Learning Outcomes

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

Contribute to practical small-group exercises in policy advocacy

Discuss and debate the value of core readings in policy advocacy

Demonstrate analytical examination of core concepts in the field of policy advocacy

Demonstrate critical analysis of one or more selected case studies in policy advocacy

Reflect on and communicate professional and personal lessons gained in the course

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

Full details are available on the Crawford School website on the POGO timetable. 

Innovations include the regular use of video material illustrating classic advocacy practices used by prominent public leaders. The Brick of required readings draws from many unusual sources, including classical literature such as Homer's Iliad, Thucydides History, and Aristotle's Rhetoric, before moving through outstanding social science texts in contemporary policy advocacy. There are opportunities for students to engage in practice exercises involving advocacy contests between competing small groups. The course website contains many real-life examples of prominent policy advocacy that students may use in class discussions and their assignments.


Masters Only.

Indicative Assessment

Three written assignments, due at successive points over the semester. A Theory Paper of 2000 words worth 40% of the course grade: students select two or more core concepts from the Brick of readings and compare strengths and weaknesses of each concept. A Practice Paper of 2000 words worth 40% of the course grade: students apply their own choice of core concepts to their own choice of one or more case studies of real-life policy advocacy, with the aim of explaining what distinguishes effective from ineffective advocacy. A Reflective Paper of 1000 words worth 20% of the course grade: students examine their own learning outcomes from the course, taking note of the advocacy exercises, the classroom discussions and their written assignments.

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30 contact hours in the lecture room. Voluntary one hour tutorials are offered each week. Students can expect to spend another three hours reading and studying the Brick each week.

Preliminary Reading

Available when enrolling.


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

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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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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5730 01 Apr 2016 01 Apr 2016 15 Apr 2016 13 Jun 2016 In Person N/A

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