• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2017
    Winter Session 2017
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Graduate Preparatory Economic, Social and Political Analysis (POGO6900)

The purpose of the graduate preparatory course is to prepare students for the Masters in Public Policy/ Masters in Public Administration at the Crawford School of Public Policy. The course exposes the students to some of the key concepts and analytical tools in the fields of economics and public policy (which includes social policy and political analysis). 

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon completion of the graduate preparatory course students should be able to:
1. be familiar with the fundamental concepts and tools used to analyse economic issues;
2. identify the logic and assumptions underlying the economic way of thinking;
3. develop the written and oral skills required to present an argument based on economic reasoning; 
4. examine your own experiences and interactions from an economic perspective;
5. be familiar with the leading analytical frameworks in the study of governance and institutions;
6. develop an understanding of the different types of democratic systems;
7. be familiar with key terms, concepts and ideas in the study of public policy; and 
8. identify the key concepts, ideas, theories and terminology associated with social policy.

Indicative Assessment

A range of formative and summative assessment tasks will be used to aid student learning. Feedback will be provided on all tasks. Completion of all tasks is required.

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Approximately 30 hours class, with an equivalent number of hours in self study

Preliminary Reading

• Beetham, D (2005) Democracy: A beginner's guide, Oxford
• Hague, R. and M. Harrop (2004) Comparative Government and Politics: An Introduction. (6th edn) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Chapter 17.
• Weaver, R.K. and B.A. Rockman (1993), ‘Assessing the Effects of Institutions’, in R.K. Weaver, and B.A. Rockman (eds.) Do Institutions Matter? Government Capabilities in the United States and Abroad, Washington D.C.: The Brookings Institution, pp. 1-41.
• Bessant, J, Watts, R, Dalton, T & Smyth, P 2006, Talking policy: How social policy is made, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, pp.3-5.
• Deacon, B 2007, Global Social Policy and Governance, Sage, London, pp.4-5.• Althaus, Catherine, Peter Bridgman, and Glyn Davis. 2013. The Australian Policy Handbook, 5th edition, pp 5- 11
• Patton, Carl, David Sawicki, and Jennifer Clark. 2013. Basic Methods of Policy Analysis and Planning. pp 140-146; 184-186.
• Bardach, Eugene. 2012. A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis: The Eightfold Path to More Effective Problem Solving, pp. 1-16.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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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
1351 12 Jan 2017 10 Feb 2017 10 Feb 2017 17 Feb 2017 In Person N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6525 01 Jul 2017 21 Jul 2017 21 Jul 2017 30 Sep 2017 In Person N/A

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