This course is concerned with how public policies are made, implemented and evaluated. It introduces students to central debates in policy studies and examines concepts, models and tools for making and evaluating policy programs. We will consider various actors involved in the policy making process, and the institutional and ideational structures within which they typically operate. We will also reflect on how values and interests influence what policy issues get attention, and how they shape decisions, outcomes and evaluation procedures. Throughout the course scholarly debates are combined with practical examples from Australia and abroad.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On successful completion students will be able to:
- demonstrate a working knowledge of key terms, concepts and ideas in the study of public policy
- understand and critically engage with relevant literature on public policy
- reflect on debates in public policy by drawing connections between theory and practice
- contribute to informed discussions on the politics and practices of making, implementing and evaluating public policy
- demonstrate an understanding of the methodological and political aspects of policy evaluation
- demonstrate the ability to think independently, develop informed perspectives and persuasively communicate in the field of public policy
Mode of Submission
Due Date / Time
250 words each
In the tutorial
In the tutorial
(next to Student Services desk)
Evaluation Scenario Exam
In the lecture
(under exam conditions)
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Weekly lectures and tutorials (see timetable)
Requisite and Incompatibility
Davis, G. et al. (eds) 1993 Public Policy in Australia 2nd edition, Allen & Unwin, pp. 157-164
Chapters 1,2 and 5 from
Colebatch, H. 2002, Policy, Open University Press
At least 2-3 years work experience in the public sector or non-government sector is essential.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2917||20 Feb 2017||27 Feb 2017||31 Mar 2017||26 May 2017||In Person||N/A|