• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Crawford School of Public Policy
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
    Second Semester 2017
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This course tackles the big questions of economic growth, inequality and sustainability. It shows how frameworks and insights from economics and political science can be applied to these questions, and it encourages students to apply those frameworks and insights to real-world problems to produce technically sound and politically attractive policy advice. Through a mix of survey and guest lectures, interactive case workshops and the writing of case papers, the course exposes students to the key policy debates of our time, and helps them to improve their analytical and writing skills. 

Learning Outcomes

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

On successful completion of the course students will have:

  • Developed disciplinary and cross-disciplinary understanding of major challenges facing policymakers;
  • Understood key analytic frameworks, techniques and insights from economics, environmental management, and political science; and
  • Worked effectively in multidisciplinary teams to analyse major policy problems

Other Information

Delivery Mode:  The course involves a mixture of lectures, seminars and case study workshops. Lectures will provide students with the opportunity to learn about key themes and debates. Seminars provide an opportunity to discuss case readings. Case workshops provide the opportunity to apply the themes and readings to practice. 

Enrolment Information:  This course is compulsory for nearly all Crawford School master degree students and is offered every semester to cater for the high demand.  It is the only Crawford School course with a limit on available places, to stop it growing too large in any given semester.  As a result, new students may find that they are unable to gain a place when they register for their first semester and may have to wait until a later semester.  Early registration for a later semester is strongly recommended to guarantee a place before the class fills up for that semester.

Places may not be available for students not taking a Crawford School master degree.

Indicative Assessment

Students must complete three (3) case study papers - one per workshop. These papers provide a link between theory and practice allowing students to demonstrate not only an understanding of key frameworks, techniques and insights, and key challenges facing policy makers, but also, importantly, their ability to argue in favour of a particular approach or solution. The three papers together are worth nine-tenths of the overall grade for this course, with the two better essays counting more than the third, weakest one. There is also an oral presentation, worth one-tenth of the overall grade for this course.

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The course is divided into three blocks of 4-5 weeks of length. Each block consists of 7 hours of lectures, a one-hour seminar and a two-hour case workshop. Students should expect to spend 10 hours per week related to the course (including class time).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be currently enrolled in one of the following programs: Master of Public Policy (7102) Master of Diplomacy/Master of Public Policy (7888) Master Public Administration (7808) Master of Diplomacy/Master of Public Administration (7895) Master of International and Development Economics (7822) Master of Diplomacy/Master of International and Development Economics (7890) Master of Environmental and Resource Economics (7823) Master of Environmental Management and Development (7804) Master of Diplomacy/Master of Environmental Management and Development (7894) Master of Int & Dev Economics (7833) Master of Enviro & Resource Economics (7834) Master of Public Policy (7825) Master of Public Administration (7832) Master of Environmental Mgmt & Dev (7835) Master of Climate Change (7836) Alternatively you can seek the permission of the course convener to enrol in this course.


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 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
2017 $3852
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $5130
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2928 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8054 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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