• 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

Science and innovation shape societies and drive economies in powerful ways. In the 21st century, the balance of global science is shifting to Asia and new technologies are creating both opportunities and risks. The role of government in relation to science and innovation has never been more important - to ensure maximum return from its significant investments, to support “evidence-based” policy-making and to lead to the achievement of a range of policy objectives including competitiveness, security, sustainability and wellbeing. Yet at the same time, public and political debates about science and innovation have become increasingly contentious.


This course provides an integrated approach to these different dimensions of the relationships between science, technology, innovation, policy and politics. It highlights the important connections between traditionally separate fields, including both “policy for science” and “science for policy”. It allows students to engage with a range of policy-makers and actual cases, while also examining leading international research and relevant theory from a range of disciplinary perspectives. The aim of the course is to empower students to address the challenges of science, innovation and policy in the 21st century with a new set of ideas and tools.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. An understanding of key ideas in science and innovation policy, and the limitations of these ideas.
  2. An awareness of the connections between different aspects of science, technology, innovation and policy, including to a range of other policy objectives and methods.
  3. An ability to evaluate specific cases and policies in light of relevant theory and insight from a range of academic disciplines.
  4. An ability to analyse new ideas about science, innovation and policy and convey these in a range of relevant ways.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment Task

Word Count

Assessment Value

Learning outcome to be assessed

Contribution to Science, Innovation and Public Policy blog



1, 2, 4

Presentation (20%) of case study and submission of case study paper (25%)



1, 2, 3, 4

Major essay – questions designed to integrate across the main themes of the course



1, 2, 3

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30 contact hours (15 weekly sessions x 2) 

Assume same amount for reading, group work outside class, plus additional time for preparation of major essay.

Prescribed Texts

D. Sarewitz (2007), ‘Does Science Policy Matter?’, Issues in Science and Technology, Summer 2007.

R. Pielke Jr. (2007), The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science, Policy and Politics, Cambridge University Press

D. Stokes (1997), Pasteur’s Quadrant: Basic Science and Technological Innovations, Brookings Institution Press

Assumed Knowledge

The course does not assume in-depth scientific knowledge.


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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
2017 $3420
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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