• Code CRWF8018
  • Unit Value 6 to 24 units
  • Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Crawford School of Public Policy
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Chunlai Chen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2017
    Autumn Session 2017
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International Policy Studies and Placement develops long-term understanding and insight into regional governance and political processes, through placements into parliamentary or congressional offices, and relevant policy institutions and think-tanks, throughout the Asia-Pacific. Students, through their placements, will gain practical insight into the role of key government policy-making and policy-advisory bodies and the relationship between Government representatives and their constituents, and also the legislative and administrative functions of various institutions within different parliamentary systems. Students will be associated with think-tanks in particular Asia-Pacific countries, to facilitate their study and to gain insight into how think-tanks aim to influence the public policy process. Students will also undoubtedly gain an appreciation of key policy issues being addressed in a particular host country.

Students will have to have been accepted into the National Parliamentary Fellowships Program (NPFP), or an equivalent Fellowship Program, to undertake this course.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements for this course, students will have: 
1) Understood the policy making process in a particular exchange country, including how policy may be shaped by national imperatives, political processes, citizen participation, interest groups and the media; 
2) Appreciated key foreign and domestic policy issues debated and being addressed in an exchange country, including an appreciation of that country's perspectives on those issues;
3) Contributed to informed discussions and debate on practical aspects of public policy;
4) Understood the role of think-tanks and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and their influence in a particular exchange country;
5) Engaged and communicated effectively with individuals and actors from across the policy spectrum, including with senior policy makers and constituents;
6) Utilised and navigated a complex web of regional and international public-policy institutions; 
7) Demonstrated their capability to conduct independent research through critically analysing and synthesizing information from varied sources.

Other Information

The course focuses on a full-time 3-4 month placement with a parliamentarian interested in foreign affairs, or a relevant policy institution, in an exchange Asia-Pacific country. During this placement, students will undertake a relevant research project focusing on foreign policy, international relations, economic policy, and/or public policy; sit in on meetings, hearings, inquiries, briefings and estimates; and produce reports and briefs for parliament or institutions where appropriate. Students will also be expected to attend relevant think-tank meetings and workshops, and meet with key public policy practitioners and particular academics interested in the student's area of expertise and research. 

Indicative Assessment

60% Major Paper
20% Reflective Journal
20% Online Article

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35 hrs a week for 12-16 weeks during the placement, and a paper to be finalised during the course of one semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Crawford School of Public Policy to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

Students must have completed their base undergraduate studies to undertake this course, although they may be current Honours students. It is expected that students will have a strong interest in international relations, particularly Asia-Pacific political, security or economic affairs.


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 to 24 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
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $570 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $813 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1538 30 Jan 2017 10 Mar 2017 10 Mar 2017 02 Jun 2017 In Person N/A

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5559 10 Apr 2017 26 May 2017 26 May 2017 22 Jun 2017 In Person N/A

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