• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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What constitutes policy? When and why are policies made? What kinds of policies are made and how? This course lays out the framework of the policy process to facilitate understanding, evaluation, creation and reformulation of policies. It engages advocates, analysts, officers, stakeholders, and curious to establish clear arguments and stances. It also challenges each to go beyond their respective comfort zones to explore, develop, and document new skillsets for interacting with the others. 

Learning Outcomes

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

On successful satisfaction of the requirements of the course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1.       Appraise and clarify how evaluative criteria distinguish “good” policies;

2.       Differentiate and evaluate between policy typologies, policy-making stages, and policy-making models;

3.       Develop and recommend improvement(s) to citizens’ participatory policymaking in the policymaking process for a policy area, clearly identifying and addressing the advantages, drawbacks, and tensions between participation, stakeholders, government, and policymaking;

4.       Explain how the economy constrains policymaking;

5.       Develop and create a new policy-making model incorporating improvements to citizens-participation in the policymaking process (this may be a prototype) for a policy mandate that has ignited protests, taking care to engage multiple stakeholders and participatory policymaking towards “good” policies or outcomes.

Indicative Assessment

1. Research-led paper on a policy area (eg., health, women’s participation, education) that differentiates and distinguishes subject content (30%) (1200-1500 words)


 2. Experiential learning through role-play (10%) and paper (40%) on how to advance a policy interest through to adoption based on interaction with different stakeholders  (total 50%)  (3000-3750 words)


 3. Final examination (20%)


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5 hours equivalent

Prescribed Texts

Key reading list provided plus specific readings for each session will be provided.


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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
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7892 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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